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Published on September 11, 2018 9:33AM

How will you find the 62nd annual Depoe Bay Native American-Style Salmon Bake this Saturday? Just go to the world’s smallest harbor and follow your nose.

Before sunrise on the morning of the event, a huge 80-foot fire line is ignited with six cords of fir and three cords of alder. Thousands of pounds of salmon fillets are positioned on the alder wood stakes over the fire line, imparting rich flavors to the salmon as they bake to perfection.

Preparations begin months before the feast, when volunteers head to the woods to cut 350 six-foot long stakes of alder wood.

Each salmon is cooked in a traditional method used for generations by native coastal tribes before it is plated and served with coleslaw, garlic bread and a beverage.

Visitors can choose to enjoy their meals sitting at tables in the sun or under a tent, listening to live music and watching performances by native tribal dancers.

The Salmon Bake is renowned as the Oregon coast’s signature salmon celebration, drawing salmon lovers from throughout the state and beyond to enjoy the food and fun.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for “Discover Depoe Bay” packages, which include lodging, dining, fishing and whale watching trips.

This delicious tradition will be held from 10 am to 4 pm in the Depoe Bay City Park, located at the south end of the town’s picturesque harbor. Many Depoe Bay merchants offer special discounts during the Salmon Bake event.

Admission to the Native American-Style Salmon Bake is free. Meal tickets are $25 and will be limited so advance purchase is strongly recommended.

The salmon bake is a non-profit event sponsored by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and residents. Proceeds help fund chamber activities as well as town events and improvement projects.

For more information about the Native American-style Salmon Bake, contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-765-2889, toll free at 877-485-8348, or by email at DepoeBayChamber@gmail.com.

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