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The Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will be held in McMinnville October 1-3!

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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

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 ...

Oct

02

McMinnville Farmers Market

NE Cowls St between 2nd and 3rd

Oct

02

Come help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary!! Thursday October 2nd 4pm-8pm we're having a "Passport Party" ... visit our "Ports of Call", get a stamp, meet our makers, make your purchase and enter to WIN!! Thursday night there will be a drawing every 1/2 Hour for great gifts and you must be present to win! We'll have Jaciva cake, bubbles and lots of friends to celebrate with!20% Off of the entire store ...

Oct

04

Kick-ball: McMinnville Public Library will hold a two-day kickball tournament, Kick It for the Library, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, at Joe Dancer Park, McMinnville, to raise money for beautifying its entrance. Kick-ball is like baseball, with a bigger ball and kicking instead of batting. Games begin at 3, with closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Sunday; instruction will be provided. Preregistration ...

Oct

04

"Tea, Crochet, and Lingerie" Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2-4 pm The Historic Lafayette Museum, 605 Market St, Lafayette, OR 97127 A fundraiser for YCHS Cost: $5 per ticket For More Info: www.yamhillcountyhistory.org or 503-864-2308  

Oct

13

Decorate a scarecrow on 3rd street!

Back by poplular demand! The 2nd annual McMinnville Downtown Association Scarecrow contest is now now open for registration. 

Oct

31

A safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy trick or treating.

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