Press Kit 2012

Eat Your Berries! The Oregon Berry Festival

Portland, OR

It wouldn’t be an Oregon summer without sweet, juicy berries showing up in everything from beer to pies! You’re sure to find both at the second annual Oregon Berry Festival, July 20th & 21st, 2012 at the Ecotrust event spaces in Portland. Visitors will have a chance to taste and buy some of the season’s best berries and also sample amazing products made with Oregon’s berry bounty. Admission is free for all events at the Ecotrust, located at NW 10th & Johnson in Portland. Hours will be from noon to six on Friday, July 20th and 11 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, July 21st.

The Oregon Berry Festival will feature family centric entertainment all day on the “Bluesberry Stage”. There will be a children’s area with games, activities and a visit from “Ima Blueberry”, as well as cooking demonstrations for all ages. An elegant Gala Berry Dinner will be held on Saturday, July 21st at the Heathman Hotel. Tours of local farms, a chance to win raffle prizes and lots more will help round out the 2012 Oregon Berry Festival.

The Oregon Berry Festival is currently accepting applications from vendors. We are seeking fresh seasonal Oregon berries, products made from Oregon berries and we are looking for food vendors who would be able to produce some items using Oregon berries. To apply for a booth please visit the vendor application page.

If you would like a chance to entertain at the festival we still have openings for singers, children’s entertainers and musicians for the Main Stage call Darcy Kochis at 503-505-3876 for more information.

Visit our website at OregonBerryFestival.com for more information.

For Use: Summer 2012
Contact: Darcy Kochis 503-505-3876

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Festival In The News

These publications highlighted the 2011 Festival:

Press Release- Gala Dinner

Chef Philippe Boulot will prepare the Gala Berry Dinner – the culmination of the very first Oregon Berry Festival!

Portland, OR – “Eat Your Berries!” – The Oregon Berry Festival presents a Gala Berry Dinner, Saturday, 6:30pm – July 23rd at the Heathman Restaurant.

The Gala Berry Dinner will mark the culmination of the very first Oregon Berry Festival, held July 22-23, 2011 at the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl Distrcit. The Gala will showcase all of Oregon’s premium berries in a six-course gourmet dinner paired with the finest of Oregon wines.

Dinner guests will be treated to appetizers and berry cocktails beginning at 6:30 pm.

An extravagant display of Oregon’s berry bounty will be presented in a blind tasting for guests.

There will be prizes for those astute enough to correctly identify each berry variety from this sumptuous display. The show stopping dinner, prepared by master Chef Philippe Boulot and his staff will feature multiple courses each one inspired by one or more of Oregon’s prize berry varieties. This is sure to be a highlight of the summer dining season in Portland!

Tickets are now available for purchase at oregonberryfestival.com/gala-berry-dinner Tickets are $80 and tables may be purchased at 10 seats per table.
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Like your Mother always told you, “Eat Your Berries!” The Ecotrust event spaces in Portland, will host the Oregon Berry Festival, July 22nd & 23rd, 2011. Visitors will have a chance to taste and buy some of the season’s best berries and also sample amazing products made with Oregon’s berry bounty. Admission is free for all events at the Ecotrust. Hours will be from noon to six on Friday, July 22nd and 11AM to six on Saturday, July 23rd. Visit our website: OregonBerryFestival.com.

The Oregon berry industry is one of the largest and oldest in the U.S. Four Oregon berry groups are joining together for the first time to promote their berries as “Oregon” berries at this festival. The festival is funded in part by a USDA Grant award through the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture.

For Use: Summer 2011
Contact: Cat McKenzie at 541-456-2264
Contact: Darcy Kochis at 503-505-3876

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