The Annual Chili & Wine Festival returns on Sunday to Flying Flags Resort | Credit: Doug Ellis

This Sunday, March 19, foodies and wine lovers will gather at Buellton’s Flying Flags Resort to crush a cup of local vino, sip artisan beer and spirits, and sample some of the best eats the region has to offer as part of the annual chili cook-off.

The 2023 Buellton Wine and Chili Festival promises food trucks and live music from Ghost Monster, DJ F.I.U., and more, making for a perfect, family-friendly Sunday. Local breweries and wineries participating in this festival include: Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Camins2Dreams, Buscador Winery, Casa Cassara, and Rockets Red Wines, to name just a few. Chili and salsa will be presented by Oak & Smoke BBQ, Casa de Comer, Tequila Mexican Restaurant, Figueroa Brewing Co., the Buellton Rotary Club, and more.

The Hot Chili Ticket costs just $55 (for guests 21 and up) and includes tastings, a souvenir wine glass, and unlimited wine, craft beer, and spirit tastings. For guests under 21, the Mild Chili Ticket is $20; it includes unlimited chili and salsa tastings but no alcohol.

Locals and visitors staying in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, and Lompoc can catch a ride on the Brew Bus for only $25. For additional details and to purchase event tickets, visit

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival is March 19 | Photo: Courtesy


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