Same Great Festival, Fresh New Look

Posted on Feb 6 by SEASONS Magazine

The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as one of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s largest annual fundraisers on Saturday, June 24. This year, the Museum has introduced a new name for the festival – the Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival. The name of the festival has changed to encapsulate the contributions from the wonderful local food purveyors that participate in the event alongside wineries.

This year’s event will be the biggest yet. Meridith Moore, the Event Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has set a goal to have 50 venders to accompany the 50 wineries this year.

“My hope is that the name change will help to attract even more of Santa Barbara county’s incredible food vendors and highlight the ones that have been participating all these years,” says Moore.

Last year’s festival had such a great response to Sparkling Way, an alley of local sparkling wines, that the Museum has decided to bring it back this year. The VIP Redwood Lounge will also return, giving guests the opportunity for early admission, a secluded seating area and private wine tastings.

The festival also has a myriad of amazing local eateries and wineries. Participating vendors include Barbareno, Benchmark, Brophy’s, Buena Onda, Ca Dario, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Country Catering, Duo Events, Farmer Boy, Finch & Fork, FreezerMonkey, Il Fustino, Industrial Eats, La Mousse, Le Sorelle, Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Michael’s Catering, Mr. E’s Freeze, Mulberry Love, Pacific Pickle Works, Renaud Patissiere & Bakery, The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch, The Berry Man, Via Maestra 42 and Village Modern Foods.

The participating wineries this year include Alexander & Wayne, Beckmen Vineyards, Brander Vineyards, Byron by Nielson, Carr Vineyards and Winery, Cebada, Crawford Family Wines, Feliz Noche, Flying Goat Cellars, Grassini Family Vineyards, Ken Brown Wines, Silver Wines, Tablas Creek, Whitcraft Winery and many more.

The event will take place under the oak trees along Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta del Sol).

For more information, visit www.sbnature.org/winefestival or call 805/682-4711.

—Lauren Bennett

 

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