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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

Apr

02

It's Never Too Late to Learn

May

07

Women Aviation and Military Heroes Day

Evergreen Aviation Museum

Join us May 7 for our Women in Aviation & Military Heroes Day, where we celebrate women who have made their mark in Aviation, Space, Engineering and other outstanding fields. Come hear their stories and find inspiration.

Evergreen Aviation Museum
Evergreen Aviation Museum 97128 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville OR 97128

May

10

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

May

12

Opening May 12 through October 13 • 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. A huge round of gratitude to our festival sponsors: Matt and Marilyn ...

May

14

Join the crazy fun that is the UFO Festival!

May

14

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.

May

17

A–Z Alphabet Show

May

17

Waterpark SeaPerch Competition

Evergreen Aviation

Watch the SeaPerch Competition!

Evergreen Aviation
Evergreen Aviation 97128 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

May

21

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

May

24

Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon by Richard Engeman

May

29

Linfield College celebrates its graduates of 2016

Jun

08

The Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its professional development training on June 8 and summer conference on June 9 to be held in McMinnville.

Jun

14

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

Jun

16

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jun

18

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

Jun

23

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jun

26

You know it's Summer when the Garden Club arrives!

Jun

30

* You won't want to miss this year's Concerts on the Plaza Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville *

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

08

Celebrating its 56th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!  As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Turkey Rama now includes the “World’s ...
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