Roomier WVVI welcomes coastal tastes... delicious & dollars too :-)
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A roomier Willamette Valley Vineyards welcomes a taste of the coast this weekend, and guests from around the area seem to appreciate both.
The 17th Annual Mo’s Crab & Chowder Festival kicked off with 500 attendees Friday evening – more than double that of a year ago – then kicked into full gear by early afternoon Saturday. A steady stream of visitors negotiating up the Turner area foothill at midday Saturday could be an early indicator of a banner event.
“We had just over two hundred on Friday last year,” said Christine Collier, direct sales manager for Willamette Valley Vineyards. “We had 500 people between 6 and 9 p.m. last night.”
The scenically-set WVV is undergoing the latter stages of a makeover that began last April with the upshot yielding room for about 250 more guests at a given time. Live music moved to the cellar amid the working wooden-cask décor lining the walls, while space upstairs afforded roomier environs for sipping and tasting.
Bob Scull, general manager for Mo’s Restaurants, said even the kitchen space was considerably roomier.
“We’ve been coming over here for 14 years,” Scull said, recalling some years of temperatures in the teens and grills tended out of doors. He gestured to a tub simmering 30 gallons of chowder as an example, along with a host of burners adjacent to it, and plenty of room for his staff of 14 to maneuver.