Chamber’s annual food, wine festival a four-year sellout
By Andrea Papagianis
Marking a fourth sell-out year, attendees of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce’s 18th annual The Vintage Food & Wine Festival ate, drank and danced their Saturday night away under crisp, clear skies in the Mission Juan Capistrano’s central courtyard.
More than 100 volunteers, accompanied by 30 area restaurant and beverage distributors served up their culinary and libation concoctions for the 1,000 festival-goers last weekend, who sampled local wine and beer, perused a silent auction and enjoyed the soulful sounds of Orange County’s own Family Style.
“It’s a lot of work to produce the event but seeing 1,000 of our supporters come together to enjoy a night of fun and celebration, it’s all worth it,” said Mark Bodenhamer, executive director of the Chamber.
While the annual festival has catered to a sold-out crowd each of the last four years, this year marked the first time all tickets were purchased days before the event, Bodenhamer said. The event, which commemorates the migration of the swallows, raises funds for the Chamber of Commerce.
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