Epicure Santa Barbara takes place during the entire month of October, so get ready for the best in food and drink festivals, cooking classes and wine events. Be prepared for 31 days of food fun and classic Santa Barbara fun.
From September 20-21, the California Lemon Festival from 10 am until 6 p.m. on (7050 Phelps Rd.) in Goleta. Why lemons? The year-round spring –like climate make Goleta Valley one of the major producers of lemons in the country. The festival celebrates the lemon culture with a host of lemon themed foods and a ton of family friendly activities. The weekend of the 20th the Goleta Valley Fall Classic Car show. Enjoy pie eating contests as well as arts and crafts vendors.
Perhaps what we are most looking forward to is SOL Food Festival (also part of Epicure Santa Barbara) on Saturday September 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Set in Vera Cruz Park, this isn’t your average food festival — it’s centered on organic food in the Santa Barbara community and celebrates the sustainable, organic and local food movement (SOL). They are still finalizing this year’s event schedule but last year’s festival featured workshops and events held at various stages. The Making Change stage featured a host of eco-friendly topics including workshops on composting, the organic certification process, tomato grafting and irrigation. The Scratch Cookin’ stage featured workshops on how to make cheese, stuff sausage, ferment kombucha and making condiments (oh, hel-lo homemade ketchup!) At the Hands on Kitchen stage, local chefs help attendees make everything from sauerkraut and pickles to probiotic sodas. The Cooking with SOL stage features interesting talks about a variety of subjects including “Secrets to Making Delicious Raw Kale Salad and Almond Milk”, tips on how to go vegan, the alchemy of spices and the 4th annual SOL Food Chef Competition.
Santa Barbara foodies will also love our new Milo Wine Dinner series with Les Merchands. Enjoy oceanfront views and a unique California Cuisines from Les Marchands with an optional wine pairing and our weekly Wine Dinners. The series will occur on 4 Wednesday evenings throughout the month of October in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of the hotel. Les Marchands’ in-house Culinary extraordinaire has crafted a unique 4 course menu composed of some of the finest dishes filled with local and indigenous ingredients, as well as offering wine pairings for the discerning palette.