New Medford festival celebrates local food, wine

Earth Day festivities are foremost this weekend. But foodies will want to consider a new event: the Rogue Valley Wine & Food Festival.

If you didn’t get enough specialities of local artisan food producers, winemakers and brewers at last week’s Pear A Fare or missed that event, hit up the Medford Armory today and Saturday for more. Tickets are $12 or $20 for a two-day pass. That buys all the ambiance that 60 local food, wine and art vendors can offer against a backdrop of live music each day.

Better yet, sign up early to participate in one of five classes, included in the price of admission. Jackie Buffaloe of Hands On Grains kicks off the educational opportunities at 4 p.m. with a family-friendly whole-grains baking demonstration. Loaves of whole-grain bread will go home with participants.

Then at 6 p.m. Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer will give a lecture on women’s history in brewing, followed by a 7 p.m. beer and chocolate pairing. Johnson plans Saturday sessions on beer in cooking and a pairing of beer with cheese at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively. Both of these educators have been featured in stories for the Mail Tribune’s weekly food section.

A kids area is part of the fun Saturday, along with guest chef demonstrations. Wine tasting is not included in admission, however, and fees vary by vendor. But the first 500 entrants each day will receive a free Harry & David wine glass.

The event benefits Sacred Heart Catholic School, and organizer Liz Wan is using a portion of proceeds to seed a scholarship program for local youth at Southern Oregon Wine Institute.

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