To properly fuel up for a bocce ball tournament, Roman soldiers munched on garlic bread, spaghetti, and the occasional protein shake procured from a roadside chariot. Nosh your way to victory with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two adult tickets to the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival on August 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula (a $30 value). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge; admission is $10 for those ages 5–12.
At the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, guests can belly up to 10 gourmet food trucks and sample toothsome fare in between stomping musical performances and competitive games of bocce ball duked out on 12 professional-grade courts. 30 minutes of court rental is covered with admission (teams can sign up at the festival), and 24 teams of four have the option to compete in the single-elimination tournament, vying for the $500 prize and the chance for a photo op with the nation's oldest bocce ball. Each team must pay a fee of $125 for entry into the tournament and the VIP lounge. Elsewhere at the jubilee, the grounds of Limoneira Ranch are speckled with meals on wheels, including sushi truck Temaki and Lickety Split's, a converted yellow school bus that vends frozen yogurt, iced coffee, and chocolate-coated detention slips. Although this Groupon does not cover food or drinks, festival-goers can purchase succulent, Texas–style smoked tri-tip from the It's In the Sauce BBQ food truck or wash back a frozen pomegranate lemonade from Del's.
Live music wafts over the festival grounds as four bands, including Lee Koch & the Grinders and Todd Hannigan, take the stage to belt out a lively soundtrack and the national bocce fight song. Meanwhile, kids hop into bubble rollers⎯large, clear, aqua balls⎯to tumble around and walk on water in a kiddie pool. A portion of festival proceeds benefits Food Share, a major food bank that distributes millions of pounds of comestibles annually to help those in need throughout Ventura County.
1141 Cummings Rd.
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