CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Wine and food lovers will descend on the northern Oregon coast this week for the annual Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival.
The four-day event kicks off with the Thursday Night Throwdown, in which festival patrons taste 12 wines – two of each variety – to vote on their favorites. John Newman of Newman’s restaurant will provide appetizers. The Throwdown will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday’s festivities open with a seminar on pairing food and wine with Hank and Nancy Sauer, who have facilitated many wine competitions and classes throughout the years. That runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Hall.
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Cannon Beach Community Hall will be the Battle of the Blends, which will feature four white and four red blends from the Pacific Northwest.
On Saturday, Andy Perdue, longtime Northwest wine journalist and author, will lead a blind tasting called “What Varietal is It.” Participants will taste four whites and four reds and learn how to look for varietal differences. This goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Hall.
And from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Savor Cannon Beach Wine Walk will take place throughout downtown Cannon Beach. Proceeds benefit the Cannon Beach Preschool & Children’s Center. Check-in starts at 1 p.m. at the Coaster Theater. The Wine Walk will feature 40 Northwest wineries, and 500 people are expected to participate.
The festival concludes Sunday morning with Sparkling Wine & Brunch Bites, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Hall.
Savor Cannon Beach tickets
Each festival event is limited to about 100 participants. A festival pass good for all six wine tasting events and the Wine Walk is $119. Tickets for the Wine Walk by itself are $30, as are tickets for any of the individual events (if available at the door).
Seven Cannon Beach hotels and lodges are offering special packages for Savor Cannon Beach, including the Stephanie Inn, Surfsand Resort, Hallmark Resort, Ocean Lodge, Inn at Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Property Management and Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals.
Winners of the Savor Cannon Beach Wine Competition also will be announced during the festival.