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Eugene/Newport Convivia, March 8-9, 2008

SAVE THE DATE!


Mark your calendars!! It’s a weekend in Newport and an opportunity to get to know Slow Food Newport members. Oregon Coast magazine in the November/December issue gave full coverage to Newport and its 125th celebration. In March you’ll meet several of the people mentioned in the articles.

In one article they state, “Newport is the last community on the Oregon coast where fishing produces more personal income than tourism – - $95.4 million vs $89.9 million in 2003, the last year in which statistics are available.” Slow Food Newport members will probably have something to share about harvesting or consuming seafood.
Saturday afternoon
  • seafood and wine pairing at the Nye Beach Gallery
  • dock walk to take a closer look at the fishing vessels in the harbor
  • presentations on wave energy, barcoding fish products, zero fish waste recycling and connecting local growers with local businesses

Saturday evening

Dinner served at Local Oceans where owner, Laura Anderson buys seafood from the local fleets

Sunday morning

Clamming with instructor, Bill Lackner. He will take us to Siletz Bay to dig purple varnish clams. He says you’ll have your limit in 30 minutes. You’ll need a license, shovel or spade, bucket or bag and really old shoes. Besides the shoes there are several locations on the harbor where needed items may be purchased.

There are several alternatives for lodging. A few of the Newport members will be offering home stays to Eugene Slow Food members and we are looking into best rates at motels in the area. This information will be included in the registration form that will be sent early February.
You may participate in all of the activities of the weekend or just some of them. The presentations and dinner location will depend on the numbers involved. If you are giving this serious consideration, please send a message to nicki_maxwell@comcast.net and let her know. It will help a lot in planning.

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