The Main Event

Main Event Hours
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014

This four-day culinary exploration will play host to a two-day Main Event held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch on September 27 and 28, 2014. The Main Event will highlight the talents of winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, fishermen, artisanal food producers, Sunset experts, and many more artisans and producers from Ventura to Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo to Monterey to Santa Cruz. 

Wander the Marketplace and taste from over 100 local wineries, sample small bites dished-up from local restaurateurs, and enjoy vendors showcasing their craft. Relax in the Estrada Garden with a beer from one of our local breweries, listen to music from the Music Stage. In-depth wine and cooking seminars are offered throughout the weekend and give attendees a deep-dive into a specific varietal or cooking technique. Cost is $25 per seminar with purchase of your main event ticket.

Purchase your ticket to play today! Be sure to check back often for updates on new happenings, wineries, breweries, chefs and more!

History of the Santa Margarita Ranch

Train at Santa Margarita Ranch

Santa Margarita’s fertile valley and year-round flowing creeks led the Spanish padres to establish a farm with assistance from the Chumash Indian population, and in 1787 it was formally recognized as an outpost of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Just one day’s journey from San Luis Obispo and the San Miguel Mission, it was a convenient layover for travelers on El Camino Real. The Asistencia was built circa 1817, and is one of the first recorded uses of mortar in California. Today the 13,900 acre ranch is owned by the Rossi, Filipponi, and Wittstrom families, whose management practices have been recognized with several stewardship awards. Using a rotational cattle grazing program has allowed perennial grasses to return, a lush riparian habitat to thrive, and the regeneration of many oak trees. Moreover, a 975-acre vineyard was one of the Central Coast’s first to employ resource conservation practices. The ranch has once again become the site of grand fiestas, host to many non-profit fundraisers, and tours and private events throughout the year. Santa Margarita Ranch (www.historicsantamargaritaranch.com) is also the home to the Pacific Coast Railroad which loops two miles around the property capturing the beauty of the ranch.