Dayton dishes up food, wine festival Sept. 20-22

Rachel Alexander, Walla Walla Union-BulletinSeptember 17, 2013 

DAYTON -- Tami Joy Miller is the woman behind TamiJoyFarm in Dayton, where she raises just about every vegetable known to man, as well as chickens, pigs and beef cattle in an expanded garden around her house.

She sells her harvest locally through a community-supported agriculture system where customers subscribe to receive a weekly box of produce.

As a member of Dayton's increasing local food scene, TamiJoyFarm will play host to the featured dinner for Dayton's upcoming Heirloom Gardeners Food and Wine Weekend, a new event designed to showcase the food and wine producers of the area.

Heirloom Food and Wine Weekend will take place Friday through Sunday in Dayton, and is a joint effort of the Port of Columbia, the Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Historic Depot.

The weekend includes a range of events, including a cheese tasting at Monteillet Fromagerie, tours of several local museums and a night of live music at Mace Mead Works.

TamiJoyFarm will hold a tomato tasting and dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests can sample a variety of locally grown heirloom tomatoes, as well as wines and mead, before being served a dinner featuring dishes made by chefs from Dayton restaurants.

Miller's pasture-raised pork will be featured in a German sausage processed by Tucannon Meats.

"The idea is to try to showcase our local chefs, our local produce, our local wines and mead -- just showcase what we're doing here in Dayton," Miller said.

Miller also hopes guests will come away from the event with a better knowledge of heirloom tomato varieties, which are often more flavorful than their hybrid counterparts.

A weekend package is available for visitors and includes a one-night stay in either the Weinhard Hotel or Dayton's Best Western, as well as two tickets to Saturday's dinner, a cheese tasting, two local museums and a live music night.

Single-event tickets can also be bought, and many of the weekend's events are free, including tours of local gardens.

For more information, including pricing, go to or call the chamber at 509-382-4825.

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