The Bouillabaisse Festival will celebrate its 13th year as an incomparable afternoon of sunshine, wine, music and fabulous bouillabaisse. Variations on the recipe take center stage at this friendly competition featuring some of the Central Coast’s finest chefs.

The initial restaurants to throw their chef hats into the ring of this unique culinary competition include: 71 Palm, Birnam Wood, Blush, Ca’Dario, Pane e Vino, Rosa’s Ristorante, Valley Club of Montecito and the Ballard Inn Restaurant. Up to 15 restaurants are expected to participate.

Wineries that will be pouring/pairing at the Bouillabaisse Festival include: Alma Rosa, Beckmen, Buttonwood, Casa Dumetz, Jaffurs, Longoria, Kaena and, of course, The Brander Vineyard, whose award winning Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal pairing with bouillabaisse.

Last held in 2006 the revival of the Bouillabaisse Festival is generating great excitement throughout the foodie community. Judges for this year’s event include: Philippe Sautot, acclaimed restaurateur; Arthur Von Wiesenberger, Co-Publisher of Santa Barbara News-Press; Krista Harris, Publisher of Edible Santa Barbara; and Leonard Schwartz, Executive Chef and Manager of Lucky’s.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The Brander Vineyard, 2401 North Refugio Road, Los Olivos

Tickets: $90 and available now for sale at

All proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara. Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 500 people every month, including nearly 100 children, who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit


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