Fall Festivals: Southern Oregon Food, Film, and Fun
Last year at this time we posted our favorite things about fall (read that post here), and our favorite fall hikes (read that one here). This year, we’re covering our favorite fall festivals and events. For all that goes on during spring and summer, Southern Oregonians seem to gather and celebrate in bigger style during the last three months of the year. Here are a few of our favorite fall happenings you won’t want to miss:
October 6 to 13
Held at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland, this world film festival celebrates independent filmmaking, featuring 13 films from around the globe. In addition to the screenings, there will be opening and closing night ceremonies, including Q & A sessions with directors, and post-screening parties.
This family festival kicks off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Talent Chamber of Commerce. There’s a 5K and 10K walk/run, a Grand Parade which begins at 10am on Main Street, and a festival featuring live entertainment and music on the Main Stage at City Hall. Arts and crafts, local beers and wines, food vendors, apple pressing, and lots of activities for kids.
Another great family event is this one in Central Point. Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow contests, fun fall games, live music, along with food and beer vendors. Admission is free.
November 2 to 5
The 11th annual Ashland Culinary Festival is a four-day event highlighting the best of Southern Oregon food, chefs, wine and brews. Along with the Top Chef competition, which features local produce and a secret ingredient challenge, this festival has culinary workshops and more than 30 artisan food purveyors, farms, restaurants, and award-winning wineries and breweries.
It’s harvest season in wine country, and once the grapes are picked and the 2017 vintage is well underway, all 18 wineries on the Applegate Valley Wine Trail open their doors for this semi-annual self-guided winery tour event. Each will feature tastings and food pairings, and some offer live music while others host behind the scenes tours. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet winemakers and proprietors, and find out more about viticulture in this very special Southern Oregon appellation.