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Earth Day Festival 2014

Posted On: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:18 PM

Santa Barbara South Coast has a long history of protecting mother earth. In fact, did you know that the first ever Earth Day Celebration was held in Santa Barbara? With the creation of the Community Environmental Council in 1970, also brought birth to Earth Day in Santa Barbara.

Continuing the tradition into 2014, this year's two-day celebration in honor of our precious earth will be filled with entertainment, education and community! On April 26 - 27, bring your family and friends to come together at Alameda Park with 35,000 people from across the South Coast to celebrate, connect and recharge! A few highlights to Santa Barbara Earth Day 2014 will feature live bands, exhibitor booths, cultural and dance performances, art exhibits, green car show, Green Shorts Theater, an eco-market place, children's enchanted forest, a beer and wine garden and so much more! Did we mention this event is FREE to attend?!

Join us April 26 - 27 in Alameda Park, come car free, and be care free! Here are a few photos from last year's celebration:

Santa Barbara Earth Day Exhibits
Earth Day Exhibits 
Photo By Erin Feinblatt

Santa Barbara Earth Day Entertainment
Live Entertainment!
Photo By Community Environmental Council

Santa Barbara Earth Day Events
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of eco-fun!
Photo By Erin Feinblatt 


Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend and Wine Festival

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 10:14 AM

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the vines of Santa Barbara wine country are growing with an abundance of grapes in preparation for this year's harvest. The newly budding vines mark the arrival of spring and the beginning of countless afternoons spent sipping world-class Santa Barbara wines, surrounded by our Mediterranean climate and breathtaking panoramic views that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend
Photo By Toretti Family Vineyard

If you can already picture yourself kicking back with a glass of cool Chardonnay and thinking "one afternoon is simply not enough," then the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend is for you! With over 40+ wine events April 10-13, the annual Spring Weekend and Wine Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far to participate in one of a kind opportunities to attend wine maker lunches and dinners, winery and tasting room open houses, vineyard walks, a golf tournament, and even a Farm-to-Table picnic and concert. Events include a Wine & Dine Event held at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort on April 11th, where you'll sip 90+ point top rated wines and savor culinary creations prepared by some of Santa Barbara's top chefs. Fans of the Oscar winning movie Sideways can enjoy a shotgun-start golf tournament with host Rex Pickett, the author and playwright of Sideways at Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta. Or if the open waters are calling your name, enjoy a two hour cruise aboard the "Channel Cat", a luxurious 42-foot catamaran, for a gourmet wine and food pairing event.

Santa Barbara Vintners Grand Tasting
  Photo By  Santa Barbara County Wine

But of course, we can't forget the main attraction, the annual Vintners Festival Grand Tasting! During this event, every single one of the Santa Barbara Vintners 100+ members will gather together to present and sell their wines. Not to mention the additional pairings of food, music and art. Talk about savory! And, just like when you visit Santa Barbara wine country tasting rooms, many of the wines will be poured by the winemakers themselves.

If you are a wine lover like me, the problem will be selecting which one, two or all of these wonderful events to attend! It's the perfect opportunity for a romantic weekend getaway or perhaps a girl's weekend stay! For more information please visit,

Get your forks ready, Fork Fest 2014 is almost here!

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 11:54 AM

For our foodie friends and libation lovers, the tastes and plates available in Santa Barbara South Coast are guaranteed to send you into a delectable daze. With so many options to choose from, the list of Santa Barbara wine, food and beer to try can sometimes be overwhelming, although, this is a problem we happily embrace. But, thanks to Crown the Town, the challenge to try the best bites and sips of Santa Barbara has been made easy with Fork Fest 2014.

Fork Fest 2014 

On Saturday April 5th, head on down to The Funk Zone (specifically Mason Street, between State and Anacapa) where you'll get try 9 Santa Barbara eateries as they come together to compete in a friendly fork-off competition to win your vote! Each vendor will prepare one delectable "forkfull" of culinary excellence, in hopes that it will send your palate into paradise!

As your taste buds are sent into a tizzy, breweries, wineries and other spirits will be available while We the Beat (featuring Yoni Berk, aRod & DJ SB) provides musical entertainment. Clear your calendar, because this is one delicious event you don't want to miss! Tickets are all inclusive at only $55. Each admission ticket includes entry, a sample from each vendor, a selection of beer, wine and spirits (remember to drink responsibly) and of course, a great time!

The participating restaurants are:
Blue Tavern
Arlington Tavern 
Organic Soup Kitchen
State & Fig
Killer B's BBQ and Bar
Enterprise Fish Co.
Casa Blanca Restaurant
The Chase Bar & Grill

While you eat, enjoy beverages from:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
Cutler's Artisan Spirits
Sort This Out Cellars
Pali Wine Co. 
Pure Order Brewing Company
Island Brewing Company

Last but not least, this event will not only provide unlimited amounts of fun for your Saturday afternoon, the event will also help raise funds for the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. Each ticket sold to Fork Fest will provide two meals to those in need, in the hopes to provide 2,000 meals to help solve hunger issues on the Central Coast. Additionally, Fork Fest will be donating a portion of event proceeds to a new non-profit, Vow4Mal, which aims to eliminate drinking and driving and promotes smart choices for young people in Santa Barbara.

Time is running out and so are tickets! For more information and tickets, please visit

5 Interesting Facts About Orchids

Posted On: Monday, Mar 10, 2014 12:58 PM

Now in its 69th year, the International Orchid Show returns to Santa Barbara March 14-16th. As one of the oldest and largest shows in the United States, hundreds of orchid species will be on display, as well as hybrids by over 50 exhibitors from the US, South America, and Asia.

As spring makes it way, Santa Barbara flowers are in full bloom. In fact, with our warm Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara South Coast produces more orchids than any other region in the country! Additionally, our very own Carpinteria is home to the nation's "flower basket", the largest producing region of cut flower farms remaining in the United States! To honor this beautiful and delicate flower, here's a list of 5 interesting facts that are a must read before attending this must see event!

1. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants. In fact, there are more than 25,000 documented orchid species throughout the world, and more are being discovered every day!

Cymbidium Oxnard Dots - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
(Photo By Heidi Kirkpatrick)

2. The vanilla orchid (and its vanilla bean) is the only commercially grown orchid crop. Who knew orchids could be so delicious!

3. Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent, in every climate, from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (with the only exception of Antarctica).

Phalaenopsis - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2
 (Photo By Heidi Kirkpatrick)

4. From small to big, the smallest orchid is the size of a dime, while the largest weigh several hundred pounds

5. Having an orchid teaches patience. To grow an orchid, the plant's first flowers won't appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. And even then, some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.

Zygopetalum - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 3
 (Photo By Cal Orchid)

Make sure to catch these flowers in boom and purchase your tickets to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Not only will the orchid species be on display and for sale, attendees will get to see various demonstrations and art shows.

*Orchid facts were sourced from the Fair Child Garden


Dine, Dance and Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara

Posted On: Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 2:34 PM

Let the champagne pop and the celebration begin! Santa Barbara South Coast is ready to say farewell to 2013 and ring in 2014 with delicious dining, all night dancing, and overall merriment and cheer. If you're looking for ways to spend the last day of 2013 in Santa Barbara, use Visit Santa Barbara's Complete Guide to Dining, Dancing and Enjoying New Year's Eve.

Opal New Years Eve 


The Lark
Toast to 2014 and make your way to The Funk Zone for a glorious celebration of The Lark's first season!
Chef Jason Paluska has designed a stunning menu you won't want to miss. Ring in the New Year with a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings by Brian McClintic, Master Sommelier and Sommelier Eric Railsback from Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. VIEW MENU 

Olio e Limone
Cheers to 2014 with an Olio e Limone Ristorante feast! End 2013 feeling like a V.I.P and treat yourself to their specially prepared 3-course menu of authentic Italian cuisine. VIEW MENU

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Make this New Year's Eve "An Affair to Remember" at Sandbar! Start the night with a 3-course dinner menu (yes, champagne included!) and end the night with a late night VIP bash, complete with decorations, party favors and bottle service. VIEW MENU

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
A Happy New Year from around the world! Dine at Bella Vista for an elaborate New Year's Eve buffet of flavorful creations inspired by cuisine from around the globe. VIEW MENU

SOhO's New Year's Eve Celebration w/Cafe R&B
Join SOhO for a New Year's Eve celebration featuring the powerful voice and music of Cafe R&B. Your dinner tickets include a 4 course meal, show admission, champagne toast and midnight festivities. VIEW EVENT

NYE 2014 at Baja Sharkeez
This NYE party offers a four course meal, VIP reserved seating, party favors, and a bottle of champagne. Not to mention, there will also be DJ, dancing, a balloon drop and more than $3,000 in prizes! VIEW EVENT

Les Marchands NYE 2013-Pierre Peters Champagne & Raw Bar
Pierre Peters Champagne will be accompanied by a raw bar for the ages-replete with blue fin tuna, oysters on the half shell, local uni with burrata and much, much more! Space is extremely limited. VIEW EVENT


Ring in the New Year with El Encanto-Mad Men Style!
This New Year's Eve, El Encanto is celebrating retro glamour with a mid-century Mad Men themed bash and a fabulously indulgent dinner designed by Chef Patrice Martineau. Revelers can choose from two dinner seats at the restaurant or simply come for the late night party in the ballroom. VIEW EVENT

Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party at Bacara Resort & Spa
Bacara Resort & Spa's signature oceanfront restaurant, Miro, will be transformed into a roaring 20's lounge, complete with gourmet action stations by the resort's award-winning Chefs, a DJ, dance floor and party favors. As the clock strikes midnight, watch the balloon drop from above and enjoy a champagne toast to a spectacular 2014. Gatsby attire is encouraged! Purchase tickets in advance. VEIW EVENT

Canary Hotel and Finch & Fork Present "A Night Under the Stars"
Calling all would-be Prom Kings and Queens! Join the Canary and Finch & Fork for a New Year's Celebration you won't forget! Dress in your best prom attire in hopes of being crowned Prom King or Queen. Dance to DJ Freddy Sparx, dine on hors d'oeuvres and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast! VIEW EVENT

6th Annual Best Deal On State Street
Named the best deal on State Street, come ring in the New Year with Velvet Jones' 6th annual no cover-$30 all you can drink NYE celebration! Also included is a Champagne toast and music by DJ Johnny Blaze. VIEW EVENT

Wildcat Lounge NYE 2014
This year, Wildcat Lounge's celebration includes a huge countdown with three balloon drops, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and the best dance music all night long! VIP Package with reserved tables available. VIEW EVENT


Santa Barbara Zoo: New Year's Eve Overnight for Kids
Let your kids swing into the New Year in wild style! Drop them off for a fun-filled night at the Santa Barbara Zoo. They'll have a pizza dinner, check out what's cookin' in our animal kitchen, tour the Zoo at night, eat a pancake breakfast, and much more. Sorry parents, this fun night is for kids only!

The Granada Theatre: New Years' Eve Pop Concert
Fast becoming a Santa Barbara favorite, Bob Bernhardt returns with a Pops feast of your favorites, as well as a few surprises! Ring in the New Year at the best party in town, but get your tickets early--this concert is always a sell-out!

Wine, Wednesdays & Chocolate

Posted On: Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 12:05 PM

If going wine tasting during the week isn't treat enough, Santa Barbara tasting rooms are opening their doors, and bottles, to pair with the tastiest treats around. Guaranteed to send you into a sweet bliss, these tasting experiences are not your average wine Wednesday tastings.

Riverbench Sweets and Insobriety Tasting Lo Res

Each Wednesday during the month of October, Riverbench Winery's Santa Barbara Tasting Room is hosting "Sweets & Insobriety", a decadent flight of local Riverbench wines and delicious, Santa Barbara based, Koval Confections. This tasting is expertly crafted to illuminate the complexities of each wine. Must try wine? Riverbench 2010 Estate Pinot Noir

Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room

Offered not only on Wednesdays, but everyday throughout the month of October, Grassini Family Vineyards has teamed up with Jessica Foster Confections to host "Days of Wine & Chocolate". With every sip, indulge in a locally made truffle that is paired to perfection. Not to mention, each tasting comes with a recipe for a homemade truffle that will complement all Grassini Family wines. Must try wine? Grassini Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Thanks to and our local wineries, Wednesdays have gotten a little sweeter on the Santa Barbara South Coast!

Cure Your Cravings with

Posted On: Friday, Oct 18, 2013 4:32 PM

Craving the best culinary creations Santa Barbara restaurants have to offer? Now is the perfect time to dine in at your local eatery to experience each of and every one of's special prix fixe menu offerings! October is half way through, and so are your chances of ordering these prix fixe menus only available during

To give you a taste of what you can experience, read through a few of Visit Santa Barbara's team ambassador reviews of their fun toasting to!

Opal Restaurant 3-Course Prixe Fixe Menu
Noelle, Marketing Manager

Dining at Opal Restaurant and Bar, the meal started off with a delicate Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Flash-Fried Tiger Prawn appetizer, drizzled in a creamy Coconut Curry Dipping sauce, and paired with a Napa Cabbage Salad. The salad featured juicy Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds and Julienne Vegetables in a light Sesame Asian Vinaigrette. It was absolutely delicious and just enough to warm up my appetite for the next course! For dinner, I enjoyed a Slow Roasted Braised Short Rib with a Petite Syrah Asian BBQ Sauce and Crisp Yukon Gold Potato Cake. The flavors melted in my mouth and it was hearty enough to satisfy my palette. Though I was very full at this point, I of course had saved just enough room for dessert. A beautiful Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee was brought out and I think I sighed out loud when I saw it. The plate was drizzled in chocolate with the words, "Enjoy", which I knew I would. It was a perfect balance of light and satisfying, and the pumpkin spice flavors were a perfect addition to the standard Crème Brulee. It brought feelings of fall and the holidays, paired perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. The meal was delicious and I left fully satisfied, yet hungry to experience more of in Santa Barbara!

 Opal AppetizerOpal dessert

Arlington Tavern 3-Course Prixe Fixe Menu
Madeline, PR Coordinator arlington tavern desert

Dinner at Arlington Tavern was the ideal date night location. In addition to a delicious 3-course menu, the atmosphere is romantic, cozy, and just the right setting for you and that someone special. Specifically created for, the menu "Take a Bite Out of Fall" consists of choices between Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup or Heirloom Tomato Salad, Arlington Tavern Fried Chicken or Local Black Cod, and Lemon Pudding Cake or Strawberry Upside Down Cake. And if the mood strikes, you can add an optional wine/beer pairing! Needless to say that any of the options would have ended up being devoured, I enjoyed the Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup, Arlington Tavern Fried Chicken, and Strawberry Upside Down Cake. If I had to describe my experience in two words, it would be "So Good....."

arlington tavern soup arlington tavern fried chicken

Arch Rock Fish Exclusive epicure Entree
Bettina, Marketing Coordinator

The setting of Arch Rock Fish was very ambient and paired well with the elegance of the meal. The exclusive entrée, named "Crave the Early Taste of Fall", consists of 5 Seared Diver Scallops so fresh they are caught same day! Served over a butternut squash and browned butter puree with kale, my mouth is watering again just thinking about this dish. The scallops were cooked to perfection while the brown butter added a unique and delicious flavor. The sautéed kale paired with the scallops made the entire meal very reminiscent of fall. If you're interested in these savory scallops, you'd better hurry to Arch Rock Fish before the month of October and is over!

arch rock entree

Haven't participated in yet? Don't worry, there is plenty of time to enjoy Santa Barbara's best cuisine, libations and culture! Visit for more information.

Sing Like a Bird with the Canary Hotel

Posted On: Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 4:44 PM

One of the many things to love about Santa Barbara is there is always something new and exciting to do. Very rarely will you find yourself sitting at home on a Friday night uttering the phrase "I'm bored" or "Can we please do something different tonight?" From concerts in the park during the summer to countless festivals hosted year-round to the plethora of restaurants and tasting rooms, Santa Barbara South Coast is the place to be!

One new event to spring to life in Santa Barbara is the Canary Hotel's Rooftop Perch Sing Along Series. If the phrase "Grease Sing Along", instantly brings a smile to your face, than this event is for you! What could be better than watching an all-time classic movie, under the stars, on top of one of Santa Barbara's finest hotels? In one word, nothing. This unique Santa Barbara series is the perfect girl's night out adventure you have been waiting for. Every Wednesday during the month of October, this series will showcase some of the best sing along movies paired with signature cocktails, and cozy blankets. Sing your heart out under the stars while enjoying complimentary popcorn and a night of guaranteed fun!

Grease Sing Along

While this series kicked off on Wednesday October 2nd with Grease, there are still plenty of great shows to catch and sing along too! Upcoming October 16th is Bye Bye Birdie.


We Want “Sama” More!

Posted On: Friday, Oct 11, 2013 10:08 AM

It's time to forget about what's for dinner, and leave the details (and dishes) to the expert chefs of!

One place where you'll be asking for "sama" more is at the Sama Sama Kitchen. Inspired by Indonesian food and fresh ingredients, Sama Sama's special prix fixe menu is a 3-course exploration through different countries that have settled and migrated to Indonesia. Over the course of 1,000 years, the Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have influenced the cuisine of Indonesia, and Sama Sama is ready to take you and your palate through this cultural, mouth-watering journey.

Epicure Sama Sama Chinese Dish

Chinese Course: ong choy stir fry, Chinese sausage, shiitake, soft boiled egg & pickled beets

epicure Sama Sama Portuguese dish

Portuguese Course: chicken curry pastel, apple butter

Epicure Sama Sama Dutch Dish

Dutch Course: savory poffertjes, fried chicken oysters, maitake, smoked bourbon palm syrup, scallion oil, whipped honey truffle butter

Sama Sama Kitchen is just one of the many Santa Barbara restaurants offering special prix fixe menus. Here is a complete listing of's prix fixe menus: 

Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine: Greenhouse to Table
Arch Rock Fish: Crave the Early Taste of Fall
Arlington Tavern: Take a Bite Out of Fall
Blush Restaurant and Lounge: Farmer's Market Night
Downey's: A Taste of Santa Barbara
El Encanto: Chef's Garden Prix Fixe Menu
Fitch & Fork at the Canary Hotel: Menage a Trois Dinner Series
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room: Flatbreads Reserve Wine Tasting
Montecito Wine Bistro: Wine Flight and Pizza Special for Two
Olio e Limone: 2013 at Olio e Limone Restorante
Opal Restaurant and Bar: An Exploration of Santa Barbara Wines
Paradise Café: Craft Beer at Paradise Café
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro: Wine Flight and Pizza Special
Rodney's Grill in The Fess Parker: Chef's Special "Made in Santa Barbara" Menu
Sandbar: A taste of Sandbar, A Toast to You
Wine Cask: Menage a Trois Dinner Series

Allow yourself to indulge and give your taste buds a treat! These special prix fixe menus are only available during

A Wine Lover's Guide to

Posted On: Monday, Oct 7, 2013 11:06 AM

AVA Tasting Room

Welcome to October and welcome to the beginning of, Santa Barbara South Coast's month long festival celebrating cuisine, libations, and culture. Filled with 31 days and 100+ ways to enjoy your stay, the 5th anniversary of epicure is officially underway. From epicure inspired hotel packages to special prix fixe menus, the real question is, where do you begin? 

If the term "sip & savor" brings to mind visions of a relaxing autumn day in Santa Barbara wine country, accompanied by friends, and a glass of your favorite Santa Barbara wine, then this exclusive guide is for YOU! With countless wine related activities, Santa Barbara is an oenophile's oasis throughout the month of October. How will you pick and choose? Here's the rundown on 9 wine inspired events featured during

1. Syrah 5 Ways
Is wine made in the vineyard or winery? How important is the location/terroir to a wine? These are some questions that will be discussed and answered at this tasting of Syrahs, from each of the 5 Viticultural Areas of Santa Barbara County. October 11th, 6pm

2. Celebration of Harvest
Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association's annual celebration of the year's bounty, where vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to share with you harvest tales and wines. October 12th, 1-4pm

Kunin Tasting3. Winemaker for a Day
Join winemaker Seth Kunin for a component tasting and blending seminar. After a tasting of the five component varietals, each participant will have the opportunity to create their own unique version of our beloved "Pape Star" - a Rhone blend featuring Granache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise - then compare it to the 2012 Kunin Wines "Pape Star". October 18th, 6pm

4. Harvest Bites
Join AVA Santa Barbara for weekly harvest updates, including fresh grape samples, winemaker's comments and hearty small bites paired with Santa Barbara County wines. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm

5. Wine Down Wednesdays with Your Local Winemaker
Each Wednesday in October a local winery will be featured at Renegade Wines. The Winemaker (or Owner) will pour a selection of wines while discussing the philosophy behind their winemaking practices. Includes fine cheeses from C'est Cheese. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5-7pm

6. Winemaker for a Day with Margerum Wine Company
You'll roll up your sleeves and help with hand sorting and crushing grapes, yeasting and inoculating ferments, laboratory analysis, plunging and punch down ferments, and your day will end with barrel tasting and finally the opportunity to blend your own wine, with Margerum Wine Company. October 11 or 25 from 9am-3pm

7. Taste of Santa Barbara at SOhO SB
Join Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club for Santa Barbara County wines paired with a Santa Barbara County winery. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5-8pm

8. Sweets & Insobriety
Enjoy a decadent flight of local Riverbench wines and delicious Koval Confections, expertly paired to illuminate the complexities of each. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 11am-6pm

Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room9. Days of Wine & Chocolate 
Throughout the month of October, be sure to come by Grassini Family Vineyards' downtown tasting room for complimentary locally-made truffle with our usual wine tasting flight. Grassini Family Vineyards has teamed up with local Santa Barbara chocolatier, Jessica Foster Confections, to create a perfect wine and truffle experience. Recurring daily, 1- 6pm

 While you're out tasting some of the region's finest wines, make sure to share your experience with us by using the hashtag #epicureSB.




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