Enjoy what Benton County has to offer this Labor Day weekend. The fourth annual Bounty of Benton County is an event that features the unique views, tastes, and experiences that can be found in our area. Participants are invited to tour the “sights” which include wineries, distilleries, food producers, natural areas and more. Bounty passports feature something of value for passport holders at each site –a wine tasting, food sampling, and discounts on items, tours or special experiences.
This year’s event features 27 different sites all across Benton County. Bounty participants are welcomed to taste wine, picnic, or walk the trails at many of the Heart of the Willamette Wineries. Distilleries and cider houses are also featured on the tour. Enjoy the views, pick up locally-produced treats, make fish prints, enjoy a fabulous dinner at local restaurants and experience other special places such as farms, hatcheries, nurseries and more. Cruise and visit at your own pace. Bikers are also welcome as many of the sites are close and make a great afternoon biking tour. Bounty sites are open three days this year – Saturday, Sept 1 through Monday, Sept 3. There will be a quilt show Saturday and Sunday at Sweet Earth Vineyard with a raffle quilt to benefit Strengthening Rural Families. Many sites have special plans such as featured artists and music for the weekend of the Bounty, so don’t miss out on the fun!
This year’s Bounty also features a visit from the Farm to Fork Company, who are known for their intimate and inspiring dinners hosted at small farms throughout Oregon’s bountiful farmland. On Sunday, September 2 , Afton Field Farm in Corvallis will host 160 guests who will enjoy a rare opportunity to sample a five-course dinner showcasing Afton’s grass-fed meat prepared by Eric Bechard, owner of renowned McMinnville locavore restaurant Thistle, as well as wines by Tyee Wine Cellars. Part of the proceeds for this event benefit Strengthening Rural Families Tickets are sold out for this event.
The Bounty is a fundraiser for Strengthening Rural Families (SRF), which is a nonprofit that serves families in rural Benton County. Strengthening Rural Families has offers parenting classes, support groups for teens, preschool programs, and other activities that support healthy families. “We know that supporting local business is key to supporting healthy families in rural areas”, says Andrea Myhre, director,“this event serves a dual purpose – to raise money for our programs but also to showcase the communities where we work”.
Passports are on sale at Visit Corvallis, the Benton County Historical Museum, and any of the Bounty Sites for $20. You may also purchase the passports online at www.visitcorvallis.com. Please visit www.bountyofbentoncounty.com or contact Strengthening Rural Families for 541-929-2535 more information.