Details: Fourth Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival. Mar. 7-9; $20, tickets available from the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 East Main St., Ashland. Phone 1-888-795-4545.
* * *Then a reminder that the weekend after that is the Fourth Annual Oregon Cheese Festival at the Rogue Creamery in Central Point. You'll get a chance to sample and buy products from more than a dozen of the best artisan cheesemakers in the state, as well as select from the labors of several Oregon winemakers and also try other tasty artisan-made items. It's bound to be one of the highlights of the year for cheese-lovers, and if you haven't been down to that part of the state, it's a perfect excuse to explore that gorgeous area.
Details: Fourth Annual Oregon Cheese Festival. Mar. 14-16, 10 am-5 pm; $5 entry fee; $5 wine-tasting fee. At Rogue Creamery, 311 North Front St, Central Point. Phone 541-665-1155 x163.
* * *That same weekend is Double Mountain Brewery's First Anniversary Party in Hood River. Talk about the horns of a dilemma! They promise to have "special beers, including a new dry Irish Stout on nitro, some oak-aged experiments, and a stashed keg of the elusive Devil's Kriek" as well as "100 pounds of slow-smoked pork BBQ goodness and free live music throughout the day and night." Sounds like a party!
Details: Double Mountain Brewery's First Anniversary Party. Noon-11 pm, Mar. 15. Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, 8 Fourth St., Hood River. Phone 541-387-0042.