The Bounty of Yamhill County is a culinary feat like no other. Pairing Willamette Valley chefs with local vintners and farms, its rated one of the 10 best culinary festivals by USA Today. It goes unquestioned given the region’s rich and bountiful agricultural heritage.
The three-day event, organized by Yamhill Enrichment Society, starts Friday, August 24 with two carefully curated alfresco dining events that serve as appetizer for the vineyard tours and wine tasting to follow. Now in its sixth year, the festival also draws crowds for the all-day experience of the region, complete hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and hiking.
Along with those fun outdoor activities, check out a few eat + drink events:
Bounty of Yamhill County Big Night (Signature event: 20 chefs, 20 farmers, + 25 wineries present a sip and taste stroll)
BOYC itself isn’t home to one specific location but showcases the venues and rich visual landscapes with meandering country roads that define this beloved region in the Willamette Valley.
Participating farms include Angus Spring Ranch, Baird Family Orchards, Saint Joseph Acres, Yamhill County Mushrooms, and many more. Partnering with these venues are several chefs from the area who will be preparing special dinners throughout the festival. Among the culinary masters are Thomas Ghinazzi from The Blue Goat, Drew Sprouse from Bless Your Heart Burgers, Christopher Czarnecki from Joel Palmer House, and others. Throughout the weekend, attendees can sample wine from Erath Winery, Winter’s Hill, Soter Vineyards, Sokol Blosser Winery, and more.
A portion of each festival ticket supports the community development programs at Yamhill Enrichment Society. “We’re nourishing the soul of Yamhill County with exciting projects in arts and education, food and agriculture, and history and community,” as stated on its website. “Bounty of Yamhill County is one of those projects with a mission to attract national (and international!) attention to the dynamic culinary scene here. BOYC is also [the] primary fundraiser that supports our other important projects.” This means that BOYC helps benefit Yamhill County Imagination Library, Youth Mariachi Project, and Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County.
BOYC puts the event into three categories: experience, explore, and enjoy. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a weekend.
Other event details:
To create your culinary weekend adventure, visit Bounty of Yamhill County.
Tickets: $75 to $175, depending on event.
For lodging suggestions with best proximity to each event, visit festival’s website.
Top image: Andrea Johnson