Ashland Culinary Fest 2019: Celebrate Oregon’s Food

Ashland Culinary Fest 2019 is coming up soon, and you won’t want to miss the food, drinks, and more at this year’s fest. There will be plenty of competition and

About the Ashland Culinary Fest 2019

During the Ashland Culinary Fest, 12 local chefs will compete for the honor of being crowned Top Chef for 2019. You’ll also be able to enjoy local food, wines, and brews of which Southern Oregon is so proud.

During the Top Chef competition in the Chef Showdown, the chefs will use local produce and a secret ingredient for the challenge. With different events every day during the weekend, including a mixology competition and culinary hands-on workshops, you’ll always have something to do and ways to enjoy delicious food!

When is the festival?

This year’s Ashland Culinary Festival runs from November 7 – November 10.

Participating restaurants and chefs

  • Standing Stone Brewing Co.
    • Raider Babcock
  • Larks Kitchen & Cocktails / Inn at the Commons
    • Billy Buscher (2012 Top Chef)
  • Simple Cafè
    • Javier Cruz
  • Plancha
    • Tony Efstratiadis
  • Brickroom
    • Skye Elder (2017 Top Chef)
  • Southern Oregon University, The Hawk Dining
    • John Hill
  • Alchemy Restaurant & Bar
    • Mike Hite
  • Macaroni’s / Martino’s
    • Julian Jones
  • Caldera Brewery & Restaurant
    • David Kay
  • Carriage House Jacksonville
    • Keenan McGrew
  • Omar’s Fresh Seafood and Steaks
    • Alfredo Nava
  • Curbside King
    • William Snyder

This year’s schedule

Thursday, November 7th

  • 4th Annual Top Chef Dinner
    • Enjoy a five-course dinner and pre-dinner appetizers prepared by some of the amazing past Top Chef winners. Each course will be paired with a local wine or brew, so it will celebrate local flavors and ingredients.

Friday, November 8th

  • Top Mixologist Competition
    • This kickoff to the culinary weekend includes the Top Mixologist Competition, where 12 local bartenders compete for the Top Mixologist honor.
  • Samplings
    • Sample food and drink at the Culinary Kickoff event
      • Over 30 vendors will be at this festival offering samples

Saturday, November 9th

  • Junior Chef Competition
    • During the Ashland Culinary Fest 2019, six teams from local high schools will be competing for the chance to shadow Festival Judges during the Top Chef Competition and will win a college scholarship. This competition will be similar to the Top Chef competition.
  • Top Chef Competition begins
    • The first round of the 2019 Top Chef Competition begins on Saturday

Sunday, November 10th

  • Top Chef Competition continues
    • See the final rounds of the Top Chef Competition and find out who’s crowned as the 2019 Top Chef!
  • Samples
    • Enjoy samples of food and drink from local vendors

Where to stay for Ashland Culinary Fest 2019

While you’re in Ashland, there are plenty of hotels you can stay at. When you visit Ashland, you’ll want to be close to the incredible restaurants, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, stores, and more! Stay at The Bard’s Inn and enjoy all of our amenities, complimentary breakfast, and close proximity to Main Street and downtown Ashland!

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