Here is a press-release from the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience:

Santa Barbara, CA – As the Santa Barbara region continues to gain notoriety as a world-class culinary and cultural destination, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, (SBCE) in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, is pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of Taste of Santa Barbara, May 15 – 21, 2023. The Taste of Santa Barbara is a county-wide celebration of all things food and drink across Santa Barbara County. Tickets for all events are on sale now and can be purchased online here. The full lineup of events can be found online here. Through the SBCE’s partnership with the Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the Taste of Santa Barbara is used to make grants to local organizations making a difference in Santa Barbara County’s food system.

After a successful inaugural year in 2022, the Taste of Santa Barbara has established itself as one of the region’s favorite signature food and wine celebrations, featuring a broad array of events and special happenings at restaurants, bars, farms, and wineries, as well as pop-ups, workshops, speaker panels, and more. Signature events include Lights, Camera, Julia, a screening of some of Julia Child’s most iconic television shows; Cherry Bombe x Taste of Santa Barbara, an afternoon of inspiring discussions with local female winemakers, chefs, and producers making Santa Barbara County’s food and drink scene thrive; and the popular Taste of Santa Barbara Wines event featuring wine tastings and conversations with winemakers at the historic El Presidio in downtown Santa Barbara. Many of the region’s restaurants and bars will participate in “Dine Around Town with Julia Child” and “Pub Crawl with Paul” when the public can enjoy tribute dishes or specials, as well as cocktails inspired by Julia and Paul Child’s own recipes. As part of the SBCE and the Foundation’s commitment to education, this year guests can get in the kitchen with Apples to Zucchini Cooking School for a week of hands-on classes with some of Santa Barbara’s culinary stars!

“The Taste of Santa Barbara is a unique opportunity to explore the diverse culinary offerings of the region, and brings together the best chefs, winemakers, producers, and more to showcase their talents and create an unforgettable experience for all,” shared Donna Yen, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience. “It’s really important to us that the Taste of Santa Barbara is accessible to our entire community, so this year we’ve expanded our programming to offer a variety of events that appeal to all our audiences. We’re also committed to providing an educational platform for important conversations about our region’s food and wine businesses to help deepen connections between the community and these industries. We’re excited about this year’s program, and look forward to welcoming everyone back!”

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