Gorse Blossom Festival 2017

wine glass rack, The Loft Restaurant, Bandon dining

Taste and sip the flavors of the Oregon Coast.

Bandon hosts the first annual Gorse Blossom Festival during President’s Day weekend, February 17 through 19, 2017.

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, guests will find three days of Oregon beer and wine samples and tasty bites from local restaurants. Hear live music from Southern Oregon Coast bands, and discover quirky entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else.

Tickets for the festival are $15 per day, including a commemorative growler or wine glass. Weekend passes, for $60, include admission to additional special events.

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.
When the festival ends at 6 p.m. each night, the fun continues with wine and brew maker dinners at local restaurants.

Alloro Wine Bar and Restaurant will offer a winemaker dinner with insights on each vintage provided by Abacela Winery winemakers.

Brewmaker dinners are offered at The Loft Restaurant, featuring Arch Rock Brewing; and Billy Smoothboars, featuring Pelican Brewing Company. Or, reserve a table for the four course prix fixe dinner at Edgewaters Restaurant featuring pairings from King Estate Wines.

Sunday starts with a breath of fresh air in the Bloody Mary Hangover Stroll. Grab a glass 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.

Gorse Blossoms

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 Gorse Action Group. 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.

Tickets, Etc.

The Gorse Blossom Festival kicks off Friday, February 17 at the Old Town Marketplace, 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 The Loft, by Cardas Photography (wine glasses, salmon and scallops); and Edgewaters, by Cardas Photography (Chef Bob Grizzle). Article by Geneva Miller.