Culinary Week Changes Name: Say Hello to Winterfest

The annual celebration of local food and drink, formerly known as “Corvallis Culinary Week,” has been given a fresh new name this year by organizer and promoter, Visit Corvallis. The event has been dubbed “Corvallis Winterfest,” with the expanded tagline, “A Celebration of food, drink, and culture.” 

What is Winterfest? This well-loved foodie event takes place January 21 through January 28, when participating local restaurants offer $15 entrées, specially created by each head chef. The entrée ingredients include locally-sourced foods, and for additional dollars, a beverage from a local brewery or winery is recommended to pair with each meal.

Participating Corvallis restaurants include Big River, 101 Eat & Drink, 2 Stones, Bellhop, DeMaggios, Caves, Bomb’s Away, Downward Dog, Cloud and Kelly’s, FireWorks, and the Mariott Bistro.  

Another addition to the festival this year is the first ever Art Bar, hosted by the Corvallis Arts Center. Art Bar takes place on Thursday, January 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.  This special event highlights the distilleries of the area. Participants include Vivacity Spirits, Spiritopia Liqueurs, and 4 Spirits Distillery. 

Each distiller will create a specialty cocktail, blending one of their signature beverages with selections from the two other distillers. Attendees can choose between one cocktail for $6, or a flight of sample cocktails for $10. A spread of complimentary appetizers will be served alongside the cocktails. 

A bonus will be free Corvallis Pedicab rides between the Arts Center and downtown Corvallis, where you can go visit participating galleries during the Corvallis Arts Walk, happening that same evening. 

Corvallis hotels are also joining forces with the culinary festivities. Both the Holiday Inn Express and the brand-new Marriott will be offering a special rate of $79 a night during Corvallis Winterfest. The Best Western, the Hilton Garden Inn, and Comfort Suites Corvallis will extend a special discount if you call for a reservation, using the phrase “Beaver Believer.”

For more information, including the Winterfest menu from each restaurant, visit https://visitcorvallis.com/culinary_week/.

By Jennifer Moreland

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