by Stephanie Morris
Let the festivities begin! Woot-woot! Spring is in the air, and I’m ready to get out and about—somewhere that’s else, whilst sipping wine and stout. Cheesy intro, but it pairs well. Gah! So, if I haven’t lost you yet, let me take you where I’m going. You’ll like it. You see, it’s time for wine and beer enthusiasts to assemble and sample, to enjoy live music and fun cuisine. It’s time for good times! Yes, the wine and beer festivals are commencing, and I’d like to share the scoop on a few of them with you. Go enjoy your life. Cheers!
Passport to Wine - Orange County Food & Wine Celebration
Old Ranch Country Club, Seal Beach
More than 45 wineries will share tastings, hors d'oeuvres, and wine wisdom. “Swirl, sip, buy wine, and bid on auction items while listening to music.” Visit www.ocfwc.com for more information.
California Wine Festival Dana Point- Beachside Wine Festival
April 26th & 27th
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
Enjoy wine, craft brew, charcuterie, and live music by the beautiful sea! Peruse Event Website: www.californiawinefestival.com/dana-point.
SURF 'N' SUDS Beer Festival
San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura
There will be over 60 craft breweries, ciders, and wineries represented. Soul Majestic will be headlining, along with Flogging Seagulls and DJ Hecktik. Check out www.surfbeerfest.com/ to find out more.
South Bay Beer & Wine Festival 2019
Rotary Clubs of Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay Sunrise
Rolling Hills Estates
Experience unlimited craft beer and wine tastings, live music, restaurant samples, and fine art.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bay-beer-wine-festival-2019-tickets-50800597956 for more information.
Corks & Hops First Saturdays on the Hill
June 1st, July 13th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th
Kick off each month in summer with beer and wine tasting, an artisan market, tasty eats, and live music in the mountain town of Crestline. Ticket purchases include shuttle service! Purchase tickets and view check-in locations at https://corksnhops.com/.
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
May 31st - June 2nd
37707 Warren Road, Winchester
Daily and weekend passes are available and include Dine & Glow, wine/beer tasting, sit-down wine and beer food pairings, and Cabana Club. To find out more, visit www.tvbwf.com/tickets/.
Beachside Wine Festival
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa, Carlsbad
Relax to live music while relishing in fine wines, regional craft brews, and a plethora of gourmet food. See https://nightout.com/events/california-wine-festival-carlsbad-june-21-22-2019/tickets to purchase tickets.
CA Wine Festival - Santa Barbara
Chase Palm Park
Wine aficionados flood Santa Barbara’s beachside location for a day of sun, sea, wine, food, and music. Check out https://www.californiawinefestival.com/santa-barbara for details.
Pacific Wine & Food Classic
August 17th & 18th
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
A must do! The Pacific Wine & Food Classic was the winner of The LA Times Best Event in OC 2018. Guests get to indulge in delicious summer cuisine, more than 150 wines, cold beer, and fruit cocktails. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/pacific-wine-amp-food-classic-10897290780.