60th Annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay Coming Saturday Sept. 17, 2016

Posted by OCVA / September 8, 2016

Removing freshly baked salmon from alder stakes

For the 60th year the town of Depoe Bay, Oregon, will host the annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake on Saturday, September 17, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Salmon Bake is renowned as the Oregon coast’s signature salmon celebration, drawing salmon lovers from throughout the state to enjoy both food and fun.

Delicious Pacific salmon is cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes.  Preparations begin months before the feast, as volunteers head to the woods to cut 350 six foot long stakes of alder wood.

Before sunrise on the morning of the event a huge 80-foot fire line is ignited with six cords of fir and three cords of alder.   Thousands of pounds of salmon fillets are positioned on the alder wood stakes and held in place with cedar strips.  The alder stakes are then positioned diagonally over the smoldering fire line, imparting rich flavors to the salmon as they bake to perfection.

Each salmon is cooked about 20 minutes on each side before being it is plated and served in 8-ounce steaks together with coleslaw, garlic bread and a beverage.  The full meals are priced at $27 on the day of the event or $25 if purchased in advance.

While enjoying their salmon at tables in the sun or under a big tent, visitors will also enjoy a free program of native American music and dance from the group Turquoise Pride, with lead singer James Thinn.  Michael Dane and Brady Weidner will liven up the event with a variety of contemporary music as well.

$5 raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for thousands of dollars worth of exciting prizes including whale watching excursions, hotel stays, fishing charters, restaurants, gift shops and more.

You can experience the Indian-Style Salmon Bake and related festivities at the Depoe Bay City Park, located at the south end of the town’s picturesque harbor.  Free shuttles will take visitors to and from the park, as well as from the park to downtown shops along the ocean front.  Many Depoe Bay merchants offer special discounts during the Salmon Bake event.

Admission to the Indian-Style Salmon Bake is free. Meal tickets will be limited to 1,500 so advance purchase is strongly recommended.  Meal tickets are priced at $25 in advance of the event or $27 at the gate on the day of the event, as available.  Advance tickets are available at the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, 223 SW Hwy 101, Suite B, or call them Tuesday-Friday 11-3:00 at 541-765-2889. Tickets also are available at these Depoe Bay stores: Pacific Brass & Copper Works, 20 Bay St., 541-765-2626; Depoe Bay Liquor Store, 531 N. Hwy 101, 541-765-2317; Sea Breeze Bakery, 106 So. Hwy 101, 541-614-4945; and the What Not Shop, 411 S. Hwy 101, 541-765-2626.

For those unable to attend the event, meal deliveries will be available locally in the Depoe Bay area to those placing advance orders through the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Depoe Bay enjoys nearly year-round whale watching and has become known as “Oregon’s Whale Watching Capitol”.   The long seawall along the town center offers exciting views of gray whales feeding just off the rocks during this time of year.  Charter boats take visitors to see these majestic giants up close along the scenic coastline.

The Salmon Bake is a non-profit event sponsored by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and residents.  Proceeds help fund Chamber activities as well as town events and improvement projects.

For more information about the Indian Style Salmon Bake please contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce (541-765-2889 or toll free 877-485-8348, info@depoebaychamber.org).

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