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The popular downtown event is back Oct. 1 following two years of cancellations.

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRIAN MONIHAN - After a two-year hiatus, the Wine Walk returns to downtown Lake Oswego this year.

Editor's note: This story appears in the September edition of LO Monthly.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, businesses of downtown Lake Oswego and local wine enthusiasts are excited for the return of the LO Wine Walk Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Wine Walk, which the chamber first held in 2016, sees participants visit businesses all around downtown. The 30 participating businesses will offer tastings of wines from near and far, as well as entertainment.

"We're having a great initial interest," chamber executive director Liz Hartman said. "I think there's a lot of pent up demand for the Wine Walk."

According to Hartman, one woman from Hawaii who attended the event in 2019 has already purchased her ticket for this year's event. Of course, she added, many locals are ready for the event's return as well.

Hartman said not only are people excited to partake in the walk, but businesses are eager to sign up as pouring stations, and chamber members are excited to volunteer. Hartman also mentioned several businesses have partnered with local restaurants to offer food during the walk. Other businesses will offer smaller bites. Tickets for the Wine Walk are now on sale at $60. A ticket is good for 12 tastings.PMG FILE PHOTO: BRIAN MONIHAN - Organized by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, the Wine Walk is intended to showcase local businesses.

Hartman recommended purchasing tickets early, as the chamber expects to sell out before Oct. 1.

According to Hartman, the Wine Walk will include offerings from several local chamber member wineries in addition to wines from other parts of the country and globe. Hartman said the Travel & Cruise Desk will bring someone from one of their international cruises to pour at the event. Domaine Serene will also participate as a pouring location for the first time this year.

In addition to the wine, another critical element to the walk is the art people enjoy along the way. Hartman said the Arts Council of Lake Oswego is working on art installations to go in front of the pouring stations.

Hartman added that the Wine Walk is not only a fun social opportunity, but a chance to get to know Lake Oswego's small businesses.

"We need to keep going to our local businesses," she said. "They are what make our community special. They make this a great place to live."

The Wine Walk takes place from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, so Hartman recommended making dinner reservations at one of downtown's many restaurants after the event.

Check-in for the walk will begin at noon at the Windward, so people can register and retrieve their glass following the Farmers' Market.

The chamber will have maps showing each pouring location as well as maps for people to find parking at the event.

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