The Chehalem Cultural Center, downtown Newberg’s public art gallery and center for the arts, community, education, heritage, and inclusion, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) this year with multiple artist exhibitions and events throughout the month. This is the third year they have partnered with Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana to present this series of bilingual events. During harvest season throughout the Willamette Valley, several events will honor and celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic community to our wine region.
You can find wineries that offer tastings and tours in Spanish here.
Celebrating Hispanic Roots
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association is proud to sponsor Celebrating Hispanic Roots, formed by a small group of Oregon winery owners and winemakers who share a Hispanic background and have come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, 2021 in order to share their stories, display the diversity of the Hispanic cultures which span most of Latin America and Spain, and as small business owners give back to the Spanish-speaking community in Oregon. Each of these wineries will be offering special wine selections to commemorate this event and 10% of ticket and bottle sales will be donated to Adelante Mujeres Empresas Small Business Development Program that teaches and supports small business owners to create a vibrant local economy and open up opportunities for all individuals to pursue their dreams.
As part of the celebration, Celebrating Hispanic Roots will be holding an in-person event on Sunday, October 3rd at Beacon Hill Winery & Vineyard. We hope you will join us! GET TICKETS and learn more.
AHIVOY is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities and empowering Latinx and Hispanic vineyard workers of the Willamette Valley to overcome socioeconomic challenges. Throughout September and October, they're celebrating the Willamette Valley's amazing vineyard stewards on social media and through their online auction for education September 9–12. Follow them and learn more.
At the Chehalem Cultural Center
Currently on display through September 30th - Free Art Exhibition: Yolanda Valdés Rementería
A lifelong artist and advocate for equity, education, women’s rights, and farmworker rights, Ms. Yolanda Valdés-Rementería’s solo exhibition, “Explorando Nuestra Humanidad/Exploring our Humanity,” presents paintings inspired by unity, empathy, and celebrating diversity. A native of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Valdés-Rementería is a prolific Portland-based artist and instructor with deep roots in Oregon arts and Latino communities. On view Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. Admission is free.
September 14 - Dos Mundos Food Cart Second Location Grand Opening in Downtown Newberg
Newberg’s family-owned, destination worthy taco truck (widely considered some of the best tacos in Oregon) is opening a highly anticipated second location in downtown Newberg’s Bite of Newberg food cart pod. Chef Jesus Hernandez and his family plate up tacos, tostadas and burritos with fresh toppings and salsas, often selling out before the end of the day. Locals who flock to the cart daily for favorites like the freshly fried Baja fish or rich al pastor tacos are rejoicing for this new spot to open.
September 17th at 7pm - Concert: Martín Zarzar, Randa Benaziz & Ricárdo Cardenas
Enjoy a concert exploring the influence of Arabic music on Ibero-American music with Randa Benaziz (vocals and guitar), Ricardo Cárdenas (classical guitar), and Martín Zarzar (lute and percussion). Ricardo Cárdenas is a Eugene-based, classically trained guitarist and composer originally from Chile who has performed with legendary Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo and recorded with Steve Perry of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Zarzar, a native of Peru, is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter/producer who began his career as a mere teenager playing with the Al-Andalus Ensemble in Portland, and was a member of Pink Martini for 10 years. For more information on the artists, click here. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here. Food is available for advanced purchase.
October 5th - December 4th - Free Art Exhibition: Christie Tirado
Christie Tirado is a Mexican American artist and an art teacher in Yakima, Washington. Gráfica del Campo: Cultivando el Valle de Yakima/Gráfica del Campo: Cultivating the Yakima Valley, is a collection of her work depicting Mexican migrant farmworkers. From the artist’s statement: “The purpose of my art is to shed light on a demographic of people whose hard work often goes under-recognized and underappreciated. I want my prints not only to unveil narratives of this diaspora in the valley, but also spark conversations about the realities of the labor carried out by America’s essential workers, as well as highlight their value and contribution to this region and our nation’s overall economy.” On view Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. Artist’s reception Oct. 8th from 5-7pm.
October 13th at 6pm - Culinary Demonstration: Empanadas Throughout Hispanic Regions
Empanadas, crescent-shaped pastries baked or fried around savory or sweet fillings, are commonly found in every Hispanic country. In this culinary event, chefs from around Oregon will demonstrate how to make their empanadas and reveal the origins of the dish in Arab cuisine. Presenting chefs are Alejandro Diestra (Restaurante Andina), María García (Café Revolución), Alejandra Kochanowski (AleCocina), and Ricardo Martín (Antojitos Yucatecos). Tickets are $10 and available here.