Toast Friday the 13th in Thousand Oaks. Sample Scottish fare in Ventura. Be among the first — via RSVP — to visit the new grounds at Old Creek Ranch Winery near Ojai. Yep, there’s plenty to do, see and taste this weekend in Ventura County. Wochit
Toast Friday the 13th in Thousand Oaks. Sample Scottish fare in Ventura. Be among the first — via RSVP — to visit the new grounds at Old Creek Ranch Winery near Ojai. Yep, there’s plenty to do, see and taste this weekend in Ventura County.
1). SIDESTEP SUPERSTITION
Friday the 13th is good luck for food-and-wine lovers, thanks to Conejo Uncorked. Now in its second year, the festival presented by Conejo Valley Kiwanis as a benefit for local programs will feature tastes from more than a dozen local vendors when it takes place from 6-9:30 p.m. at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks. Live music, a silent auction and prizes will add to the atmosphere. Tickets are $45 per person (299 S. Moorpark Road, http://www.conejouncorked.com).
2. TASTE A WEE DRAM
If it’s not Scottish, it’s … not worth the calories. That’s the motto during the Seaside Highland Games, which go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Seaside Park (aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds) in Ventura and will include food vendors selling scones, shortbread, Scotch eggs and perhaps even some (canned) haggis. When you get there, check the schedule for details on when to see the caber toss and for purchasing tickets for whiskey tastings led by experts in the field. (10 W. Harbor Blvd., 818-886-4968, http://www.seaside-games.com).
3). HANG OUT WITH THE HORSES
A beer garden, an appearance by the SoCal Comfort Food truck and the debut of Hoof Tappin’ Treats, a line of cookies for equines, will be featured when Hope, Hops and Horses takes place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai. Admission is $10, or free for children younger than age 8. Proceeds benefit the organization’s efforts to rescue abandoned, abused and neglected horses (600 W. Lomita Ave., 805-649-1090, http://www.calcoastalhorserescue.com).
4). SEE THE NEW OLD CREEK RANCH
Dying to see what the new owners of Old Creek Ranch Wineryhave done with the place since it closed for renovations in June 2015? Here’s your by-reservation-only chance: Purchase four or more bottles of wine in advance online, then visit the winery — located between Ventura and Ojai — from 1-4 p.m. Saturday to pick them up. Cost per bottle ranges from $25 for a white blend called Bronco Blanco to $60 for a 2012 White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese. (Did we mention that reservations require advance purchase of four or more bottles of wine online?) The event will not include tastings. For information, visit http://oldcreekranch.com. The winery’s on-site tasting room is slated to reopen to the public on April 1, 2018.
5). WINE WALK THIS WAY
Tastings will be available at 20 stops during the self-guided Wine Walk presented from 1-4 p.m. Sunday by the Camarillo Old Town Association. The organization’s website is mum on the subject of participating restaurants, breweries and wineries, but a quick stalking of its Facebook page (is my email address broken, or what?) reveals that the list includes BLVD BRGR, Cantara Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, Mister Softee, Strey Cellars and Twenty 88. Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance online; they will be $45 at the event.
Lisa McKinnon is a staff writer for The Star. To contact her, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To have the VCS Eats newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, visit http://bit.ly/VCS_Eats and type in your email address.