Taste and sip the flavors of the Oregon Coast.
Bandon hosts the second annual Gorse Blossom Festival during President’s Day weekend, February 16 through 18, 2018.
If you think you’ve discovered all the flavors of the southwestern Oregon region, the Gorse Blossom Festival may offer some surprises for your taste buds. Inside the Old Town Marketplace at the Port of Bandon, guests will find three days of Oregon beer and wine and tasty bites from local restaurants. Hear live music from Southern Oregon bands, and discover quirky entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else.
Tickets for the festival are $7-$15 per day, including a commemorative wine glass.
Out & About in Bandon
Outside the festival, it’s just a short jaunt to Bandon’s Old Town shops. There’s time to check out the Oregon Coast Film Festival, and enjoy some stellar views of the Coquille River and Pacific coastline.
Friday and Saturday nights of the festival, the fun continues with Winemaker and Brewmaker dinners at local restaurants. Additional Wine/Brewmaker dinners are offered at The Loft Restaurant and several other restaurants in Bandon. Reserve a table for the four course prix fixe dinner at Edgewaters Restaurant featuring pairings from local wineries.
BLOODY MARY STROLL RETURNS
Sunday starts with a breath of fresh air in the Bloody Mary Hangover Stroll. Grab a unique commemorative mug and a t-shirt and start your tour of Old Town. Customize your gigantic beverage with a variety of spices, sauces and garnishes–even Oregon Coast prawns. Finish your Sunday morning “exercise” with locally made vodka from Stillwagon Distillery. Go ahead and compete in the Best Bloody Mary competition by building and stacking your drink – Snap a photo and post it, #GorseFest.
Curious about the festival title and the blossoms that inspired it?
Gorse, also known as Furze, is an invasive, thorny evergreen shrub. It’s highly flammable, painful to the touch, and a challenge to abate.
Bandon has some incredible resources for dealing with the plant, including the collaborative Gorse Action Group, which is comprised of over 30 organizations. They’ll be at the festival, along with others, providing some not-so-fun facts and education about the plant. They’ll share information on the invasive species and how to stop the spread of it.
The Gorse Blossom Festival kicks off Friday, February 16 at the Port of Bandon, 250 First Street SW, in Bandon.
Event details and tickets are available online. Visit the festival website at gorseblossomfest.com.
Or call Rushel Reed, 541-297-5806, for more information.
Photos courtesy of Cardas Photography (wine glasses and oysters), Gary Edmiston (award,) and Bloody Mary Stroller. Article by Bandon Chamber of Commerce.