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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

May

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Opening May 12 through October 13 • Join us every Thursday from 1–6PM!

Aug

25

THE  7th ANNUAL DRAGGING THE GUT FESTIVALThursday, Friday & Saturday, August 25–27, 2016 in Downtown McMinnville. For more info: Webpage: http://www.draggingthegut.com/#!Facebook group: http://www.IDraggedTheGut.com/

Aug

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August 26th - 28th, : a food & wine event that celebrates Yamhill’s vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms. BOYC is a project of, and a fundraiser for, the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES). While the event shines a spotlight on our dynamic culinary scene, it’s also the primary fundraiser for the cultural projects YES supports in Yamhill ...

Aug

28

Join in the fun! McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Bocce Ball Tournament

 

Sep

09

Oregon Brews & BBQs

Oregon Mutual Insurance | McMinnville

This is an annual event that benefits St. James Catholic School and Ghana Hope (an outreach of Willamette Medical) equally and features wonderful Oregon beers, local barbeque and live music.

Oregon Mutual Insurance
Oregon Mutual Insurance 97128 400 NE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sep

12

Currents Gallery in McMinnville has selected the finest work submitted by local Oregon artists to be exhibited during the 7th annual juried Fiber Arts Show.  This is a much anticipated yearly event that features the diverse talent and lush textiles of the Willamette Valley and beyond.   The original fiber art includes wall pieces, art to wear, 3-D soft sculpture, and more made with wool, ...

Sep

17

Over 100 quilts on display from the YCHS collection and local quilt guilds, appraisal faire, vintage and collectible vendors, food, music and more!

Sep

17

Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Sep

23

Sabor Latino de Yamhill County

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus

The McMinnville Latino Advocacy Coalition invites you to the Sabor Latino de Yamhill County! Friday, Sept. 23 6–8PM and Saturday, Sept. 24 10–6PM at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus288 NE Norton Ln The event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome!
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus 97128 288 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sep

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Oct

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Oct

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What would Halloween be without costumes and treats?!

Nov

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Start the holiday off right with Santa's Parade in downtown McMinnville!

Nov

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Support your local businesses by participating in Small Business Saturday! Head downtown on Saturday, November 28th to check out some great deals and sales.

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