High Desert Food Trail, a self-guided culinary experience, is in full swing for the summer season

BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – The High Desert Food Trail was created by High Desert Food and Farm Alliance with Travel Oregon, Visit Central Oregon and Oregon Food Trails. This is a self-guided tour of central Oregon’s farms, restaurants, cafes, breweries, distilleries, and culinary experiences to taste your way through the region and have captivating and unique experiences with work area trusses.

Launched in November 2021, the High Desert Food Trail is one of many food trails in the state, but the only one east of the Cascades. Central Oregon is known for its outdoor adventures, and one of the best ways to connect to the land is through food.

The High Desert Food Trail helps visitors and locals discover the culinary and agritourism opportunities that make this region unique. The trail includes 45 businesses, including farms, ranches, restaurants, farmers’ markets, artisan food and beverage makers, and accommodations. All of these stops along your journey will help you connect with the diverse businesses, landscapes, and cultures of the high desert. Marvel at stunning landscapes, feast on artisanal offerings and experience resilient agriculture. There’s something for everyone on the High Desert Food Trail.

When asked about her experience as a business on the High Desert Food Trail, Adrienne Baumann, owner of Legend Cider Co., expressed her excitement at being able to share her craft drinks with visitors and community members:

“At Legend Cider Co., we believe that helping our local community grow and prosper is just as important as making great cider. HDFT helped us highlight just how special our little part of Oregon is by guiding off-the-beaten-path visitors to their new favorite pint stop in South Deschutes County… We’re honored to be in the company of other high caliber small businesses and love that our guests have a curated list of great places to find great local produce. HDFT takes the guesswork out of your next quest for additional special local products. See you on the track!”

Visitors to the trail can choose their own path or follow one of three highlighted themes and routes – stunning landscapes, artisanal offerings and resilient agriculture. Additionally, HDFFA has partnered with its sponsor Bend Electric Bikes to provide bike routes in Bend, Redmond and Sisters. What better way to experience the trail than on an electric bike, savoring your environment with your hair in the wind? Visit hdffa.org/hdft to download full trail maps and cycling routes.

Although the trail is open year-round, some businesses are only open to the public seasonally. With the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to lean into one of these routes or explore these self-guided trips at your own pace.

Learn more about the High Desert Food Trail and find your adventure at hdffa.org/hdft. This project is funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Grant [grant no. 2020-70017-32426] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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