Oregon coastal city to host seafood fest

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 Northwest delicacies."

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.

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