A New Name for Ventura County’s Favorite Charity Event – The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival is On Its Way

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The 21st Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival to be Held on Sunday June 1, 2014

Since the number of Festival exhibitors featuring specialty beers has grown steadily over the past few years...it was a logical step to add a competition just for the brews.

In recognition of the large number of specialty brews represented at the Festival each year and the growing popularity of such ales around the country, the 21-year-old Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival dons a new name this year and features a new competition to kick it off. This year the Festival, which will be held on June 1st, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the glorious California State University Channel Islands campus, will hold its first ever ‘Best in Fest’ beer competition for its independent, craft, and microbrew exhibitors. The competition will be judged a month ahead of time and the winning specialty brew will be recognized and celebrated at the Festival.

“Since the number of Festival exhibitors featuring specialty beers has grown steadily over the past few years and people’s interest in beer is reaching toward a level equal to connoisseurs of fine wine, it was a logical step to add a competition just for the brews,” shares Kristin Palos, Casa Pacifica’s Events Specialist, “We are excited to launch this new event!”

In addition, the Angels are excited to welcome back their generous Festival Hosts, the Zarley and Van Huisen families, and announce a new Host Sponsor joining them this year, Union Bank! The Wine, Food & Brew Festival will once again offer its unbeatable array of exhibitors offering delicious food samples from fabulous restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and specialty shops, and the palette-pleasing tastes of fine wines, feisty brews, and specialty beverages from throughout California. The Silent Auction, arranged in themed sections, will tempt Festival-goers with must-have, self-indulgent, one-of-a-kind, and fun-focused items and activities that include a week-long getaway to a beautiful and serene location, a relaxing trip to a luxurious spa, and a night out at the new ‘place-to-be’ restaurant – along with many more unique offerings! All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the vital programs and services Casa Pacifica provides to the community’s most vulnerable children and their families.

The 4th Annual Yummies Culinary Competition will name the top chef creations among Festival exhibitors in an action-packed culinary showdown and a celebrity emcee and judges will be on hand to decide the winners in both Sweet and Savory categories. The main stage will feature upbeat entertainment throughout the day as guests wine and dine their way around the grounds, and a dance floor will beckon to those who feel the beat. Bruce Barrios will be on hand to emcee the festivities. The exclusive V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo will feature its own music and dance floor, along with special food, wine, and brew offerings.

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival is still welcoming sponsors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this "Can't Miss" event by taking advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Specialist, Kristin Palos at (805) 366-4014, kpalos (at) casapacifica (dot) org or visit the Festival sponsor page at http://www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.

General Admission and V.I.P tickets can be purchased online at http://www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com! General Admission tickets are on sale for $125 each until sold out. Food and beverages are included in the price of admission. V.I.P tickets are available for $225 each until sold out and offer Festival-goers early admission at 12:00 noon. V.I.P. ticket holders will receive V.I.P parking, and exclusive access to the V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo. In addition to exclusive entertainment, the Lounge will feature the Anheuser Busch Belgium Beer Garden, Plated Events by Chef Jason, Malibu Family Wines and more! V.I.P. guests will enter through the beautiful and historic CSUCI bell tower where their day will start off being catered to by the world class Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting http://www.rrshuttle.com/casapacificawinefestival.

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website http://www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. We want to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2011, the Company invested $213.5 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: http://www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.

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