By way of background, opening thoughts:
Ojai, California, known for its long-lived cultural and agricultural heritage, has also been quietly building a strong wine reputation. Here's an event that will give you in one afternoon an opportunity to experience the best of both the wine and food expertise from the Ojai region. Spirit of Wine will post reviews of the sampled wines following the event.
The twenty-seventh annual Ojai Wine Festival will take place Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on the scenic shores of Lake Casitas. From its humble beginnings in 1987 the event has grown into a leading regional event attracting nearly 5000 people from throughout the Central Coast and Southern California. The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai West Foundation; a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps fund many humanitarian and community projects, including the environmentalscience based educational Lake Casitas Boat Tours for public schools.
“You can’t beat the combination of fantastic wine, beer, food, live music, dancing and fun in such a beautiful shady setting on the shores of Lake Casitas,” boasted Robert Long, President of the Rotary Club of Ojai-West.
Select from ten of Ojai’s best restaurants to buy a delicious meal. Guests may dine and drink wine on tables throughout the site or picnic on a grassy knoll overlooking the stage and Lake Casitas.
Not a wine lover? Beer lovers can enjoy tasting a great selection of over 20 domestic and import beers. Purchase a V.I.P. ticket for the exclusive V.I.P. Lounge to enjoy early 11:30 am entry, fine wines by the glass or three craft Belgian beers by the glass sponsored by Anheuser-Busch: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden or Leffe with free hors d’oeuvresserved by Sakura Ojai Japanese Restaurant and La Piu Bella Tavola Italian Catering & Cabot Cheese in a lovely shaded setting by the lakefront. VIP patrons can sample a glass of wine from Silver Wines, Bianchi Winery, Law Estate Wines, Huge Bear Wines or Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Full ticket price information is available at the festival’s website - http://www.ojaiwinefestival.com.
“Last year had over 60 wineries who poured over 250 diverse wines,” states Wine Festival Executive Director, Angela May. “Our selection of wineries is looking impressive for this year. Tickets are limited and we advise buying tickets online now. Photos, maps, and information from last year’s event can be found at the Festival’s website.”
Visitors can look forward to listening, dancing, and singing along to the music of Beatles tribute band, Sgt. Pepper, plus Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, a 1950’s – 1960’s rock and roll show band. The festival will also feature an assortment of arts and crafts vendors selling their wares. Small children can play in the park’s play area and free boat rides on Lake Casitas will again be available to all attendees. More than 100 volunteers guarantee a well run and safe festival.
27th Annual Ojai Wine Festival
Wine & beer tasting, food, craft vendors, silent auction and entertainment by the lakeside.
June 9, 2013 at Lake Casitas Recreational Area Event Site
12 to 4 PM
Tickets online at www.ojaiwinefestival.com or starting in April at Ojai’s Attitude
Adjustment Shoppe or Reid’s Appliances of Ventura and Santa Barbara
Advance tickets receive deep discounts and there are a limited number of VIP and General