Taste of Solvang 2017: Tempting Events Scheduled for 25th Annual Celebration

The 25th annual Taste of Solvang offers delicious delights and savory flavors from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017. From farm-to-table, rustic wine country cuisine to New American and modern Danish fare, to iconic sweets and award-winning wines, beers, and spirits, this popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region.


The Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport includes tickets to Sip + Savor’ Opening Night with VIP Access,  Saturday’s Tasting Trail and Wine & Beer Walk plus Souvenir Wine Glass, Taste of Solvang Collectible Item, Taste of Solvang Map, Visitors Guide and Souvenir Tote all for only $110 per person; and individual events are also available ala carte. All events are rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. Advance purchase of event passports or ala carte tickets is highly recommended at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017


Here is the current Taste-tempting schedule:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3:00 p.m.-on Taste of Solvang: Solvang Farmers Market Chef Walks & Dining Experiences

Space is very limited; reservations are required online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

(Choose from the following);

Chef Pink of Bacon & Brine

Stroll along with Food Network TV personality Chef Pink and discover her professional insights, passion for pork & fermented foods and how she and her partner Courtney Rae established Bacon & Brine–dedicated to hyper-local sourcing to create seasonal menus 100% from scratch. The evening concludes with a delicious, gourmet meal comprised of that day’s market haul personally prepared and served by Chef Pink. ($85)

OR Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak

Enjoy a conversational walk amongst market purveyors with Chef Steven Snook, who trained under celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, learning about produce and culinary techniques; then accompany Sommelier Jonathan Rosenson for a walking vineyard tour of his nearby Coquelicot Estate to discover grape growing, wine-making insights and sample wines; returning to First & Oak to experience Chef Steven’s gourmet four-course tasting menu. ($65 meal or $85 with paired wines)


Thursday, March 16, 2017

6:00 p.m. Taste of Solvang: Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar

Challenge palates with a choice of four (4) half-glasses of red wines and attempt to match up varietals, regions, alcohol percentage, vintage and price points. ($35)

Space is very limited; reservations are required online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017


Friday, March 17, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m.:  Taste of Solvang: Sip + Savor Opening Night at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

Join 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers including The Ballard Inn, First & Oak, The Landsby, Succulent Cafe, Scratch Kitchen, Valle Fresh, K’Syrah, The Lucky Hen Larder, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, Wandering Dog Wines, Solvang Brewing Company, Coquelicot Estate Winery, Dascomb Cellars, Eleven Wine Bar, Ferguson Crest, Presidio Winery, Lions Peak Vineyards, Larner Vineyard and Winery, Figueroa Mountain Brewery and Ascendant Spirits and more accompanied by live music from the Sean Wiggins Band. 6:30 p.m. Early VIP entry (only available with Passport Weekend package); 7:00 p.m. regular entry; $45 ala carte ticket purchase in advance at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017  or at the door.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Taste of Solvang Tasting Trail features more than 32 taste stops at restaurants and retailers around the village featuring delicious bites at Aebleskiver Café, Artistic Pony Studio with El Rancho Market, Belgian Café, Birkholm’s Bakery & Café, Casa Cassara, CHOMP, Copenhagen Sausage Garden, Danish Mill Bakery, Fitzpatrick’s Tavern, Fresco Valley Café, Hummingbird Restaurant, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Mortensen’s Bakery, Old Danish Food Farm, Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, Paula’s Pancake House, Pho 805, Red Viking Restaurant, Solvang Bakery, Solvang Coffee Company, Solvang Inn & Cottages, Solvang Restaurant, Swedish Candy Factory, The Landsby Hotel’s Mad & Vin, The Little Mermaid, The Olive House, TOSCANA Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca, Tower Pizza, Treats Women’s Boutique, Viking Garden Restaurant, Wandering Dog Wine Bar and more. As a bonus, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Elverhoj Museum of History & Art and The Wildling Museum will offer free admission for Tasting Trail ticket holders all day.  ($35 includes detailed map & menu).

Reservations recommended online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017  or on the day of the event if available at Taste of Solvang registration tent, adjacent to Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Dr.


2:00-7:00 p.m.:  Taste of Solvang Wine & Beer Walk—Day 1 offering 17 stops* at downtown tasting rooms pouring their vintages and samples of craft beer into the prized Taste of Solvang souvenir glass. Must be 21 years+ to enjoy this event. ($45) Wine & Beer Walk ticket is valid for both Saturday and Sunday.

Reservations recommended online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017  or on the day of the event if available at Taste of Solvang registration tent, adjacent to Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Dr.


6:00 p.m.: Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante

Join Buttonwood Farm Winery winemaker Karen Steinwachs and Cecco’s Chef David Cecchini for a locally-inspired, Italian-influenced five-course gourmet dinner comprised of seasonal, fresh ingredients paired with Buttonwood’s estate-grown wines, served amidst Cecco’s charming patio. ($90)

Space is very limited; reservations are required online at www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017


Sunday, March 19, 2017

11:00 a.m.  Sunday Brunch (choose from two options)

Sunday Brew Brunch at The Backroom at Valley Brewers

Featuring the talents of Starlight Kitchen and The Chef’s Touch delicious foods paired with Valley Brewers beer flights, cold brew latte on nitro and so much more. ($65)


Sunday Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby

Mad & Vin is the place to be as the name fittingly means “food and wine” in Danish– awaken your taste buds with mimosas and a three-course gourmet, locally sourced menu.  ($65)


12:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Wine & Beer Walk—Day 2 offering 17 stops* at downtown tasting rooms pouring their vintages into the prized souvenir Taste of Solvang glass.

*Participants in the 2017 Taste of Solvang Wine & Beer Walk are Cali Love Wines, Casa Cassara, Copenhagen Sausage Garden, Dascomb Cellars, Fitzpatrick’s Tavern, Lion’s Peak, Lost Point Winery, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg, Pace Family Wines, Presidio, Royal Oaks, Santé Wine Bar & Lounge, Solvang Brewing Company, The Olive House, Toccata and Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

The Taste of Solvang is presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support this year from Visit Santa Ynez Valley and City of Solvang.


For more information about Solvang year-round lodging, dining and attractions visit www.SolvangUSA.com.



Photo credit:


Tenley Fohl Photography


Author: So Cal Life Mag Guest Post

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