The strawberries and asparagus have been crowding the market stalls, and peaches are just starting to ripen – it’s definitely an eater’s and drinker’s market out there this summer! Here are some of the delectable food and wine events we at Parker Sanpei are most looking forward to savoring this season.
June is Dining Month in Portland! Which means that 80 different restaurants will feature a three-course menu for just $29 throughout the month. We like the looks of Belgian beer bar Bazi Bierbrasserie, and St. Jack, where the madeleines are fresh from the oven…
Roll Out The Barrels
Our own award-winning San Luis Obispo Wine Country will host its 23rd annual Roll Out The Barrels festival June 20 through 24. Rather than tell you about it, why don’t we show you?
Los Angeles Street Food Festival
Street food – anything from a cart to a stand, truck to pop-up restaurant – is a movement that really started in Los Angeles, where fiercely authentic regional cuisine and mobility are kindred spirits. But the only time you can find all of these street food vendors together is at the Los Angeles Street Food Festival, Saturday, June 29th at the Rose Bowl. Just $50 gets you in the door for all-you-can-eat street food at its very best, like La Monarca Bakery‘s Tequila Lime Cake and Cold-Brewed Cafe de Olla.
Central Coast Wine Classic
Held July 11 through 14, the Central Coast Wine Classic is not only a celebration of the good life, it is also an education in global wine culture. Symposia include a French Burgundy session led by renowned collector and Burgundy expert, John Tilson, as well as a session on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon featuring wines from Clark-Claudon, Gandona, Knights Bridge, Opus One, Spottswoode, and Viader. A sumptuous benefit dinner at Hearst Castle and the much-loved Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Live Auction in Avila Beach make this festival a must for any true oenophile.
California Wine Festival
For wine and waves, you can’t do much better than the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara this July 18 through 20th. A host of beautifully-designed celebrations will mark this three-day festival, but we’re most looking forward to the “Beachside Wine Festival” on Saturday, July 20 at Chase Palm Park Oceanside.
Hit the grassy, palm-lined Chase Palm Park to experience the quintessential California wine tasting event at our 10th Annual California Wine Festival grand finale. Indulge in this heady, summertime “right of pleasure” and join the afternoon-long celebration – Unlimite tasting of fine wine and foods plus sun, sea, and music.
Sounds pretty spectacular to us. This event’s ticket price includes all wine and food samples plus an 18 oz keepsake wine glass. $69 in advance, $80 at the gate.