The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the “Fungus Face-Off,” set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
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Big Sur River Inn
The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.
This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale through EventBrite starting July 2019.
The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.
Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.
In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.
With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”
The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.
For the second year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.
The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.
The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.
In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:
Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (PRWEB) – The 24th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza in Mammoth Lakes, California is gearing up for its High Sierra summer party with four days of music and two days of craft beer tasting, August 1st-4th, outdoors among the pines at The Woods at Mammoth Lakes.
More than 20 internationally known bands will perform on two stages including seven-time Grammy award winner Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite, Popa Chubby, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Sugaray Rayford, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Southern Avenue, Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, Sal’s Greenhouse, Dirty Cello, Emily Wolfe, Reverend Tall Tree & The Blackstrap Brothers, Kings & Associates, Chris Pierce, Katie Henry Band, The Sextones, and more.
“At 8,000 feet, our festival unites the best in craft beer and legendary blues at altitude,” says Sean Turner of Mammoth Brewing Company, host brewery of the event. “This year’s lineup is an incredible mix of celebrated blues performers and some emerging new acts.”
The Mammoth Festival of Beers boasts two days of beer tastings, both Saturday (12pm-5pm) and Sunday (12pm-4pm), showcasing more than 70+ breweries pouring over 200 beers, ciders, and hard kombuchas. A sampling of breweries include Mammoth Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Firestone Walker, Great Divide Brewing Co, San Diego, Sierra Nevada, Stone, and many, many more. The event benefits the California Craft Brewers Association, Infinite Music, One Tree Planted, and local nonprofit organizations. Along with the beer and blues, a variety of food purveyors will be on site. And for those that prefer grapes to hops, Paso Robles winery Castoro Cellars will be offering their signature wines.
Multi-day tickets are the festival’s best buy and those that purchase the Blues/Brews Ultimate Pass receive early entry to the festival and beer tastings each day.
Advance tickets are on sale and the festival is expected to sell out. Tickets are available online at http://www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com/tickets; and locally at the Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room. For updates and additional information, visit http://www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com, or call 888-99-BREWS (992-7397).
The Woods at Mammoth Lakes, is located at 5701 Minaret Road between Main Street and Meridian Boulevard. Mammoth Lakes is a mountain resort located near Yosemite National Park in the Eastern High Sierra off Highway 395, offering world-class golf courses, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and resort facilities. For additional information about camping or local accommodations, call 800-GO MAMMOTH or visit http://www.visitmammoth.com or http://www.mammothbluesbrewsfest.com/lodging.
Twenty-four years ago, Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza started in the parking lot of Whiskey Creek Restaurant in Mammoth Lakes, CA with just ten breweries and a couple of garage bands. From these humble beginnings, the event today attracts thousands of attendees from all over the world and is recognized as one of the best festivals of its kind in the United States.
PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) – The Oregon Truffle Festival, a Willamette Valley-based nonprofit organization and North America’s premier truffle celebration, announces dates for early 2020. The festival’s two weekends, spanning January 23-26, 2020 and February 14-16, 2020, are supported by the Willamette Valley Visitors Association through its Regional Grant Awards. The new grant, awarded in early 2019, promotes regional messaging to drive tourism in winter months and supports the festival’s year-round goals of building Oregon’s native truffle industry.
With four native Oregon truffles and the successful cultivation of prized European truffles in the Willamette Valley, the region is North America’s contribution to the short list of world-class truffle and wine regions. This singular culinary bounty in Oregon wine country, coupled with the winter timing of the truffle season, presented a perfect opportunity for collaboration between the festival and the Valley’s regional marketing organization.
The 2020 Oregon Truffle Festival will open with the world’s premier truffle dog competition, the Joriad™ North American Truffle Dog Championship, wherein spectators cheer for teams of truffle dogs and their trainers as they race to search for hidden truffle-scented targets. Aspiring foragers from far and wide will have the opportunity of finding their own truffles by registering their dogs for the popular two-day Truffle Dog Training camp on January 24 and 25.
The January weekend in Eugene and surrounding counties promises decadent dinners, wine pairing luncheons, cooking classes, a fresh truffle marketplace, and much more. The full lineup of events and participating chefs, restaurants, wineries, and culinary artisans will be made available on the Oregon Truffle Festival’s website in the coming months.
The February weekend, with its especially romantic timing in 2020, highlights the shared terroir of Oregon wine and truffles. Taking place at some of the region’s most notable wineries, the north Willamette Valley weekend will include truffle hunts, indulgent winery luncheons, decadent winemaker dinners, and a truffle brunch. The weekend will close with a festival favorite, the Newberg Fresh Truffle Marketplace, which brings together regional wines, artisan foods, and fresh local truffles.
Tickets to weekend packages and à la carte events will be released in September 2019.
The Willamette Valley Visitors Association and the Oregon Truffle Festival share the dual goals of raising awareness for the region as a year-round travel destination and driving economic impact to all parts of the region. Every year, the festival takes place across several Willamette Valley counties, including Yamhill, Marion, Polk and Lane counties, across two weekends and welcomes domestic and global travelers seeking the ultimate truffle and wine experience.
The small grant awarded by the Willamette Valley Visitors’ Association further supports the Oregon Truffle Festival’s seasonal programming, offering many more opportunities to discover the allure of Willamette Valley wine and truffle country. More details on events and workshops will be posted on the Oregon Truffle Festival’s website and social media channels as they are scheduled.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from Willamette Valley Visitors Association in utilization of Travel Oregon Regional Cooperative Tourism Program funds.
ABOUT THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has over two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are equally at home in the Willamette Valley. Around 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide, it is Oregon’s largest AVA. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon. The region is also a hub for native Oregon truffles and cultivated European varieties, placing the Willamette Valley on the short list of world-renown wine and truffles regions.
ABOUT THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY VISITORS ASSOCIATION
The Willamette Valley Visitors Association is a private, non-profit organization that supports travel and tourism in the Willamette Valley – Oregon Wine Country. Comprised of six destination marketing organizations, the Willamette Valley Visitors Association works to maintain the Willamette Valley as Oregon’s premier wine destination, while highlighting the culture, heritage and natural resources of the region. For more information, please visit oregonwinecountry.org or call (866) 548-5018
ABOUT THE OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
The Oregon Truffle Festival is North America’s premier event for truffle appreciation and education. Held every winter in the Willamette Valley, it attracts thousands of culinary travelers, chefs, growers, dog trainers, scientists and journalists from all over the globe for a series of dynamic and participatory events. The festival was founded in 2006 by renowned mycologist Dr. Charles K. Lefevre, OTF General Manager, Leslie Scott, and is run in partnership with OTF Culinary Director Charles Ruff. Dr. Lefevre is also the founder of New World Truffieres, a company specializing in truffle cultivation. Now planning its 15th year, the Oregon Truffle Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Follow the Oregon Truffle Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.
PASO ROBLES, Calif. (PRWEB) – The Paso Robles wine tours that are offered by Paradise Limousine Services are the perfect rides to take along the several area wine tasting trails, and beer and spirits tasting tours. The limo service drivers know some of the best-kept wine tasting secrets in the region.
Wine tasters can choose any one or combination of at least seven distinct winery trails, including downtown Paso Robles, or leave the day up to the knowledgeable drivers from Paradise Limousine Service to create a unique tasting and dining experience.
“We even help people customize their own tasting tour to make sure they get the chance to visit their favorite wineries,” said Owner Paul Eitel.
Winery trails in the Paso Robles area include:
- The Adelaida District that travels around the hills along Adelaida Road to Vineyard Drive, and includes a choice of wineries, some serving meals, and snacks for a full day of enjoyment.
- Highway 46 East features the Tobin James Winery, the cave tours at Eberle and some bocce ball at Robert Hall Winery.
- Highway 46 West includes more of the region’s family-owned wineries and a special visit to master gelatier, Leo Leo Gelato for dessert.
More winery trails include the Backroads Trail, the Union Road Wine Trail, and the Pleasant Valley Trail. Many of these trails intersect so there is the opportunity to visit many wineries in a single tour when the driver knows the back road connections.
Paradise Limousine also travels the wine trails in the San Luis Obispo wine region, giving visitors the chance to experience the full range of wine from the entire area.
Beer, distilled spirits and wine festivals are more tasting activities the Paso Robles area has to offer. More than a dozen breweries call the Paso Robles area home. A new Paso Robles Distillery Trail was created a few years ago so visitors can experience the unique spirits distilled from wine production.
Wine festivals, wine tasting events, winemaker’s dinners, concerts, and a variety of activities fill the community calendar all year round, and spring, summer, and early fall are particularly full of fun events.
Call Paradise Limousine Service to plan winery visits and wine tasting tours. Rely on Paradise Limo to customize a unique wine tasting experience or give the driver your personal itinerary for the day. Either way, relax and enjoy.
Paradise Limousine Service
1785 Bella Vista Ct.
Paso Robles CA 93446
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB) – America’s most renowned wine and food festivals have four main ingredients—celebrity winemakers, top culinary talent, informative tasting seminars, and elements that highlight and celebrate current trends. The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25 – 28, combines these elements to create the ultimate wine weekend in Northwest Florida. Held in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, the 2019 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will feature a dazzling roster of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, brew masters and entertainers while presenting popular features, including the Rosé All Day Garden, provocative seminars with industry leaders and culinary masters, aiming to please every palate.
“I have been immediately captivated by the opportunity to feature Château Sainte Roseline at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. This later is one of the oldest international wine festivals in the US which has been widely acclaimed by both the wine industry and the general public,” said Aurélie Bertin, owner of Chateau Sainte Roseline in Provence. Bertin will be featured and pour her highly sought-after sustainable wines in the Rosé All Day Garden at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Presented by ResortQuest, the Rosé All Day Garden will feature Rosés from around the globe, including Italy, Spain, France, South America and from North America, California and Oregon. The entire Grand Park will be transformed into all things Rosé. From pink décor to machines whipping out Frosé, a popular frozen drink made with Hendrix Gin and Marques De Caceres Rioja Rosé, the Garden will be blooming pink. Rosé champagne, Rosé sparkling wines and Rosé wine from domestic and international vineyards will be among the hundred different tasting options. Attendees are invited to embrace the theme by donning their favorite pink, rose or blush colored attire. A photo booth and Rosé swag from ResortQuest give guests every opportunity to see and drink pink.
“Furthermore, the casual atmosphere of the festival and the Florida sunshine and warmth go hand in hand with the promotion of Rosé wines from Provence – a wine that in itself promotes conviviality. Last but not least, the charitable aspects of the festival encouraging the adoption of good values is dear to my heart,” Bertin added. “I look forward to being part of the festival.”
Additional festival featured winemakers and celebrity guests include Erik Kramer of Willakenzie Estate, Eugenia Keegan of Grand Moraine and Jackson Family wines and Mollie Battenhouse with Jackson Family Wines – all of whom will pay homage to their Oregon-showcased wines in the Culinary Village. Additionally, they will present their Oregon-themed tasting seminar on the Seminar Stage, Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Also appearing for the first time at South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, Ralph Hertelendy of Hertelendy Vineyards, John Grochau of Grochau Cellars, Robert Alstrin with Argyle Winery. They will pour their prized wines and be available to discuss them with festival attendees.
Legendary Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark, will pour his iconic whisky at the Maker’s Mark large-scale activation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Samuel’s will be joined by master mixologist Bobby Gleason, teaming up to delight fans with an original cocktail. Samuel’s will also present a once-in-a-lifetime tasting seminar on Saturday on the Seminar Stage, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Educational tasting seminars are another exciting element of a world-class wine festival, and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will once again feature highly-sought after winemakers and master distillers from around the world sharing their knowledge and love of producing fine wines and spirits.
In a repeat of last year’s standing-room only seminar, world-renown cheese expert and educator Michael Landis of Intitut du Fromage presents “The Perfect Pair(ing)” as the second seminars on both Saturday and Sunday at 2:45 p.m. Enjoy tantalizing pairings of award-winning cheeses, meats and more to perfectly pair with wine. Landis has been teaching food and beverage pairings for more than 20 years. Enjoy selected wines from Jackson Family Wines poured to compliment the cheeses and meats.
The four-day celebration of wine also includes Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, Spirits Row, Nosh Pavilions, live entertainment and more than 800 wines and spirits presented by knowledgeable wine industry insiders.
Tickets are now on sale. Event details and tickets are available at http://www.sowalwine.com. To purchase tickets, visit https://sowalwine.com/tickets/. Special festival rates on accommodations can be made with our participating lodging partners at https://sowalwine.com/information/#accommodations.
Presented by Wine Enthusiast Media, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and Visit South Walton, the festival offers the ideal backdrop for a beach getaway. The Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following Founding Partners: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official lodging partner of the festival.
About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
This year’s annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held April 26-29, 2018 throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The festival features a stunning showcase of the best wines in the world. Meet the celebrity wine producers and master distillers presenting their fine wine and spirits from around the world. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village offers a sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food tasting seminars. Visit the new Rosé All Day Garden, Spirits Row and Nosh Pavilions and enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend. The Craft Beer & Spirits Jam and Winemakers & Shakers events round out the extended festival weekend. The event is a major fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SoWalWine.com.
Santa Rosa in Sonoma County is very diverse. There are many high end hotels and restaurants if you are looking for that but there are other options as well.
In what is known as the SOFA arts district are two places you should know about. The area is known as SOFA because it is South of A Street and actually has an annual sofa parade during its Winterblast street festival.
Acclaimed Chef Liza Hinman took a big chance when she opened The Spinster Sisters restaurant in 2012 in the under-served SOFA area. But the risk has clearly paid off with the restaurant’s popularity and accolades, most recently being awarded Best Restaurant in 2017 by the North Bay Bohemian. Being lauded by others as well (such as Michelin, SF Weekly, Eater and Wine Enthusiast) are just additional examples of the kudos they have received, serving Liza’s continually evolving menu featuring local products.
Truly, upon entering this restaurant, you know immediately that you wish it was in your neighborhood. A lot of adventurously prepared small plates (like smoked trout dip, pork belly sliders, steamed mussel mouclade, among many others) were keeping a large crowd in a family atmosphere very happy. The very fairly priced wine list is intriguing as well, with a nice selection of local wines combined with other California and international choices. The by-the-glass list includes some wines on tap, which adds to the fun. Oh, and they are open for breakfast and lunch too. Check out their website for more info on the menus and wine selections.
Liza’s continuing commitment to the area’s development is evident in her recent acquisition and remodeling (along with her partners from The Spinster Sisters) of The Astro Motel, which is walking distance from the restaurant. Admittedly, this was another risk on her part, as the property had long been considered a blight to the area. But Liza and her team have transformed the Astro.
The Astro has 34 rooms, of which two are Doubles and two are King Suites. The rest have Queen size beds in them. Built in the early 60s, it used to look like a pretty standard “motor hotel” with rooms in a U-shaped layout with a parking lot in the middle. That parking lot is mostly gone, replaced by landscaping and an edible garden. A short walk to offsite parking picks up the overflow. Each room has its own colorful and eclectic furnishings designed by local artists and craftspeople. And all these mid-century original items are for sale.
The Astro actually opened earlier than planned, as FEMA approval granted after the fires in late 2017 for them to house displaced survivors at no cost to them, again just showing commitment to the area.
The downstairs lounge area currently serves breakfast with coffee from Flying Goat and pastries from Criminal Bakery. The lounge is a roomy place to wind down and use the free WiFi to go through emails at the end of a day of sightseeing. The plan is to expand the offerings to include wine tasting from local producers.
The Astro is a fun place to stay. There are plenty of things to do in the area as well. One of the investors is Giro d’Italia champion Andy Hampsten and the motel rents Shinola Bikes to its guests. Also, per the website: “It’s the only place in Sonoma County where, within a five-minute walk, travelers can gaze at contemporary art or used cars, see an avant-garde theater ensemble or a team of bocce players, get a tattoo or a tintype portrait, and a taste of the some of the finest wine, beer and produce in Northern California.” Besides, you’re right in the middle of Sonoma County.
It wouldn’t be right to close this article without a big thank you to The Astro General Manager Lisa Robbins and her staff. They are a gracious group and went out of their way to take excellent care of us.
The Spinster Sisters
401 S A St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
323 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Michael Perlis has been pursuing his passion for wine for more than 25 years. He has had the good fortune of having numerous mentors to show him the way, as well as a wonderful wife who encourages him and shares his interest. After a couple of decades of learning about wine, attending events, visiting wineries and vineyards, and tasting as much wine as he possibly could, he had the amazing luck to meet Eve Bushman. Now, as Contributing Editor for Eve’s Wine 101, he does his best to bring as much information as possible about wine to Eve’s Wine 101 faithful readers. Michael is also Vice President of Eve Bushman Consulting (fka Eve’s Wine 101 Consulting) http://evebushmanconsulting.com/ and President of MCP Financial. Michael can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Paso Robles, CA – Tickets for Paso Robles Wine Country’s marquee events are on sale at www.pasowine.com. The annual celebration of Paso’s heritage variety, Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is scheduled for March 15-17, 2019. Paso Robles’ signature wine event, the Paso Robles Wine Festival celebrates its 37th year on May 16-19, 2019. Now is the time to plan, for Paso Wine, in 2019.
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend begins on Friday, March 15 with Zinposium, a Zin-focused seminar in downtown Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Moderated by iconic winemaker, Neil Collins, owner and winemaker of Lone Madrone, a panel of winemakers will discuss dry farming Zinfandel and Zin blended wines. This seated tasting is guaranteed to be educational and entertaining.
In the evening, the ballroom transforms into a lounge atmosphere for Z After Party. Join up to 20 Paso wineries for a savory walk-around Zinfandel tasting, complemented by a fantastic selection of desserts and live jazz. This intimate tasting is sure to sell out with 80 seats for Zinposium and 175 tickets for Z After Party. Advance purchase only.
Zinfandel Weekend continues on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 with more than 100 wineries holding their own individual events throughout Paso Robles Wine Country. Visit www.pasowine.com to search by winery, activity or day to plot a course for Zin.
The Paso Robles Wine Festival returns May 16-19, 2019 with the 37th annual celebration of everything Paso Robles wine. Wine Fest kicks-off Thursday, May 16, 2019 with Winemaker Dinners, each featuring multiple winemakers at the table with their wines paired with the cuisine of two iconic Paso Robles restaurants, Thomas Hill Organics and The Hatch. On Friday, May 17, RESERVE delights a limited gathering of wine and food lovers with Library, Reserve, White/Rosé, and Barrel Sample wines, complemented by fresh and local gourmet bites.
The following day, Saturday, May 18, begins with a Winemaker Seminar. The topic is under wraps for now but promises to be a fun discussion and tasting. The day culminates with the Wine Festival Grand Tasting in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. This unique outdoor tasting features 70+ wineries arranged by “regions” (Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties, and Other Wild Wines) with wineries pouring their best. In the picnic area and gazebo, live music will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a beautiful summer day sipping Paso Robles wines.
Back by popular demand, the 2019 Wine Festival will feature complimentary food tasting from the region’s best chefs and caterers. Visit www.pasowine.com often to see updates on who will be sampling their delicious creations. Creativity abounds with the return of a limited lineup of handpicked artisan merchants. These entrepreneurs will offer a selection of unique local and wine country themed products.
Sunday, May 19 of Wine Festival weekend encourages people to travel beyond the Park to explore more than 100 winery events throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, live music, barrel samples, and so much more!
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend, March 15-17, 2019
- Zinposium Seminar – $40
- Z After Party – $40
- Combo: Zinposium Seminar & Z After Party – $70
- Tickets available here – https://pasowine.com/events/vintage-paso-zinfandel-weekend/
37th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 16- 19, 2019
- Winemaker Dinners – Thomas Hill Organics ($125), The Hatch ($100)
- Combo: Friday, RESERVE & Saturday, Grand Tasting, Early Entry – $145 ($135 until March 15)
- RESERVE only – $90
- Saturday, Grand Tasting, Early Entry (12 p.m.) – $90 ($80 until March 15)
- Saturday, Grand Tasting, General Admission (1 p.m.) – $70 ($60 until March 15)
- Winemaker Seminar (10:30 a.m.) – $25
- Designated Driver (Grand Tasting, 1 p.m.) – $25
- Locals Only Ticket (1 p.m.) – $50 (until March 15)
- Early Bird Pricing applied to Combo, Early Entry or General Admission Tickets only, with $10 savings
- Early Bird Offer and Locals Only Ticket Expires March 15, 2019
During Paso Robles Wine Country event weekends, visitors and locals alike are encouraged to travel beyond the park to visit the more than 100 wineries that host special activities including winemaker dinners, food pairings, barrel tastings, winery and vineyard tours, and much more. Visit www.pasowine.com to plan a complete Paso Robles Wine Country experience, including lodging, restaurants, transportation, and more things to explore.
ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. @PasoRoblesWine, @PasoWine (Insta), #PasoWine, #VintagePaso, #PasoWineFest
Los Angeles, CA- Come celebrate and be part of the fourth annual Masters of Taste 2019, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival taking place on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the Historic Pasadena Rose Bowl!
Masters of Taste 2019 is also introducing Chef Michael Hung as the event’s first-time Host Chef. 2017 and 2018 Masters of Taste Culinary Master, Michael Hung’s illustrious career credentials include time spent with Traci Des Jardins’s James Beard Award-winning team at San Francisco’s Jardinière and overseeing the kitchen at Roland Passot’s Michelin-starred La Folie. Chef Hung then left San Francisco to open Faith & Flower in Downtown Los Angeles, where under his leadership the restaurant was honored “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Travel + Leisure. Michael’s success continued when he opened the highly-acclaimed Viviane in the Avalon Hotel Los Angeles and then he started his own company Ardour Hospitality in 2016, which focuses on full-service consulting, culinary and hospitality experiences in Greater Los Angeles. In addition to running his own company, Michael has also returned to Faith & Flower where he oversees the kitchen.
“I have been a participant in Masters of Taste for the past two years and it is spectacular! Cooking and serving people on the field of the Rose Bowl could be a once in a lifetime occasion, but I have been lucky enough to get to do it for the past two years, and this year, the honor to be able to formally host the event,” says Hung. “And, while the festivities are amazing, what is most impressive is that Masters of Taste donates 100% of proceeds from this event to Union Station Homeless Services each year. Homelessness deserves our attention, focused work and finances, and Union Station Homeless Services and Masters of Taste are truly leaders in helping those who are in need.”
Masters of Taste 2018 attracted nearly 2,800 guests and garnered media attention throughout Southern California and beyond. Masters of Taste 2019 is expected to bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 45 Master Chefs including returning Culinary Masters Chef Erwin Tjahyadi (Bone Kettle), Chef Kyle Johnson (Bourbon Steak), Chef Calogero Drago (Celestino Ristorante), 2019 Host Chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower) and Chef Lee Hau Fu (Lunasia Dim Sum House) just to name a few. Also, participating in Masters of Taste 2019 will be L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 40 Beverage Masters including spirit brands and bars, a premier 50 yard-line cocktail bar featuring four of L.A.’s most distinguished drinking destinations and their Master Mixologists, select wineries, local craft breweries, live entertainment and much, much more.
100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2019 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community. Union Station offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. In the last three years Masters of Taste has raised over $1.5 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs. Thank you for making that possible.
Mark your calendars and save-the-date for Masters of Taste 2019!
Ticket Information: Masters of Taste 2019 will take place on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 and is a 21+ event. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information on Masters of Taste 2019, please visit www.MastersofTasteLA.com. Masters of Taste 2019 Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.
Masters of Taste
Pasadena Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (PRWEB) – Los Olivos, CA (http://www.losolivosca.com/), the historic, wine-drenched Santa Ynez Valley town in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine region, will welcome guests to its 39th annual Day in the Country festival (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The largest of Los Olivos’ event productions, Day in the Country embodies the village’s history-laden atmosphere, featuring an entertaining mix of Victorian-era, Western-style and harvest season activities and experiences.
The day-long fall event begins with an early morning, Platinum Performance-sponsored 5K Fun Run (7:00 AM-9:30 AM) – which is dog-friendly, and also features a one-mile Kids’ Run. Runners may sign up online in advance (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/), or day-of, starting at 7:00 AM in downtown Los Olivos.
Also starting at 7:00 AM (runs through 10:00 AM), is a Burrito Breakfast produced by members of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall. True to the region’s agricultural roots, the historic Grange Hall in downtown Los Olivos plays host to the Santa Ynez Valley Grange, #644, an official chapter in the nationwide association of Granges, originally founded in the 19th century as a farmer’s association.
At 10:00 AM, Los Olivos’ main thoroughfare of Grand Avenue transforms into a parade route displaying vintage tractors, antique autos, professional square dancers, musicians and animals. Presiding over the 2018 Day in the Country Parade, are this year’s Grand Marshals: Mike and Maggie Mesikep, longtime Los Olivos business owners. The parade is followed by a street fair (opens at 11:00 AM), with more than 100 local and regional vendors, crafters and food purveyors. Food trucks and pop-ups will mingle with shopping opportunities for original, local artisan goods.
The Los Olivos outpost of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. hosts a Beer Garden, which pairs well with town-wide eats provided by The Bear and Star, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, and the First & Oak Kitchen gourmet food truck. BBQ fans will delight in the tri-tip offered by Los Olivos Rotary, while sweets-seekers will find craft cookies, wine slushies, Aebleskiver, shave ice and other sugary delights.
Los Olivos will be filled with live music during this year’s Day in the Country, with performances throughout town starting at 11:00 AM. A town-wide raffle will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, offering valuable prizes such as travel, food and wine experiences. Los Olivos businesses will be showcasing their entries in the 2018 Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest (http://syvscarecrows.com/), inviting Day in the Country revelers to cast votes for their favorite scarecrows in the friendly competition.
Day in the Country’s expanded Kiddie Korral kicks off at 11:00 AM in Saarloos Paark, with an entrance marked by the now-iconic, oversized citrus-shaped stand belonging to Los Olivos Lemons. Entry to the Korral is granted with a small donation and inside, littles and grown-ups will find mini-horses, kiddie steer roping, giant yard games, face painting and more family fun.
The 2018 Day in the Country Wine Roundup provides tasters with a Roundup Pass good for both Saturday and Sunday ($25.00 per person; 21 and over), allowing them to taste 18 wines from nine local wineries including Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, Crawford Family Wines, Epiphany Cellars, Kaena Wine, Larner Vineyard & Winery, E11even Wines by Andrew Murray, Solminer Wine Company and more.
“Day in the Country is Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year. It’s a special day and a wonderful opportunity for families, both local and visiting, to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times, meshed with the modern conveniences that the backdrop of present-day Los Olivos provides. And best of all? Day in the Country attendance is free,” said Liz Dodder, Executive Director of the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce.
Day in the Country is produced by the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce (http://www.losolivosca.com/about/lobo/), a volunteer organization which funds town services such as maintenance for the village’s central flagpole, public restroom facilities and trash removal.
Current “Day in the Country” sponsors are as follows; additional sponsors will be announced as the event nears and will be listed on the event’s web page (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) or on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1848405095247198/):
Visit Santa Ynez Valley; a santé Spa; The Bear and Star; The Bubble Shack; Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard; Epiphany Cellars; Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation; Jones Land Use Planning; KRAZy Country 105.9; Larner Vineyard & Winery; Los Olivos General Store; Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café; Mission Sanitation; Nielsen Building Materials; Platinum Performance; Saarloos + Sons; and Stafford’s Famous Chocolates.
Located just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, the walkable – and Instagram-able – Santa Ynez Valley town of Los Olivos boasts an abundance of wine tasting options; wine, beer and craft cocktail bars; foodie havens in the town’s restaurants and gourmet culinary counters; art galleries and carefully-curated boutique shopping for clothing, accessories and home décor – both new and vintage; plus, luxury lodging and an equally luxurious spa. Many of the town’s businesses are housed in 100-year-old buildings, which have been meticulously maintained.
Los Olivos also hosts other seasonal, family-friendly events: the summer-starter “Locals Love” Block Party (June 2019) and Olde Fashioned Christmas (December 1, 2018; http://www.losolivosca.com/los-olivos-olde-fashioned-christmas/). Additional information about Los Olivos may be found at LosOlivosCA.com, including a brief history of the Western town.
For further information about Los Olivos’ October 20 Day in the Country festival, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info [at] stilettomarketing [dot] com.
About Los Olivos, CA
Located in the vista-filled Santa Ynez Valley, the charming, historic town of Los Olivos is a rewarding and relaxing weekend getaway or fun-filled day. Founded in 1887 as a stop on the stagecoach route from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos is noted for its support of the arts, wine tasting opportunities, unique shopping, epicurean restaurants, seasonal festivals, antiques, recreational landscapes, and friendly village residents. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail starts in Los Olivos and stretches north, winding its way through the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast.
Solvang, California, USA –Tracy Farhad, Executive Director of the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, has announced the debut of the organization’s inaugural Solvang Stomp, a “Footie” Wine Harvest Street Festival, happening on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang on First Street (between Mission Drive/Hwy 246 & Copenhagen Drive).
Farhad enthused, “Solvang is surrounded by world-class vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms. October is harvest time which means it’s a fun time to taste new wine and stomp grapes! Remember Lucille Ball’s famous grape stomp episode on her TV show? You’ll even be able to channel your inner Lucy or Ricky Ricardo in our Look-a-Like Contest! Solvang CVB is proud to present this event to celebrate our local wine heritage.”
Solvang Stomp guests will have the opportunity to stomp grapes barefoot in vats, sip tastes from dozens of area wineries, dance to a live band, drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge” and be able to purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries including Cecco Ristorante, First & Oak and California Tacos as well as participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest.” All “Solvang Stompers” will receive a souvenir logo wine glass and foot towel plus a ticket to win wine-related prizes.
Admission for VIP Stompers (limited to only 100 guests includes early admission at 1:00 p.m. as well as a food taste ticket for $100 per person; and general admission from 2:00-5:00 p.m. is $75 per person. Guests must be ages 21 years and beyond. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended
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