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Taste the Region

From fresh caught salmon on the Columbia River to foraged fungi finds in Mt. Hood National Forest, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region offers a number of food themed trip ideas to inspire both the casual and experienced foodie in you. Try the immense bounty of food, wines, craft beers, and ciders on the Hood River Fruit Loop or East Gorge Food Trail. Taste the traditions of Native American fishing in the Columbia River or step back in time for some saloon-style dining on the Oregon Trail. The region is your oyster... or more like pear tree... are you ready to take a bite?

Tastebound: A Culinary Tour of Oregon's Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge
Tastebound is a free, downloadable cookbook featuring 15 recipes from local chefs that highlight some of our best local ingredients. Our hope is that each recipe, story, and ingredient shared within these pages spurs within you a desire to learn more, participate in and pay respect to the tantalizing fruits of our lands, waterways and their caretakers. It is the family-owned farmers, Native fishers, inn-keepers, brewers, bakers and local makers who call this place home and invite you to join them in savoring it.
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Indigenous Foods, Culture, and History
Indigenous foods, culture, and history intertwine throughout the Columbia River Gorge. When you visit the Gorge today, the stories of Native Americans who’ve lived here for time immemorial spring forth and run deep and powerfully—just like the salmon and steelhead who’ve migrated through the Columbia River for thousands of years.
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East Gorge Food Trail
With plenty of small town charm, delicious farm-to-table dining spots, and orchard-fresh cideries, the East Gorge Food Trail promises a multi-day adventure filled with fun from Mosier to The Dalles and Dufur, as well as at so many spots in between.
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Hood River's Fruit Loop - A Culinary Journey
Enjoy one of Oregon’s most legendary food experiences by cruising through all 35 miles of the Hood River Valley’s Fruit Loop. From Hood River, to Oak Grove, to Odell and Parkdale, the 29 member stands boast unbelievably ripe and juicy fruits and veggies, flowers, wines, ciders, and delectable bites of fresh-baked foods.
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Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail
An on-farm cidery and a cutting-edge brewery concept from the mind of a brilliant biochemist are just a couple of the creative, innovative and tasty places waiting to be discovered. The Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail is a free mobile passport that will get you discounts and specials at 15 local breweries, cideries and distilleries, including to-go and outdoor options. If you redeem at 10 or more locations within a year, you can earn a Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail stainless pint glass.
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