The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, will return for the 44th year to Newport on Feb. 26-28.
Safety measures have been first and foremost in the planning of this event. Some details have changed since the last media release issued by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual event.
“To go” festival baskets are available to purchase online, to be picked up during the festival weekend or shipped. Baskets include two bottles of wine (valued $25-$35 each from a selection of Pacific Northwest wines), two commemorative 2021 wine glasses, a can of locally canned Mo’s tuna, a can of Newport Daze Rogue beer, a wine bottle opener, and 20 percent off coupon code for a selection of online vendors, many of whom are usually represented at the festival. Optional add-ons include festival merchandise and a Local Ocean DockBox meal kit to prepare at home.
Attendees will pick up their “to go” basket at the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce office, located at 555 SW Coast Highway, at a selected time throughout the weekend. They are encouraged take their festival basket back to their home, vacation rental or hotel and enjoy the seafood and wine items with their small group.
Second, two interactive virtual experiences will be held online during the festival weekend. Friday evening, Feb. 26, Chinook Winds Casino Resort and the Newport Chamber will host a virtual live chef-led cooking demo featuring renowned Executive Chef Michael Durham from Chinook Winds, where he will guide viewers through the prep and cooking of a variety of distinctive dishes.
Saturday evening, Feb. 27, will feature an interactive experience including live wine tasting, winemaking demonstration, seafood cooking demonstration, tips on the coastal seafood industry from a local expert, trivia and prizes courtesy of Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
The “to go” festival baskets are available online at seafoodandwine.com. The deadline to order a basket to be shipped is Feb. 8. The deadline to order a basket for pickup in Newport is Feb. 15.
The Newport Chamber encourages attendees to safely enjoy the coast while respecting all travel and lodging guidelines.
For more information, call the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce at 541-265-8801 or visit www.seafoodandwine.com.