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Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival: A Taste of Monterey's Local Bounty

Charming Old Town Salinas turns into a food and wine lovers dream with an incredible lineup of award winning wines, craft brews, live entertainment and culinary delights straight from “The Salad Bowl of the World” on August 12, 2017 at the historic Oldtown Salinas on Main Street and surrounding side streets from 12pm-4pm. The Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival is celebrating its 7th year in 2017 - you shouldn’t miss awesome entertainment and tasting this year!


What to expect at the Grand Tasting?

Step inside the CSUMB @ Salinas City Center building at One Main Street and enjoy a selection of premiere wines, spirits and craft beers along with incredible food samples. Take a keepsake picture in the photo booth, have a character sketch done, or sit back and enjoy live music as you Sip and Savor the vast array of tastes our region has to offer. Remember tickets are $100 each if purchased before August 1st, after which they will be $120 each.

Participating Wine, Brewery, and Spirit providers for the Grand Tasting will include:
  • ​Pessagno
  • Puma Road
  • Pierce Ranch
  • Blair Wines
  • Marin’s Vineyard
  • Big Sur Vineyards
  • Lepe Cellars
  • Albatross Ridge
  • Alvarado Street Brewery
  • Don Elias Tequila
  • Alderete Tequila
  • Fog’s End Distillery
  • Pendleton

Entertainment and activities to look forward to:
  • Dozens of wineries and breweries participate and ticket holders (age 21 and over only) can sample unlimited beer and wine at the Saturday festival.
  • Entertainment includes a variety of live music, art and cultural activities.
  • Don’t miss exciting cooking demos from local chefs, a classic car show and plenty of shopping opportunities from talented arts and crafts vendors.
  • The hometown event also hosts a Kids Zone with all sorts of play for the little ones including face paintings, clowns and arts and crafts. 
Admission to the Salinas Food & Wine is free. Advanced General Tasting tickets are $50 and Grand Tasting tickets are $100. To purchase tickets, visit the official Salinas Valley Food & Wine website (
Kick Off Party - Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Festival - Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Noon
If you are attending the festival and looking for a hotel, you can stay at Munras Inn. The hotel is 19 miles, 22  mins away from Salinas City Center. Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, Munras Inn offers 29 charming, well-appointed rooms.