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McMinnville rated as one of Bon Appetit's Best Foodie Towns in America

The news almost (but not quite) made me put down the delightful raspberry and hazelnut tart that I was scarfing down at the Red Fox Bakery last week, and stand up and cheer. Bon Appetit magazine, in its annual feature on Best Foodie Towns in America, had rated McMinnville Number Two, behind only Boulder, Colorado.

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

We have terrific restaurants, to be sure. There are 17 of them listed on our directory of restaurants, and I could go on at some nauseating length about the gustatory pleasures I’ve received in our downtown area, starting with the platter-sized pancakes at the Wildwood Café at one end and ending with a mug of house-brewed beer, a burger and the sensational fennel salad at the Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant. The diversity is dazzling: Walk down Third Street and you can choose from Italian food, Japanese sushi, pizza, coffee, ice-cream, salads, Spanish tapas, Mexican, fine French cuisine and classic American fare. Oh, and Cream of Broccoli soup (our Dan Hinmon raves about it).

But more than that, we are a place that cherishes good food, good wine, and the nurturing qualities of both that extend to our families and friends. It’s no accident that the Harvest Fresh grocery store anchors a corner of our downtown, with its fine selection of fresh produce, healthy milled grains and organic meats. And that on the same block we have a thriving Farmer’s Market (through October 14th, at least), that allows local farmers and food producers to sell their wares directly.

I remember when I first moved here, and was invited to an Easter Sunday party held at the farm of the people who own and run WineWorks Oregon, which is one of several wineries in town. It was a potluck event, and I had no reason to expect anything more than hotdogs and potato chips and supermarket baked goods. Boy, was I wrong. The people arrived bearing oysters from the coast that they barbequed, rings of homemade sausage, freshly baked breads and pizzas from their ovens, cakes and pies and mounds of chopped salads, all washed down with Willamette Valley-produced beer and wine.

I knew then that I was moving to foodie heaven. It’s nice to see that the rest of the culinary world is taking notice.

The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

Jul

04

McMinnville fireworks: McMinnville will have a free fireworks display shortly after 9 p.m. at the Evergreen museum complex. From 4 to 9, food and other vendors, family activities, discounted waterpark admissions, shuttles, free admission to the museum, farmers market, beer tent and live entertainment will be available. For more information, call the chamber of commerce at 503-472-6196.

Evergreen Aviation
Evergreen Aviation 97128 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

09

We're proud to present the 22nd Annual Brown Bag Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.Thursdays, 12pm to 1:30pm, June 11 - August 6, 2015.Free and open to the public. Please note that the last two concerts will be held in the evening in US Bank Plaza. 5:30-7pm! With the exception of the first concert,  all shows will take place outside at the US Bank plaza ...
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

10

Celebrating its 55th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!  As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Turkey Rama now includes the “World’s ...
Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville

Jul

11

R. Stuart & Co. Summer Celebration Saturday, July 11th 6pm $85 per person, less for Wine Club members This will be THE party of the summer friends, you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be celebrating at a beautiful secluded spot in the Dundee Hills, Wilder Lake. Chef Jesse Kincheloe of Valley Commissary will be cooking up a spectacular seasonal feast, local favorite Sky Bound ...

Jul

16

We're proud to present the 22nd Annual Brown Bag Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.Thursdays, 12pm to 1:30pm, June 11 - August 6, 2015.Free and open to the public. Please note that the last two concerts will be held in the evening in US Bank Plaza. 5:30-7pm! With the exception of the first concert,  all shows will take place outside at the US Bank plaza ...
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

16

Jon Hall, author of On Mount Hood: A Biography, will talk about mountaineering and the history of Mount Hood. Join the McMinnville Public Library for this special event at Grain Station Brew Works.

Jul

18

Food, fun, barrel tasting & pinot on the patio all afternoon. Live music from Lace & Lead, 3-6pm.Lace And Lead is a Nashville based country duo and songwriting team fronted by singers Trysh Hill and Emily Tanke. The duo’s quality songwriting, dynamic performances, rich harmonies, and their unique take on modern country is gaining them recognition at venues and radio stations throughout ...
455 NE Irvine St
455 NE Irvine St

Jul

18

Currents Gallery in McMinnville is pleased, once again, to feature the work of Ann Durley, one of the gallery's owners and one of the most popular and well-beloved artists in our community. According to Ann, "There will be new clocks in different styles, colors, and sizes.  There will also be new furniture pieces, both tables and chairs, and maybe a few surprises."   Ann has an extensive ...
Currents Gallery
Currents Gallery 97128 532 NE Third Street, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

23

We're proud to present the 22nd Annual Brown Bag Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.Thursdays, 12pm to 1:30pm, June 11 - August 6, 2015.Free and open to the public. Please note that the last two concerts will be held in the evening in US Bank Plaza. 5:30-7pm! With the exception of the first concert,  all shows will take place outside at the US Bank plaza ...
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Aug

01

The Scott Banke Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 1st at the Michelbook Country Club. 1301 NW Michelbook Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128. Click here for more information on how to sign up!

Aug

06

We're proud to present the 22nd Annual Brown Bag Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.Thursday July 30th  US Bank Plaza. 5:30-7pm! THIS IS AN EVENING CONCERT! In case of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to Moonlight Theater at 3rd Street Pizza Co., 433 NE Third Street.  July 30 - Western Flyers- -  One of the most exciting ...
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Aug

28

August 28th - 30th, : a food & wine event that celebrates Yamhill’s vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms.
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