YOUNTVILLE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yountville, the "Culinary Capital" of the Napa Valley, will host the 20th Annual Taste of Yountville celebration March 15 to 16, 2013 to showcase the town's finest food, wine and arts. Taste of Yountville will culminate in a town-wide block party on Saturday, March 16 in which food and wine lovers can experience the best of local favorites while strolling along Washington Street.
In addition to the Taste of Yountville block party, the town will host several special events throughout the celebration, including local fine arts events hosted by the Yountville Arts Committee, special cooking demonstrations and guided tours of The French Laundry's garden.
Friday, March 15
The Yountville Arts Committee will present the popular Taste of Yountville Show & Sale Artist Reception hosted by Napa Valley Open Studio Artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artist reception will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet as many as 45 of the Napa Valley's most prestigious local artists. Attendees will have the chance to view the artists' work on display, including fine art, ceramics, glass, jewelry and mixed media at the Yountville Community Center. Admission is $10 and all works will be available for purchase during the two-day sale through Saturday, March 16, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Yountville Arts Committee. For more information, visit the Napa Valley Open Studio Artists website at www.napavalleyopenstudios.info/taste-of-yountville.html.
Saturday, March 16
The celebration will culminate with the feature event, the 20th Annual Taste of Yountville block party, where the town's acclaimed restaurants and wineries will offer savory bites, microbrews and Yountville's finest wine along pedestrian-friendly Washington Street. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is free. Tasting tickets to experience many of Yountville's restaurants and dozens of Napa Valley wineries are only $1 each.
Taste of Yountville block party participants have previously included:
A special garden tour of The French Laundry's two-acre culinary masterpiece by culinary gardener Aaron Keefer is also available (weather permitting, check website for details). In addition, a one-day passport will be available to visitors to get stamped along the event route during Taste of Yountville for a chance to win special prizes at day's end.
Key sponsors of the event include the Yountville Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Yountville, V Marketplace 1870, KVON 1440 AM and 99.3 THE VINE, Maille and Xfinity. For more information and updates on Taste of Yountville events, visit yountville.com or Yountville's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YountvilleChamber.
Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, Yountville was the site of Napa Valley's first planted vines in 1838. Home to world-renowned restaurants and award-winning chefs, Yountville is the region's paramount culinary scene with five MICHELIN stars. An ideal base for the avid oenophile, Yountville's microclimate pedigree has its own American Viticultural Area (AVA) and offers more than 24 unparalleled wineries and producers. Yountville is home to 11 premium hotel properties, the county's only hot air ballooning launch, five National Register of Historic Places sites as well as shopping, galleries and performing arts. Located approximately 55 miles north of San Francisco, visitors can arrive via scenic Highway 29 or via Napa County Airport, Sacramento (SMF), Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO) international airports. For more information and travel inquiries, contact the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at 707-944-0904 or visit www.yountville.com. You can also "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YountvilleChamber.