Durant, founded by Penny and Ken Durant has expanded since its inception in 1973. Run by their son, Paul Durant, today the property at Red Ridge Farms includes everything from Durant vineyards and tasting room, to one-of-a-kind lodging, a boutique plant nursery/gift shop, established gardens, and nature trail. In 2008, the Durant’s founded Durant Olive Mill, consisting of 17 acres of olive trees and a state-of-the-art Italian olive mill. Durant Olive Mill is the premier purveyor of Oregon milled extra virgin olive oil and home to the annual Olio Nuovo (meaning new oil) Festival.

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“We are so excited to be back for the annual Olio Nuovo Festival, this year in person, with our friends, family, and guests, for the whole month of November,” said owner, Paul Durant. “For the safety of guests and staff, we have expanded the three-day festival to a month-long celebration. It is our hope that this year’s celebration is an exciting mix of modern experiences and traditional events, honoring our Italian-inspired freshly milled Oregon Olio Nuovo Extra Virgin Olive Oil.”

This year’s festival is complete with a cooking class series, gardening workshops, Olio Nuovo tastings, Durant Vineyard’s new release Brut, olio nuovo, and oyster weekly happy hour event, as well as, a weekend marketplace featuring local food producers, a woodfired food cart, and live music every weekend, November 1 – November 30, 2021.

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Event highlights include:

    • Olive Mill Tours – Daily at 10am, $10 (Advance reservations are required)
      • Experience the only Olioteca in Oregon, Durant Olive Mill. This daily guided tour offers a succinct history of the farm, an exploration into growing olives in the NW, and a guided look at the process of making award-winning extra virgin olive oil.
    • Olio Nuovo Tasting Bar – Daily 10am to 4pm, Complimentary
        • Experience the distinct flavors of freshly milled extra virgin olive oil by tasting at Durant’s hands-free, open-air olive oil tasting bar. Try each olive variety, side by side, exploring the unique flavor characteristics found in the various olive cultivars.
    • Olio Nuovo Cooking Series – Dates listed below, $120 (Advance reservations are required, Max 12 attendees)
      • Cooking with high-quality, freshly milled olio nuovo is a one-of-a-kind experience. This fresh, fragrant, bright green oil is left unfiltered, allowing the notable flavors of extra virgin olive oil to shine. Each variety of oil has its own unique flavor profile and can be used in any dish calling for extra virgin olive oil.
        • Fresh Pasta Making with Chef Leta Merrill (Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 6 – 8pm)
        • Italy meets Japan with Chef Megan Barrie (Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 6 – 8pm)
        • Traditional Tuscan Supper with Chef Paolo Calamai (Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 6 – 8pm)
    • Oysters & Olio Happy Hour – Saturday, November 13, 20, & 27 from 1 – 4 pm, $30 per person (Reservations recommended)
      • A Durant-style happy hour featuring freshly shucked Pacific oysters, drizzled with a freshly milled olio nuovo mignonette, and served with the newest release, Durant Vineyards 2018 Brut Sparkling Wine.
    • Gardening & Craft Workshops – Dates listed below, $85 (Advance reservations are required)
      • Wire, Moss & Vine Cornucopia Workshops (Saturday, November 13, 10am OR 2pm)
      • Evergreens Hanging Basket Workshops (Saturday, November 27, 10am OR 2pm)
    • Local Marketplace – Weekends in November, 10am – 4pm, complimentary
      • Join Durant each weekend for an open-air Local Marketplace to experience some of the area’s top artisanal food producers, food trucks, and live music!
      • November 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28, 2021
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For a full lineup of events, visit: https://durantoregon.com/events/olio-nuovo-festival/

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