Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, February 22-25
(Newport, Oregon) – The largest winter festival of the Oregon coast returns February 22 – 25 with the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, happening in the South Beach area of Yaquina Bay.
The central coast town swells with nearly 25,000 attendees during these four days while the festival injects two million dollars into the local economy. Beyond that, it’s the main fundraiser for a variety of non-profits in the area, which in turn improves the lives of locals and then boosts the economy down the line. It fills the hotels of Newport but the effect also swells into neighboring Lincoln County towns as well.
You’ll find 83 wine booths from around the west coast, 25 food booths, and 58 artisan booths, all in an uproarious, jovial atmosphere often filled with the beats of a DJ.
This year’s theme is Dungeness & Dragons. You’ll find the decorations a mix of medieval fantasy and the delicious crab that Newport is known for, with booths adorned accordingly and costumes reveling in the fun. What each booth does for the event is a surprise every year.
One of the highlights before the event is the festival’s app, giving attendees easy access to key event information including a link to purchase tickets, lodging info, Festival maps, vendor lists, sponsors, and frequently asked questions. The app is free and available for download now on the App Store and Google Play Store.
New this year is a special VIP entrance all four nights.
Returning again is the “Ruby Club Membership,” which gets you entry through a new VIP entrance near the main entrance on all four nights. You will also receive a commemorative wine glass, a swag bag with a festival passport book that includes free wine tasting flights, vendor discounts and more from several vendors in the event.
“This is the second year of our tent layout, our main entry will be on the north side of the lot near the Yaquina Bay and the Rogue House of Spirits,” said Bobbi Price, with the Newport Chamber. “We want to make sure people will know there is a new look with the same great atmosphere they have grown to love.”
There will be a People’s Choice Award where attendees can vote for their favorite winery, food vendor and craft seller. The winner in each category will receive a prize package. As always, the festival’s commercial wine competition is one of the most coveted in the state, with a little under 200 competing every year.
Prices and Hours
Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm, $16 – eTickets and some availability at the gate.
Friday 12 pm – 9 pm, $17 – eTickets and some availability at the gate.
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm (eTicket only, $22). This is the busiest day of the festival so standby tickets may be available after 1 p.m., depending on capacity. Standby tickets are $29 at the gate.
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, $8 for eTickets and $10 at the gate.
3-day pass (2/23 -2/25) is eTicket only, $40.00.
Ruby Club Membership is $150 (all four-days, wine glass, special swag bag). Limited to 250.
Maps are available at local businesses and at the Chamber. For more information, call 800-262-7844. www.seafoodandwine.com/.