Oregon's Favorite Main Street
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.
McMinnville Holiday Market
Our second annual Holiday Market is kicking off Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown McMinnville! Join us each weekend through Christmas for locally made goods created by a curated group of artists and makers.
Gallery Theater presents White Christmas based on the Paramount Pictures film
The McMinnville Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale
The McMinnville Public Library is having a Craft Fair!
Visit the 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar at Yamhill Valley Heritage Center
You are cordially invited to attend McMinnville downtown's first exclusive wine and food stroll, where 6 of your favorite downtown tasting rooms will collaborate with 6 local restaurants to delight you in custom showcase of McMinnville's finest wine and cuisine.
Back by popular demand, join us for the Trail Band Holiday Concert!
Run or walk with us for our 1-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Seasonal choral music and sacred readings celebrating various holiday traditions of light will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
Enjoy Third Street during the holiday season!
Gather around our grand Christmas tree for spirited play readings by Theatre 33.
Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!
It's a Santa Run/Walk! Dress up and celebrate the season!
23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic