Three Big Events in Newport This Weekend

Posted by The Oregon Coast / January 20, 2015

(Newport, Oregon) – The central Oregon coast town of Newport hosts no less than three large events this coming weekend, all on the same day. You’ll find a bevy of chocolates, a sneak peak at a tourism promotional video and  a celebration of all things Scottish (which includes Haggis).

All three events take place on Saturday, January 24.

24th Annual Chocolate Classics at Oregon Coast Aquarium. (Media contact: Alicia Lucke, program supervisor,,541-812-2598.)

Chefs from up and down the Oregon Coast enter their best sweet or savory chocolate dish, to be judged by an esteemed panel of judge –  and by the public.

RSVP of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties is bringing the 24th Annual Chocolate Classics to Newport on January 24. This is the main annual fundraiser for the program helping seniors find volunteer opportunities and providing essential services to the seniors of Lincoln County.

The  24th Annual Chocolate Classics takes place at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, going from 7 to 9 p.m.

Organizers say you’ve never had a better reason to indulge.

For $35 per person or $60 per couple (in advance), attendees get to sample all the chocolate they can eat along with milk, coffee, and a bar sponsored by Twisted Snout Brewery. Attendees also have the chance to bid on silent auction items, and participate in a costume contest. The theme of the event this year is “Peace, Love & Chocolate: The 1960’s.”

Tickets available at the Oregon Coast Aquarium or online at www.rsvpoflbl.org. For more information, call (541) 574-2684.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road. Newport, Oregon.

4th Annual Robert Burns Supper (Media contact: Belinda Goody, media@newportcelticfestival.com, 541-961-7696.)

January 24 brings more than a wee bit of Scotland to the central Oregon coast, as Newport’s Celtic Heritage Alliance (CHA) puts on the 4th Annual Robert Burns Supper at the Shilo Inn ballroom. It goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

It’s not only a day of honoring the famed Scottish poet, but it’s an evening of live music, a feast fit for kings, whiskey tasting and guest speaker Stu Johnson, wgi will guide guests on a tour of historical accounts and stories. Dinner includes Scotch eggs, garden salad, “cock-a-leekie” soup, stuffed chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes), with a delectable Drambuie trifle, shortbread and truffles for dessert. It also features the famed Haggis dish.

Advanced tickets are $65 for the dinner and scotch tasting, and $40 for dinner only.

For more information on the 4th Annual Robert Burns Supper or to purchase tickets see http://ncfhg.com/burns.php or call 541-961-7696. The Newport Shilo Inn is at 536 SW Elizabeth, Newport, Oregon.

“Winter on the Oregon Coast” Video Sneak Preview at Oregon Coast Aquarium. (Media contact: Marcus Hinz, 541-264-0543)

Travel Oregon and the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association are about to launch the “Winter on the Oregon Coast” promo video, both nationally and internationally. The video will be officially released on January 27, but January 24 brings the sneak preview showing to Newport, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The “Winter on the Oregon Coast” promo video is designed to drive travel to the destinations along the 363 miles of the People’s Coast during the shoulder season. The agency is anticipating robust sharing of the video across social media – but the public can see it here first.

About four minutes of stunning footage and music composed specifically for the video, it is done in epic and elegant style by Jon Waller of Uncage The Soul Productions. You can see a teaser for this spectacular video http://vimeo.com/92566561.

See the sneak preview from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Theater Room of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and you will have a change to speak directly to Waller.  Seating is limited, so the Oregon Coast Visitors Association suggests to RSVP soon.

The sneak preview is free, but for seating reservation, call (541) 264-0543 or email Director@ThePeoplesCoast.com and leave complete name and phone contact information. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road. Newport, Oregon.

For lodging and activity information and complete calendar of events see www.discovernewport.com and www.newportchamber.org. 800-262-7844.

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