The Santa Clarita WineFest returns to the Bridgeport Marketplace on March 2, 2013. This marks the third annual event, which features wines, spirits, brews, a cigar tent, gourmet food trucks, lifestyle exhibitors, and music. Notables such as Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyards, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Reyes Winery, and Roxo Port Cellars will be present, plus many more. (See www.santaclaritawinefest.com for complete participant list.)
Last year saw crowds of 1,200, and this year’s event is on track to be even larger. Tickets are now available for purchase online at santaclaritawinefest.com.
The WineFest donates a portion of event proceeds to the Santa Clarita-based Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer. The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation that provides financial and emotional support to children and their families in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys. The organization educates the public and provides grant funding for innovative research to accelerate progress in the fight against pediatric cancer.
“The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is very excited to be partnering again for the 2013 Santa Clarita WineFest,” said Hoefflin executive director Gillian Stone. ‘The Foundation was thrilled to be the charity benefactor of the 2012 event. Not only did the Winefest donate beyond its initial pledge, they created a wonderful community experience.”
The Santa Clarita WineFest’s Honorary Event Committee includes Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Robert Reyes of Reyes Winery, Amy Sparks, City of Santa Clarita, and Stacie C. House, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.
The Santa Clarita WineFest is produced by the same team behind the highly popular Los Angeles WineFest, now entering its ninth year. Joel M. Fisher, PhD, is President and CEO. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, the Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. He has written extensively on wine and wine pairings, and has taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.
What: The Santa Clarita WineFest
When: March 2, 2013; 2pm-6pm (Trade, media and VIPs: 1pm)
Where: Bridgeport Marketplace. 24061 Newhall Ranch Rd, Valencia, CA 91355
Event Website: www.santaclaritawinefest.com