The Second Annual Pasadena Wine Festival is not in Pasadena at all, but in Arcadia, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, a venue which is no stranger to large events. There will be roughly one wine for every acre—125 wines from around the globe to the Arboretum’s 127 acres (though we’re hoping they’re not, you know, spaced out accordingly). And because no large event in Southern California is complete without food trucks, there will be six on hand: the Grilled Cheese Truck, World Fare Bustaurant, Crepe’n Around, Border Grill Truck, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and the Dosa Truck—because nothing goes with wine like… samosas. For you traditionalists, there will also be an array of cheeses, as well as samples cooked up by the executive chef team (?) of Pala Casino.
In addition to all the things to put in one’s belly, there will be many things to do with one’s hands—Bocci Ball, Horse Shoes, “Ultimate Golf Challenge,” and Frisbee—as well as with one’s ears: live music from Byron Miller, Jose Espinosa and the Umbalaye Band, and the Ryan Cross Experience. And the Arboretum’s tram, of course, which will be temporarily renamed the Party Tram.
General admission is $28, which buys you the privilege of buying $1 tastings. The $55 Deluxe Pass gets you complimentary tastings of all the “main tasting area” festival wines—assuming there are at least 30 of these (reasonable, given the 125 total), and assuming you can drink that much, this may be a better deal.
2nd Annual Pasadena Wine Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2 – 10 p.m.
The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
$28, $55, $85; pasadenawinefestival.org; 818.970.0052