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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 mission of McMinnville Downtown Association (MDA) is to sustain and enhance historic downtown McMinnville as the cultural, retail and professional heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

May

03

Downtown businesses are offering great specials, exclusive previews, trunk shows and drawings.  The Goodwill Ambassadors will be handing out carnations to the first 300 moms, beginning at 1:00 at the US Bank Plaza (3rd and Davis St). Check back soon for specific sales and promotions! 

May

16

Each year in May, downtown McMinnville is "visited" in a cosmic sense. Beings from other galaxies walk the street during the second largest UFO celebration in the country.  Partake in a parade, enjoy live entertainment, watch the pet costume contest and peruse vendor booths over this two day festival. McMenamins Hotel Oregon will also be hosting live speakersm music and more! Visit ...

May

22

McMinnville Farmers' Market

NE Cowls St between 2nd and 3rd

Jun

12

Free, outdoor lunchtime music at the US Bank plaza, NE 3rd and Davis, downtown McMinnville. More info including lineup coming soon.  Sponsors Platinum Boersma's Sewing Center Cascadia Landscaping Citizens Bank Dave Franey Electric Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical Harvest Fresh Hillside Emeritus McMenamins Hotel Oregon Recology Western Oregon Union Block Building   Diamond 3rd ...
97128 NE Third and Davis St, McMinnville OR 97128

Jul

11

The McMinnville Downtown Association and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering once again to present the 2013 festivities which will feature Vendors, Music and Entertainment, Vendors, a Downtown Street Dance, the “World’s Largest Turkey BBQ,” a Carnival, the Turkey Trot (8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, & 2M Walk),  and much more!  For vendor ...

Jul

25

The IPNC has served as a showcase for the northwest's famed farm-to-table cuisine. Each year over 50 guest chefs from the region's most revered restaurants create inspired courses made from local farm ingredients. The three day event takes place on the beautiful campus of Linfield College.Visit  IPNC for more information.

Aug

22

HE 5th ANNUAL DRAGGING THE GUT FESTIVALFriday & Saturday, August 22-23, 2014 in Downtown McMinnville. Friday Night Kick-Off Cruise. It's a no-host, no frills old style cruising. 5pm to Midnight.Saturday is the big day. Ezra Koch Car Show Noon - 5pm; Live music Noon - 10 p.m.; Cruising 5pm to Midnight; After-party 10pm to ???For more info: Webpage: http://www.GutFest.com/ Facebook ...

Oct

01

Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage. Services are based on the successful Main Street Approach® developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and include training and technical assistance. The goal is to build high quality, livable, and sustainable ...
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