By Jen Ortega

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival

People may want to wear green to the sixth annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival because this year it will be held on St. Patrick’s Day — Sunday, March 17.

The festival from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton will celebrate local wines and craft breweries while festival-goers can face off at the chili cookoff to see who makes the best chili in town.

There will be chili and samples from more than 25 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies. Visitors can also enjoy playing bocce, table tennis and cornhole.

The festival highlight is the community chili cook-off, open to all local businesses and residents. Attendees can try chili and salsa made by some of the best local chefs and restaurants, all competing to take home prizes for the best chili and homemade salsa.

Live entertainment will be provided by Noble Grizwald and The Rincons.

Based in Ventura, Noble Grizwald is a group that plays everything from upbeat indie to psychedelic journeys akin to Pink Floyd, with roots in country and folk in the great American tradition.

The Rincons, also known as the Dusty Jugz, are a local favorite in Buellton. When they play rock, they’re The Rincons, and when they play country, they’re the Dusty Jugz.

General admission costs $45 for those 21 and older; $20 for ages 13-20; and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance

Transportation options include the Brew Bus, which will be doing pickups in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Lompoc.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit