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Celebrating the county's bounty

Celebration — Annual event brings together local farms, wine and chefs


Three years ago, the Bounty of the County started as a one-day event celebrating local cuisine. With a new name, Bounty of Yamhill County, and an expanded schedule lasting the weekend, the annual event looks to bring attention to the area’s trifecta.

“The number of talented chefs, small, diversified family farms and famous wineries in Yam­hill County make it one of the unique culinary regions of the world,” said Susan Sokol Blosser, Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) president.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Local chefs - The Bounty of Yamhill County welcomes chefs each year to the annual event. Last year Sunny Jin of JORY participated and will do so again at the Sept. 6 event.

“YES has brought these three groups together to showcase how special this is,” she said. “Our goal is to raise awareness of Yamhill County as a culinary destination and raise funds for YES’s community projects.”

Starting Sept. 6, day one includes farm tours, a gourmet picnic and wine tasting at one of three locations: Briar Rose Creamery, Kookoolan Farms or Bergstrom Wines.

“We think this is exciting for a lot of reasons. It’s the first step into turning it into a multi-day event,” said Sarah Lessen, YES marketing development director. “It’s an opportunity really unique to Yamhill County, to be able to go out and see the source of where food is coming from, but also gather and share your experience over food and wine, which is the cultural celebration part of what we’re doing. So it’s really exciting.”

Lessen said with each celebration, they hope to draw more visitors to the region. In addition to adding the farm tours to this year’s event, she said this is also the first time YES has reached out to Portland to promote the event.

“People associate wine with the region and we’re just trying to also have people make the culinary association as well,” Lessen said.

The harvest dinner Sept. 7 will feature 20 chefs, 20 farms and 20 vineyards from the area.

“There’s always things we can discover in our backyard and people should take advantage of this,” she said. “It’s a fun day out and a beautiful time of year.”

But, ultimately, it’s also a fundraiser for YES.

“The Bounty of Yamhill County overall goes to fund the Yamhill Enrichment Society but also within the mission of our projects in that it’s raising the profile of the food and agriculture of the county,” Lessen said. “We’d ultimately like the whole county and world to know about what a unique and special place we have here.”

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, visit www.bountyofyamhillcounty.com.



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