2018 Taste of Solvang Features New Events for 26th Annual Celebration

Posted on Mar 11 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy Taste of Solvang.

Visitors from near and far are invited to experience the 26th annual Taste of Solvang. Food and wine events offer delicious and savory flavors from Wednesday, March 14, through Sunday, March 18. Enjoy locally grown foods, iconic sweets and award-winning wines, beers and spirits. Discover the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area with featured Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers  and artisans. Everyone’s favorite events, the Friday evening Sip + Savor, Saturday’s Tasting Trail, as well as the weekend’s Wine & Beer Walk, are joined by two, new Taste of Solvang exclusive events — the Farmers’ Market Dinner and the Danish Sunday Brunch.

Here’s the line-up of events:

Wednesday, March 14, 4-7 p.m.

Taste of Solvang: Farmers’ Market Dinnernote location change

Experience this new, family friendly farm-to-table event during the weekly Farmers’ Market featuring truly fresh ingredients prepared by Chef David Cecchini of Cecco Ristorante and Mathew Raab of Fresco Valley Café. Savor hearty seasonal stew, small bites, and dine on Cecco Ristorante’s covered patio and courtyard tents (instead of Solvang Park due to a potential rain forecast). Come any time to enjoy the festivities plus the sounds of the Bryan Titus Trio.  Since the event is on Cecco’s private property, BYOB wine & beer are no longer an option, yet will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle. Net proceeds benefit Santa Ynez Valley Veggie Rescue. ($15 adults, $5 children under age 12) Space is limited; reservations are required online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang/

Friday, March 16, 7-9 p.m.

Taste of Solvang: Sip + Savor Opening Night at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

Join 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers accompanied by live music from the Sean Wiggins Band. Early VIP entry is available at 6:30 p.m. for those with the Passport Weekend package.

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Taste of Solvang Tasting Trail features delicious bites and sips at more than 30 taste stops at restaurants and retailers around the village. As a bonus, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Elverhoj Museum of History & Art and The Wildling Museum will offer free admission for Tasting Trail ticket holders all day.

Reservations recommended online or on the day of the event, if available, at the Taste of Solvang registration tent, adjacent to Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Dr.

Saturday, March 17, 2-7 p.m.

Taste of Solvang Wine & Beer Walk—Day 1 offers more than 15 stops at downtown tasting rooms, where you can pour their vintages and samples of craft beer into the prized Taste of Solvang souvenir glass. Must be 21 years+ to enjoy this event.

Reservations recommended online or on the day of the event, if available, at Taste of Solvang registration tent, adjacent to Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Dr.

Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Taste of Solvang: Sunday Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas OR Bloody Mary Bar OR Bottomless Coffee

Created and served by Executive Chef Brooke Stockwell at K’Syrah Catering Events Center (478 Fourth Pl.). Includes brunch buffet featuring Seasonal Veggie Frittata, Sides, House Smoked Goat Cheese and Lox Crostini and Bottomless Mimosas or a Bottomless “Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar” featuring American Star Vodka from local Ascendant Spirits. Guests may also choose Bottomless Coffee, if they please.

Space is limited; reservations are required online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang

Sunday, March 18, 12-4 p.m.

Taste of Solvang Wine & Beer Walk—Day 2 offers more than 15 stops at downtown tasting rooms, where you can pour their vintages and samples of craft beer into the prized Taste of Solvang souvenir glass. Must be 21 years+ to enjoy this event.

Reservations recommended online or on the day of the event, if available, at Taste of Solvang registration tent, adjacent to Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Dr.

The signature Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport, available for purchase, includes tickets to Sip + Savor Opening Night with VIP Access, Saturday’s Tasting Trail, as well as to the Wine & Beer Walk. Also included is the souvenir wine glass, a collectible item, map and tote bag. Note that tickets to individual events are also available for purchase ala carte.

All events are rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. For tickets and more information, visit www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang.

— Jessica Morelli

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