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Big Sur Foragers Festival - January 17-19, 2014

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California is an exciting place for gourmets and wine lovers, offering a selection of world class wines with exciting chefs that know how to pair the uniquely California cuisine with these wines.

From January 17th through 19th, 2014 Big Sur area restaurants will host the culinary expertise of notable chefs preparing unique fare from rustic to elegant, paired with the region’s amazing selection of wines and beers. A celebration of the amazing array of wild foods will be the centerpiece for a weekend of gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes and a friendly chef competition with celebrity judges.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to support the continued presence of local health care services.

Event schedule to include:

  • “Firestone and Fungus at Big Sur Roadhouse." David Walker "The Lion" of Firestone-Walker Brewing Co. will be in the building. BBQ: Rain or Shine
    NoBS Chili
    BBQ Brisket
    Baked field peas
    Long-Cooked foraged winter greens
    Roasted Mushrooms
    And of course, Firestone-Walker brew....
    $50.00 including beer pairing.
    Reservation seating-are required, no single start time.
    50-60 people.
  • “Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park and at Ventana Inn & Spa, both led by expert foragers. Cost per person is $35.
  • “Fungus Face-Off” on the deck at Ventana Inn & Spa!
    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost per person is $45. This is a friendly competition among some of the area’s notable chefs featuring chanterelles and other fabulous fungi. Celebrity judges are KGO's Joel Riddell, Jim Dodge and Wendy Brodie.
    Attendees also have an opportunity to cast their vote for “People’s Choice”.
    Participating restaurants are: Big Sur Roadhouse, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Esalen, Big Sur Bakery, Quail and Olive, Fernwood Resort, Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch and The Restaurant at Ventana.

Wine pairings will be provided by:

This year there will be a wine raffle! Grab a ticket for $10 to win 30 or more bottles of wine in your own wine barrel!

A silent auction full of culinary delights, hotel stays, tickets to explore the area, art and so much more will take place during the food and wine sampling.

  • Grand Celebrity Chef Dinner at Ventana Inn & Spa.
    “Foragers Dinner” at the Restaurant at Ventana beginning at 6:00 pm. The evening will be a very special meal prepared by Ventana’s executive chef Truman Jones. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person.

Sunday Brunch at the new Big Sur Roadhouse

Tickets on sale now at



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