54th Annual Depoe Bay Salmon Bake
Courtesy of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce ~ Tickets are now on sale for the 54th Annual Depoe Bay Indian Style Salmon Bake on Saturday, September 19th from 10 am to 5 pm. The event will be held at the Depoe Bay City Park, just south of the city’s picturesque harbor, rain or shine. Advance tickets are $15.00 for adults and $9.00 for children 10 and younger. Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $16.00 and $10.00, respectively. Enjoy your meal sitting at tables in the sun or under a tent. There will be Indian dancing and live music. Many downtown shops will offer discounts. Free shuttles will be available to and from the park and downtown shops. Many souvenir items featuring this year’s logo, as well as favorite logos from past years, will be on sale. They include color posters of the 2009 winning logo, jackets, denim shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, Salmon Bake and Whale Watching pins, and packets of eight post cards featuring the “World’s Smallest Harbor”. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for packages including lodging, dining, fishing and whale watching trips.
Tickets will be available at the following Depoe Bay locations: Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce office, 223 SW Hwy 101, Suite “B”; Pacific Brass & Copper Works, 20 Bay Street, just east of the traffic light; The Spouting Horn Restaurant, Hwy 101 just south of Bay Street; Depoe Bay Candy Shoppe, Bay Street and Hwy 101; Trollers Lodge, 355 SW Hwy 101, just south of the Depoe Bay bridge; the What Not Shop, 411 SW Hwy 101; and in Lincoln Beach, Big Mountain Coffee Company’s The Warehouse, 3940 North Hwy 101.
Preparation for the Indian Style Salmon Bake begins months before the event. Local volunteers head to the woods to cut and prepare 350 alder stakes used to hold the salmon during cooking. On the big day, during pre-dawn hours, the volunteers ignite the 80-foot long fire line containing six cords of fir and three cords of alder. More than 2,000 pounds of salmon will be delivered to the site, positioned on the split alder stakes and held in place by cedar strips. The six foot alder stakes will then be slanted diagonally over the smoldering fire line. Each salmon fillet takes about 45 minutes to cook and is then removed from the stakes, wrapped in foil and placed in a warming unit until it is served.
The Salmon Bake is sponsored by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and residents. Proceeds help to fund chamber activities, as well as town events and projects, during the coming year.
Can’t make it out to the Salmon Bake? Local dinner deliveries are available from Salishan to Otter Rock for orders placed in advance. For more information, contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, (541) 765-2889 or toll free (877) 485-8348, [email protected].