Wednesday, July 16: Irish TV Travel Series, “WWOOFÁIL”, to Film Episode during “Solvang Third Wednesday” Activities

Solvang’s upcoming monthly “Third Wednesday”, to be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, will welcome some special international visitors as Irish TV series, WWOOFÁIL, films the show’s hosts partaking in multiple Third Wednesday events and happenings.

In addition to the rest of the family fun planned for July’s Solvang Third Wednesday – the free evening concert in Solvang Park; the “Musical Cake Walk” for “kids” of all ages; the discounted PCPA Theaterfest performance of “Forever Plaid”, at the Solvang Festival Theater; the Third Wednesday deals at local merchants, including boutiques of all sorts, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; and discounts at local hotels – Third Wednesday merchants and guests will also be treated to intermittent appearances by WWOOFÁIL’s two Irish hosts, fashionable Irish TV weather forecaster, Mairéad, and Irish actor, Gavin, and their international film crew.

The Irish film crew will travel throughout Solvang during Third Wednesday, visiting local merchants, shopping the Farmers Market, snapping shots of Solvang landmarks, and joining Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk participants on their travels (3:00 PM to 7:00 PM). A good portion of the filming action will take place in Solvang Park (Mission Drive and First Street) from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, during the free July Third Wednesday concert featuring local Classic Rock band, “Mojo”, fronted by lead vocalist, Steve Clifton, also winemaker and owner of Palmina Wines and Brewer-Clifton.

Third Wednesday guests are welcome to enjoy their picnics in the park, complete with blankets, chairs and fully-outfitted spreads – including their favorite beverages – as the WWOOFÁIL crew films snippets of interaction with Park-goers, and footage of the show hosts’ participation in the July Third Wednesday “Musical Cake Walk” (4:30 PM to 5:00 PM, and during the band’s breaks), which is organized by the Santa Ynez Valley High School Cheer Squad. Third Wednesday guests are encouraged to deck themselves out in Danish garb and costume, to partake in the opportunity to be “on air”. (Please Note: Third Wednesday guests will be required to agree with filming disclosures/disclaimers that will be prominently posted around Solvang.)

The Santa Ynez Valley installment of WWOOFÁIL – currently filming the third series of the hit travel show for Irish language broadcaster, TG4 – will be included in a show entitled “Wwoofail…California Road Trip”. WWOOFÁIL follows the two well-known, TG4 white-collar presenters, Mairéad and Gavin, as they step out of the studio and into the real world, ready to get their hands dirty in search of new adventures.

WWOOF (“World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”) is an organization that began in the 1970s, the concept being that “WWOOFers” travel to participating farms to exchange their labor for room and board. Today, there are approximately 11,000 affiliated hosts in almost 100 countries.

WWOOFÁIL will be filming at Dare 2 Dream Farms in Lompoc, from July 13 to July 16, when the show’s presenters will “take the day off” from the farm to enjoy Solvang Third Wednesday.

Held the third Wednesday of every month, “Solvang Third Wednesday” is a special promotion in partnership with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, encouraging Central Coast visitors and locals to “Shop. Eat. Play.” More than 60 shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, activities and professional offices offer special sales and discounts all day.

Tickets for the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk may be purchased in advance on-line, through First Street Tickets (, where guests may buy tickets – for themselves or as gifts – for July or future Wine & Beer Walks. The resulting tickets can be redeemed at Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive) the respective day of the event, in exchange for the Wine & Beer Walk logo glass, tasting vouchers and map.

Wine & Beer Walk tickets may also be purchased on-line the day-of, via credit card. Cash-only day-of tickets for the Wine & Beer Walk are sold at Wandering Dog Wine Bar, the Olive House (1661 Mission Drive), and Sort This Out Cellars (1636 Copenhagen Drive).

More information about Solvang Third Wednesday, and a complete listing of discount offers and events, is available at or via the free “Experience Solvang” app for iPhone. Solvang Third Wednesday is on Facebook and Twitter at and Free brochures are also available at the Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463.

For further information about the July Solvang Third Wednesday filming plans, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or


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