Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

Monterey Blues Festival

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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One of the few original forms of music invented in the United States, the blues, is quintessentially American. The music, born in out of the New Orleans Jazz scene and the Mississippi Delta tells the tale of hardship and triumph over simple chords. That sound of our country is on display at the annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival June 22-24, 2012.  The Blues Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, features a fantastic line-up of performers including: Rose Royce, Evelyn ‘Champagne” King, Kenny Neal and Jackie Greene. The festival also includes the “Blues in the Schools” Honor Band. Now over 20 years old, this iconic festival is considered one of the premier Blues Festivals in the country, boasting attendance of over 20,000 per year. As a non-profit, the festival generously donates to youth music and also administers the Monterey Bay Blues Festival Youth Scholarship program with supports deserving local youth. With food and fun in addition to great music, how can you go wrong?

Monterey Wine Festival

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
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Who doesn’t love wine? There are many different varieties, tastes and flavors. It’s been around for centuries, fits almost any occasion and has been the central character in countless movies. We serve it at our most important occasions and are a part of cultures worldwide. Most importantly, they have entire festivals dedicated to the mighty grape. In the foodie centric times we are in, the wine festival of old has become more than just a few local vintners getting together for some fun. Multiple wineries and culinary vendors are now the norm and the Monterey Wine Festival is no different (and that is a good thing)!

In its 36th year, the Monterey Wine Festival boasts wineries and a host of other participants over two days, June 8th – 9th 2012, at Monterey’s Custom House Plaza. Want more? Then how about the Bartender’s Fedora Cocktail Throw Down, June 9th at 2pm and from Noon to 3pm the return of the West Coast Chowder Competition? The Portola Hotel & Spa’s very own Executive Chef, Jason Giles will be touting his unique take of the American staple in the Seafood Chowder category. The festival will also feature an evening of indulgence at the Night to Celebrate Reds June 8th from 5pm to 9pm and the blind taste competition where Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded. For more information log onto www.montereywine.com

Salud!