Wear Your Wine: St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

450 Spanish Wine FestivalLast year’s St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival featured five events in four days and had record attendance at each of its events. From the 300 percent increase in attendance at the Kick-Off Luncheon, to sold out crowds at each of the week’s events, it was great to see residents and visitors enjoying authentic Spanish food, wine, music and dance in a variety of formats. We hope to see you all, and many of your friends, in 2015.

KICK-OFF LUNCHEON

The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival week is launched with this Spanish-inspired lunch created by students from First Coast Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program. The meticulously prepared lunch features four courses. Throughout the lunch, guests have the opportunity to meet and talk to the chefs, students and community members. The Kick-off Luncheon is also a salute to the students and graduates of the Fresh Starts Program.

VINO VERITAS

  • When: Thursday, Sept 10, 2015 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue: The Treasury on the Plaza (Downtown St. Augustine)
  • Cost: $50 advance ticket, $75 at the door (space permitting)

Imagine a room filled with the smell of outstanding Spanish food, tapas from every region of Spain, prepared and served by eight of the finest restaurants in St. Johns County. Imagine authentic Spanish guitar music being played by professionals. Then imagine a large, sturdy, American-made wine glass, laser etched with the logo that has been synonymous with Spanish culture and helping people in need. Each guest will receive a commemorative, long-sleeved Festival shirt.

CAVA RECEPTION & DINNER

  • When: Friday, Sept 11, 2015 at 6pm to 10pm
  • Venue: Under the Big Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine
  • Cost: Advance sales only: $125 per person / Tables of 8, $1200 / Tables of 10, $1500

The Cava Reception & Dinner offers an elegant evening with authentic live Spanish music and dance, 5-course Spanish dinner paired with exquisite Spanish wines and fireworks. The evening will begin with cavas and Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. It will then transition into a sit-down dinner where each course is served with a different Spanish wine. The night will be filled with flavor and fun. Each guest receives a commemorative wine glass.

GRAND TASTING

  • When: Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 at 1pm to 3pm
  • Venue: Under the Big Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine
  • Cost: $50 advance ticket, $75 at the door (space permitting)

The Grand Tasting has something for everyone! This event provides the opportunity to sample more than 125 different Spanish wines, which is the largest collection of Spanish wines on display in America. The event also features samplings of Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. Each guest will receive a laser-etched commemorative glass.

TEAM BATALLA DE VINO

  • When: Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 at 5:30pm to 6pm
  • Venue: Batalla Arena on the grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine
  • Cost: $250 donation for teams of 5, winning team gets $500 for local charity of choice

The batalla begins with a team competition where each team’s goal is to PROTECT THE KING OR QUEEN! Each team of five (men and/or women 21+ years old) will try to get the king or queen of the other teams as red with wine as possible while protecting its own king or queen. The team with the whitest-clothed king or queen at the end of the competition wins. The victorious team receives a $500 check to the charity of its choice.

GRAND BATALLA DE VINO

  • When: Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 at 6pm to 7pm
  • Venue: Batalla Arena on the grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine
  • Cost: $10 advance, $20 at the door (space permitting)

This is the biggest wine fight in American history where squirting wine on strangers is the name of the game! Join up to 2,000 participants willing to wear white and be squirted with red wine while decorating the white clothing of others. Wine squirters are provided for use to each participant.

Learn more and purchase tickets – www.spanishwinefestival.com

 

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