This Saturday night the inaugural Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival will happen at the Town Center Community Park from 5:00-9:30 pm. The event will raise funds for the city’s Voucher Incentive Program (VIP), which provides financial assistance to qualifying Santee families so they can participate in recreation programs, and to support local parks and facilities. The evening has been organized by the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee (SPARC) as part of their efforts to improve the city’s parks and other facilities.
The evening will feature wine and beer tasting, with beverages supplied by a number of local wineries and breweries. Included in the group is Santee’s own Manzanita Brewing Company, which just opened this summer and is already becoming a local force in the craft brew industry. Also on hand will be nearly area restaurants offering samples of their best dishes. Music will be provided by local bluegrass groups Gone Tomorrow and Shirthouse Band, and the event has the support of the San Diego Bluegrass Society.
A huge “Thank You” goes out to the event’s sponsors, including Pacific Home Remodeling, SDG&E, Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes, Steven Smith Landscape, Wells Fargo, and West Coast Arborists, Inc. It is because of companies such as these that Santee is able to provide many of its family-friendly events during the year. And congratulations to SPARC for pulling everything together to make this evening possible.
The Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival is a 21-and-older-only event, so call up those babysitters early. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. For more information about the event, including full lists of wine, beer, and food establishments scheduled, visit the event website. The Town Center Community Park is located at Riverwalk and Park Center Drives, between Rio Seco School and the Cameron Family YMCA.