Whether your belly is growling for a gourmet meal or locally-brewed craft beer, you’ll find everything you’re craving when you embark on a culinary adventure in Bend, Oregon.
If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen during your Bend vacation, hit the Bend Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. June through October or the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Northwest Crossing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through September. You can stock up on scrumptious local produce and fresh meats and cheeses, or just browse baked goods and fresh flowers. For another look at local food, check out the Central Oregon Locavore marketplace to buy goodies, learn about on-farm education, or get details on farm-to-table dinners.
Hungry for locally-raised meats? Visit Pono Farm Butcher Shop or Primal Cuts for fresh selections and a cool vibe. Add some zing to your meal with a stop at Savory Spice Shop for herbs, rubs, and seasonings. After that, wander next door to Ginger’s Kitchenware to browse beautiful, high-end culinary gadgets and check out their incredible list of classes. Next, head downtown to Navidi’s Olive Oils & Vinegars to sample an amazing array of oils, balsamic vinegars, salts, and pastas sure to make your meal ten times tastier. Then head across the street to Kitchen Complements to browse an assortment of pots and pans, knives, and other foodie must-haves.
No kitchen? No problem. Head to the Pacific Northwest’s finest culinary arts center, Cascade Culinary Institute, and enjoy a scrumptious meal at their student-run restaurant, Elevation.
Feeling thirsty after all that good food? Breathe the earthy scents of a Central Oregon vineyard while sampling award-winning local wine at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, where their tasting room is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. Plan your vineyard visit for the tail-end of your week to enjoy great live music at their Thirsty Thursday or Fondue Friday events.
Of course, no Bend vacation is complete without sampling some local craft beer, and the Bend Ale Trail has it in spades. If you can’t pick between beer, wine, or distilled spirits, head out with the Bend Brew Bus for the Local Pour, a unique half-day tour that takes you to one brewery, one distillery, and one winery in Bend.