Join me at the 24th Annual Sip! McMinnville Wine and Food Classic the weekend of March 10-12. I have volunteered as a wine judge for this competition the past two years and invite you to come out and taste the award winners plus many other participating Oregon wineries, distillers, and cider makers.
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day festival, some who have returned every year since the festival began in 1993.
“It’s a great festival,” said Rich Washburn, Vice-President of Eola Hills Wine Cellars, a long-time Classic exhibitor. “We get a lot of wine-savvy customers who come not only from across the state, but from across the country. It’s a great way to spend a day or more.”
The 3-day event is one of the longest public food and wine events in the state of Oregon. Hours are Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Ample parking is available, and there will be shuttles from McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon, downtown McMinnville.
Held at the Evergreen Space Museum, vendors are interspersed with exhibits like the SR-71 Blackbird, and the Titan II Missile.
Over 170 exhibitors are currently signed up, including more than 70 wineries, brewers, distillers, food vendors and crafts that include painting, sculpture, decorative metal and woodworks. Patrons are able to purchase bottles and cases of their favorite wines.
Tickets for the event are $20 general admission, $17 Seniors and designated drivers. There will be a $3 discount coupon for Friday March 10th, 3-day passes are $36.
After entry, patrons pay for each tasting or food item on an individual basis. For information and to order tickets online, go to www.sipclassic.org