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In the heart of Santa Maria Style Barbecue country, many of the keepers of barbecue and other local traditions are cowboys to the core. So it’s no surprise that the annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo is one of the Santa Maria Valley’s biggest events of the year.
And you can bet that Santa Maria Style Barbecue will have a presence at this year’s 70th Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo happening Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2. Indeed, an array of dining events, fundraisers, dances, contests, exhibitions, performances and even a parade and golf tournament dot the calendar throughout this four day extravaganza held at the Elks Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria.
Each day, a three hour rodeo performance treats spectators to six adrenaline-rushing events, including bull riding, bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, local team roping and mutton bustin’, all garnished with rodeo’s top announcers, bull fighters, barrelmen and stock contractors. Then, on Sunday, the top cowboys compete for the championship.
Two additional events new to this year’s lineup are Camp Buckaroo ‘n’ Lil’ Rodeo for kids, plus the Vino & Vittles Wine Tasting Tent for those a bit more mature. Open the entire four days, Camp Buckaroo ‘n’ Lil’ Rodeo invites kids to enter and compete in mock-rodeo events. This is a chance to rope, ride a bull and run in the Stick Horse Gauntlet for a chance to bring home a buckle! Meanwhile, a new play area and educational zone lets children tackle a rock wall, run the obstacle course or soar in the bounce house.
Vintners will be pouring the fine wines of Santa Maria Valley at the new Vino & Vittles Wine Tasting Tent. Located adjacent to the rodeo’s Main Arena, this is the perfect spot for attendees to begin their festivities while enjoying live music and appetizers. Click here to plan your rodeo adventure.
In the Santa Maria Valley, there’s rarely much distance between a good cause and Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Time and time again, the residents of the Santa Maria Valley fire up the red oak to raise money and awareness for someone in need.
A perfect example is the third annual “Mine for Gold” barbecue dinner, live auction and concert in honor of Royal Family KIDS, a program that mentors foster children ages six to 12 during what is a critical developmental stage. The really good news is that the program’s research shows that at-risk children make progress in every area (academic, social, and family life) after just one year of a positive mentoring experience.
The community has really come together for this event happening on Saturday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The evening’s big draw is a show by acclaimed cowboy singer-songwriter, Dave Stamey. However, another highlight is, of course, related to barbecue. One tenacious bidder will come away from the live auction with the promise of a genuine Santa Maria Style Barbecue catered for 20 of his or her friends!
For tickets ($50), visit Eventbrite.com and type in “Dave Stamey” or call (805)264-0731.
The Santa Maria Valley’s “Restaurant Week” is almost upon us! Indeed, beginning Sunday, January 13, the region launches “DineOut: Santa Maria Style,” a week of discounted dining and wine tasting at participating Santa Maria Valley businesses.
Here’s how it works: Patrons are invited to mention the “DineOut: Santa Maria Style” promotion at participating restaurants, and then receive a 15 percent discount off their meal ticket (excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity). And those who mention the promotion at participating winery tasting rooms will receive a two-for-one tasting.
“The event dates were chosen to coincide with California Restaurant Month, a successful statewide promotion that benefits food and wine establishments during the winter season,” says Gina Keough, manager of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau, which is coordinating the promotion.
Participating restaurants offering a 15 percent savings on meals are The Garden Room Restaurant at the Historic Santa Maria Inn; The Vintner’s Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria; Straw Hat Pizza on North Broadway; and Rooney’s Irish Pub in Orcutt.
Participating wineries offering two-for-one tastings include Foxen Winery and Vineyard; Cambria Winery; Byron Winery; and Riverbench Vineyard and Winery.
Deals like this taste especially sweet when you’re in barbecue country. The promotion runs through Sunday, January 20, and more information may be found at www.santamariavisitor.com/DineOut. Bon appetit!
When it comes to pairing Santa Maria Style Barbecue with wine, the options are numerous–especially here in the heart of California’s BBQ Capital, where the world-class wines are nearly as famous as our local culinary tradition.
Now, typically barbecue is said to go with wines of the red variety. But some rules are meant to be broken, right? Enter Chardonnay, the star of the upcoming 3rd annual Chardonnay Symposium in the Santa Maria Valley on June 29 – July 1.
Hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association, the Chardonnay Symposium is the only event of its kind in the United States to focus on this popular varietal. The festivities will include an educational panel session moderated by Steve Heimoff, west coast editor of the Wine Enthusiast; a gourmet food pavilion; chef-guided wine and food pairings; satellite winemaker dinners; and a grand tasting.
The symposium kicks off on Friday evening with a “Bring Your Own Chardonnay” BBQ at the historic Sierra Madre Vineyard. Guests are invited to bring their own bottle of Chardonnay to share while enjoying a gourmet barbecue, music, dancing, wine tasting and Santa Maria-style hospitality.
Then, on Saturday, a full-day event begins at Byron Vineyard and Winery, with Heimoff headlining a distinguished panel of speakers exploring “Chardonnay and Terroir: What’s it all about?” Joining Heimoff for the discussion will be eight winemakers, all of whom craft Chardonnay in California, from regions ranging from Santa Maria Valley to Napa Valley.
Directly following the panel session, the Grand Chardonnay Tasting takes place at Byron from noon to 4 p.m. More than 50 wineries from a variety of regions will share their Chardonnays. Renowned local chefs, including Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn, Alfonso Curti of Trattoria Uliveto and Ryan Gromfin of Central City Market, will reveal Chardonnay food pairing secrets under the demonstration tent.
The Santa Maria Valley is a natural home for Chardonnay’s ultimate showcase. Here, the varietal excels amid the valley temperate coastal climate, which is shaped by a rare “transverse” geography that runs west to east and encourages the influx of cool marine breezes. The result is one of California’s longest growing seasons, which ensures the development of complex, flavorful and exquisitely balanced Chardonnay.
Just another reason to visit the Santa Maria Valley, home of the red, white and Q!
Indeed, the spring season brings out the grills in full force while heralding the annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival. Happening this year on Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., this signature wine event features the fare of more than 100 Santa Barbara County wineries, caterers, specialty food purveyors and restaurants, many of whom display a serious passion for the ‘cue.
They will all converge at The Carranza, a picturesque creekside meadow tucked into a valley just outside of Los Olivos in Northern Santa Barbara County. Two live bands, wine related exhibits and a silent auction to benefit local charities will round out the day. In addition to the festival, many wineries will be offering special tastings, winemaker dinners and library tastings throughout the weekend.
Click here for tickets and information or call (805) 688-0881. And for more information on touring the Santa Maria Valley wine country, visit www.santamariawines.com and www.santamariawinecountry.com.
Of course, your culinary tour doesn’t have to end at the festival. Once your appetite returns, you can pick up right where you left off with local wines and Santa Maria Style Barbecue served by numerous local restaurants. Cheers!
As reported in the Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria Sun and elsewhere, you can “DineOut: Santa Maria Style” starting this Sunday and enjoy exclusive savings at local wineries and restaurants through January 20.
During this period, 11 restaurant and winery establishments in the Santa Maria Valley will offer everything from complimentary tastings and “buy one get one free” to 15 percent off a meal. The event dates were chosen to coincide with California Restaurant Month, a successful statewide promotion that benefits food and wine establishments during the winter season.
Participating local restaurants offering 15 percent off menu items are The Vintner’s Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria; Portabella Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn and Suites; Gilli’s Grill & Sports Bar; Starry Sky Coffee Company; and Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza (discounts exclude tax, alcohol and gratuity). Participating wineries include Costa de Oro Winery; Cambria Winery; Riverbench Winery; Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room; Toccata Wines Tasting Room; and Wine Country Orcutt.
Here are some quick facts about California dining to whet your appetite:
-Thirty cities across California are hosting restaurant weeks this January.
-California is the top destination in the U.S. for culinary travel, with visitors drawn to the rich and diverse wine and food product.
-California produces 90 percent of American wine and is one of the leading agricultural producers in the U.S.
-More than 400 agricultural crops, attracting some of the greatest chefs who enjoy creating with the freshest ingredients.
-Last year travelers in California spent $23.1 billion on food and beverages, more than for any other spending segment and constituting 26 percent of all visitor spending last year.
So join the culinary fun and DineOut: Santa Maria Style!
Locals and visitors alike are invited to savor and save as participating restaurants and wineries in the Santa Maria Valley offer special discounts from January 15 – 20, 2012 under the banner of “DineOut: Santa Maria Style.”
During this period, 12 restaurant and winery establishments in the Santa Maria Valley will offer everything from complimentary tastings and “buy one get one free” to 15 percent off a meal. The event dates were chosen to coincide with California Restaurant Month, a successful statewide promotion that benefits food and wine establishments during the winter season.
Participating local restaurants offering 15 percent off menu items are The Vintner’s Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria; Portabella Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn and Suites; Gilli’s Grill & Sports Bar; Starry Sky Coffee Company; and Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza (discounts exclude tax, alcohol and gratuity).
Participating wineries include Costa de Oro Winery; Cambria Winery; Riverbench Winery; Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room; Toccata Wines Tasting Room; Sierra Madre Vineyards and Wine Country Orcutt.
Click here for full details on the savings that await you during DineOut: Santa Maria Style!
Come out and enjoy a epicurean afternoon in the Santa Maria Valley on Saturday, October 8 as Ranch Sisquoc Winery once again hosts the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association’s annual Celebration of Harvest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65 per person.
This event features more than 100 wineries pouring tastes of their most current wines, as well as more than two dozen local chefs, caterers and specialty food purveyors showcasing fresh regional ingredients amid live music and a silent auction. Several Santa Maria BBQ specialists will be among the culinary participants, including the Hitching Post, Far Western Tavern and Susie Q’s Brand.
The festivities actually begin today as local wineries host winemaker dinners and open houses. On Saturday evening, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum will present the Harvest Moon Dinner Dance, featuring wine, barbecue, and dancing
You may also opt to purchase a “Vintners’ Visa” for the entire weekend for $35. The 12 wineries participating in this program will “pull out the stops” for visa holders. And while you’re at it, you are encouraged to stay and play in the Santa Maria Valley for the entire weekend, so that you can enjoy scrumptious Santa Maria Style Barbecue, stunning beaches and world-class golf, among other attractions.
For tickets and information regarding Celebration of Harvest and the Vintners’ Visa, call the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association at (805) 688-0881 or visit http://www.sbcountywines.com.
Indeed, the Santa Maria Valley’s temperate climate and fertile soils also yield world-class wines, strawberries and produce.
So it’s fitting that the agricultural community of Guadalupe is home to the Salad Bowl Festival, an innovative celebration of “all of the produce that makes a great salad.”
The second annual Salad Bowl Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 in downtown Guadalupe. This year’s festival will feature live entertainment, a farmer’s market, an agriculture history display, food booths, children’s activities, “cabbage bowling” and a salad dressing competition.
A “Grease & Greens” car show will showcase a variety of custom autos and motorcycles, and a preceding Friday night downtown cruise will get things rolling.
Featured bands will be Pryor Baird and The Deacons, The Hydramatics, Electric Grease and Valente Pastor. The festivities will be preceded by a half-marathon and 5k run. The event will conclude with a barbecue.
For more information on attending or participating, visit the Salad Bowl Festival web site.
Don’t miss this festive and flavorful immersion into the agricultural bounty of Guadalupe and the Santa Maria Valley.
Attention Chardonnay enthusiasts! The ultimate celebration of this noble varietal is returning to the Santa Maria Valley with the second annual Chardonnay Symposium on July 22-23, hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association.
Indeed, barbecue isn’t the only thing that’s red hot in the Santa Maria Valley. Here, Chardonnay is just one of the many varietals that excel in the valley’s temperate coastal climate, which is shaped by a rare “transverse” geography that runs west to east and encourages the influx of cool marine breezes. The result is one of California’s longest growing seasons, which ensures the development of complex, flavorful and exquisitely balanced grapes. Which is why three wines grown in the Santa Maria Valley were named to the top ten slots of the Wine Enthusiast’s most recent list of Top 100 Most Coveted Wines.
The Chardonnay Symposium is the only event of its kind in the United States to focus on this popular varietal. The event begins on Friday with a Chardonnay clonal tasting and Santa Maria BBQ at Sierra Madre Vineyards, followed on Saturday by two educational panels at Bien Nacido Vineyard and Tantara Winery, as well as a star-studded luncheon at Au Bon Climat Winery.
The event concludes with a Grand Chardonnay Tasting at Byron Vineyard and Winery, featuring 50 wineries from Washington, Oregon, Sonoma and the Central Coast. Visit www.thechardonnaysymposium.com for information and tickets.