BBQ Competition and Spirits Tasting Comes to Redmond

John Stafford with Crafted-Life stopped by Central Oregon Daily to talk about the Oregon Crafted Swine & Spirits BBQ Festival, featuring 20 teams competing for cash prizes is happening in Redmond at American Legion Community Park, Saturday and Sunday July 22-23 from noon to 6pm each day. The $10 admission includes five BBQ tasting tickets and $15 Spirits Package includes the BBQ tasting along with ten drink coupons.  More info HERE.

Redmond’s Second Annual Bacon & Brew Fest July 28th

Karen Sande, Redmond Chamber of Commerce Events Director, stopped by Central Oregon Daily to talk about the 2017 Bacon & Brew Fest happening July 28th in downtown Redmond.  The event is a chance to taste great beer, “pig out” on bacon and bid on some incredible items with all proceeds going to support free community events throughout the year, such as Music on the Green, annual parades and holiday decorations.  Tickets are $40, which include four drinks and lots of food!  RSVP’s are required.

Bend Your Ear: Central Oregon School of Ballet Presents Sleeping Beauty

Donna visits with ballet dancer Elizabeth Voiles at Strictly Organic Coffee.  Elizabeth and her husband Josh will be dancing the lead roles in the Central Oregon School of Ballet production of “Sleeping Beauty” July 22 at Bend High.  Elizabeth talks about what the audience can expect at the performance and gives some background on the classic ballet.

28th Annual Oregon High Desert Classics Benefits Youth

Since 1989, the Oregon High Desert Classics have drawn top riders from all over the Western U.S. and Canada to compete to benefit J Bar J Youth Services. Peggy Carey, J Bar J’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, stopped by Central Oregon Daily to talk about the 2017 Classics, happening July 18-23 and July 26-30.  The daily show is free for spectators, but you can get more info and reserve tickets for the Grand Prix Dinner HERE.

Eberhard’s Dairy Congratulates Solar Ice Cream Contest Winner

Bob Eberhard of Eberhard’s Dairy in Redmond stopped by Central Oregon Daily with samples of their new ice cream flavor “Solar Swirl,” which was created by Marissa White.  Marissa won the Eberhard’s Solar Eclipse Ice Cream contest in honor of the upcoming total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017.  Marissa’s winning entry features vanilla ice cream, caramel swirls, marshmallows and small fudge chunks!

Jack Compares Real Estate Prices in Lawrence, KS

We all know home prices in Bend continue to rise and for the average household income it’s near impossible to afford the median price of homes in Bend. Each week Jack Church searches to see what the average income can purchase in Bend while also comparing this to cities of similar size in other states around the country. This week our comparison city is Lawrence, Kansas with a population close to the same as Bend.

The Central Oregon Wine Event is Back July 20-22

Sarah Walcott and Robin Antonson from KIDS Center visit with Central Oregon Daily about the 2017 Cork & Barrel wine event happening July 20-22 at various locations in Bend. This benefit for the KIDS Center features Winemaker Dinners, Food and Wine Pairings at “A Sip of Cork & Barrel,” a Super Silent Auction and the Grand Cru where guests can mingle with the winemakers and enjoy a five course gourmet dinner and dancing.

This year’s theme is “A Taste of the Pacific Northwest” and features wines from Walla Walla, the Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge.