The history of the hazelnut in the Willamette Valley of Oregon dates back to the settlement of the valley by early French settlers. Today, more than 600 growers are located in the Willamette Valley – the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States. Held annually, there will be lots of vendors, along with authentic German and regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature hazelnuts. The festivities are from Dec. 6 - 8 at Mt. Angel Festhalle: 500 Wilco Hwy. NE in Mt. Angel. Go to www.hazelnutfest.org.