Casa Pacifica’s 23rd Annual Wine Food & Brew Festival — A Party with a Purpose
By Raven West
What could be better than spending a Sunday afternoon eating great food, sipping delightful wines and beer and dancing with a few thousand “close” friends?
Perhaps knowing that your enjoyment is increased by the momentous support you’re giving to an organization whose purpose is to make life better for more than 500 abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth throughout Ventura County.
Casa Pacifica’s 23rd Annual Wine Food & Brew Festival featured more than 85 food exhibitors and 145 wine, beer and specialty non-alcoholic drinks to delight the tastes of everyone who bought their tickets early.
Lines started to form well before the VIP early entrance opened at 12:00 noon and stayed steady throughout the day. There was plenty of delightful treats throughout the California State University Channel Islands grounds and much more inside the VIP tent.
Contrary to the hopes of several of the attendees, Bentley Westlake wasn’t offering free rides home in the luxury cars they displayed at the VIP entrance. That service was provided by Road Runner’s Safe Ride Program!
And what would a Food Festival be without a little competition? This year the winner of the “Yummies Culinary Competition” went to Twenty88’s Executive Chef Alex Castillo for his Tamarin Hoisin Pork Shanks. Other winners were Nick Albrecht from University Village – Thousand Oaks.
Although the chefs took home top prizes, the real winners were all the children and families in need who will continue to receive the wonderful services Casa Pacifica provides.
Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.