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Whether you're a wine geek, fervent foodie, seasoned chef of just someone who knows great food from good, Santa Barbara lets you treat your palate to an unforgettable taste vacation.
Partly, it's the weather that makes The American Riviera® a delicious destination. The same climate that's made fans of oenophiles around the world creates a farmer's paradise, giving restaurateurs an abundance of seasonal foods to work with, from avocados and eggplants to figs and fennel, melons and squashes, pears, persimmons and more.
These foods don't just grace the plate - they find their ways into the glass as well, and we're not simply talking pinots, chardonnays and syrahs. Think herb-infused cocktails, fresh fruit sangrias and local microbrews garnished with slices of orange and lemon just off the tree.
Then there's the restaurateurs themselves - as much artists as chefs - for whom food isn't a career, it's a way of life. Yes, we invite you to sit back and savor the pace and flavors of the slow food movement, but here, even grab-and-go menus make the mouth water: artisanal cheeses, fresh-baked breads, organic local spices and produce harvested at flavor peaks.
Such perfect ingredients warrant celebration, which is why the Santa Barbara South Coast comes together to toast the area's best cuisine, libations and culture every year. epicure.sb is a 31-day celebration during the month of October that pays homage to successful harvests, endless culinary festivals and events, and a town with plenty of flavor and lots of great taste. Epicurious? Learn more about epicure.sb.
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