Month long festivities to include olive oil tasting bar, olive mill tours, and open-air marketplace featuring food trucks and artisanal food makers.
Dayton, Ore. (October 25, 2022) – Durant, home to the Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and Oregon’s only commercial olive mill, has announced the return of its popular Olio Nuovo Festival, which will take place throughout the month of November. The festivities, which will showcase the award-winning Durant Olive Mill extra virgin olive oil, will include “Oysters and Olio” happy hours, the Olio Nuovo tasting bar, olive mill tours, and an open-air Local Marketplace with some of the area’s top artisanal food producers, food trucks, and live music.
“We are thrilled to announce the return of the annual Olio Nuovo Festival, and are looking forward to sharing these fun culinary experiences with guests throughout the month of November,” said owner, Paul Durant. “As the only commercial olive mill in Oregon, we’re excited to share some behind-the-scenes of how our Italian-inspired freshly milled extra virgin olive oil is made, as well as take the opportunity to celebrate other culinary artisans throughout Oregon wine country.”
This year’s event will take place from November 1 – 30, 2022, and will feature:
Durant Olive Mill Tours – Daily at 10 am, $10 (advance reservations are required): Experience the only Olioteca in Oregon: Durant Olive Mill. This daily guided tour offers a succinct history of the farm, an exploration into growing olives in the Northwest, and a guided look at the process of making award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of the mill in operation and be able to taste fresh olio still warm from the mill (active milling cannot be guaranteed, but is a special surprise if it is happening!). This leisurely tour will conclude with an olio nuovo extra virgin olive oil tasting in the Red Ridge Farms Gift Shop.
Monday – Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm
Olio Nuovo Tasting Bar at the Durant at Red Ridge Farms Gift Shop; Daily 10 am – 4 pm, complimentary (no reservations required): Experience the distinct flavors of freshly milled extra virgin olive oil by tasting at our hands-free, open-air olive oil tasting bar. Try each olive variety, side by side, exploring the unique flavor characteristics found in the various olive cultivars. Visitors will be able to get cooking and pairing advice from educated team members while shopping the selection of olio nuovo extra virgin olive oil – from small gift bottles to full gallon sizes.
Open-Air Local Marketplace at Durant Vineyards Tasting Room (free admission): On weekends throughout November, visitors are invited to the open-air Local Marketplace to experience some of the area’s top artisanal food producers, food trucks, and live music. Shop from local makers, bakers, farmers, and more. Durant Vineyards wines will be available for purchase by glass or bottle at the Marketplace tent (vendors vary by weekend).
Saturdays & Sundays in November
10 am – 4 pm
Marketplace Vendors and Food Trucks
Soup Meets Soul
Harvest Moon Experience
Humble Pie Baking Co.
Rough Cut Soap
Albina City Nuts
Nestucca Bay Creamery
Ø Horizon Provisions
Baird Family Orchards
Oysters & Olio Happy Hours at the Durant Olive Mill (reserve in advance; tickets are $40 each): Join in for a fun Durant-style “bubbles and bites” happy hour. Each ticket includes four freshly harvested Pacific Oysters topped with an Olio Nuovo mignonette and a glass of Durant Vineyards 2019 Brut. Additional oysters, sparkling wine, and Olio Nuovo will be available for purchase during the event.
Dates: Saturday, November 12, 19, & 26; 1 pm – 4 pm
Admission: $40 per ticket
Purchase event tickets here
Holiday Decor at the Nursery; daily 10 am – 4 pm (free admission): Visitors are invited to shop the Nursery for natural greens, wreaths, and pottery.
Holiday Gift Shopping at the Durant at Red Ridge Farms Gift Shop; daily 10 am –
4 pm (free admission): Taste and shop some of Oregon’s top food producers while perusing the well curated selection of cookbooks, houseplants, local art, olive oil body care, and handcrafted pottery.
Durant was founded by Penny and Ken Durant in 1973. Run by their son, Paul Durant, the property at Red Ridge Farms includes the Durant Vineyards & Tasting Room, Durant Olive Mill, one-of-a-kind lodging, a boutique plant nursery and gift shop, established gardens, and a nature trail. Durant Olive Mill, which was founded in 2008, consists of 17 acres of olive trees and a state-of-the-art Italian olive mill. Durant Olive Mill is the premier purveyor of Oregon milled extra virgin olive oil.
For a full lineup of events, visit: https://durantoregon.com/
Founded in 1973 in scenic Dayton, Ore., Durant includes Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, charming accommodations at the one-bedroom Garden Suite and two-bedroom Stonycrest Cottage, and Oregon’s only commercial olive mill, Durant Olive Mill. As pioneers in Oregon’s wine-making industry, the Durant family has become renowned for bright Pinot Gris, lively Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Brut, and food-friendly Pinot Noir. In 2008, Durant founded Durant Olive Mill, consisting of 17 acres of olive trees and a state-of-the-art Italian olive mill. Durant Olive Mill is the premier purveyor of Oregon milled extra virgin olive oil and home to the annual Olio Nuovo Festival. Year-round, visitors are invited to stroll the grounds to see the beautiful gardens, hedges and koi pond, peruse the artful garden pottery for sale and admire the fragrant plantings of rosemary, lavender and other herbs. For more information or to purchase Durant goods online, visit: https://durantoregon.com/.