TASTE News Service, February 9, 2017 — Results of the inaugural “Official Drink of Santa Barbara” craft cocktail contest are in, and the winner is “Ginspiration Point” by Alcazar Tapas Bar.
TASTE News Service, December 3, 2015 — Looking for a unique way to celebrate the winter holidays? One way is to escape to Santa Barbara to rediscover your joy and cheer.
Voted “Best Beach Town” by Sunset magazine in its inaugural travel awards in May 2015 and one of Condé Nast Traveler's “30 Best Small Cities in America” in its Readers' Choice Awards, Santa Barbara is located 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline.
Santa Barbara, CA (December 19, 2013) — Santa Barbara’s Film Feast is a unique take on Restaurant Week. Coinciding with the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) January 30th – February 9th, 2014, Film Feast participants (restaurants, wine tasting rooms and hotels) offer special tasting menu’s and hotel packages using the theme “Made in Santa Barbara.”
Santa Barbara is where ocean meets mountains. Sunny meets year-round. The good life meets the great life. And for eleven days every year, exceptional film meets cuisine and libations during Film Feast—an invitation to explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theater districts during the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Film Feast 2014 stars Santa Barbara’s South Coast: Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara and Goleta. It is a fun and creative way to bring business to the restaurants and tasting rooms that are near the action of the Film Festival. Last year the “Made in Santa Barbara” theme broke box office records. Promoters promise this year’s sequel will be even bigger and better with 36 prix fixe menus and tasting flights and 16 hotel packages to date. The popular Film Feast Guide is returning as well. This handy booklet is organized by theater district so while out and about at the many world premieres, celebrity tributes and panel discussions at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, attendees can easily find participating restaurants, tasting rooms and hotels nearby.
Prix Fixe MenusLet Film Feast 2014 take you and your taste buds on a culinary journey of cuisine and libations, made famous in Santa Barbara. Local talents and ingredients have come together to produce award-worthy prix fixe menus and tasting flights. Nominees include “The Graduate Wine Flight” at Au Bon Climat Wine Tasting Room and The Jim Clendenen Wine Library which includes 8 wines comprised of 4 sets – one older and one younger vintage of the same wine. “Santa Barbara Talent with Local Ingredients” at Savoy Café and Deli offers diners a choice of “Katy Perry Goleta Goodland Grub” or “Jack Johnson Farm-to-Fork.” Both musicians have strong ties to the area; Katy Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara and Jack Johnson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Lodging DealsWe’re rolling out the red carpet and offering special lodging packages fit for a movie star. Spend the night, week or entire film festival on the Santa Barbara South Coast, where views are stunning from the opening scene to the closing credits. Bacara Resort & Spa is rolling out the white glove treatment for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with an exclusive package fit for a President, including a stay in the 3,700 square foot Presidential Suite “The Residence” and a private screening of The Butler with reception for up to 200 friends in the resort’s own screening room. For fans of the television show “Daniel Boone,” commemorate the 50th anniversary of the series at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort with a complimentary bottle of Fess Parker wine, souvenir coonskin cap bottle top and a Fess Parker DVD.
Social LoungeFeeling Punny? Join the social conversation by participating in “Pun-It-to-Win-It” and tweeting a Santa Barbara inspired film pun for a chance to win a Film Feast Getaway. Puns can play on movie titles, such as My Cousin Viognier, Lemon Pulp Fiction and Star Trek 2: The Wharf of Khan. Puns must be submitted on Twitter; the contest will be promoted on Facebook which is also where fans will vote for their favorite film pun.
Back StorySanta Barbara’s century-long career as a movie backdrop and getaway for top Hollywood talent started during the silent era — Santa Barbara was California’s original filmmaking hub. Whether scouting sites dating back to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1923), sipping Pinot Noir on the Sideways (2004) wine trail or watching cutting-edge cinema in historic theaters during the Film Festival, visitors will discover that Santa Barbara looks as good in real life as she does on the big screen.
Editor's Note: If you're planning a trip to the Santa Barbara area you may want to check out Taste California's Resource Directory. Enter the Central Coast listings to find links to hundreds of Lodging and Dining options. Also in the Directory are links to the websites of wineries and even craft beer specialists in the area.
Region: Central Coast City: Santa Barbara Contact: www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org
Region: Central Coast City: Santa Barbara Contact: www.californiawinefestival.com
Region: Central Coast City: Santa Barbara Contact: www.frenchfestival.com