NEWPORT, Ore. -- More than 120 exhibitors are set to showcase their
food and wine at the 24th annual Newport Seafood & Wine
Festival taking place Feb. 23 to 25.
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival will be held at the
Newport Marina Exhibit Hall, just south of downtown.
Newport is nestled between the Coastal Mountains, Pacific Ocean
and Yaquina Bay in Oregon. Its tourism centers around its coastal,
small-town feel and its scenic excursions, aquariums, historical
museums and lighthouse tours.
The Seafood & Wine Festival attracts nearly all of Oregon's
major wineries and features samplings from the area's chefs.
Wineries from Washington, Idaho and California also will be
represented. Wine competitions and an amateur winemaker competition
will be held prior to the festival. Winning entries will be on sale
at the event.
Attendees will sample seafood delicacies such as calamari, eel
and abalone as well as local specialties, including salmon and
Dungeness. Local artists will showcase their talents and offer fine
arts and crafts. Original paintings, jewelry, pottery and wine
accessories will be featured.
The three-day event has attracted more than 20,000 attendees in
past years, according to Colleen Cockrell, programs manager.
"It's only natural to celebrate the best of our state's local
bounty in a beautiful coastal setting," said Phil Hutchinson of the
Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. "That's why this event draws
thousands of people every year. It's a perfect place to enjoy
An array of local events accompanies the festival. These include
music at bayfront restaurants; a 5K run sponsored by the Driftwood
Village hotel, and the Yaquina Art Festival.
The Chamber of Commerce will provide free shuttle bus service to
and from many hotels.
For additional information, call the Greater Newport Chamber of
Commerce at (800) 262-7844 or visit www.discovernewport.com.