Special set up hours and days are as follows: Thursday, January 26th from 2 pm to 8 pm Friday, January 27th from 7 am to 3 pm Vendors are allowed access to the buildings one hour prior to public opening with credentials. Food vendors may make arrangements for earlier access.
Friday, January 27th from 4 pm to 10 pm Saturday, January 28th from NOON to 10 pm
Clean up is not permitted prior to advertised closing Saturday, January 28th at closing – 10:15 pm to Midnight Sunday, January 29th 8 am to 11 am
Any additional questions please contact Key directly 503-597-2024.
First Taste exhibits and exhibitors must comply with appropriate local and state fire regulations. More information can be found on the Salem Fire Department Website or by contacting them directly at 503-588-6245. First Taste Oregon has an active occupancy permit on file with the Fire Department.
The Red Lion Hotel Salem is our host hotel for First Taste Oregon. Special exhibitor rates start at $79 plus applicable taxes. The hotel is located at 3301 NE Market, Salem OR 97035. The Red Lion Salem is located within one mile of First Taste and complimentary shuttles are provided directly to and from the event.
Liquor Liability and OLCC Permit:
First Taste Oregon must receive an Oregon Liquor Control Commission special event permit application and fee payable to OLCC from any alcohol related exhibitors. Pre filled forms include required information and are provided for you to use. PLEASE USE OUR FORMS! First Taste Oregon is responsible to the OLCC for the master alcohol plan which includes the individual exhibitors. This plan will be printed and handed out to all exhibitors at the event. Brewery Form, Distillery Form, Winery Form
Restaurant Health Permits:
All restaurants, culinary, and caterers are required to have a temporary restaurant license through the Marion County Health Department. You can reach them at 503-588-5346 or online at http://www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/EHS/Pages/rules.aspx Permits are to be filed at least 5 days prior to the event to avoid late fees.
Exhibitor sales at First Taste are encouraged by the taste, glass, or where permitted, by the bottle or case. Complying with OLCC rules, never open any bottle for consumption at the event. Onsite consumption is permitted only by the taste or by the glass. Growlers may be filled by those exhibitors with proper licensure, but must not be consumed at the event. Exhibitors should tape or secure growler tops for transport. First Taste door monitors will not allow unsecured or partially filled growlers to leave the event.
All exhibitors are encouraged to sell merchandise to event attendees! Wine glasses, shirts, hats and other merchandise are all great ways to ensure your time at First Taste is not only successful but profitable. Please note, First Taste Oregon merchandise area will also be selling wine glasses and beer glasses and event branded merchandise.
Exhibitors offering samples and tastes will need to provide plastic glasses for sampling. All samples must comply with OLCC guidelines. The First Taste info booth will be selling a limited number of full size event glasses but sample sized glasses will not be sold or provided
Sample and Taste Pricing:
First Taste Oregon does not set prices, however reasonable per sample costs are encouraged. The event promotes fees ranging from $1 and up.
First Taste does not sell taste coupons, tickets or tokens. However, First Taste does have VIP packages that may include complimentary tastings as provided by some exhibitors. Exhibitors wishing to donate tastes to the VIP packages are encouraged to do so. Complimentary tastings are another way exhibitors can receive promotion at the event. Please contact First Taste management to donate.