Sparkling Way Garden Successful Addition to 30th Food & Wine Festival to Benefit Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Posted on 13-07-2017

by Bonnie Carroll
The Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival was yet another amazing success to benefit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Held in the beautiful backyard of the historic museum, guests and sponsors gathered to taste samples from the best chefs in Santa Barbara, and savor sips from the best vintners in the area.
The fundraiser hosted over 100 different wine and food vendors. A new addition was a tree lined area dubbed Sparkling Way, where sparkling wine vendors like Alma Rose and the newly opened Bear and Star were giving tastes under the shade of historic trees.
The event is highly anticipated each year by fine food and wine devotees, and it did not disappoint. The VIP Redwood Lounge granted guests early admission and a private tasting area to enjoy fine wines from winemakers like Doug Margerum and wife Marni. Long time supporters for the event were again there to share their wine and included Fess Parker, Brander, Buttonwood, Zaca Mesa, Qupe, Au Bon Climat and so many more who were serving sips in the museum backyard.
Chef Michael Hutchings, local Santa Barbara chef, caterer, and television personality was serving his divine version of surf & turf, as well as a bevy of culinary stars from renowned venues like Finch and Fork, Brophy Bros, Ca' Dario, Loquita, Slate Catering, Solvang Bakery, The Bear and Star, Via Maestra 42, Farmer Boy, Country Catering, Whole Foods, Gelson's Market and more, who all shared tastes of their delicious. Desserts were provided by Renaud's, Helena Avenue Bakery and Jessica Foster that were so sweet. The Berry Man served up bushels of divine fresh berries to pair with wine and cheese. In the heat of the afternoon I personally appreciated so much the delicious green tea being served by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
 The Museum 'every cork wins raffle' attracted a crowd of participants who pulled a cork for $40 and had the opportunity to go home with some amazing wines or food vendor gifts, and I was told some lucky person got two tickets to next years event.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was founded in 1916. It is a cherished venue of locals who have spent years enjoying exhibitions on the beautiful and educational venue with their children and grandchildren. SBMNH has one of the finest exhibitions on the Chumash Indians anywhere in California, a nature trail, and clubhouse, a Butterfly Pavilion and a real 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. The Museum's outdoor nature experience can be enjoyed at The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. Nearly 100,000 visitors enjoy the ocean life in the Santa Barbara Channel through its interactive exhibits and close-up, hands-on encounters with sea creatures. The Museum's mission is to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. The Museum is located at 2449 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.
About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News (www.lifebitesnews.com), does travel, entertainment and food reporting on local Radio/TV, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. She is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at writebc@aol.com.
 

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