The Buellton Wine and Chili (and Craft Beer) Festival presented by Sky River RV returns Sunday, March 18 for its 5th year. Taking place at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort (180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, California 93427) from noon to 4:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy some of the best chili on the Central Coast, local wines and brews, while enjoying live music from two great bands: Bryan Titus Trio and Dusty Jugz.
There will be over 20 chili and salsa cooks crafting their secret recipes for guests to savor. This year’s event will be a Community Challenge Cook-off. Open to all local businesses and residents, participants in the Chili Society will battle for best red chili, verde and salsa, and a chance to take home a cash prize.
Guests can sample from more than 25 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies. Wineries in attendance include Kalyra Winery, Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, Cali Love Wine, Tackitt Family Vineyards, Cholame Vineyard, Roark Wine Company, Lavender Oak Vineyard, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyards, Kessler-Haak Wines, Bradley Famly Winery, Arthur Earl, Alexander and Wayne, Close Pepe Estate and Axis Mundi Wines, AVE Winery, Pence, Lafond Winery, Santa Barbara Winery, Casa Cassara, Buscador and more. Craft brew drinkers will enjoy beer from popular local Buellton-based companies Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., and M Special Brewing Co., Island Brewing Co., Rincon Brewery, Lagunitas, Ballast Point and Stemp Cider. Spirit companies include locals Ascendent Spirits and Dorwood Distillery.
Admission tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine and craft beer (age 21+), chili tastings, live entertainment and more. Tickets are also available for guests under 21 who want to sample chili and have a good time (minors must be accompanied by an adult). After so much great food and drink, be sure to enjoy some of these games available at the venue: bocce ball, horse shoes, table tennis, mega sized beer pong and corn hole.