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Special Event Winery

Fees

License Fee: $10 per license day
 

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Privileges and Requirements

Allows an Oregon Winery licensee to sell malt beverages, wine, and cider for drinking at a licensed special event, or in manufactured-sealed containers for off-site consumption. 

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Food Service Requirements

What amount of food must you provide?
Two different food items:
You must provide at all times and in all areas where alcohol service is available at least two different substantial food items.
 
 
What is a substantial food item?
This is a food item that is typically served as a main course or entrée. Some examples are fi sh, steak, chicken, pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. Side dishes, appetizer items, dessert items, and snack items such as popcorn, peanuts, chips and crackers do not qualify as substantial food items.
 
 
What does different mean?
Different means substantial food items that the OLCC determines differ in their primary ingredients or method of preparation. For example, a turkey sandwich differs from a salami sandwich, a beef burger differs from a turkey burger, and fried chicken differs from baked chicken. Different sizes of the same item are not considered different.
 
 
Is there an exception to providing the two different substantial food items?
The OLCC must determine that the clearly dominant emphasis is food service at all times in the area where alcohol service is available in order for you to provide only one substantial food item. The OLCC will work with you to make this determination prior to approving your application.
 
 
What does it mean to provide food service at all times an in all areas where alcohol service is available?
Patrons must be able to obtain food service inside the special event licensed area. You may use either of the following two methods to provide food service:


  • Within all areas where alcohol service is available, have the minimum required food items available for patrons at all times; or
  • Within all areas where alcohol service is available, have a menu of the minimum required food items (plus any other items you may choose to include) available for patrons at all times and be able to provide the food items in the area if a patron chooses to order food. The food items could be kept at a location other than the area where the alcohol is served; however, you must be able to provide the food items to the patron in the area where alcohol service is available.
 
 
Is providing tastings of alcohol considered providing alcohol service?
Yes, providing tastings of alcohol is considered providing alcohol service; therefore, the food requirements must be met.
 
 
Can I use food provided by a contractor(s) to meet the food requirement?
Yes, the food service may be provided by someone other than you; however, even if food service is provided by a contractor, you are fully responsible for compliance with the food requirements. You may sell or serve alcohol only when food service that meets the requirement is provided to patrons at all times and in all areas where alcohol service is available.
 
 
Who can the contract for the food service be with?
The contract can be between:
  • You (the OLCC licensee) and the food service contractor; or
  • The organizer of the event and the food service contractor.
 
 
Does the food service contract need to be in writing?
No, the food service contract does not need to be in writing; however, you may sell or serve alcohol only when food service that meets the requirement is provided to patrons at all times and in all areas where alcohol service is available.


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Laws and Rules

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are adopted, repealed and amended by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  
 
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are implemented by the OLCC. These regulations are proposed by, adopted, repealed and amended by the OLCC.

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Submitting the Application

You will be working with the office that covers the city or county where your event will be located.
  1. Complete the Special Event Winery application.
  2. Before submitting the application to the OLCC, take the completed application to the local government where the event will take place. The local government is either the local city if the event address is within the city’s limits, or the county if the event address is outside the city’s limits.  Get the application signed by the local government.
  3. Submit the application to the OLCC office that covers the city or county where the event will be located. 
  4. If the attendance per day in the area to be licensed (area where alcohol will be sold or consumed) is 501 or more, you must complete the Plan to Manage Special Events, unless the OLCC exempts you from this requirement.
  5. You may be required to submit an illustration of the licensed area showing the boundaries of the licensed area (Identifying a Special Event Licensed Premises).
 
If you need help completing your application, contact the OLCC office where you will be submitting your application packet.
 
OLCC Office Locations


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Application Forms

 

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For more information

If you need help completing your application, contact the OLCC office where you will be submitting your application packet.
 
OLCC Office Locations


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