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2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301 2330 17th Street Northeast, Salem Directions
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Report | 2 years ago
Next year make sure if you buy the groupon you realize that it is only for wwednesday market
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Report | 2 years ago
Get the Albuquerque with the carne adovada -- YUM!
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Report | 5 years ago
Glad to see more food choices this year. We had a fabulous Hunter's stew!
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Report | 5 years ago
We were a little disappointed that a couple of the wineries that had been there before were not this year, but we were with friends and had a great time. All the staff and the vendors were great!
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Report | 5 years ago
My friends and I were extremely disappointed with this event. The name of the event itself is inaccurate: There are many vendors from out of state, and hardly any breweries ( I believe there were only 5 vendors offering brews)! There were more art/crafts/goods booths than food and brew combined. I'm glad we used the Groupon, since the regular price of $20 per person would be completely unacceptable. It's quite obvious all of the vendors are primarily interested in making as much money as possible. Attendees pay to get in, and then pay for every taste of wine or brew! Beer for $5 a glass ($7 if you wanted a real pint glass) is definitely no bargain when you can get it from a bar or restaurant for much cheaper. I thought the point of these types of events was to get your name out to potential customers that might not have heard of your product (or try it) otherwise. I even heard one vendor remark that he was annoyed with booth visitors that tried one of his samples and then didn't buy anything! He was clearly not there for the right reasons. The atmosphere was not like a "festival" at all. The vendors were there to profit, and overall, were not friendly. I also disliked the amount of garbage this event produces - samples are given out in tiny plastic cups instead of in real glasses. Almost every other festival I have been to provides a cup (glass or plastic) with the cost of admission for tasting. The idea that such a wasteful event is taking place in Salem is not representative of the city I know and love. Salem has made great strides toward being sustainable and this event is moving in the wrong direction. This is my second time attending the Oregon Wine, Food and Brew Festival in Salem. I was not impressed the first time but wanted to give it another go. I regret that decision and will not return next year and will encourage my friends and family to forgo it as well.
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Report | 5 years ago
It was very nicely done. Good job.
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Report | 5 years ago
less vendors than previous years....... will go back if groupon discount is available
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Report | 5 years ago
This was an awesome event, thanks to those who were vendors. The vendors were accommodating, and made the event outstanding.
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Report | 5 years ago
Unfortunately, this event has a ton of potential that it’s not living up to. It suffers from a very serious identity crisis. Is it a wine festival, brew festival, a food/culinary festival, concert or trade show? What’s the strategy? Who is the target market? I feel that it’s trying to be something for everyone, which really dilutes the interest and presentation. It’s fairly successful as a wine festival. There’s a good selection of wineries – many more wines than any human can taste (without spitting, and who spits??) in the 16 hours the event is open. You don’t need a hundred wineries represented to be a great wine festival, but that’s a trap that many fall into. It fails as a brew fest. The selection is small and simply feels like an accommodation to bring those paying couples in the door – one person who’s a wine drinker, the other a beer drinker. It fails as a food festival. The Flight Deck and Adam’s Ribs (both from Salem) and Wellspring (Woodburn) were the only “local” restaurants represented. Where were the better restaurants like Bentley’s, Wild Pear, Jonathon’s, Rudy’s, Orupa, Da Vinci’s, LaCapitale, Andaluz, Venti’s? The remaining food offerings were caterers! If you liked what they offered, you couldn’t visit their restaurants because they don’t exist. The culinary offerings are good, but overkill. How many oils and vinegars does one festival need? You almost can’t have enough cheese at a festival, but where was Cascade Baking Company’s bread? Or Dave’s Killer Bread? Or even Great Harvest (although they’re more of a ‘corporate’ operation)? It fails as a concert. The acoustics are terrible – which means many of the problems are not the musicians’ fault. The large, raised stage implies big-name and high quality. But the eclectic mix of entertainment is trying to be something for everyone, again diluting the interest and presentation. Also, there isn’t enough seating near the stage and I thought the ancient folding chair I sat in was going to collapse. I can’t be kind about the trade show feel. What on earth are bath/shower enclosures doing there? Pellet stoves? Building contractors? Are you kidding me? That screams, “We’ll let anyone set up a booth who writes us a check.” Even the multi-level marketers like MagneticPURSEpective (My Miche) and Pampered Chef have no place there. Seating? There was simply not enough, even though there were many wide open areas that could have accommodated additional seating. The “warehouse” venue is a challenge. However, there are changes that could be made to soften the environment and improve the flow. I know this review sounds pretty brutal, and I don’t really mean it to be. But each year I go, I hope that it has changed. But it hasn’t.
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Report | 5 years ago
I had a great time tasting and sampling all the varieties of wines and beers from Oregon wineries and breweries.
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