VACAVILLE — The Art, Wine and Brew Festival provided all of the above as patrons converged on Town Square to mingle and imbibe over the sounds of live music.
As Vacaville’s own Bill Watson prepared to play the blues Sunday afternoon, people waited in line to pick up a wine or beer glass for the tastings. A wine stroll, featuring local vintners such as Vezer and the Galvan Family Winery, had plenty of takers.
“We enjoy wine-tasting . . . so we decided to come out,” said Vacaville resident Terri Abner, who came to the festival with friends. Just getting started, Abner was enjoying a cabernet sauvignon from Quercus, a Napa winery that uses cabernet grapes from Suisun Valley.
“It’s one of the better cabs that I’ve tasted in the area,” she said.
But beer was also on tap.
“I’m having Shock Top Pumpkin, and it’s good,” said Abner’s friend John Giaramita.
The couple, both members of Vezer, were visiting the Art, Wine and Brew Festival for the first time after checking out last week’s Harvest Celebration in Suisun Valley. Giaramita recently moved from Fairfield to Vacaville and said he enjoys the vibe.
“There’s always music or something going on in downtown,” Giaramita said.
At Saturday’s event, several local artists were displaying their wares that included photography, paintings and jewelry.
Kristen Walton and her husband, Jeff, of Vacaville Stave Co., used wine barrels to create practical and artistic items for the home. Recycling the wooden panels, or staves, from the barrels, the duo made an assortment of items that could easily complement a wine and cheese party – a “lazy susan” for the refreshments and an appetizer tray for the crackers. They also displayed larger items that included an artist’s easel and an outdoor bench.
“We travel around to different fairs and festivals,” said Kristen Walton, “. . . but this is the best one.” The Waltons were recently at the Courtland Pear Festival as well as the Fairfield Tomato Festival.
“It’s nice to have a community support local artists,” she said.
The Art, Wine and Brew Festival kicked off Friday evening with music from The Rhythm Method and The Delta Rockets. Saturday’s lineup featured cover bands ZZ Topless and The Sun Kings as well as Kyle Williams, “who just melted everybody’s hearts,” said Bob Vollmer, executive director of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District.
Vollmer, aka Downtown Bob, said he expected crowds to reach 1,200 Saturday evening.
“Every year, we make things bigger and better,” said Vollmer, who helped organize the event.
“Five bucks for beer and wine, that’s not too bad,” Vollmer said.
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