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Santa Barbara is an OctoberFeast of Epicurean Celebrations: Alton Brown Featured

The magnificently beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country
The magnificently beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country
John Blanchette


Savor Santa Barbara throughout October with this Epicurean Celebration of the Arts, Restaurants, Vineyards and Community of America's Riviera City

Food TV Network Star Alton Brown will be a Featured Guest

Santa Barbara, CA — German's may have Octroberfest but October in Santa Barbara is not just a celebration of beer, it is an Octoberfeast for the mouth and the mind, a month-long celebration of culture, cuisine and libations of all sorts. This year celebrating the 5th Annual, the city is anticipating its largest attendance yet.

While the cornerstones are the numerous festivals showcasing local products, from avocados to vino and everything in between, the participation of local businesses with their own epicurean-inspired unique events and special offers truly make it a month to savor Santa Barbara.

Locals are proud of where they live, and this year’s theme, the Spirit of Santa Barbara, reflects that. The three categories comprising the Spirit of SB are Crave (eagerly desire a life filled with flavor), Toast (celebrate the process, revel in the result and salute the masters of the craft) and Explore (delight in sight, sound, touch and taste for the purpose of discovery).

The menu of activities to choose from is lengthy and will allow you to submerse yourself in Santa Barbara culture, cuisine and libations. A few even fall in late september if you want to get a jump on the Octoberfeast!

Whet your appetite by checking out the full list of events and hotel packages at


Discover Santa Barbara culture through lecture series’, live performances and walking tours.

Some of the keynote events include:

Alton Brown (Oct. 23) - Host of the incredibly popular Iron Chef America and key personality on “The Next Food Network Star” and “The Next Iron Chef,” Alton Brown will be sharing his insights and making food fun during a live variety show at The Granada Theatre.

“Bon Appetit,” a short opera about Julia Child (Sep. 30) – Take a seat as Opera Santa Barbara
presents “Bon Appetit” featuring mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook performing as Julia Child baking a cake.
Audience members will be treated to the cake at intermission, prior to Cook’s performance of

“Words to Live By” Speaker Series & Cooking Class (Oct. - Every Thursday and Friday) – Join Global
Gardens, the Caliterranean Café and Casa Dumetz for a weekly lecture series featuring culinary / cultural
themes that influences the cooking class.

Maritime Tastings (Oct. 2, 16, 23) – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents a three part series
featuring local fishermen, experts and chefs celebrating local sustainable seafood. Each night will include
brief lectures and food demonstrations focused on a particular "catch".


Take part in a cooking class, learn about local food and enjoy a delectable dinner at one of many restaurants.

Petite Epicurean (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) – It's never too early to discover your inner foodie. At Bacara
Resort's hands-on Petite Epicurean cooking class, Executive Chef David Reardon teaches children how
to prepare healthy, yet incredibly delicious food that celebrates the bounty of Santa Barbara.

Trotters to Tails – Charcuterie Class (Oct. 10) – Join Anchor Woodfire Kitchen Owner and Chef, Jason
Tuley, for an education and demonstration on crafting charcuterie from the pig. You'll then be invited to
enjoy this subject first-hand as you sample a variety of charcuterie from Anchor’s highly praised menu.

Chef for a Day (Oct. 8, 22) – New restaurant The Lark is offering two exclusive farm to table style
cooking classes led by their head chef Jason Paluska where you will experience what it is like to be a
chef. From hand picking your ingredients at our local farm to preparing and enjoying a fabulous meal
paired with wine, you will learn insider techniques and take home your own apron and recipe booklet.

Ménage à Trois Dinner Series (Oct. 10, 17, 24) – Join three of Santa Barbara’s most talented chefs for
three “crave”-worthy three-course dinner experiences at each of their respective restaurants: Finch &
Fork, Wine Cask and Bella Vista. Each location will offer a special collaborative menu comprised of
seasonal farmers market creations by the trio and their teams in their respective signature culinary styles.


Sip Santa Barbara’s flavors in special mixology classes and learn about winemaking from experts.

The Great Gatsby Goes Gourmet (Oct. 7, 21) – Watch and imbibe as a master mixologist crafts
specialty elixirs combining local spirits with artisan mixers from the Isabella Gourmet Foods shelves, in a
throwback to the speakeasy days; 1920s attire encouraged!

Winemaker for a Day (Oct. 11 , 25) – In this exclusive event, experience harvest firsthand with
Margerum Wine Company as you help with hand sorting and crushing grapes, yeasting and inoculating
ferments, laboratory analysis, plunging and punch down ferments. Your day will end with barrel tasting
and the opportunity to blend your own wine, of which you will get to take home a bottle.

Harvest Bites (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) - Join the newest tasting room on the Urban Wine Trail, AVA Santa
Barbara, for weekly harvest updates, including fresh grape samples, winemaker's comments and hearty
small bites paired with Santa Barbara County wines.

Explore the Urban Wine Trail by Pedicab and Santa Barbara Car Free (Oct. 1 -31) – Santa Barbara’s
Urban Wine Trail is made up 20+ wineries and tasting rooms conveniently located in downtown Santa
Barbara and minutes from the beach. Have fun traveling between tasting rooms via pedicab with this two-
hour tour for up to two people.


Whether you prefer beer or wine, lemons or avocados, there is a Festival for you.

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival (Oct. 12) - The festival highlights the freshest seafood from
the Santa Barbara Channel and live musical entertainment. Attendees will meet local fishermen and enjoy
lobster, crab, prawns, sea urchins, and more. Activities include cooking demonstrations by Chuck's
Waterfront Grill, Maritime Museum tall ship tours, SB Sailing Center boat rides and craft vendors.

Celebration of Harvest (Oct. 11 – 14) – At this annual celebration of the year's bounty, vintners take a
break from the vineyards and cellars to share harvest tales and wines with attendees.

SOL Food Festival (Sep. 28) - The SOL Food Festival celebrates the local farmers, chefs, organizations
and individuals who are working to better our food system. The festival connects, educates and inspires
the community to participate in the growing Sustainable, Organic, and Local (SOL) food movement and
the creation of a healthier, happier, and more sustainable community.

California Lemon Festival (Sep. 28 – 29) - Find wonderful food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and
variety of entertainment and activities that have made The Lemon Festival the most anticipated event in
the Goleta Valley. Saturday boasts a classic car show as well.


Hotels are teaming up with restaurants and activities, so pack your bags and stay the night!

Sea to Shore in 4 (Oct. 1 – 31) – The Santa Barbara Hotel Group package is 3 nights and 4 days, and
includes an educational wine tour, amazing sunset cruise, $50 restaurant dinner voucher, La Cumbre
Plaza shopping center Reward Card, and a bottle of Santa Barbara Chardonnay and a box of gourmet
chocolates to relax poolside with.

Indulge your Cravings (Oct. 1 – 31) - The Ramada Santa Barbara is going to satisfy your hotel cravings
with our $99.00 Sunday-Thursday rates. Receive discount cards of 15%-20% off some of
Santa Barbara’s favorite local restaurants, 2 for 1 local wine tasting, or a Complimentary Tasting for two
at an award winning winery in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Exploration is a State of Mind (Oct. 1 – 31) – Stay at the Simpson House Inn and enjoy both a relaxing
and an adventurous time at an incredible rate. Enjoy a complimentary lunch Picnic Tote and a bottle of
wine in the serene gardens or by your fireplace depending on your state of mind. Venture farther with
suggestions for great strolls, hikes, nature walks or simply stunning places to picnic.


The Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission presents a month to savor Santa Barbara.

Visit for hotel package details, a comprehensive event schedule and a
complete list of participating businesses. is designed to celebrate Santa Barbara’s abundant and
diverse epicurean offerings.


Voted Best Getaway by L.A. Times Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, Santa Barbara is located just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline. Visitors can arrive via scenic Highway 101, Amtrak train (which is my favorite way), Greyhound bus or by flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

For travel and accommodation information and to request a free copy of the official Santa
Barbara County Visitors Magazine, contact the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film
Commission at 800.676.1266, 805.966.9222, or Visitor information is also available at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street (at Cabrillo Boulevard).

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John Blanchette is a freelance travel writer, television producer and owns a public relations company in Santa Monica, California

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