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Taste of Tillamook County Floods Oregon Coast
with Music, Food
|Cape Kiwanda, one of many scenic wonders of Tillamook County
(Tillamook, Oregon) - The Taste of Tillamook County festival
is approaching, a culinary event showcasing the bounty of the county known
for its cheese and dairy products, as well as stunning coastal and near-coastal
scenery. Celebrating its fifth year, it takes place on March 16, 17 &
18, 2007 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.
The weekend-long food and music festival features local
restaurants, microbrewers, wine cellars, food producers, food processors,
and local agriculture, all to benefit Community Food Security programs
in Tillamook County. Event highlights include professional chef demonstrations,
“black box” cooking competitions, a professional clam chowder
cook-off, amateur mac ‘n cheese contest, oyster speed shucking competition,
cheese and spirits pairings and more. In addition, children’s activities,
live music and local art make this an event for the entire family.
judging to determine the finalists in the Taste of Tillamook County's
Annual Professional Clam Chowder Cook-Off was conducted Thursday, March
1. Three finalists were selected and will be featured throughout the Taste
of Tillamook County weekend, competing for the title of "People's
Choice for Favorite Clam Chowder."
|Pacific Seafood, in Bay City, is one of the larger features
of the festival. It's here where you can obtain fresh seafood year
round, as well as take a self-guided tour of the shucking process.
Five Tillamook County restaurants vied for the coveted
spots. A total of 28 judges, including United Way Board members and representatives
from their member agencies, Economic Development Council staff, and Taste
of Tillamook County planning committee members, accomplished the daunting
task of voting for their favorites among the entrants.
In the end, three finalists emerged: Blue Heron French
Cheese Company, The Guide Shop and Pelican Pub & Brewery.
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The public can vote for their favorite at festival. All
proceeds from the 2007 Professional Clam Chowder Cook-Off benefit United
Way of Tillamook County. This year’s winner will be announced on
Sunday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Competition Stage.
|Secret beaches like this one, just north of Oceanside,
are also some of the big attractions of Tillamook County
Various kids programs take center stage at various points.
Two of the days will feature a kid’s ice cream tasting contest.
The Tillamook County Dairywomen is holding blind taste tests of Tillamook
Ice Cream. Contestants will be blindfolded, handed an ice cream cone with
a small scoop of Tillamook ice cream and then on "go," contestants
taste the ice cream and try to guess the correct name of the flavor they
taste. The first person to guess correctly wins the contest.
The contests are held off and on throughout the day on
Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. There is no cost to enter and
no registration required.
Mom and Dad can get in on this too. Anyone in the audience
OSU Extension 4H Program is sponsoring an opportunity for
kids to make Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits with Tillamook Yogurt. 4H Program
staff will also offer a “Story Time,” with all stories on
the subject of food.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed
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Don's Waterfall Farms, Food Roots, Inc. and Tillamook County
Master Gardners will offer children an opportunity to learn where our
food comes from. A variety of germinated seeds will be provided for the
kids to plant themselves to be rewarded with a “bountiful harvest.”
The kids are given information on the plants, dirt, tags,
and numerous other aspects of gardening. One of the featured plants is
an heirloom annual berry called Wonderberry. It’s a plant that will
grow in the sun or shade, and it produces tasty, small, blue-purple fruit.
It is an heirloom that’s easy to grow and fun for kids.
For adults and kids, The Taste of Tillamook County has
a sizable roster of live music.
With hits from the 60’s to today,
Tillamook’s very own, the Oyster Shooters have been invited to kick
things off at the Pacific Seafood Music Stage on Friday, March 16, 7:30
- 9 p.m.
|The blues of Portland master Paul DeLay will be on hand
The Washington Post says that the legendary harmonica ace,
Paul de Lay from Portland is “one of the finest blues songwriters
around…easily outclasses most of the competition when it comes to
songcraft and spirit.” The Paul de Lay Band’s most recent
release, Heavy Rotation, climbed to #1 on the Living Blues magazine radio
charts. See Paul de Lay and Band on the Pacific Seafood Music Stage, Saturday,
March 17, 7:00-9:00pm.
King Ju Ju hails from Portland and will get people wearing
out their dancing shoes to classic blues, swing, western swing, soul,
rockabilly and straight ahead rock-n-roll. King Ju Ju and the Band hits
the Pacific Seafood Music Stage, Saturday, March 17, 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Portland’s critically acclaimed Ellen Whyte will
grace the stage as well. She is a Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame
Inductee and Winner of Best Contemporary Blues Band, Best Regional Recording
and Best Performance. She will play a hearty mix of blues, jazz, funk
and country with a fresh approach on both familiar and original material.
Ellen Whyte performs on the Pacific Seafood Music Stage, Saturday, March
17, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Supadupa Marimba Bros will be a special entertainment treat at this year’s
Taste. These 10 young men, mostly in high school, play enthusiastic up-beat
music on marimbas. The ensemble is set up like a choir, with bass, baritone,
tenor and soprano ranged instruments. The music mostly originates from
Zimbabwe, but the group also has some original tunes composed by their
leader, Eric Miller. The band utilizes various original ideas of its members
to re-interpret the music, as well as a few covers of popular tunes by
artists such as The Beatles.
The Supadupa Marimba Bros started off at a school in NW
Portland called the Metropolitan Learning Center, where Miller teaches
marimba as an elective. After a couple of years, the boys went off to
different schools but the band remained together. Now in their fourth
year of performing, The Supadupa Marimba Bros are also adding traditional
Zimbabwean vocals and percussion to the mix. Join the fun on the Pacific
Seafood Music Stage, Sunday, March 18, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.tasteoftillamookcounty.com
or contact Event Coordinator, Jennifer Purcell, at 503-842-2236.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
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City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
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Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
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Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
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At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
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