Celebrating Southern Oregon’s food, drink, talent and creativity, the Ashland Culinary Festival is a three-day event that enables locals, travelers and tourists alike to delve into Ashland’s rich culinary scene.
This year, the event includes a new and improved “Chef Showdown Competition” in which the 12 local chefs competing present their culinary wares in a battle for the coveted Top Chef prize. Larks Restaurant will defend Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine’s title, sending Top Chef 2013 winner Franco Console to the competition for the second year in a row.
The 11 other chefs competing this year are Billy Buscher from Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, Stefano Cipollone from Belle Fiore Winery, Noah Edwards from Smithfields, Skye Elder from Brickroom, Dustin Farley from Porters, Dale Fowler from Regency Grill, Anna Hogan from Salame, Dawn Strickmeyer from Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Will Shine from Martino’s Ristorante, Jasmine Turk-Bly from Ashland Creek Inn and James Williams from Omar’s Fresh Seafood & Steaks.
The first day of the festival – Friday – will consist of a “Meet the Chefs Culinary Kick-off” that includes food preparation demonstrations, food and wine sampling, live entertainment and many other engaging activities. The samplings typically come from local food artisans and vintners.
The festival will also host a number of culinary workshops on the Saturday and Sunday of the competition. Up for grabs during these workshops are lodging packages, wine tours of the Rogue Valley’s vibrant winery landscape.
For more information about the festival and other events happening in Ashland and the whole of the Southern Oregon region, visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website:
The Ashland Culinary Festival also boasts its own Facebook page, featuring photos, upcoming events and general information surrounding the celebrations:
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