the Wine and Food Festival
From its humble beginnings in 1994 at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura to its beachside home at the Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard (2001 - 2006) to the present surrounds of the beautiful and spacious California State University's Channel Islands campus in Camarillo, the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival has become the premiere wine and food event in Ventura County.
Voted both “Best Charity Event” and “Best Food & Drink Festival” of Ventura County in 2012! The Festival showcases delectable creations of the finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops from Santa Barbara to Conejo Valley. The event also features many renowned wineries and vineyards from throughout California's rich wine-producing regions, as well as several awarded breweries.
The Festival is all inclusive; patrons may sample and sip as many delightful foods and beverages as they desire as often as they wish. The day also features continuous LIVE! entertainment and the largest silent auction in Ventura County. Last year the Festival hosted a sold-out crowd of wine and food enthusiasts. This year, we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary with boundless entertainment and exhibitors. Watch as Executive Chefs from all over compete in The Yummies Culinary Competition. The action-packed culinary showdown brings in Ventura County's TOP restaurants and chefs as well as a panel of celebrity judges!
For those looking for an additional hour of enjoyment, VIP tickets are available and provide access to VIP parking and admission to the Festival one hour earlier via a new VIP entrance. VIP ticket holders and Sponsors are invited to enjoy the VIP Lounge presented by Wells Fargo along with select foods, drinks, and entertainment exclusive to the Lounge. Famed Chef Jason Collis of Plated Events serves specialty foods using fresh concepts to plate unique dishes. The gourmet fare will be complemented with music by the group Sound Effect, a seven-piece ensemble comprised of jazz and rock musicians with an eclectic sound. Beverages unique to the VIP Lounge include Malibu Family Wines and the Anheuser Busch Belgium Beer Garden featuring Hoegaarden, Leffe, and Stella Artois. Opportunities to sponsor the event are many and the highest level sponsors enjoy the Festival experience from the privacy of their very own VIP Cabana.
All proceeds from the Wine & Food Festival benefit Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, which provides hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and their families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Last year the Festival raised over $368,000(net) towards the $2.6 million Casa Pacifica needed to raise in private donations. Each year, as part of its public/private partnership, Casa Pacifica must raise 10-12% of its budget to fill the gap between what it receives from government service contracts and the actual cost of providing its wide variety of high quality programs and services to the most vulnerable children in our communities and their families.