10th Annual Taste of Conejo Event in Westlake Village on Friday, October 11, 2019

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The tenth annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, returns Friday, October 11, 6-9 p.m. (VIP Hour 5-6 p.m.), to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.

Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy an all-inclusive evening of exceptional food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 60 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. New local establishments “tasting” at the event this year include: craft cocktail bar Oak & Iron, Social Monk Asian Kitchen at The Promenade at Westlake, Made in Italy by Chef Antonio Sessa and 101 North Eatery & Bar at The Shoppes at Westlake.

After guests have their wine glass and tasting tray in hand, they will be greeted with martini tastings via an ice luge from Partysserie. In the center of the Grand Ballroom, flair bartenders from The Flair Project out of Santa Barbara, will be handcrafting cocktails while entertaining guests throughout the evening.

Pre-sale tickets are available online at TasteofConejo.com through September 15th; $65 per person for general admission and $90 for VIP tickets that include complimentary valet parking and 1-hour early entry into the event from 5-6p.m. Chamber members receive $15 off either ticket with their discount code. From September 16th – October 11th, general admission tickets will be available for $75, VIP tickets for $110 and a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door. Only guests over the age of 21 will be allowed admittance.

2019 tasting participants to date include:

8th Devil Distributing, 14 Cannons Brewing, 101 North Eatery & Bar, Baja Fresh Westlake Village, Barone’s Pizzeria, Black Bart Navy Rum, Bolt To Wines, Celebrate Sweetly, Culter’s Artisan Spirits, Dusty Nabor Wines, Five Threads Brewing Company, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Hatch Café and Market, Hyatt Regency Westlake, Jill’s Gourmet Cotton Candy, Made in Italy, Millesime Cellars, Newberry Candy, Oak & Iron, Partysserie, Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Smokin Steve’s Catering, Social Monk Asian Kitchen, Sunland Vintage Winery, Twisted Oak Tavern, Vinemark Cellars and Zin Bistro Americana.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

• Lead Sponsors: Express Employment Professionals, The Acorn Newspapers

• Premier Sponsors: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, GTK Analytics, Inc.

• Entertainment Sponsors: California Water Service, Invesco Championship, La Quinta, U.S. Bank, Union Bank

• Major Sponsors: Hillcrest Financial Group of Thrivent Financial, Logix, Pepperdine University, Rosemary Allison

• Supporting Sponsors: Amgen, Atara Biotherapeutics, Bank of America, Best Western Thousand Oaks Inn, California State University Channel Islands, KMPG, Richard Ross Associates, Salem Los Angeles, SPARK Networking Group, Takeda, TechAhead, Veterinary Angels Medical Center & The Little Angels Project

Visit www.TasteofConejo.com or call 805.370.0035 for more information.

28th Annual California Lemon Festival in Goleta September 28-29, 2019

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Be sure to stop by Girsh Park in Goleta on September 28-29, 2019 for the 28th Annual California Lemon Festival. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING! Open 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

In addition to the sumptuous lemon food, fantastic family atmosphere, and cornucopia of entertainment and activities that have made this event the most anticipated in the Valley.

Also at the event on Saturday is the 14th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show from 9am to 3pm.

As always, the Lemon Festival will feature the most extensive 'Safety Street' in the county, wildly-popular pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, and more food than you can shake a lemon-scented stick at. A petting zoo and amusement park rides add to the many things that make the California Lemon Festival fun for the whole family.

For more information visit www.lemonfestival.com or call 805.967.2500. Pets not allowed at the event.

2019 Pier Under the Stars Food & Wine Tasting Benefit in Ventura on October 5th

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Since its original construction in 1872, the Ventura Pier has stood as a symbol of the region's rich history and natural resources. Once the cornerstone of Ventura County's agricultural, construction and oil trade, today the Ventura Pier is a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls and beautiful views of Ventura County's coastline and the Channel Islands.

In 1993 a dedicated group of community leaders created Pier into the Future, a non-profit organization, to establish a $1 million endowment fund to preserve and maintain the Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy. This committed group is continually seeking volunteers to help Pier into the Future reach its goal through community outreach efforts at events such as the Ventura County Fair, the City of Ventura's Street Fairs and the ever-popular food and wine tasting event Pier Under the Stars, a gathering of restaurants, wineries, and breweries all in support of Ventura's treasured Pier. Festivities will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Ventura Promenade overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Ventura Pier. 21+ only.

Visit www.pierintothefuture.org to learn more and purchase tickets.

33nd Annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria, October 4, 5, 6, 2019

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The 33rd Annual California Avocado Festival takes place in Downtown Carpinteria on Friday, October 4th (1 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, October 5th (10 am to 10 pm) and Sunday, October 6th (10 am to 6 pm).  Admission to the Festival is FREE.

Contact the California Avocado Festival at www.avofest.com or call 805.684.0038 for more information.

  • The events are located in downtown Carpinteria on Linden Avenue

  • Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Rd. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave.

  • There are four entertainment stages with over 75 acts in total as well as dozens of arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors and food booths.

  • The festival is home to the world's largest vat of guacamole!

  • Other activities include Best Guacamole Contest, Avocado Auction and more.

Why avocados? Well, Santa Barbara County is the third largest avocado producer in North America, with Carpinteria being a major contributor. It's all good (fat, that is)!

5th Annual Chowderfest Event at Channel Islands Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 4, 2019

Select local restaurants will again compete for the title of “Ventura County’s Best Chowder” at the Fifth Annual CHOWDERFEST on Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2-6pm at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

A competition judged by both professional judges and guests, chowder tastings are complemented by wine tastings from local wineries and fine craft beer provided by Firestone Walker Brewery. Live music will create a festive mood with Kelly’s Lot and Friends. Local friends and visiting guests will gather at the summer’s most relaxing harbor-front garden party!

Chowderfest is an annual collaborative fundraiser hosted by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, IOGB (International Order of the Blue Gavel), and local Yacht Clubs. Local restaurants will donate exceptional flavors to the Chowder Cook-off (clam, corn, Manhattan, potato, conch, veggie…) and support the Channel Islands Maritime Museum: a non-profit which celebrates Five Centuries of Art that Sails and gives back to the community nearly every day of the year.

Tickets will be sold on the museum website and at the museum for $25 pre-sale and $30 the day of the event. The price includes chowder, beer & wine tastings; a variety of side dishes; and free Museum admission. The museum welcomes the public and community to attend.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

Tickets: cimmvc.org or at the Museum

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is open M/Th-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 12-4PM and closed Tues and Wed for group tours and private member events, also, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime. Museum entry is free for members and children under 6, $7 adults, $5 seniors/military, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free on the third Thursday of the month. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260.

6th Annual Food Truck Meetup at Moorpark High School on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Moorpark Education Foundation invites the public to its 6th Annual Food Truck Meetup on the campus of Moorpark High School, 4500 Tierra Rejada Road, on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3-7pm. Food trucks, games, free kid zone, silent auction, live music, plenty of shade and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Moorpark schools. www.facebook.com/events/1045358589187070.

38th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off on August 30 to September 2, 2019

The 38th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off will take place on Labor Day weekend, August 30th to September 2nd, 2019 at 23575 Civic Center Way. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu.

Hours as follows:

  • Fri 8/30: 1-10PM

  • Sat/Sun 8/31-9/1: 11AM-10PM

  • Mon 9/2: 11AM-8PM

Event features chili (but of course), carnival, fair, live entertainment, silent auction, food for sale, vendors, etc.

Learn more and purchase tickets at bgcmalibuchilicookoff.org.