Tasting Solvang, Valley Wine & Great Burgers

Solvang Fest, Wine Passport, Kobe beef at Ruby’s

This weekend Solvang becomes a foodie paradise during the 14th annual Taste of Solvang Festival. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be full of goodies like a wine tasting tour, a “walking Smorgasbord” with more than 50 stops, dancing, and live music. For tickets and information visit or call (800) 468-6765 x105.

And while you’re up in Solvang, the 13 wineries on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail will be offering a Wildflowers & Wine Passport. Just $25 gets you tastings at all the wineries, special discounts, and free food and entertainment at many stops along the way. March 17-20; passports are available at all wineries; visit or call 344-2107.

Even though real Japanese Kobe beef is no longer illegal, it seems we’ve grown so fond of American wagyu that no one cares. It’s so popular even Ruby’s Diner has rolled out an American Kobe Burger and Chopped Steak. (And it’s one of the few places you can pair your steak with a milkshake.) Ruby’s Diner, 601 Paseo Nuevo, 564-1941.

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