If sunny weather continues through this weekend as expected, it will be a welcome contrast for organizers of this year's 20th Annual Taste of Yountville celebration today, Saturday.
California surf band The Deadlies play at 1:30 p.m.
This year's celebration promises much better weather than last year's rain, chill and wind. Add that to the same great food, wine, art and music -- and it's a winner on all levels.
The event runs 12 to 5 p.m. It is a town-wide block party in which food and wine lovers can stroll along Washington Street while enjoying local favorites.
In addition to the Taste of Yountville block party, the town will offer local fine arts events hosted by the Yountville Arts Committee, special cooking demonstrations and guided tours of The French Laundry's garden.
The 20th Annual Taste of Yountville block party, where the town's acclaimed restaurants and wineries will offer savory bites, microbrews and Yountville's finest wine along pedestrian-friendly Washington Street.
The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is free. Tasting tickets to experience many of Yountville's restaurants and dozens of Napa Valley wineries are only $1 each.
Taste of Yountville block party participants have previously included:
• Bistro Jeanty
• Cliff Lede Vineyards
• Domaine Chandon
• etoile at Domaine Chandon
• Girard Winery
• Hurley's Restaurant & Bar
• Cornerstone Cellars
• Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono
• Goosecross Cellars
• NapaStyle Paninoteca
• Pacific Blues
• Jessup Cellars
A special garden tour of The French Laundry's two-acre culinary masterpiece by culinary gardener Aaron Keefer is also available (weather permitting, check website for details). In addition, a one-day passport will be available to visitors to get stamped along the event route during Taste of Yountville for a chance to win special prizes at day's end.
Key sponsors of the event include the Yountville Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Yountville, V Marketplace 1870, KVON 1440 AM and 99.3 THE VINE, Maille and Xfinity.
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