If you are looking to experience a thriving culinary scene in a small scenic town, packed into a super fun, long weekend, then come to the Ashland Culinary Festival, November 7–10 in Ashland, Oregon.
Kicking off the weekend on Thursday night is the Top Chef Dinner that is a five-course meal with each course presented by a past Top Chef winner of the Festival paired with an award-winning local wine. Hear from chefs and vintners and feel the excitement as the weekend kicks off.
Friday night showcases the talent of Ashland Mixologists in the 4th annual Mixology competition, where 12 mixologists compete in front of a live audience with samples and pairings to enjoy. This year, Travel Ashland welcomes Jeff Morgenthaler from Portland where he manages the bars of Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko. He is the founder of Repealday.org, author of “Drinking Distilled” and co-author of “The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique.”
Saturday and Sunday honor the chefs, of all ages. Saturday morning starts with the 4th annual Junior Chef Competition where six high schools will compete for the winning title. Scholarships are awarded and future chefs are in the making at this exciting family-friendly venue.
At the heart of the event is the Top Chef Competition where 12 local chefs compete for Top Chef honor. Did you know that Ashland is home to four Iron Chef Oregon winners who have won the Ashland Culinary Festival then gone on to take the state title at the Iron Chef Oregon competition? Judges this year include Chef Shaun O’Neale, Master Chef Season 7 winner along with Lead Judge and Emcee, Tselani Richmond from the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland and Chef Rebecca Piezer from the Culinary Institute of American in Napa Valley, California.
Drawing from around the west coast, this event is an annual celebration of all things culinary that many return to each year while embarking on their culinary journey with wine tasting, culinary workshops, winemaker dinners and the beautiful fall colors that Ashland boasts.
Lodging packages provide a well-rounded VIP feeling to the event as it is headquartered at the Ashland Hills, Hotel & Suites. The event is produced by Travel Ashland. Learn more and buy your tickets today at travelashland.com.
Explore Ashland, as YOU like it, this fall. Learn more at travelashland.com.