Organizers are celebrating the success of the first “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley” weekend, which drew about 1,200 participants over four days on Oct. 17-20. The event by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley (Visit SYV) featured five sold-out wine and beer dinners in Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Ballard, Solvang, and Buellton; five wine-tasting events with hundreds of attendees throughout the valley; and cooking classes and seminars in Santa Ynez and Ballard.

The Solvang Grape Stomp and the first Sideways Festival had nearly 500 attendees each, said Visit SYV President and CEO Shelby Sim.

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