California State University Channel Islands
A fun venue with plenty of California wineries, gourmet food, craft beer and a live music stage. It’s interesting to see who wins the Yummies Culinary Competition and the Best in Fest Beer Competition. Plus a separate VIP entry and lounge area with live music provides a relaxing way to enjoy special foods and wine.
30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival
Lake Casitas Recreation Area
This scenic and accesible location, with a free shuttle from Ojai, offers a wide variety of California wineries and craft beers. An exclusive VIP area with gourmet food and fine wines is a nice location to start the festival. Everyone eventually gets hooked by the live musical entertainment.
29th Santa Barbara Wine Festival
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
This festival has a relaxing vibe and it's a great way to taste Central Coast Wines. The food and wine are served along the banks of Mission Creek behind the Museum of Natural History. You really can talk to winemakers, bakers, and chefs under the oak trees without having to shout over live music.
Watch the Taste N Trip video from last year on YouTube.
29th Annual A Taste of Camarillo – Wine & Food Festival
The VIP area and ranch grounds are well laid out with wine, beer and food booths. Every year the Meadowlark Service League plans a new festival theme that sets the tone for musical acts and entertainment. A very good selection of wines from the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County and Ventura County are available for tasting; plus tasty dishes from many popular restaurants and caterers from Camarillo are served.
All of these festivals support charities and are a good way to explore Southern California food, wine, beer and music! You can read about past festivals (dating back to 2012) on this Taste N Trip blog.
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