Traveling is an activity you for having fun, taking a time for you, enjoying amazing landscapes, visiting new places, interacting with other cultures and tasting delicious food. This last item, after visiting and enjoying of new landscapes, is the one that people have expectations the most. New colors, textures, aromas, mixtures of flavors that might include acid, bitter, burnt, creamy, crunchy, juicy, salty among others, captivate all your sense and make trips become more rewarding than expected. Cities bordered by sea and with Hispanic influences have something unique and special in their cuisine. They successfully mix sea products with the ancient Hispanic food traditions and new and exquisite plates emerge for delighting everyone who wants to give their palate new experiences ad sensations. This is why in Santa Barbara, after all processes of regarding to new culture’s adaptation they have been living for the last 100 years and the colonization by Spanish who came there and found the city more than 300 years ago, they became an important tourist destination. The city’s entourages transport tourists to the time where Spanish colonizers made a city that reminded them their hometown. Also, people who live there take care of their city in order to preserve what must be preserved and add a little of modernity. All these qualities can also be experienced with local and typical food that wisely mix all toppings in order to create a master piece for palates. From the Santa Ynez Valley to downtown Santa Barbara you’ll find the freshest ingredients on your table and in your glass. When it comes to food and drink, perhaps the most difficult choice is deciding where to eat. Here there is the coming culinary event in Santa Barbara, The Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, with a guide-list of restaurants that are a must when visiting Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend is four days of wine, food and fun throughout Santa Barbara County. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 23 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (better to entry at noon) at the beautiful River View Park in Buellton. Enjoy wine from more than one hundred member’s wineries; food sampling from more than twenty food purveyors; live music; wine and cooking demonstrations; local artisans and silent auction.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. the Santa Barbara Wine Seminar at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott will teach you a lot about wines. The tasting seminar, moderated by noted wine writer, educator, and judge, Patrick Comiskey, will feature an in-depth exploration of Santa Barbara Country Syrah as showcased by a panel of six local winemakers. The ticket is $35 per person.
- Santa Barbara FisHouse: As their motto says “Usually local, always fresh”. The pretty view in there welcome you for then delight your palate. Located just across the street from the Pacific Ocean. The menu is based on sea creatures of all kinds, and local halibut is also included. For closing this great experience, you can have a cocktail or a local wine and enjoy the decorations set the under-the-sea tone.
- Seagrass Restaurant: Serving only the freshest seafood, meats and produce is what the chef Roberto Perez and his staff mean to do. Locally sourced ingredients shine on a menu that celebrates Californian coastal cuisine. Their local fish is purchased from the Santa Barbara Fish Market or form the most sustainable waters possible from around the globe. Many dishes are developed with a specific varietal or flavor profile in mind.
- Chuck’s of Hawaii: Chuck’s of Hawaii is the Santa Barbara steakhouse. Chuck’s has been serving award-winning steaks, wines and seafood in the same uptown location since 1967! This cozy restaurant is the perfect for tourists who love eating at places where locals eat. There’s a comfortable bar up front, and an epic salad bar that everyone who goes there describes it as perfect combination.
- The Lark: The Lark is a lovely indoor/outdoor restaurant located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Central Coast fare, from fruits and vegetables to meats and wines makes their menu an excellent option for dinner. Food is intended for sharing and served family-style. There is a fun cocktail list, too. Since it is a very famous restaurant in Santa Barbara, it is strongly suggested that you make reservations online well in advance.
For sure this event will amuse you and your family. Arrive early and take the time to enjoy every single taste and food sample for then closing your journey with a local glass of wine. Furthermore, on April 25th do not miss The Festival Grand Tasting. Definitively you will feel like a local as it’s celebrated with home-grown assortments only!