Cork & Barrel 2024: Wine, Food, and Philanthropy

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Mark your calendars and raise your glasses to Cork & Barrel 2024! Get ready for an exciting weekend as Cork & Barrel, the beloved three-day food and wine series, returns to its outdoor roots at COCC’s athletic field. Benefiting KIDS Center, this year’s event shines its light on Napa Valley wines through gourmet experiences and community spirit from July 18 to 20.

Wine Makers Dinners in Bend

The festivities start on Thursday, July 18, with two exclusive Winemaker Dinners. Flights Wine Bar will collaborate with Silver Oak Cellars, and Cellar 65 will team up with Chase Cellars, offering an intimate and exquisite dining experience.

Sip: A Wine Tasting Extravaganza

On Friday, July 19, from 4:30-7:30 pm, the big tent at COCC will host Sip, a popular wine tasting reception. More than 400 guests will enjoy tasting sips and samples from seven visiting Napa Valley wineries. But that’s not all! You’ll also find locally-crafted beer, cider, and canned cocktails from favorites like Avid Cider Co., Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, and more.

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Local eateries will provide delicious small bites, including sweets from Elly’s Ice Cream and savory options from Roam. For non-alcoholic beverages, Bigfoot Beverages returns as the zero-proof sponsor. As you sip and savor, enjoy the smooth sounds of The Groove Merchants, a local jazz band. The night will conclude with two big raffle drawings, each offering a $1,000 cash prize. Attend Sip of Cork & Barrel.

Grand Cru: The Gala Event

Saturday, July 20, from 4:30-9:30 pm, marks the grand finale with the Grand Cru event. The evening begins with a Winemakers’ Reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres by Zydeco and live jazz by The Telegraph Trio Plus. Then, guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by Franco Console, Executive Chef of Ashland Springs Hotel and The Neuman Hotel Group.

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Dinner will be paired with exquisite wines from Napa’s Canard Vineyard and Charles Krug, along with beer pairings from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and Sunriver Brewing Company. During dinner, guests can participate in a live auction to support KIDS Center services, bidding on exciting packages while contributing to a worthy cause. Attend Grand Cru.

Silent and Online Auctions

Both Sip and Grand Cru will feature silent auctions where you can bid on a variety of items. Additionally, the Cork & Barrel Online Auction will be open from July 15 to July 20. If you can’t make it in person, proxy bidding is available for the impressive packages in the Grand Cru Live Auction. You can preview the live auction packages online starting July 15.

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Courtesy: Cork & Barrel

The Party Continues

The excitement doesn’t stop in July. Tickets are also on sale for two exclusive fall parties benefiting KIDS Center. The 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball, sponsored by Hanai Center, is set for October 12, 2024. Poker Night at The Loft of Bend, sponsored by Saalfeld Griggs, will take place on November 7, 2024. Grab your tickets online at

Supporting KIDS Center

Cork & Barrel is a vital fundraiser for KIDS Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse. This event raises about 20% of KIDS Center’s annual budget, funding essential services like child abuse evaluations, family advocacy, and therapy for affected children and families.

Cork & Barrel 2024

Don’t miss out on this fantastic weekend of food, wine, and fun, all while supporting a great cause. Visit for event details, tickets, raffle tickets, and auction information.

About KIDS Center

Built by the community 29 years ago, KIDS Center leads the region’s response to child abuse, offering vital services free of charge. The nonprofit also runs a robust education program to prevent child abuse before it starts. Serving a six-county area, KIDS Center is a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center.

For more information, visit or call (541) 383-5958. If you have concerns about a child’s safety, call the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).


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