Central Point

The location of the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Central Point does get a lot of action. Among the many popular events which take place here, visitors and residents interested in learning more about green practices and techonologies, of which the Southern Oregon area is a leader in theory and practice, might want to attend the Oregon Green Expo, as part of the Field & Stream Festival in October at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

The Oregon Cheese Festival is hosted each March by the Rogue Creamery, which has distinguished itself internationally for its incredible blue cheeses, including the prestigious World's Best Blue at the 2003 World Cheese Awards in London and the coveted Best New Product in the World Award at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Food Show in New York.

Lillie Belle Chocolates is located next door to Rogue Creamery in downtown Central Point. Chocolatier Jeff Shepherd was been chosen as one of the top ten chocolatiers in the United States in 2009.  This award, from Dessert Professional magazine, honors the ten North American-based chocolatiers whose confectionery craft exemplifies the use of chocolate, and whose contributions have elevated the chocolate industry.  The awards ceremony celebrating these talented artisans was the main media attraction at the 12th annual New York Chocolate Show on October 30th, 2009.   

According to Dessert Professional magazine, “each of the ten has taken a different path to cacao success. Some were pastry chefs, while others have more confection backgrounds. Some are self-taught, while others have been classically trained at culinary academies worldwide. Some chose to start their own companies, while others showcase their talent at the companies--both large and small--lucky enough to have them. All are valuable ambassadors promoting one of the world's most popular foodstuffs -- chocolate.” 


...Even the small towns around here have a way of distinguishing themselves, nationally and internationally, and we're grateful for the diversity of excellence in art, culture and culinary delights that call Southern Oregon home!