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30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

by Raven West So much wine, so little time!  For wine lovers there isn’t any event that offers a one-stop tasting of wines from all over the state than the Ojai Wine Festival. (photos by Raven West) Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits or stop the flow of spirits from more than 60 local California […]

Casa Pacifica’s 23rd Annual Wine Food & Brew Festival — A Party with a Purpose

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 […]

Heard It On the “Strawberry” Vine: 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Draws Record Crowds

Heard It On the “Strawberry” Vine: 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Draws Record Crowds

By Raven West Thousands of strawberry lovers descended on Oxnard for a weekend of fun, games and great entertainment, all for the cause to support local charities. With every bite of eatable strawberry creations and sips of strawberry beer, strawberry daiquiris and strawberry wine consumed, Festival attendees also contributed to dozens of sponsoring charities who […]

Back Patio Cellars – Ventura County’s Newest Winery and Tasting Room

Back Patio Cellars – Ventura County’s Newest Winery and Tasting Room

When Frank and Jen Hules decided to open a new winery and tasting room in Ventura County, they wanted to find a location that was close to their home in Moorpark. After checking out available spaces in Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo, they found the perfect location at 930 Flynn Road in Camarillo. “We just fell […]

Taste of Conejo 2015 – A Culinary and Wine Connoisseurs Dream Come True

Taste of Conejo 2015 – A Culinary and Wine Connoisseurs Dream Come True

By Raven West Nearly every winery in Ventura County was on hand to fill the glasses of more than 1,000 culinary and wine connoisseurs who attended the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual “Taste of Conejo” at the Four Seasons hotel in Westlake Village.   VIP attendances who arrived an hour early were […]

Undercover Reunion Book Signing – Better Response than Movie

Undercover Reunion Book Signing – Better Response than Movie

By Raven West To celebrate the premier of the movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Panaro Brothers presented OPEN CHANEL D – A BOOK SIGNING EVENT with Author Raven West signing her newly released novel Undercover Reunion. David Panaro poured a taste of his Napoleon Solo (Doucette), Illya Kuryakin (Moscato) and the Alexander Waverly (dry Riesling […]

The Winners of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s 1st Annual ChowderFest

The Winners of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s 1st Annual ChowderFest

     Raven West’s:  ChowderFest 2015 – A Treasure in the Harbor! Judges Choice Brophy Bros. Clam Bar and Restaurant- 1559 Spinnaker Dr. in Ventura People’s Choice award went to – The Lookout Bar and Grill – 2800 Harbor Blvd, Ste B in Oxnard. Congratulations to all the winners. We’ll see you next year!   […]

ChowderFest 2015 – A Treasure in the Harbor!

ChowderFest 2015 – A Treasure in the Harbor!

By Raven West Pirate Captain Arata, First Mate Wolfe and Pirate “Darcy Blows” greeted an enthusiastic crowd of more than 700 who attended the 1st Annual ChowderFest 2015 to benefit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard.   Maritime Museum director Julia Chambers and members of the Blue Gavel (an association of former yacht club […]

A HOT Time in the “Ole Town” at the 22nd Oxnard Salsa Festival

A HOT Time in the “Ole Town” at the 22nd Oxnard Salsa Festival

  By Raven West The salsa was spicy, the dancers where hopping and everyone was having the time of their lives at the 22nd Oxnard Salsa Festival! 140 Vendors and more than 7,000 descended on Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard for two days of HOT, HOT, HOT music, entertainment and salsa, salsa SALSA! Matt Sisson, […]

Tequila, Taco Beer Margaritas, Music and More!

Tequila, Taco Beer Margaritas, Music and More!

  Inclement weather could not dampen the spirits of the attendees of the 3rd Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival held at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard. Throughout the day, the crowd of more than 7,000 was entertained by live musicians Zeal Levin, FOREVERLAND, and The Bomb and there was plenty of room to […]