Culinary adventures in Santa Barbara


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Santa Barbara has a lot in store for culinary explorers during, a month-long celebration of the South Coast’s culture, cuisine and libations taking place now through 31 October.

Last week, in the “Quickfire Cooking Challenge with Cat Cora” — a signature event — three contestants waged culinary battle at Santa Barbara Public Market. Blogger Marla Meridith won the competition, judged by celebrity chef Cat Cora and TravelZoo senior editor Gabe Saglie, with her tasty red curry.

The foodie festivities continue with exclusive taste experiences, events and promotions at Santa Barbara-area restaurants, tasting rooms, attractions and hotels inspired by the seventh annual theme, “the perfect pairing.” With close to 60 businesses participating this year, visitors can enjoy a different experience every day through the end of October.

Still to come are some of the region’s most popular epicurean festivals, including the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival (17 October) and the Santa Barbara Beer Festival (17 October). Others not to be missed include:

Culinary Adventures:

  • Bike and Beer Tour (daily in October, USD$159): Santa Barbara Adventure Co. offers up the perfect pairing for beer lovers who like to stay active – a bike and beer tour.
  • “Everything Blueberry” Tasting (daily in October, USD$10 to USD$20): Fresh farm-picked blueberries, blueberry jam and syrup, blueberry port wine and blueberry sorbet at Cebada Wines.
  • Tamales and Tequila Tasting: “Secrets of a Tamale Chef” (25 October, USD$30): In this special class held downtown, Chef-Owner Richard Lambert of Santa Barbara Tamales To-Go teaches the techniques he uses to make his award-winning tamales and salsas. Attendees will be served three samples, each paired with a variety of Tequila Alquimia, a cognac-like sipping tequila.

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