Spotlight: Memorial Day Wine Weekend Tour


The Rose Festival Waterfront Village opens this Friday, May 28th and regular $5 admission is waived all day so go for free! Check out the midway rides, amusement games, concert and vendors, and then stay for the evening fireworks.

– The Portland Amateur Comedy Contest winds down this weekend with a final top five round of competition tonight, Thursday 9:00pm, at the Mt. Tabor Theatre. Free admission, 21 and over only.

– The Multnomah County Fair celebrates 104 years with their edition at Oaks Park this Saturday – Monday from 12:00pm – 7:00pm each day. Free fair admission and free parking with entertainment, food, music, rides, animals and more.

– Willamette Week’s new Cheap Skate Deal Box features a free Common Grounds Wellness Center half-hour soak and sauna pass (with $5 purchase from Empress food cart), free yoga classes, a free show at Mississippi Pizza and more.

– If you can find the time to cruise and have the funds, then check out this incredible deal from CruCon Cruise Outlet’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale: a 14-night Alaska Cruise round trip from Vancouver, BC on the highly regarded Celebrity Millennium starting at $899 per person. This cruise sets sail June 11th; for $100 more, you can cruise on June 25th. A super bonus is that each sailing includes a shipboard credit of $100-$200 depending on cabin category. If you prefer to sail from Seattle instead, NCL has some great buys departing later in the summer. These deals are only valid for new bookings on May 27th and May 28th, so decide quickly!

– New OSU Food Innovation Center consumer taste test:

The Sensory and Consumer Group at the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center is looking for participants for a taste test to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9th and 10th. The taste test will be about 45-50 minutes and the compensation is $45.
Test times run from 10am to 5pm. If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to submit a questionnaire. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you via email by Wednesday, June 2nd, where you must reply and confirm your intent to participate. We will then send you another reminder email the day before the test. We only contact those who were selected to participate and will be sending out those confirmation emails by June 2nd.

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With an improving weather outlook, Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to take a tour of our Willamette Valley local wineries.

A Toast to Memorial Day Wine Weekend” features more than 20 wineries in Washington County, including some that are not regularly open to the public.

Clackamas County offers their own Memorial Day Wine Tasting Weekend with six wineries and open tasting rooms.

The 20th annual Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country brings together 150 wineries and tasting rooms, many with special offers, food pairings and live music. See web site for listings, map, hours and tasting fees of participating wineries.

Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, May 25th edition of the Oregonian for their special ‘Celebrate Oregon Wine’ section, featuring maps and guides to Northern Willamette Valley, Southern Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge and Walla Walla. You’ll also find best bets for dining, critics picks and where to sleep. Can’t find a copy? Get the online edition here.

Another great web site with the low down for this weekend’s festivities is Oregon Wine Press with their listings of wineries, activities, hours, locations and more.

Finally, if you like wine, coffee and/or beer, take a peek at our colleague’s new web site PouregonSpotlighting independent Oregon coffee shops, Oregon Wine, Oregon Beer, the breweries, wineries and the places that pour Oregon products.

Enjoy the weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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