The sold out Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival was once again a hugely successful event on the banks of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The huge crowd of ‘foodies’ and wine lovers mingled with winemakers, bakers, and chefs under the oak trees. Starting at 3:00 PM in Fleischmann Auditorium, guests had the chance to purchase $40 raffle tickets for the “Every Cork wins” raffle and many won prizes worth up to $500 in value for their $40 raffle ticket. Prizes included wine, restaurant certificates, overnight hotel stays, and more.
The beautiful views and wine loving fun shared by people who attend every year made this yet another fantastic event to benefit Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Chefs from fine restaurants in the area ‘brought it’ offering bites of really amazing foods, and award-winning winemakers provided the perfect wines to pair with the exceptional bites.
Chef Michael Hutchings was at his culinary best offering the VIPs sensational Goleta Abalone tastes, and later tender scallops in cream sauce. Chef Jeremy Tummel from The Bear & Star had them waiting in line for a taste. Chef Dario of Ca Dario’s always attracts followers for a sample of his pasta favorites as does Via Maestra 42. I flipped for Industrial Eats Indian sampler plate followed with fresh mango popsicles, and Finch & Fork’s pork belly bites were addictive. was The Little Door duck pate as well as the Paella preparation by Loquita were culinary delights. Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat reports, “This is the most beautiful tasting, and the most beautiful setting that I do anywhere in the country, no question about that.”

Chef Michael Hutchings Serving Gourmet Bite

The full list of food related providers included BarbareñoBeacon CoffeeBenchmarkBlack Bow SweetsBlue Water GrillBob’s Well BreadBrophy Bros. Ca’ DarioCountry CateringDeux BakeryEnterprise Fish CompanyFarmer BoyFinch and Fork RestaurantGelson’s Market – Santa BarbaraGoa TacoHelena Avenue BakeryHitching PostIl FustinoIndustrial EatsJessica Foster ConfectionsLes MarchandsLoquitaMichael’s CateringOat BakeryOutpost at GoodlandPicoPig & ButterRenaud’s Patisserie and BakerySanta Barbara Popcorn Co.Savoy Cafe and DeliScarlett BegoniaSolvang BakeryThe Bear and StarThe LarkThe Little DoorTrader Joe’sVia Maestra 42. Exclusive wine and food pairings from Bibi jiBlack Bow SweetsBluewater GrillButtonwood Winery and VineyardD’Alfonso-Curran WinesDomaine de la CôteFinch & Fork RestaurantFolded HillsGrimm’s BluffMichael’s CateringMosby Winery and VineyardSandhi Wines, and Toucan Wines.

Brander Wine Tastings

The local winemakers in the Santa Barbara area are well known and loved by most of the people who have supported this event since its inception, and guest have the opportunity to speak with them, and receive special discounts on wine offered at their wineries and wine tasting rooms or through their wine clubs. I loved seeing the girls from Grassini Family Vineyards, the Fess Parker family, Kalyra (who I just met during a wine tasting this week), Tatomer couple, Foxen, Casa Dumets, Au Bon Climant and so many more. This casual wine tasting under the old oak trees is an ideal way for guests to sample wine and learn about their locations and awards.

Fess Parker Family Serving Wine

Participating wineries included Alexander & WayneAlma RosaAndrew Murray VineyardsArea 5.1Arthur Earl WineryAu Bon ClimatBabcock WineryBeckmen VineyardsBedford WineryBrander Vineyard Brewer-CliftonButtonwoodCambriaCarr Vineyards and WineryCasa DumetzCebadaConsilienceCORECutler’s ArtisanD’Alfonso-CurranDe PaolaDomaine de la CoteEpiphany CellarsFeliz NocheFess Parker Winery & VineyardFiddlehead CellarsFlying Goat CellarsFolded illsFoxenGainey VineyardsGrassini Family VineyardsJaffurs Wine CellarsJamie SloneKaena WineKalyraKen Brown WinesKenneth Volk VineyardsKoehler WineryLaFond WineryLarner WinesLongoriaLumenMail Road WineryMargerum Wine CompanyMelvilleMosby Winery & VineyardMunicipal WinemakersNotary PublicNielsonOreanaPalminaPotekQupéRancho Sisquoc WineryRideauSagebrush Annie’sSandhi WinesSanta Barbara WinerySavoy WinesSilver WinesStorm WinesSunstone WineryTablas CreekTatomerTercero WinesToucan WinesWhitcraft WineryZaca Mesa.

Renaud’s Sweet Strawberries & Creme Desserts

Desserts I loved this year were from Jessica Foster Confections and a petit strawberry with cream and pastry by Renaud’s Patisserie & Bakery, Snacks from Santa Barbara Popcorn, Black Bow Sweets, Pacific Pickle Works, and The Berry Man were so welcome throughout the day. For additional information contact
By Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News (, does travel, entertainment and food reporting on local Radio/TV, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. She is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at