MEDFORD, Ore. — The Pear Blossom Festival kicked off it’s 60th year and the flavors of Southern Oregon were bursting Friday night at the Pear A Fare.
Dozens of local artisan food and wine companies come together under one tent. Companies say it’s a way to see familiar faces but to also market their business to new palettes. Schultz Wines is at the event for the second time. The winery is new to the Rogue Valley. It started up in 2010.
“We don’t have a tasting room. We have a small property off of Griffin Creek here in Medford, planting our first vineyard and future tasting room. But since we don’t have that, we look for opportunities like this to get out and meet people,” said Greg Schultz.
Also at the Pare A Fare for the second year in a row is Cakery Kisses. Owner Sjanna Sharbatz’s own creation is like a cake but doesn’t taste like one.
“People get to sample them for free and then they get to tell their friends how great they are and I get to see their reaction, which is fun for me because I watch their eyes and listen to what they say and they just love them,” said Sharbatz.
Sharbatz plans to come back next year to showcase her cakes and to also, sample other flavors of Southern Oregon.
“It’s fun and there’s a lot of great food and wine to taste,” said Sharbatz.
All of the proceeds are going in the form of scholarships through the Pear Blossom Festival and the American Culinary Federation.