I love food and wine festivals, and I’m really looking forward to the ones in my region this summer. I won’t be able to make it to the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival in California because I don’t live in the area, but I thought I’d let those of you who live near California’s central coast know about it. These types of festivals are always a great way to taste wines from many small, sustainable wineries and walk away with a few bottles that you may never have found any other way.

The fourth Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival will be held April 16-18, 2010. There will be celebrations at various locations throughout California’s central coast over the weekend with the featured event happening on Saturday. Santa Margarita Ranch will host the main event where growers, vintners, and chefs will show off their best products.

Dishes made with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meets, cheeses and olive oil will be available as well as barrel tastings of local wines and even a few beers. Live music and a silent auction will round out the event.

General admission tickets are $75 and include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited samples of food and wine. Designated driver tickets are available for $25.

Check out the preview for this year’s Earth Day Food & Wine Festival.

 

  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.