Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival returns May 17-18, and meeting the vintners and the growers is a big part of its appeal.
Seven local food vendors will be on hand, and there will be 23 wineries and three cideries, and several dozen artists and craftspeople ranging from textiles and teas to sculpture and furniture. Local musicians will provide rock, folk, bluegrass and jazz both afternoons.
Look for more details in the May 14 edition.
Hood River Rotary and Oregon Pear Bureau present the event, with proceeds going to local scholarships.
Pears will be available for sampling at the Oregon Pear Bureau booth, which this year has been moved from a corner in the entry area to a corner location near the entry of the main hangar. The music stage has also been relocated so visitors get to it after passing through the vendors.
The festival features local wines from noted award-winning winemakers including: Bob Lorkowski, John Haw and Rich Cushman. Admission includes wine-tastings from wineries and vineyards, pairings with local fruit, specially selected food from local restaurants, art from noted local artisans, and music by renowned Gorge musicians.
Attendees will also be able to stroll through the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country.
Festival hours are May 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 18 from noon to 5 p.m.
WAAAM is located at 1600 Air Museum Road (off Tucker Road), Hood River.
A day pass costs $25 per person and includes four wine tastings, commemorative glass and admission to WAAAM. Parking is free.
For more info visit http://bit.ly/1kSk5AZ or wineandpearfest.com
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