Ventura County's Support-Local Program

Taste of Local Happenings

Meet the Chefs, Taste their Cuisine

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.

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

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

Local Homebrew Challenge

Once again, Totally Local VC is partnering 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.

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 with Homebrew Challenge in the subject line. Or, better yet, click the button below and we’ll start your email for you!

Farm-to-Glass Mixology Throwdown

Don’t just eat your fruits and veggies. Drink them!

Competing Ventura County bartenders will craft drinks from locally-grown ingredients. Attendees will sip sample-sized cocktails made from local, farm-fresh ingredients and vote for their favorite cocktails. Guests will also receive a chip that is good for one full-sized drink.

Cocktails will be judged on originality, use of ingredients, taste and presentation. Winners will be chosen in two categories: Professional Judging and People’s Choice. The winners will become the Local Mixology-Throwdown Grand Champ.

Educational Workshops

We’ve increased the number of great, educational workshops. Watch this space for more information coming soon!

Great Local Music

Studies show that sound can not only can set a mood but that it also can influence the way we taste food and drink! Often dramatically. Totally Local VC understands this. So, it is only natural that we make sure to always partner with local musicians for each of our events. 

Stay tuned as we will release the music lineup for the Taste of Local Festival shortly. 

All This and Giving Back, Too

Proceeds from the Taste of Local Festival will benefit the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation.

Over the past eight years, Totally Local VC has worked as an advisor for agriculture and culinary arts programs at both high school and college levels. Together with area chefs and farmers, we have laid the foundation to empower students in taking the next step in their journeys to achieve their educational and professional goals.

In order to grow and continuously raise the bar on our academic initiatives, we formed the Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation. We depend on the support from community members like you through funds raised from donations, sponsorships and events. With this support, we can expand our programs that prepare students for successful careers in agriculture, food science and the culinary arts. Your contribution is helping to build the agricultural leaders and chefs of tomorrow.

Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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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.

Photo Gallery

Photos of the second-annual Taste of Local Festival, September 2016

The second-annual Taste of Local Festival was held in September 2016 at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park in Ventura. 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 60 area chefs, wineries, brewers, farmers and purveyors showcased their culinary expertise. Check out the photos!

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Contact Us

Got a questions about The Taste of Local Festival ? Or The Homebrew Challenge ? Or the Farm-to-Glass Mixology Throwdown?  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.

NOTE: This festival is for persons aged 21 and older. You must show your ID prior to entering the event. No smoking is permitted and no animals are allowed at the site. Tickets are non-refundable.

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