Annual wine, food and art event set for March 8-10 at Evergreen Space Museumin McMinnville

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The McMinnville Wine & Food Classic returns March 8, 9 and 10 at Evergreen Space Museum.

This marks the 26th year for the three day SIP (Small Independent Producers) weekend, which is a benefit for St. James School in McMinnville.

Approximately 160 Oregonian food, wine and art vendors will participate, with 75 wineries, six distilleries, 14 artisans and 20-plus food vendors. Art offerings include painting, sculpture, decorative metal and carved woodcrafts. Local artists will perform live music throughout the weekend.

Attendees can purchase a la carte tastings from food and wine vendors to consume onsite, and also take home wine. New this year, a limited number of free, stemmed pinot noir tasting glasses (1,000 on Friday, 1,500 on Saturday, and 500 on Sunday will be handed out). Attendees may also bring their own glasses.

Representing the full spectrum of the wine industry, this year's judges awarded Best in Show, Best Red, Best White, Best Pinot Noir, Best Chardonnay, Best Dessert Wine, Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals to the top wines, all of which will be available for purchase.

General admission one-day tickets are $24 for Friday, $28 for Saturday and $16 for Sunday, for $28 for an "any day" tickets that keeps plans flexible. General admission three-day passes are $44. Children 12 and under are free with parent or guardian.

Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 8; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10. VIP Parking onsite is $7 per car, cash only. Free parking is available at Chemeketa College. Shuttle service is available between Chemeketa College parking lot and the event every 30 minutes. A trolley will also run from the Oregon Hotel (Third and Evans Streets) to the event.


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