Later this month, Broadway Street will become home to a variety of one-of-a-kind vendors, engaging activities for children and many opportunities to build community.
Estacada Uncorked, the award-winning food, brews and music event in its second year, is scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Saturday, June 24, on Broadway Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic, and participants can spend the evening exploring all that the event has to offer.
Like last year, Estacada Uncorked will feature local wines and microbrews. This year, there is an additional emphasis on artisan food and drink vendors based in Clackamas County. Offerings range from cider and mead to granola and lavender culinary items.
"We're keeping things fresh and changing as we go," said Robyn Beisell of the Estacada Development Association, the force behind the event. "We don't want to do exactly the same thing every year."
Tickets for the event are available for purchase online at www.estacadauncorked.yapsody.com. Standard admission for adults is $15 per person and includes two drink tokens and a commemorative stemless wine glass.
This year, Estacada Uncorked will be home to 28 booths total, featuring artisan food and drink vendors, children's art projects, the Estacada Chamber of Commerce and Orchid Health's Wade Creek Clinic.
Organizers are eager to share the variety of artisan food and drink items at the event.
"No two items are alike. Every single one is different," Beisell said. "We hope to have attendees discover something new."
Drinks at the event will include microbrews, cider, mead and wines.
"(The event is) an opportunity to introduce new innovators to the people of Estacada," Beisell added, noting that she hopes all attendees discover something new.
In addition to discovering new food and drink, the development association also hopes to showcase all that Estacada has to offer.
"We want to share all the good that's here," Beisell said, encouraging those who plan to attend to invite their friends and family as well. "(The event is) a way for residents to celebrate home and visitors to feel welcome."
To encourage out of town guests to further explore the area, the Estacada Development Association has partnered with several local lodging businesses to reserve blocks of rooms, some of which will be available at discounted prices. These locales include Wonser Woods, Best Western Sandy and yomes, which are
a cross between a yurt and
a dome, at Promontory
Park Campground. For
more information, see the website.
Another new element of the event this year will encourage participants to explore other aspects of Estacada. The event's ticket packages, meant for two people, include an hour long kayaking or paddle
board session with Clackamas River Outfitters on Estacada Lake, lunch at the Mason Jar and two pints and a growler container and fill up at Clackamas River Growlers, as well as admission to Estacada Uncorked.
The package, a $120 value, is available for $85. For those who are unable to attend Estacada Uncorked, another package for two that includes the items from Clackamas River Outfitters, the Mason Jar and Clackamas River Growlers is available for $60. All package items must be used on June 24. Both packages can be purchased online.
Last year, the Estacada Uncorked was honored with an Oregon Main Street Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award in the "Best Special Event" category. The ceremony recognized outstanding downtown events, festivals or promotional series.
Connie Redmond, a member of the Estacada Development Association, enjoys the event's community feel.
"We want people to feel welcome. (We hope they) come to the event and feel like they're in a living room," she said. "There was such excitement that first year. I want to see that energy come back."
Both Redmond and Beisell believe the event is valuable to the town's burgeoning identity, which they are eager
to share with anyone interested.
"We were a timber town for so long, (but) we've transitioned to a family oriented, cultural type community," Redmond said. "We've gone past being a timber town."