F.A.Q's

(Frequently asked questions)


Can I buy a ticket at the event?

What if I lose my ticket, or can’t come?

How many wines can we taste?

Is there any food available at the Festival events?

How many people will be there?

Where can we park?

What is a Silent Auction? Who benefits?

Will there be any water available?

Can we bring our children, or our pets?

When should I arrive?

Can we bring our picnic lunch, chairs and blanket?

What should I wear?

What if it rains?

Are there places to sit down?

Can I buy a ticket at the event?

Yes, tickets are available at the gate at higher prices. We recommend you buy them in advance online (print-at-home). (Save $10-$20 per ticket on advance purchases). Call for group rates (20 or more: 805-223-1880).

What if I lose my ticket, or can’t come?
Keep them in a safe place! Pin them to your shirt. If they are lost there will be no refund, no replacements. There are no refunds for any lost tickets. Again, no refunds for any reason.

How many wines can we taste?
Your admission ticket entitles you unlimited wine tasting privileges. You will also be given a long stem wine glass, food tray w/wine glass holder and program. There will be over 300 wines to sample. Pace yourself and don’t overindulge! Spit buckets are provided along with lots of water to drink.

Is there any food available at the Festival events?

Yes, there are free appetizers, artisan cheeses, fresh cut fruits, breads, even BBQ'd meats. But, these are just sample portions. We do not serve a meal. Please eat something before you come.

How many people will be there?

Thursday and Friday evening events are more reserved events and limited to 300 and 400 respectively. The Saturday Beachside Wine Festival is a spirited, Festival atmosphere attracting 2000-2500 wine lovers of all ages. (Shirts and shoes required)

Where can we park?

There are public parking lots within ¼ mile to each side of the venues (Friday/Saturday). Downtown public parking is available for the Thursday night event. We highly recommend taking public transportation or having a designated driver. The law is very strict on drinking and driving.

What is a Silent Auction? Who benefits?

It’s great fun and you can get some real bargains on exotic large format bottles (double magnums!) of premium wines, wine country trips and lots of other great items. And 100% of the net proceeds goes to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to feed hungry families locally.

In a Silent Auction, there is no annoying auctioneer and no pressure. Every item is laid out for your inspection. You casually inspect, read descriptions, and if you want, write down a bid on the bid sheet. When time is up at the end of the festival, if you have the highest written bid – you win that item (s)! You pay the bid amount and take your item home with you. Simple and fun!

Will there be any water available?

Yes, every event will feature freewater. There will also be other beverage manufacturers giving samples out.

Can we bring our children, or our pets?

Although we love children, by law, no one under 21 can be admitted onto the grounds, and we must have a double fence with a 5’ moat between fences per the law – so leave the little ones home. No babysitting facilities. No infants. No strollers. No exceptions. And no, health laws prohibit any animals of any kind on the grounds. Leave them home too. (Except guide dogs for the blind)

When should I arrive?

VIP and Early Entrance ticket holders may enter at 12pm, for 60 minutes of preview food sampling and wine tasting. Saturday Festival ticket holders usually start arriving and lining up at 12:30. The gate opens at 1 pm sharp. The festival closes at 4 pm sharp.

Can we bring our picnic lunch, chairs and blanket?

We encourage our guests to circulate among the wineries and sample the wines and foods. There are grassy areas where you can rest under provided umbrellas, but no chairs or other sitting facilities are available. There simply isn’t enough room for picnicking inside the grounds. You may get a hand stamp, picnic at the beach then re-enter the grounds if you wish.

What should I wear?

Thursday: “Old Spanish Nights”: Get into the spirit and wear a Mexican/Spanish dress or comfortable “date night” clothing.

Friday: “Rare Wine Tasting” Casual elegant resort wear is great. No t-shirts and cut-offs please.

Saturday Beachside Festival: No shoes, no shirt, NO ENTRY! T-shirts, shorts OK. Bare feet can get cut on broken glass. Heels are hard to wear on grass! Be comfortable. Have fun. Be safe.

What if it rains?

Bite your tongue! It has never rained at our event (especially in mid-July) and we expect perfect “Chamber of Commerce” weather again this year. Never say never…this is a rain or shine event. The Festival will go on regardless of the weather. If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella! No refunds will be given.
(The sun at the beach is bright and you may get a burn. Bring sunscreen and wear a hat.)

Are there places to sit down?

Thursday and Friday night events have very limited seating available. The grounds on Saturday’s beachside festival get very crowded and are not conducive to seating. There are grassy areas where you may rest, and the VIP Pavilion has limited seating for less than 100 (requires a VIP ticket to enter). You may get a hand stamp; leave the grounds and return any time you like.

See you at the Festival!

E-mail: info@californiawinefestival.com