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The 2016 Taste of Local Festival

September 25, 2016 – Olivas Abobe Historical Park – Ventura, CA

Join us for the Epicurean Event of the Year

2016/09/25 12:00:00

The Taste of Local Festival

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Celebrating our Local Farmers and Ranchers

Meet the Chefs

The Homebrew Challenge

Ventura County is known as one of the top agricultural producers in the world and that translates into one of the best cuisine scenes that California has to offer. Locally grown, locally produced and locally owned are some of the key ingredients in this year’s Taste of Local Festival.

Ventura County has an amazing group of top-line chefs, many of whom have helped to set the trend of Locally Sourced. Meet the chefs and purveyors as you taste their wares and learn from these field-to-fork specialists about the bounty that is Ventura County.

The Taste of Local Festival is teaming up with the Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) beer club to showcase The Homebrew Challenge. Guests will vote for their favorite as local brewers compete for top awards for the best home brews in the county.

This year’s theme:

Celebrating our Local Farmers and Ranchers

Ventura County is known as one of the top agricultural producing areas in the world. Rich soil, Mediterranean climates, innovative farmers and diverse crops – we’ve got it all! And this also means that we’ve got one of the best cuisine scenes that California has to offer.

Join with us as we celebrate our Local Farmers and Ranchers at the second-annual Taste of Local Festival, presented by Totally Local VC.

The Taste of Local Festival

Join with us as we celebrate our Local Farmers and Ranchers at the second-annual Taste of Local Festival, presented by Totally Local VC.

Ventura County is known as one of the top agricultural producing areas in the world. Rich soil, Mediterranean climates, innovative farmers and diverse crops – we’ve got it all! And this also means that we’ve got one of the best cuisine scenes that California has to offer.

Experience it firsthand! Over 60 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries and distilleries are expected to showcase their culinary expertise during the Taste of Local Festival on Sunday, September 25th.

All food and samples are included in the admission price: $35.00, prior to the event;$45.00, day of the event. NO REFUNDS.

NOTE: This is a 21 and older event.

The Homebrew Challenge

As an exciting new addition to this year’s Taste of Local Festival, Totally Local VC is teaming up with Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) to present The Homebrew Challenge. Local brew masters will compete for the title of Taste of Local’s Home Brew Grand Champion as voted by guests at the Taste of Local Festival. Each of the top three contestants receives awards and lots of great local prizes.

Come and learn about the process of making beer as you talk directly to the brewers, taste their wares and cast your vote to help us determine our county’s best home brewers.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are a home brewer and think you have what it takes to participate in the challenge, send your details in an email to TotallyLocalVC@Gmail.com with Homebrew Challenge in the subject line.

Schedule

We’ve got some fun mini-events available for you – music, workshops, panel discussions, training and more. Take a look!

HOST: Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE)

PRESENTER: Andy Carter, president of VIBE

Have you been curious about brewing beer at home but don’t know where to start? We will show you the way! Andy Carter, President of Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE), will lead a home brewing beer class at The Taste of Local Festival. We will cover the ingredients of beer, how to get started at home and ,of course, sample some home brewed beer made just for this class.

HOST: Totally Local VC

Wander around the beautiful Olivas Adobe Historical Park, sample the food and drink from our local chefs, purveyors, wineries, breweries, distilleries and other ag-related businesses.

NOTE: Alcoholic beverages will stop being poured at 4:00 PM, in compliance with our use permit.

Local musical acts Sister Stone, Bryan Titus, The Dan Grimm Band, Todd Hannigan and others will play throughout the day.

HOST: Sarene Wallace of Edible Ojai & Ventura County Magazine

PANELISTS: Alan Davis of We Olive Ventura and We Olive & Wine Bar Thousand Oaks and Alice Asquith of Ojai Olive Oil Company

We love olive oil. Is there another oil we reach for as much in cooking, as much for its flavor as its health benefits? Probably not. In Ventura County, we’re lucky to have access to very high quality olive oil—from oils produced by Ventura County growers to a broad selection at specialty retailers. Come learn about this versatile, delicious oil from two local olive oil experts, panelists Alan Davis of We Olive Ventura and We Olive & Wine Bar Thousand Oaks, and Alice Asquith of Ojai Olive Oil Company. They’ll talk about the process from olive to oil and also how to know if the olive oil on your shelf is pure extra-virgin olive oil and really fresh. This discussion hosted and led by Sarene Wallace of Edible Ojai & Ventura County magazine.

HOST: Ojai Permaculture on behalf of Earth Journeys and NuMundo

PRESENTERS: Bryan Arturo and Shayna Gladstone, co-founders of NuMundo and Earth Journeys

The solutions to climate change are practical and can be seen and experienced all around Southern California. Streams are being brought back to life, carbon is being sequestered, soil is being restored and humans are living in villages, having their needs met while living in balance with nature. These Sustainable Living Centers are available to educate city planners, leaders and anyone who wants to be part of the solution to protect our water and food sources from drying up. In this talk we will be sharing information about these solutions and where you can go to learn about them in our region.

Join us for the fun!

Get your tickets NOW!

Are you into home brewing?
Think you’ve got what it takes to compete in The Homebrew Challenge ?

Well then, tell us about yourself in an email to TotallyLocalVC@Gmail.com with Homebrew Challenge in the subject line. Or, better yet, click the button below and we’ll start your email for you!

The Venue

Olivas Adobe Historical Park

Ventura County’s only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era – California Historical Landmark No. 115 that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 – celebrates Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage through weekend tours, seasonal school educational outreach programs and year round special events such as The Taste of Local Festival.

Video & Photo Gallery

The 1st Taste of Local Festival, September 2015

The first-annual Taste of Local Festival was held in September 2015 at Cal State University Channel Islands in Camarillo. It brought together farmers, chefs and the community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we have right here in Ventura County. Over 50 area chefs, wineries, brewers, farmers and purveyors showcased their culinary expertise.

Sponsors

Please show some love to the Sponsors that helped make this year’s Taste of Local Festival possible.

  • Michael Machuzak
    Co-owner
    We're very fortunate to have Totally Local VC as the conduit for bringing community awareness to all of the fine things our county has to offer. Not only are individuals united via Totally Local VC but local businesses that can benefit each other are united as well. Keeping it local! Totally VC is the glue that binds us all!!
  • Chris Sayer
    Co-owner
    As a farmer, I experience the magic of Ventura County agriculture every day. Partnering with Totally Local VC allows me to share that experience with my suburban neighbors and give them a deeper understanding of this special place. But it also has introduced me to many of the wonderful chefs, musicians, artists, brewers, and winemakers that call our county home.
  • Phil McGrath
    Owner
    Totally Local VC is one of the best organizations in the county. It's theme and mission are exactly what McGrath Family Farms is about. The promotion of local, special events and the Totally Local VC dinners really show off some of our agricultural community and some of most beautiful places in our region.
  • John Chamberlain
    Director of Marketing
    There are so many wonderful things happening in Ventura County. I love the fact that Totally Local VC shines a spotlight on what makes our region so special. Hat’s off to Kat Merrick and her team for celebrating the uniqueness all around us.
  • Monica Houweling
    Executive Assistant
    Totally Local VC does a wonderful job connecting the community to their local food and farmers through all of their dinner series events. Kat Merrick is a great ambassador for the local farmers and her passion for promoting local shines through all of Totally Local VC.
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Contact Us

Got a questions about The Taste of Local Festival ? Or The Homebrew Challenge ? Want to volunteer? Whatever you want to know about, we want to hear from you. Just fill out the contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

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We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

NOTE: This festival is for persons aged 21 and older.

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