Food fans can get their hands on treasure maps with a difference this Saturday, April 14, as Visit Tillamook Coast hosts a launch party for the North Coast Food Trail.
Guests will get to enjoy beer and cheese pairings, browse food vendor booths and pick up copies of the North Coast Food Trail map, showing the way to culinary adventures from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City.
The trail showcases the abundance of Oregon’s North Coast, featuring more than 60 businesses, including farms, farmers’ markets, breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, cooking schools, guided tours and experiences, lodging and retail stores.
“This is the first food trail in Oregon covering multiple types of products and services connected to food,” said Nan Devlin, tourism director of Visit Tillamook Coast. “We’re eager to spread the word regionally and nationally that this is a great addition to Oregon’s reputation for food and fun.”
Devlin said the North Coast Food trail celebrates the current renaissance in food and agriculture businesses on Oregon’s North Coast, an area whose bountiful resources have attracted a new generation of farmers, fishers, producers, harvesters, chefs and guide services.
“Often, those of us in the Northwest return to the same places on the coast over and over again, without knowing what else is just a short drive away,” Devlin said. “We hope the North Coast Food Trail will help visitors find new restaurants to try, adventures to go on and places to stay and shop.”
The trail was made possible through funding from Travel Oregon and Visit Tillamook Coast, as well as the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday’s launch party will run from noon to 4 pm at Pelican Brewing, 1708 1st Street, Tillamook. Entry is $10, and includes a tote bag, taster glass and 10 tasting tokens for sampling beers. Children 12 and under get in for free.
Participating breweries include Pelican Brewing, Werner Brewing, Public Coast Brewing and Depoe Bay Brewing. Participating creameries include Tillamook Creamery, Nestucca Bay Creamery, Briar Rose Creamery and Willamette Valley Cheese. Other vendors are Mercury Coast, Nehalem River Ranch, Nehalem Bay Winery, Salmonberry Saloon, Brickyard Farms and North Fork 53.
For more information on the North Coast Food Trail, go to www.northcoastfoodtrail.com.