One of my favorite things about the heady days of summer is the even more hedonistic nights. I grew up in the South, where the humid afternoons gave way to evenings which wrapped themselves like a warm blanket a
round bare skin. Serenaded by the sound of cicadas and bullfrogs, I spent countless evenings drunk on the electrifying summer air.
Out here in SoCal, what we lack in humidity and loud amphibians, we more than make up for in fiery hot festivals with their fair share of music, super-charged excitement and beautiful people dressed in small summer clothing. And these days, it isn’t just my joie de vivre that makes me tipsy; California boasts some of
the best wine events around.
There are two festivals, in particular, that are circled in red on my schedule: The first is Rhythm & Vine (produced in association with World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions, known for the nationally acclaimed San Diego Wine & Food Festival). This is a music and wine festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. It’s worth the drive to spend the day eating amazing food from some of San Diego’s favorite restaurants, like Donovan’s Steak House and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House. Breweries include Stone Brewing Company and La Jolla Brew House. Wineries such as Bridlewood Estate, Jake-Ryan Cellars and Pear Valley Vineyard will be pouring to raise money to keep kids off the streets and paired with mentors and life-long friends. The event also includes silent auctions and incredible live music. Tickets start at $75. Saturday, April 17, 2010.
The second event to get excited about is the 4th Annual Valley Food and Wine Festival. On Saturday, June 19, 2010, there will be over 100 different types of wine, beer and spirits mingling with tasty food and beautiful people in tony Calabasas, California. The $100 ticket not only gets you into what will be a fabulous, soon-to-sell-out event, but all proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Even better, The Valley Food and Wine Festival is a “Green Event” – you’ll be tasting delicious chow, raising money for an amazing cause and doing it all without waste.
So get your summer groove on. Kick off the season with hot summer nights and cool, cool beverages – for a good cause! These events are out of town but definitely in touch. Bullfrogs cost extra.