Out and About

Mar 11, 2014 8:00 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Out and About with JT: Taste of Solvang

It's the 22nd year of the Taste of Solvang celebration this weekend - and this year, it's featuring a beefed-up menu of activities designed around your appetite. "This is a great way to travel around, to check out Solvang, and to taste the local bounty throughout Solvang from many of the participating restaurants," said event director Holly Holliday.

One of the most anticipated events of the weekend is the Farm to Fork dinner with Budi Kazali, owner of the Ballard Inn. He will prepare a customized four-course meal using locally sourced ingredients - something he has always prioritized in his cooking. "You'll see me at the farmer's market buying fresh produce, sourcing local fish and meat. It's exciting to be in a place where you can do those things," said Kazali.

The dinner happens in the ambiance of the barrel room at the Buttonwood Winery, just outside of town. But it's just one course on the menu of activities for the weekend. There's a dessert reception called "Sweets & Swing", a "Beer & Wine Walk", and a "Grand Tasting", formerly known as "The Walking Smorgasbord".

Holliday shared tips in preparing for this palatable plethora. "I would say comfortable walking shoes and your Thanksgiving pants, what I like to call them," she advised. "There's a lot of amazing food to try, a lot of amazing wines to try, and there's a lot of walking involved."

Taste of Solvang is a big draw for tourists, but is geared toward locals who don't make a stop in Solvang often enough. "The inspiration is to get people to see it as more than just a town that caters to European visitors, but as a destination for all of us here in the region," said Holliday.

For a schedule of events and ticket information, click here.

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