French Fest Returns; Market, Distillery, and Brewery Coming

Fests, seminars, rumors, honors, and more food news.

After a year of tristesse, the French Festival will be back at Oak Park next weekend, July 14-15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., MCed by Steve Hoegerman as usual, but benefiting Center Stage and Speaking of Stories. … The Santa Barbara Public Market — our own Ferry Building? — has broken ground, at last, at Victoria and Chapala. … That glorious battle of fishy stew, the 13th Annual Bouillabaisse Festival — a benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara — is all set for Sunday, August 26 … The rumors are flying about the old Bay Café location on Anacapa, with talk of a brewery tasting room and a distillery moving in. … Among its many seminars, Quail Springs Permaculture is offering Birds, Bees, Bread, and Cheese July 13-15, a true food production intensive. … George Levinthal, ace home cook and two-time Santa Barbara Independent BBQ contest winner, found victory in the L.A. Times Battle of the Burgers with his Italian turkey burger. … Follow the Food Feed online at, on Twitter @sbindyfood, and send your grub gossip to

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