Free Concerts in the Park this Summer start June 14th!

You know that “summer” is right around the corner since the days are longer with a lot more sunshine which means more time for outdoor fun! Starting this Wednesday, 6/14/17 and EVERY Wednesday thru 8/16/17—you’ll want to be at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) for FREE concerts from 5-8pm! The blues/rockers of the Mark Roberts Band will kick-off this year’s sounds. Plus there will be four free bonus concerts on Friday evenings 6/30, 7/14, 7/28 and 8/11, too! For the complete line-up of bands ranging from bluegrass to jazz to good ole rock & roll, check out http://solvang3rdwednesday.com/solvang-summer-concerts/

Remember, Solvang Third Wednesday events continue this summer featuring the Wine & Beer Walk (from 3-7pm), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person; plus, there an added restaurant deal: select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu, for just $25++ per person. As a tie-in to the Solvang Farmers Market, the 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market. Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise. You should definitely consider spending the night with special Solvang Third Wednesday hotel discounts! Cheers to the official arrival of summer in Solvang!

Cheers to the Vintners Spring Weekend!

You can’t miss the “bud break” and “leafy shoots” happening in the vineyards surrounding us here in Solvang— so you know what that means! It’s time for the 35th annual Vintners Spring Weekend. This year, a full 4-day celebration of our local wines is April 20-23, 2017 with a special emphasis on new releases! Sponsored by the non-profit Santa Barbara Vintners organization, there are so many exciting events and activities on offer— you’ll definitely want to come stay, sip and swirl around Solvang for awhile! Don’t miss “The Grand Tasting” Festival event on Saturday, 4/22/17 featuring over 100 wineries and winemakers, more than thirty food purveyors and chefs; and live music at River View Park in nearby Buellton.

Saturday evening , check out the Big Bottle Bash at K’Syrah, Solvang’s new special event venue, featuring large format wines brought by guests and winery representatives paired with a delicious family style dinner. All weekend long there are vineyard tours, winemaker dinners, barrel tastings and special open houses throughout the area. So, you need to make hotel reservations now and get your tickets in advance. Click here for all the details!

Delicious! Taste of Solvang is THIS Week! March 15-19, 2017

THE most delicious, desirable “foodie” events are happening from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017 during the 25th annual Taste of Solvang! Tickets are still available—so get yours today! Remember, there’s the popular Farmers Market Chef Walk & Dinner on Wednesday, 3/15 with Chef Pink of Bacon & Brine.  Then on Thursday evening, 3/16, Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

Sip + Savor Opening Night with 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers plus music from the Sean Wiggins Band is Friday evening 3/1. The Tasting Trail with 30+ taste stops around the village is Saturday, 3/18 from 11am-4pm. The always popular Wine & Beer Walk on Saturday & Sunday has extended hours this year. On Saturday evening, there’ll be a Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante AND on Sunday morning, 3/19 at 11am, Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby.

Purchase your Taste of Solvang ticket package OR individual event tickets “ala carte”  now. Get more tasty, tempting details and buy your tix here: www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

Loving Those Sweet Treats

Sweet-Solvang_1136You’re probably very well aware that Tuesday is February 14—Valentine’s Day! So, have you shopped for something special for your sweetheart (or sweetheart-to-be) yet? Sharing a treat is a delicious way to show you care—and it’s so easy to do here in Solvang since this is the place to satisfy sweet cravings year-round. So many of us crave chocolate! 2013 Taste of Solvang Pro Winner Dessert-Ingeborgs Dark-Light TrufflesDiscover family-owned/operated Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates that has been using authentic recipes for handmade confections since 1961 (how can you possibly choose between mile or dark chocolate truffles made with filled with so many options?) Also founded in 1961 (what was going on that year?) is the Old Danish Fudge Kitchen that makes the real deal using an impressive copper pot heated over a gas-burning stove mixing 25-pound batches with all-natural ingredients; then poured onto marble tables for cooling (you can watch and sample, try the chocolate peanut butter or yummy dark chocolate and other specialty blends.) And if you can’t make it to Solvang in person right now, both of these shops will ship direct to your sweetheart!IMG_6523Tenley Fohl Photography_Taste of Solvang 2013And of course, Solvang’s five authentic Danish bakeries have plenty of options too!

If you’re really stumped, you can definitely make reservations for breakfast/lunch or dinner treats at one of Solvang’s incredibly diverse restaurants! For more delicious details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/dining

Tempting Taste of Solvang—Tickets On Sale Now!

Solvang, CaliforniaYou definitely don’t want to miss any of tempting flavors and tantalizing events during the 25th annual Taste of Solvang this year from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017! This popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region.

20110517-Solvang_FarmersMarketRemember, there’s the popular Farmers Market Chef Walks on Wednesday, 3/15—this year choose from Chef Pink of Bacon and Brine or Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak; a Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar on Thursday, 3/16,; Sip + Savor Opening Night with 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers on Friday evening 3/17; Tasting Trail with 32+ taste stops around the village on Saturday afternoon 3/18; the popular Beer & Wine Walk on Saturday & Sunday with extended hours. New for 2017 . . . on Saturday evening, there’ll be a Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante AND on Sunday morning, choose from Sunday Brew Brunch at The Backroom at Valley Brewers or Sunday Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby.

Purchase your Taste of Solvang ticket package OR individual event “ala carte” tickets well in advance since these palate pleasing events are alwaytaste-of-solvang-ca banners sell-outs. (And if you’re looking for a great Valentine’s gift for your special someone–think Taste of Solvang!) Get more delicious details and buy your tix here: www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

Forks at the Ready for Restaurant Week–Savor Dining Sensations for $20.17

forksFrom Sunday, January 22 thru Saturday, January 28, 2017, you can savor special 3-course menus for only $20.17 per person (excluding tax, tip and beverages) at many of Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular restaurants. The 7th annual Restaurant Week  is sponsored by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley throughout all six communities here.

restaurant-week-syv-solvang-santaynez-valley__sideIn Solvang, consider these establishments and some of their special menus temptations including Cecco Ristorante, First & Oak at The Mirabelle Inn; Fresco Valley Café (Gorgonzola Walnut Salad, Rosemary Seasoned Ground Lamb Patty on a toasted Brioche Bun, and Mixed Berry Crème Brule); The Bistro at Hadsten House (Mixed Green Salad, Top Sirloin Medallion With Demi Glacé; Bread Pudding); Mad & Vin at The Landsby (entrée choices of Herb Crusted Salmon; Short Rib Skillet of braised beef, or fresh pastas); Root 246 at Hotel Corque; Solvang Brewing Company; Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie and Toscana.  The Wandering Dog Wine Bar is offering a flight of 3 Wandering Dog wines each paired with a gourmet cheese and charcuterie for only $20.17.

Naturally, dining hours vary by restaurant and reservations are definitely recommended. So make your plans now to tempt your taste buds and pamper your palate during Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week! For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/santa-ynez-valley-restaurant-week/  

Cheers to Bubbly Time!

sparkling wineWe’re so fortunate here to be surrounded by some of best vineyards in the world—especially known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals—and increasingly, makers of sparkling wines–perfect to celebrate the fast-approaching year-end and fresh beginnings. The 22 wine tasting rooms in downtown Solvang offer some delicious options.

solvang-wandering-dog-wine-bar-pouring-local-vintages-credit-solvangusa-comAt  Wandering Dog Wine Bar, you CAN ring in the new year on East Coast time from 8-10pm on 12/31/16 at their New Year’s Eve Champagne Party with a “countdown” at 9pm, plus drink specials and lots of fun! Just in time to ring in the 2017 New Year—stroll around and take some sips!  Be sure to check out all the local vintages to bring more “cheer” to your new year! http://www.solvangusa.com/wine-country/wine-tasting-rooms/