North Coast Culinary Fest Celebrates James Beard & Friends May 15-17
By Beth Wise
Published: 01/23/2020

Join the celebration and experience the ultimate in coastal culinary arts with local chefs, makers and brewers in Cannon Beach at the North Coast Culinary Fest.

Cannon Beach hosts a weekend of James Beard-inspired events May 15-17 during the North Coast Culinary Fest. Local chefs, makers and brewers will be featured during this weekend celebration promoting culinary arts on the North Oregon Coast.

This event has been postponed in an effort to curb the spread of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the event's website or call the event organizers for more information.

The North Coast Culinary Fest kicks off on Friday evening with a special reception and a series of workshops. The welcome reception featuring music and champagne will be followed by tasting workshops including a beer and seafood pairing by Master Brewer Will Leroux of Public Coast Brewing Co; a cheese tasting by Marc Bates, known as the Cheese Guy of the North Coast; and a whiskey tasting at MacGregor's, A Whiskey Bar.

Saturday's festival highlights include a variety of workshops throughout the day, followed by progressive-style dinners highlighting some of Cannon Beach's top restaurants. Saturday workshops throughout town include an eco-foraging expedition with local expert Matt Nevitt; a hands-on workshop with food historian and writer Jennifer Burns Bright featuring some of James Beard's most popular dishes; a food writing workshop with authors Judiann Woo and Adam Sawyer; a baking class with the award-winning bakers at Cannon Beach Bakery; a workshop on preparing and cooking oysters with Maylin Chavez, chef-owner of Olympia Oyster Bar; and many more.

Saturday evening's progressive dinners offer the opportunity to try delectable dishes from popular local chefs including Bob Neroni of EVOO, Claudia and Pierre Toutain-Dorbec of Cannon Beach Café, Dustin Nord of Pelican Brewing Co, Jack Stevenson of the Bistro, John Sowa of Sweet Basil's café and Josh Archibald of The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge. Dessert will be provided by Cannon Beach Chocolate Café. The day concludes with the festival's Night Market, where guests will find an after party-style gathering with music, a no-host bar and a variety of samplings from local food purveyors at the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall.

Sunday's festival highlights include a brunch at the Gearhart home where James Beard spent his childhood summers, a foodie-themed movie at the Times Theater in Seaside and a special dinner at EVOO in Cannon Beach with Chef Bob Neroni.

Find more information and tickets at:
North Coast Culinary Fest or by calling the Cannon Beach Chamber at (503) 436-2623.
North Coast Culinary Fest Celebrates James Beard & Friends May 15-17