The Best Festivals & Fairs in Portland & Oregon
“Humans have been infatuated with chocolate for thousands of years and visitors to Oregon in early March have the chance to worship at the temple of the sacred cocoa bean at this acclaimed chocolate festival. Regional chocolatiers, artisan food producers and other taste makers participate in a wide range of chocolate-themes events, including workshops, talks, chef demos, panel discussions, a dessert competition, and plenty more. Away from the heart of the action, there’s also a Friday evening Chocolate Maker’s Wine Dinner, a Chocolate Sunday Brunch, and then 5k & 10k runs to help burn off those calories and bring your delightful indulgence to a happy end.“
Chocolate festival offers weekend of indulgence
“The 16th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is scheduled for the weekend of March 6-8 at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites.
The festival features West Coast chocolatiers and other artisan food producers, such as wine, beer and spirits makers, chefs and coffee roasters, according to a press release.
The festival will include workshops, presentations, chef demos, panel discussions, a chocolate dessert competition and a 5K run.”
Cause behind Chocolate Festival close to organizer’s heart
by Genevieve Grippo
The 14th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival wrapped up on Sunday.
The event’s coordinator says thousands of people attended from all over the west coast, including more than 40 vendors.
“We were anticipating between 1,500 to 1,800,” said Karolina
Lavagnino, Festival Coordinator. “I’m thinking close to 2,500.”
Lavagnino says it’s more than just the chocolate that makes the event unique. Ten percent of all ticket sales are also being donated to Asante’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The cause holds a special place in Lavagnino’s heart, as her infant daughter spent a month in the NICU.
“I promised myself that if I can, through this festival, help and support their efforts– their amazing efforts– then we will do it,” she said. “And that’s why it’s happening.”
Indulge in Oregon’s Chocolate and Cheese Festivals
By Northwest Travel Staff
“Say ‘Cheese!’ And chocolate. Add in wine, beer and other local crafts, and you’ll see why March is a picture-perfect month in Southern Oregon.The region knows about indulgence. Wine, chocolate and artisan cheese — the trinity of decadence. A triple threat that will leave your palate speechless. And the journey to this culinary utopia begins in Medford and the Rogue Valley. The Oregon Chocolate Festival and Oregon Cheese Festival are go-to events for foodies of all ages. Whether you’re planning a deliciously romantic second honeymoon, a girls’ outing, family vacation or a fantastic foodie weekend, both of these festivals hit the mark.”
Resorts and Lodges
Feb 19, 2018
By: Thomas Schultz
“Whether you’re craving a relaxing winery tour or an action-packed outdoor winter excursion, Ashland is a prime destination when kicking off an Oregon adventure. Home to award winning wineries such as Weisinger Family Winery, RoxyAnn Winery, and Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, it’s no mystery why the city was named as one of the “Top 10 Best Wine Destinations in the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2016. Winter adventure seekers will feel right at home spending time at Mt. Ashland Ski Area, which includes more than 200 skiable acres and 1,200’ of vertical drop.”