Annual Event Expected to Wine, Dine and Entertain for Third Year

By Mira Reverente

Local wineries, breweries, restaurants and caterers are expected to pour and serve this Saturday, May 18th.

Local wineries, breweries, restaurants and caterers are expected to pour and serve this Saturday, May 18th.

The third annual California Jazz and Wine Fest is back in town, with a larger expected attendance and a wider food, wine and beer line-up.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise, the gourmet wine and food tasting event will be held at the Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 p.m. 
“This year we will be having more wineries and food exhibitors than in past years,” said Barbara Grant, event marketing chair.  
Twenty-one wineries and breweries are expected at the almost sell-out event. Alma Sol Winery, Casa Barranca, The LAB Brewing Co., Herzog Wine Cellars, Golden Star Vineyards, Magnavino Cellars and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., among others, will be pouring their finest brews and wines this year.
Festival-goers get to enjoy live jazz music as they sip and munch.

Festival-goers get to enjoy live jazz music as they sip and munch.

Gourmet food samples are expected from such local eateries and caterers as Paul Martin’s American Grill, BJ’s Brewhouse & Restaurant, Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, Marmalade Cafe, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Vom Fass, Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood and The Patio Restaurant.

As for live entertainment, Grant says there’s a lot to look forward to. “Our music line-up includes the legendary Ambrosia, who had numerous progressive rock/jazz hits in the late 70s, and has performed world wide,” she said. 
 
The highly-acclaimed Alphonso Johnson, a well-known jazz bassist who has played with numerous well-known ensembles, will also be serenading attendees as they sip and munch. 
Ambrosia will be playing hits like "How Much I Feel" and "Biggest Part of Me."

Ambrosia will be playing hits like “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards music programs of public high schools in the area and other local charities. 

We also have been enlisting non-profits to sell tickets and keep 50 percent of the net proceeds through our ’50-50 Partner Program,'” said Grant.”These partners can offer a 10 percent discount promo code which tracks sales to their organization.”
 
Full-priced general admission tickets at $55 each may still be available at the door on the day of the event, but don’t count on it.
“We are just about 250 tickets away from selling out, and we expect the actual attendance to be more than double last year’s,” said Grant.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. (Exclusive for Conejo Valley Happening Mag readers: get a 10% discount on festival tickets by using promo code: 1414)

  


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