Food and wine lovers have their work cut out for them at the 3rd Annual Food and Wine Weekend in Santa Barbara. Pack your bags and your appetite and make a beeline for one of the fanciest resorts in town. Hosted by the Bacara Resort and Spa, this three-day festival is packed with food and fun from April 15-17, 2016.
You never know who you'll see during the annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend — Photo courtesy of Bacara Resort and Spa
Get in early for the opening night wine celebration! This special event includes a wine reception, chef-directed tastings and a video tribute to Santa Barbara’s most beloved foodie, Julia Child. Visit the hotel's website to reserve your tickets well in advance.
After the film screening, the festivities continue with a live band and an extensive wine tasting reception presented by the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. Sample more than 40 varietals by the region’s top winemakers. This event includes culinary tastings prepared by Bacara’s Executive Chef Vincent Lesage.
The busiest day of the festival, Saturday, welcomes a full roster of panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and a movie premiere. You can view the schedule here.
Of course we think you should head to every single cooking demonstration (what could be better than the sights and sounds of being trained by a professional chef?), but if you can only make it to one event, get your tickets for the night's Grand Dinner.
Last year it was the highlight of the weekend and, if we know anything about the Bacara, they will certainly try to top it in 2016.
On Sunday the festival wraps up with a leisurely, onsite farmer's market. You can conveniently explore the full range of Santa Barbara County’s most talked about culinary neighborhoods right on the hotel grounds.
Come discover Santa Barbara’s locally sourced ingredients, neighborhood by neighborhood. Dazzle your taste buds with morsels by dozens of local and nationally-acclaimed chefs, artisans, winemakers and farmers.
In addition to complimentary tastings, many booths will have delicacies available for purchase. The farmer's market is free, but we suggest that you bring cash to purchase a souvenir (or two) to bring home.
While you're staying in the area, don't miss your chance to check out Goleta's best restaurants, best bars and the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. If you have to pick just one other place to visit during your stay in this area, don't miss The Imperial.
Probably nothing tops the Bacara for luxury, but a few of these gems will leave you with something to talk about when you get home.