Buellton Serves Hundreds of Wine, Chili, Salsa & Beer at Annual Festival | Local news


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Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish that let the 2019 Buellton Wine and Chili Festival fall on St. Patrick’s Day this year, but the fourth annual event on Sunday afternoon focused on products from chefs, winemakers. and local brewers.

The festival was billed as “Bringing the Heat to St. Patrick’s Day” and hundreds of people, including a few dressed in St. Patrick’s Day clothes, took advantage of the mild Central Coast weather to fill the festival grounds. at the Flying Flags RV Resort.

Visitors had the opportunity to sample a variety of chillies and salsas created by local chefs and restaurants who vied for bragging rights and cash prizes in several categories.

The official judges tasted the entries and chose the champions and two finalists in specific categories, while the festival-goers also tasted the entries and voted for their favorites in eight more general categories, with no finalists.

The winners of the judged and popular contests were:

Red pepper

• Champion – Raised on pork

• First finalist – Howlin ‘for Chili

• Second finalist – Flying Flags RV Resort

Green chili

• Champion – Raised on pork

• First finalist – Chumash Casino Resort

• Second finalist – Andersen’s Pea Soup

salsa

• Champion – Casa de Cromer

• First finalist – Sideways Inn

• Second finalist – Andersen’s Pea Soup

People’s choice

• Red Chili – Howlin ‘for Chili

• Chili Verde – 555 Lounge & Bar

• Salsa – Mer’s Bomb Salsa

• Red wine – Vinemark cellars

• White wine – Casa Cassara

• Craft beer – Special M

• Presentation of the stand – 555 Lounge & Bar

Samples of chili and salsa could be drizzled with wines poured from Central Coast winemakers, beers drawn by craft brewers in the area, and even spirits from local distillers.

Soft drinks and other types of food were available from several food trucks parked on site.

The festival’s soundtrack was provided by live music from two groups – Noble Grizwald and the Rincons – while guests browsed through the products on offer in a multitude of stalls or played games such as cornhole, pétanque, horseshoes, beer pong and table tennis for fun.

The celebration is sponsored by the Buellton Visitors Bureau & Chamber of Commerce, and proceeds from the event will benefit the various Visitors Center and Chamber programs.

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