Celebrating its twenty-seventh year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event A Taste of Ashland is on Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24th from noon to 4p.m. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines. For a complete list of pairings go to Restaurant/Wineries/Galley tab.
“What makes this wine and food pairing event different for all the others? Each winery and restaurant are painstakingly matched and work together to create unique pairings inside 17 colorful galleries all within walking, or trolley ride, distance from one another.” says Jeffery Jones, Event Coordinator for A Taste of Ashland. “This is a rare opportunity to sip seventeen of the region’s best wines, taste food from 23 restaurants, and experience artwork from wonderful galleries that represent hundreds for local, regional and international artists.”
Something different during this year’s A Taste of Ashland is that the Thorndike Gallery at SOU will be hosting Ashland Gallery Association artist members Pop-Up Art Show. Fifteen artists will show original artwork in a wide range of media, subjects and styles including charcoal figure drawings, abstract geometric acrylic paintings, wearable fiber art, assemblage sculpture, landscape and floral watercolor and more. Sarah F. Burns, AGA Board President and Artist Liaison says, “Thank you to the Thorndike Galley at SOU’s Center for the Arts for hosting our pop-up show! The Thornlike is a huge space, light filled, it will show off the artwork really well. Ashland has seen some notable gallerists retire and close their Ashland art galleries recently, so it’s quite welcome to have the opportunity to show off work and meet art lovers and prospective clients.” There are also several new galleries, wineries and restaurants on the Taste tour this year.
“A Taste of Ashland is the ultimate Ashland experience!” says Jeff Jones, Event Coordinator. “Tasters stroll leisurely through the quaint town of Ashland all afternoon, experiencing the best of Ashland art, food and wine, then have time to relax and attend an Oregon Shakespeare Festival performance in the evening. What could be better!”
Tasters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant, winery and gallery using a ballot for the Taster’s Choice award. By doing so, their name will be entered into a drawing for two weekend passes to A Taste of Ashland 2016.
Tickets for A Taste of Ashland are: $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only and $45 for Sunday only. Despite demand, tickets to the Taste remain limited so as to ensure that it is not over-crowded. A free shuttle by AllAboard Trolley, will offer rides to all 17 galleries, but most are within walking distance.
For tickets and more information about A Taste of Ashland 2016 a complete list of pairings go to: www.atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178. LOCAL TICKET OUTLET: Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., Ashland. Tickets can also be purchased and wine glasses picked up prior to A Taste weekend at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from 12 noon to 2p.m April 16th through April 22nd. The Kiosk will open at 11a.m. on April 23rd and 24th. ”