Today, a friend and I trekked downtown to the Pearl for an outing with the kids and happened upon the Oregon Berry Festival on the corner of NW 10th and Johnson in the Ecotrust parking lot. This family-friendly event features a potpourri of vendors selling berries and berry-related products like ice cream, pies and other baked goods, jams and sauces, berry lemonade, shortcake, berry liqueur, and a variety of other delectables. A few of the vendors include Stahlbush Island Farms, The Berry Patch, Riverbend Organic Farms, Willamette Valley Fruit Company, Hoffman Family Pies, Briar Rose Creamery, and Clear Creek Distillery (click here for a complete list of vendors).
In addition to a bounty of beautiful berries, there will also be cooking demos, live entertainment on the “Blueberry Stage” (see schedule), and a chance to meet some local cookbook authors at the Cookbook Authors Table (Ivy Manning, Janie Hibler, Ashley Gartland). Also, be sure to take your little ones to the Children’s Oregon Berry Playground booth for munchkin-centered activities, and swing by the Bike Gallery booth and enter to win a new bike.
Admission is free. Hours are Friday, July 20 (12:00pm to 6:00pm), and Saturday, July 21 (11:00am to 4:30pm). Click here for a map of the festival.
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