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A Taste of Ashland 2013

A Taste of Ashland is "Ashland's most delicious art show," featuring small bites by 22 restaurants and wine flights by 17 regional wineries at 17 Ashland galleries.

The 24th annual art walk, a fundraiser for the Ashland Gallery Association, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28.

"The weather is going to be amazing — 72 degrees and sunny," says Jeff Jones, event coordinator.

Tickets cost $45 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday or $55 for both days and are available through Friday at Illahe Studios & Gallery, the Ashland Art Center, www.atasteofashland.com or by calling 541-292-2302. Tickets also can be purchased between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk. Ticket holders can pick up their commemorative glass, food and beverage guide and tour map at the kiosk at that time.

Galleries are numbered on the map, but tasters are free to begin the tour anywhere along the route, Jones says, but keep in mind, No. 17 — Ashland Artworks — will be the only gallery serving dessert — chocolate cupcakes, and marionberry, peach and strawberry-rhubarb pies on Saturday, and coconut dream bars, brownies, and chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and oatmeal-raisin cookies on Sunday, all by Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery.

"You drink your wine, you eat your food, and you walk outside and down the street to the next gallery, where there's more great artwork, food and wine," Jones says.

"You can get pretty full with all those bites."

Several new restaurants were added to the 2013 A Taste of Ashland roster, including the forthcoming restaurant Salame, which will be serving Italian tapas at Nimbus; Boulton & Son Butchers with savory palmiers at Ashland Art Center; Milagros Fresh Mexican (Sunday only) with chips and three varieties of salsa at Gathering Glass Studio; Blue Greek on Granite with moussaka, spanakopita and falafels with tahini sauce at Hilltop Gallery; Alchemy with crostinis topped with pork belly rillettes, as well as endives stuffed with roasted beets, Stilton cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds, at Houston's Custom Framing; and Heartsong Pasta Co. (Saturday only) with traditional beef raviolis and goat cheese and sun-dried tomato raviolis at Illahe Studios & Gallery.

New wineries include Simple Machine, 2 Hawk Winery, Dana Campbell Vineyards and Belle Fiore Winery.

Jones says he's particularly excited about the Reuben sandwiches by Brothers' Restaurant paired with Caldera Brewing Co.'s Ashland Amber Saturday at Gathering Glass Studio.

Most galleries are within walking distance from one another; however, after a few bites and glasses of wine, some folks may want to take advantage of All Aboard Trolley's free, fun shuttle service, offered from noon to 4 p.m. to all galleries on the map. A separate shuttle will run from the corner of A and Fourth streets to Hilltop Gallery and back.

Tasters enjoy a glass of wine in Hanson Howard Gallery at the 2012 A Taste of Ashland. - Photo courtesy of Steve Addingto