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Oregon Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Food and Wine Festival Comes to the Willamette Valley

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Fifteen AAPI-owned restaurants and wineries will be participating in this first-ever event 

Dayton, OR (March 20, 2023) Plans are underway for a two-day food and wine festival on May 20 and 21 from 11 am – 5 pm at the Stoller Family Estate Experience Center in Dayton. The first annual event of its kind is taking place in the Pacific Northwest during Oregon Wine Month and AAPI Heritage Month where attendees can enjoy curated bites from AAPI-owned Portland restaurants: Toki, Matta, HeyDay, Baon Kainan, Kim Jong Grillin, Bhuna, KauKau, Magna Kusina, Sibeiho and Sunrice and wineries CHO Wines, Et Filles, Evening Land, Hundred Suns and Shiba Wichern bringing an all-star line up to the event. 

Tickets are $65 and will be released to the public on Monday, March 20. Guests can select between 11AM-1PM, 1-3PM, 3-5PM tasting windows. The ticket price includes a souvenir cup, passport to tastings, ten bites from five chefs and ten wine tasters from five wineries. A different lineup of chef talent will be featured each day. Limited tickets available with Portland shuttle service for $105, made possible by sponsor NW Wine Shuttle. 

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up the fastest growing racial ethnic group in the United States: 25.6 million people in 2022, 8% of the population, according to Nielsen,” shares Oregon AAPI Food and Wine founder, Lois Cho. “Despite the rapid growth of this influential market segment, AAPI wine professionals are still one of a handful of professionals in the room which is why this event means 

so much to my husband and me. We’re able to bring together James Beard Award nominated AAPI chefs with AAPI-owned wineries that are on the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Top 100 lists .” 

Joining the event will be Ron Acierto, sommelier at Ōkta, who will be guiding wine pairings. Ōkta is a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. 

Find more information at oregonaapifoodandwine.com or follow @oregonaapifoodwine on Instagram to see the complete list of featured talent for each day. The event is still looking to finalize their sponsor list. If interested, email lois.cho@oregonaapifoodandwine.com for sponsorship inquiries. 

About Oregon AAPI Food + Wine 

Founded in 2023 by Lois Cho, Co-Founder/CEO of CHO Wines, Oregon AAPI Food + Wine is a nonprofit created to celebrate the diverse wine and culinary scene that makes the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon, so unique. The mission is to uplift AAPI food and wine businesses, promote diversity, educate the public regarding non-traditional food and wine pairings, and support like-minded organizations. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Our Legacy Harvested, a nonprofit also on a mission to educate, advance, and empower the BIPOC community in the wine industry.

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