California Wine Festival

Brewery, Winery & Distillery
236 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 236 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara Directions
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Report | 8 days ago
A lot of fun ~ Very hot though that day - would highly recommend!
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Report | a month ago
There was NO food. The only food was tiny tiny bites and the lines were too long if you even wanted to try and get something to eat. Not one place to sit unless you purchased the more expensive ticket for VIP.... very hot day and limited shade. The wine was plenty and a lot of choices.... I would not return.
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Report | a month ago
Wines were great! Sooooooo many to choose from. Food lines were 30 minutes sometimes! So eat before you go.
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Report | 2 months ago
Wonderful event! Only wish for tree shaded areas because you are standing all day in the sun.
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Report | 2 months ago
Loved it, spending time with friends and having fun on a beautiful day meeting lot's of friendly people. The set up was great the wines were exquisite and the food was great. . I'm looking forward to next years events. Thank You Santa Barbara. ..😊😊😊
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Report | 2 months ago
Great venue for wine and beer tasting. Enjoyed the venders and layout of wineries and breweries. I liked how the breweries were mixed in with wineries.
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Report | 2 months ago
Fantastic venue! Everything was wonderful, wine, beer, food, and merchants. Lots of people, but it never felt crowded. Lines a little long in some places, but they went pretty fast. Only drawback is the parking. One of the best wine festivals we have been to. We'll be back next year for sure!
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Report | 2 months ago
The beach venue was fantastic! the wines were great, food was great, and the people were all really fun.
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Report | 2 months ago
perfect time of the year weather was perfect close to the water, atmosphere was awesome, food was delicious, everyone was very friendly. My groupon was very easy to redeem. Thank you, Tricia
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Report | 2 months ago
The music was amazing! Gelson's booth rocked ! I did find new wine/beer vendors I enjoyed. Now the downside. The entrance organization is a mess. Our group has Groupons. We waited 25-30mins in line. As we neared the festival entrance, we are told Groupon has to go to another line. We did so, got scanned & bracelet, THEN were told we had to go BACK into that long line! There needs to be signs around the venue stating which ticket holders line up where. Another frustrating part was the fact there wasn't any seats or benches or more shaded spots to stand under. Maybe it's not usually a big deal, but this weekend was HOT!! Of course, the frustrations melted away as we continued our tasting. We survived !! The Sangria was AMAZING by the way ! My favorite.
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The golden tastes of the Golden State come uncorked as Santa Barbara plays host to the 13th annual California Wine Festival. This sun-drenched celebration of grape fermentation draws thousands of aficionados to the scenic beachside paradise each year. Here's what to expect from this day of piquant tastes and endless entertainment.

  • The Wines: Almost 300 varieties from the state's top vintners are available for sampling, sniffing, and siphoning. You get a long-stem wine glass and unlimited samples. This could be the best day of your life.
  • The Food: Local top chefs and food purveyors offer noshes to pair with your wine(s), along with free gourmet cheeses, breads, fruits, and olive oils
  • The Prestige: The annual event landed on Trip Advisor's list of Top Food & Wine Festivals in 2014
  • The Music: SoCal's Upstream provides a sunny soundtrack of reggae, calypso, soca, and steelpan melodies
  • The Beer: While it is a wine festival, there are also craft beers from top regional microbreweries if you're feeling contrarian

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