Event History

Our annual summer event, the Casa Pacifica Wine, Food, & Brew Festival is now in its 29th year! Learn more about the history of this favorite local summer event in Ventura County:

The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival has steadily grown since 1994 to become the premier wine and food event in Ventura County. It began at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, continued from 2001 to 2006 at the Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard, and has flourished since 2007 at California State University’s Channel Islands in Camarillo. In fact, it was voted both “Best Charity Event” and “Best Food & Drink Festival” of Ventura County in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021!

Create your own pairings. The Festival offers many options to taste gourmet foods and sip special beverages. The festival is all-inclusive: patrons may sample and sip as many delightful foods and beverages as they desire as often as they wish. The finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley will offer delectable treats.

The Yummies Culinary Competition kicks it up a notch and puts Executive Chefs from Ventura County’s top restaurants against each other
in two main categories–Sweet and Savory. You won’t want to miss this action-packed showdown! A panel of celebrity judges has the difficult job of selecting the winning dishes.

Winemakers from a cross-section of California’s famous wine regions will pour their award-winning wines and a wide range of craft beers from local breweries will offer an alternative beverage to quench your thirst.

The sounds of continuous live music, in both the VIP Lounge and on the center stage, will complement the festive atmosphere! And for those who enjoy a shopping experience with their tasting, the largest silent auction in Ventura County will provide an opportunity to bid on travel, entertainment, fashion items, and sports memorabilia.

There’s never enough time! Early access for an additional hour of the festival experience is available with VIP tickets. VIP parking and admission through a special VIP entrance will also be included. VIP ticket-holders and Sponsors may enjoy the VIP Lounge which showcases specialty foods using fresh concepts to plate unique dishes as well as specialty cocktails, wines & beers. The gourmet fare will be complemented with music.  There are still some opportunities to sponsor the event available and the highest-level sponsors may enjoy the festival experience from the privacy of their very own VIP Cabana.

Join us at our kick-off dinner! The 9th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner will be held on Friday, May 13th. Ventura County’s top chefs will be brought together once again for one unforgettable evening. Past Yummies culinary competition winners will create a special seven-course dinner paired with award-winning wines and our “Best in Fest” brew!

The Festival hosted a sold-out crowd of wine, food, and brew enthusiasts last year and this year is expected to be just as popular. Special offers on tickets are available on our website now.

All proceeds from the Wine, Food & Brew Festival benefit Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, which provides hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and their families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Each year, as part of its public/private partnership, Casa Pacifica must raise 10-12% of its budget to fill the gap between what it receives from government service contracts and the actual cost of providing its wide variety of high-quality programs and services to the most vulnerable children in our communities and their families.