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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

Feb

06

27th Annual Mayor's Charity Ball

Feb

07

Big Game Day Sunday

Downtown McMinnville

Shop downtown on the big game day!

Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville

Feb

09

A forum for the presentation and consideration of a range of perspectives on important issues.

Feb

11

The MDA Annual Awards Dinner celebrates our 30th year of caring for Oregon's Favorite Main Street

Feb

13

Currents Gallery Winter Art Classes

Feb

13

Celebrate Oregon's 157th birthday with the Yamhill County Historical Society!

 

Feb

14

Monthly meeting of the Yamhill County Historical Society

 

Feb

16

Currents Gallery Portals Show

Call to Oregon Artists

Feb

19

Lindfield's Dad's Weekend is an opportunity for you and your Linfield student to spend time together in McMinnville. Enjoy a game, see an arts performance, or grab a bite to eat downtown. All of those are options for you and your student during Dads Weekend. To help you plan your travel, activities will begin in the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 19 and will run through Saturday, Feb. 20.

Feb

20

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

Mar

05

Stroll downtown historic McMinnville with tour guide and preservationist Rebecca Quandt.

 

Mar

11

23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Mar

19

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

Apr

05

Friends of Family Farmers is traveling the state, hosting listening sessions.

Apr

29

Lindfield's Mom's Weekend is an opportunity for you and your Linfield student to spend time together in McMinnville. Enjoy a game, see an arts performance, or grab a bite to eat downtown. All of those are options for you and your student during Mom's Weekend. To help you plan your travel, activities will begin in the afternoon of Friday, Apr. 29 and will run through Saturday, Apr. 30.

Apr

30

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).

May

12

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

May

13

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. Vendor applications will be available by the end of February 2016  

May

29

Linfield College celebrates its graduates of 2016

Jun

09

Concerts on the Plaza

US Bank Plaza

We're proud to present the 23nd Annual Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.

US Bank Plaza
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