by Linda Pinkham
Saturday & Sunday
April 27 & 28
What could possibly be better than taking a leisurely stroll through Ashland’s art galleries throughout downtown and the city’s Historic Railroad District to enjoy local artists’ works? Add tasting local wines and brews, paired with gourmet bites from noteworthy Ashland restaurants and food carts, and it becomes a hedonist’s dream come true in an immersive sensory experience.
Celebrating its thirtieth year, A Taste of Ashland is the Ashland Gallery Association’s major fund-raising event where “Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the West Coast follow a map to 17 galleries to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines.”
This year’s event is Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Despite the event’s popularity, tickets are limited to ensure the experience is not over-crowded. Ticket prices are $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only, and $45 for Sunday only.
While nearly all the galleries are within walking distance, a free trolley is available for rides to all 17 galleries. The Ashland Gallery Association recommends the purchase of weekend tickets to allow a more leisurely experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.atasteofashland.com. A complete list of the 2019 pairings can also be found on the website.
Tickets are also available at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from noon to 2 p.m., April 20-26 and on the days of the event. The ticket price includes a commemorative wine glass, a colorful food, and beverage guide and walking map. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Ashland Gallery Association to support its year-round promotion of visual arts and arts education in Ashland.