Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support from the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, “Taste of Solvang” begins Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17. The event features locally grown foods, wines and diverse cuisine to celebrate the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area.
The 21st annual Taste of Solvang includes a Chefs Walk & Talk through the Farmers Market on Wednesday, March 13 as well as winemaker dinners, cooking classes and discounted Valley wine tours on March 13-15 and the popular Weekend Passport events are being held March 15-17 (Friday night’s Dessert Reception with the new Dessert Contest; Saturday’s Walking Smorgasbord and Saturday/Sunday Wine Walk).
The three popular “Taste of Solvang Passport” events begin on Friday, March 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., with a Dessert Reception and live jazz music at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1765 Mission Drive in downtown Solvang. On Saturday, March 16, from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., the Walking Smorgasbord features 40 taste stops around the village featuring bites of Danish, American, Latin, Japanese and Italian cuisines offered by restaurants, bakeries as well as retailers. On Saturday evening, March 16 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. plus on Sunday, March 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Solvang Wine & Beer Walk offering a dozen downtown tasting rooms pouring their vintages into the prized souvenir Taste of Solvang etched glass.
Featured chefs will include Chef David Cecchini, Cecco Ristorante; Master Chef Norbert Schulz, Mirabelle Restaurant and Chef Heather Rae Hovey, Hadsten House Restaurant. Meet these Chefs at the corner of First Street and Copenhagen Drive for a personalized tour through Solvang’s Farmers Market as they source ingredients and dish up tips on farm fresh inspiration.
A Weekend Passport including logo wine glass, wine charm & souvenir canvas tote bag is $75 per person or individual event tickets (ala carte) may be purchased— (Dessert Reception $25; Walking Smorgasbord $30; Wine & Beer Walk $40). To purchase tickets by phone call 1-800-719-9106 or online at SolvangUSA.com.