It’s no surprise that the Oregon Coast is a destination for food lovers. Flavors arise from the forest, the sea, the farms and the markets along the scenic coastline. Fresh, tasty, authentic and delicious are just some of the words that come to mind.
Sharing these culinary riches with visitors to the coast is the goal behind the North Coast Food Trail, launched in 2018.
The trail isn’t literally a trail, but more like a map, or perhaps a menu, guiding visitors’ way from succulent sip to tasty bite, and suggesting food-related experiences along the way.
The communities of Cannon Beach, the Tillamook Coast and Lincoln City came together to create the trail. From restaurants to cooking schools, farms to farmers market, and even lodging and retail, the trail helps you navigate the northern Oregon Coast with no danger of going hungry.
Here are a few food trail highlights to check out along your next northern Oregon Coast adventure.
Nehalem Bay Winery
Wine tasting, wine sales and special events are held in this historic location year-round.
Kelly’s Brighton Marina
Here’s your chance to catch your own meal. Net a Dungeness crab from Kelly’s dock or a rental boat, and they’ll cook it up for you and your hungry team.
de Garde Brewing
Wild fermented, barrel-aged beers are in a trendy little tasting room in the heart of Tillamook.
This recently rebuilt headquarters of Tillamook’s famous dairy products is a grand destination full of cheese to taste, exhibits to learn from and a viewing deck into the factory itself.
EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School and Restaurant
Owners Bob Neroni and Lenore Emery admit that teaching the craft of cooking is one of the most satisfying experiences of their career. Sign up for a class with homework that you can eat.
Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market
Since 1949, Barnacle Bill’s has offered high quality seafood, sourced locally on the Oregon Coast, and caught and harvested by two commercial fishing vessels.
The Bay House Restaurant
One of just three AAA four-diamond restaurants in Oregon, the Bay House serves meals of local, organic and sustainably grown foods from their waterfront location.
Oregon Coast Seafood Festivals
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
February 21-24, 2019
Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival
March 7-10, 2019
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival
April 26-28, 2019
Written by Kim Cooper Findling