Santa Barbara Taste of the Town Annual Event







Santa Barbara, California—The public is invited to savor the flavors at the 29th annual Taste of the Town from Noon to 3 p.m. at Riviera Park & Gardens, 2020 Alameda Padre Serra in Santa Barbara offering stunning views of the city and coastline. More than 80 outstanding Santa Barbara County restaurants and wineries will offer fantastic food and fabulous wines samplings. The honorary chairs for this year’s Taste of the Town are Richard Yates and Tina Takaya, owners of opal, one of the finest restaurants in Santa Barbara .

Returning for the second year as Guest Chef is Chris Barbato from the world famous Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans . Chef Barbato will be serving one of his signature New Orleans specialties, which delighted guests last year as well.

Taste of the Town provides opportunities to sample farm fresh produce, foods and beverages of Santa Barbara County while supporting the local programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. The Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering the cause and cure for arthritis, today's No. 1 disabling disease that affects one in every five Americans.

Advance tickets are available for $100 per person. If still available, tickets at the door will be $125 per person. Attendance is limited, so be sure to make reservations early by calling the Arthritis Foundation at (805) 563-4685.


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Where to stay during this Santa Barbara event? Unfortunately, the annual event is held around Labor Day weekend, making Santa Barbara hotel space hard to come by for tourists on the Saturday night before this Sunday event. However, if you can book your hotel for Sunday night and do a stay-over, the hotels are wide-open for booking.  Other nearby cities you may have to check out include another beach destination 30 minutes south, Ventura, which has all sorts of hotel rooms for this weekend vacation event.