Ventura County's Support-Local Program

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Totally Local VC Agricultural
Education Foundation Presents

The Third-Annual Taste of Local Festival

Come taste the flavors of Ventura County

September 24, 2017    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Olivas Adobe Historical Park – Ventura, CA

Sunday, September 24th is just around the corner!

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The Taste of Local Festival

Connecting Our Community from Field to Fork

More Food! More Fun! More Local than Ever!

What better way to learn about local food
than to experience it firsthand ?

The third-annual Taste of Local Festival is about bringing together farmers, chefs, purveyors and community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we have right here in Ventura County. This is field-to-fork at its very best.

Over 60 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries and distilleries are expected to showcase their culinary expertise.

This year, we’re expanding the event space, adding more food booths and increasing the number or workshops in our Educational Workshops program. And, the popular Local Homebrew Challenge triumphantly returns for another year of fun.

PRICES. General admission: $45.00 available in advance, $55.00 at the door; VIP admission: $65.00 in advance, $75.00 at the door (early admittance at 12:00 pm, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting). Advance tickets are available online here or at the Ventura Visitors Center on California St in Downtown Ventura. Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

WHAT CAN I BRING? Feel free to bring chairs, blankets and a cooler if you wish. No outside liquids are allowed except for unopened water bottles (seal unbroken). And, don’t forget your checklist of the exhibitors and fun events you want to see at the Festival!

Three ways to buy your tickets

General admission: $45.00

VIP admission: $65.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

General admission: $45.00

VIP admission: $65.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

Location: 101 S. California Street,Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (800) 333-2989
Website: https://visitventuraca.com/visit/visitors-center/
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

General admission: $55.00

VIP admission: $75.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

In advance: ONLINE

General admission: $45.00

VIP admission: $65.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

In advance: VENTURA VISITORS CENTER

General admission: $45.00

VIP admission: $65.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

Location: 101 S. California Street,Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (800) 333-2989
Website: https://visitventuraca.com/visit/visitors-center/
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

AT THE DOOR

General admission: $55.00

VIP admission: $75.00 (early admittance, welcome signature cocktail, event gift bag, boxed sample taster, specialty tasting)

Tickets are non-refundable. All food and samples are included in the admission price. This is a 21 and older event.

Taste of Local Happenings

Meet the Chefs, Taste their Cuisine

Ventura County is known as one of the top agricultural producing areas in the world. Rich soil, Mediterranean climates, innovative farmers and diverse crops – we’ve got it all! And this also means that we’ve got one of the best cuisine scenes that California has to offer.

Ventura County has an amazing group of top-line chefs, many of whom have helped to set the trend of Locally Sourced. Guests can meet and chat with the chefs and purveyors as you taste their wares and learn from these field-to-fork specialists about the bounty that is Ventura County.

Over 60 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries and distilleries are expected to showcase their culinary expertise during the Taste of Local Festival. Experience it firsthand!

Local Homebrew Challenge

Once again, Totally Local VC is partnering with Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) to present The Homebrew Challenge. Local brew masters will compete for the title of Taste of Local’s Home Brew Grand Champion as voted by guests at the Taste of Local Festival. Each of the top three contestants receives awards and lots of great local prizes.

Come and learn about the process of making beer as you talk directly to the brewers, taste their wares and cast your vote to help us determine our county’s best home brewers.

Are you into home brewing? Think you’ve got what it takes to compete in The Homebrew Challenge ? Well then, tell us about yourself in an email to info@totallylocalvc.com with Homebrew Challenge in the subject line. Or, better yet, click the button below and we’ll start your email for you!

Educational Workshops

We’ve increased the number of great, educational workshops. This year, the workshops include Homebrew 101, Fermenting Nature’s Tonic and The Sour Hour – Pucker Up 101. Check the Festival Schedule below for more details.

Great Local Music

Studies show that sound can not only can set a mood but that it also can influence the way we taste food and drink! Often dramatically. Totally Local VC understands this. So, it is only natural that we make sure to always partner with local musicians for each of our events.

This year’s lineup of local musicians playing throughout the Taste of Local Festival include Dan Grimm Band, Bryan Titus, Old Country Grass Band and a special local jam!. Check the Festival Schedule below for more details.

Parking and Transportation

Parking at the site. Parking at the Historic Olivas Abobe Historical Park is available but is in limited supply. The parking fee is $5 per car with all proceeds going to Project Understanding.

Taste of Local Festival Parking Lot. We have arranged for an additional parking area close to Olivas Adobe Historical Park at the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel at the Ventura Harbor. Free shuttles, sponsored by Sip Trip Tours, will take guests to and from the parking lot and the Festival throughout the day. Look for our parking signs.

The Ventura Trolley. Catch a ride on the free Ventura Trolley (click here for the schedule) at any of the many pick up points and take it to the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel at the Ventura Harbor. Free shuttles, sponsored by Sip Trip Tours, will take guests to and from the parking lot and the Festival throughout the day.

On-demand transportation services. Use an on-demand transportation service such as Uber or Lyft to take you to and from Olivas Adobe Historical Park.

All This and Giving Back, Too

Proceeds from the Taste of Local Festival will benefit the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation.

Over the past eight years, Totally Local VC has worked as an advisor for agriculture and culinary arts programs at both high school and college levels. Together with area chefs and farmers, we have laid the foundation to empower students in taking the next step in their journeys to achieve their educational and professional goals.

In order to grow and continuously raise the bar on our academic initiatives, we formed the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation. We depend on the support from community members like you through funds raised from donations, sponsorships and events. With this support, we can expand our programs that prepare students for successful careers in agriculture, food science and the culinary arts. Your contribution is helping to build the agricultural leaders and chefs of tomorrow.

Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Interested in becoming an Exhibitor
at the Taste of Local Festival ?

Exhibitors

Over 60 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries and distilleries are expected to showcase their culinary expertise. Here is a partial list of who will be sharing their talents with us. 

14 Cannons Brewing Company
805 Bar & Grilled Cheese
Aloha Steakhouse
Blue Ridge Honey
Buon Gusto Farms
Cal Strawberry Commission
Cantara Cellars
Casa Barranca Organic Winery
Channel Islands Distillery
Chef Stroh’s CalforniCajun
Clos des Amis Wines
Coastal Products
Cowboy John’s Smoken BBQ
Earl’s Gone Wild
Enegren Brewing Company
Ex Voto Chocolates
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Five Threads Brewing Co

Fluid State Beer Garden
Food Forward
Four Brix Winery
Fresh & Fabulous Cafe
Grapes and Hops
Houweling’s Tomatoes
Institution Ale Company
La Dolce Vita Ristorante
Labyrinth Winery
Ladyface Ale Companie
Leashless Brewing
Limoneira Company
Lori’s Original Lemonade
MadeWest Brewing Company
Magnavino Cellars
Morsels As You Wish
Oats & Ivy Farm

Ocean Pride Seafood
Ojai Permaculture
Oxnard Farmers’ Market
Paul Martin’s American Grill
Petty Ranch
Plan B Wine Cellars
Plated Events by Chef Jason
Poseidon Brewing Company
Project Understanding
Rêves de Sabine
Reiter Affiliated Companies
Rincon Brewery
Savana Lilly Jewelry
Sip Trip Tours
Slow Food Ventura County
Smoke Mountain Brewery
Spice-Topia

Spoon Barn
Strey Cellars
Surf Brewery
Tequila Alquimia
The Abundant Table
The Bloody Cure
The Cave Restaurant
The Copa Cubana
Topa Topa Folk Fest
Ventura Coast Brewing Co
Ventura Real Estate Company
Ventura Spirits Company
Wendell Ward Photography
Wicked’s Brew
Wild at Heart Ojai
Winchesters Grill & Saloon
YOUBITE LLC

Festival Schedule

Take a look at the schedule of great events happening throughout the day!

HOST: Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE)

PRESENTER: Andy Carter, president of VIBE

You already love craft beer, but do you know you can make it at home? Come to the Homebrew 101 class to find out how! We will go over the basics of home brewing and even have a few examples for you to taste.  Attend this workshop and get in 15 minutes earlier to the Taste of Local Festival.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Old Country Grass Band
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Bryan Titus
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Dan Grimm Band
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Local Jam

 

HOST: Totally Local VC

Wander around the beautiful Olivas Adobe Historical Park, sample the food and drink from our local chefs, purveyors, wineries, breweries, distilleries and other ag-related businesses.

NOTE: Alcoholic beverages will stop being poured at 4:00 PM, in compliance with our use permit.

HOST: Wild at Heart Ojai

PRESENTER: Michelle Lopez-Dohrn, CEO and Chief Fermentor at Wild at Heart Ojai

Did you know that beet kvass is one of the most beneficial beverages you can add to your diet? Michelle Lopez-Dohrn of Wild At Heart Ojai will be teaching you all about beet kvass, also known as Nature’s Tonic, a heritage food well-renowned for centuries as a blood and liver cleanser. Michelle will be demonstrating how simple it is to make at home and share the history and benefits of this “blood of the earth” tonic. Come and taste local beet kvass!

HOSTS: Totally Local VC and Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE)

Join us for the fun as local brew masters compete for the title of Taste of Local’s Home Brew Grand Champion as voted by guests at the Taste of Local Festival. You will learn about the process of making beer, talk directly to the brewers, taste their wares and cast your votes to help us determine our county’s best home brewers. Each of the top three vote-getters will receive awards and lots of great local prizes. YOU WILL LOVE IT!

HOST: Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE)

PRESENTER: Andy Carter, president of VIBE

Have you heard of beer styles like Berliner Weisse or Gose? They both use bacteria to naturally add lactic acid to the beer. In this class, we will learn how to work with bacteria in your homebrew, and try some home-brewed examples.

HOST: Totally Local VC and VIBE

You tasted the many brews presented at The Homebrew Challenge. You cast your votes for which one you thought was the best. We counted the votes and now the results are in. So, we now present awards to the top three local brew masters as voted by our guests. And, we announce the winner of the title of Home Brew Grand Champion.

Join us for the fun!

Buy your tickets today.

Tickets are also available in advance at the Ventura Visitors Center
as well as AT THE DOOR on the day of the Festival

Support Ventura County Agriculture

DONATE NOW to the

Totally Local VC
Agricultural Education Foundation

 

Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Venue

Olivas Adobe Historical Park

Ventura County’s only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era – California Historical Landmark No. 115 that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 – celebrates Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage through weekend tours, seasonal school educational outreach programs and year round special events such as The Taste of Local Festival.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor
of the Taste of Local Festival ?

Sponsors

Please show some love to the Sponsors that helped make this year’s Taste of Local Festival possible.

Photo Gallery

Photos of the second-annual Taste of Local Festival, September 2016

The second-annual Taste of Local Festival was held in September 2016 at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park in Ventura. It brought together farmers, chefs and the community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we have right here in Ventura County. Over 60 area chefs, wineries, brewers, farmers and purveyors showcased their culinary expertise. Check out the photos!

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Tickets are also available in advance at the Ventura Visitors Center
as well as AT THE DOOR on the day of the Festival

Contact Us

Got a questions about The Taste of Local Festival ? Or The Homebrew Challenge ? Or the Farm-to-Glass Mixology Throwdown?  Want to volunteer? Whatever you want to know about, we want to hear from you. Just fill out the contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

NOTE: This festival is for persons aged 21 and older. You must show your ID prior to entering the event. No smoking is permitted and no animals are allowed at the site. Tickets are non-refundable.

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