Travellers have long been drawn to Oregon for its natural wonders, incredible outdoor recreation and delicious culinary scene. As more international visitors are seeking out food tourism opportunities abroad, travellers’ appetites to get a taste of Oregon’s culinary and agri-tourism experiences have grown as well.
To keep pace with this trend, the Oregon Tourism Commission or Travel Oregon, has now launched the Oregon Food Trails programme. This will bring together local communities and businesses to create unique, self-guided culinary trails in every corner of the state.
From savouring award-winning wines to picking fresh berries and fishing for steelhead, the series of five Oregon food trails offer an abundance of experiential opportunities for visitors to take their taste buds on an adventure and to learn about the ingredients that make Oregon so bountiful.
North Coast food trail
Stretching 70 miles along the northern coastline from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City, this food trail makes it easy for visitors to experience the region’s bounty by sea and by land. Learn how small-batch whiskey is made at Cannon Beach Distillery, try kayak clamming in Netarts Bay or take a Tillamook dairy farm tour.
Wild Rivers Coast food trail
This trail meanders down Highway 101’s pristine southern coastline for 134 miles between Reedsport and Brookings. Along this route visitors can pick fresh grown cranberries in Bandon, forage for seaweed and barnacles by kayak or sip award-winning brews at small-batch breweries.
Great Umpqua food trail
Located in Southern Oregon, this trail takes you on a culinary adventure travelling along a scenic byway and a wild river from Winchester Bay to Canyonville. Along the almost 70 stops, sample olive at River Ranch Olive Oil, sip sustainable wines at Abacela Winery or enjoy mouth-watering baked goods at Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café.
East Gorge food trail
Explore the bountiful landscapes of the sunnier side of the Columbia River Gorge on this food trail offering 30 farm-fresh stops. Recognised as one of most prolific fruit growing regions in the country, visitors can pick their way through orchards growing everything from cherries, peaches, pears, apricots and plums.
South Willamette Valley food trail
Situated in the agricultural heartland of the state, this 58-stop trail takes you to world-class wineries, family-friendly farms and crystal-clear waters. Fish for your next meal with a guided fly-fishing experience on the pristine McKenzie River.