If you’re tired of shoveling snow or watching the same old four walls in your living room, pack your bags for the 15th Annual Season of Events at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival –– two month’s worth of food tastings, wine sipping, fine art and sumptuous dinners.
Here, amid a breathtaking backdrop of serene, rolling hills covered with wild mustard in bloom, you’ll be able to take a big bite out of sensational food, delicious wines, and art events that include:
• Mustard Magic, The Grand Opening Event
Sat., Feb 2 @ 7pm
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena
Indulge in the fantasy of the opulent grand opening event with Napa Valley’s most theatrical food, wine and art event of the year.
Tickets are $150 through 2/1, then $175 at the door.
• A Weekend of Fine Art
Feb 9 & 10
Napa Valley Galleries
• Napa Valley Museum Angel Gala
Feb 9 @ 6pm
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food The Arts, Napa
Sat., 2/16 @ 6pm
Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena
This event lets you savor a splendid five-course menu, accompanied by select guest wineries including Domaine Carneros. It’s limited to 100 people @ $200 per person.
• Le Grand Diner at Domaine Chandon
Fri., 2/29 @ 6pm
etoile at Domaine Chandon, Yountville
Sumptuous courses by some of Napa Valleys most heralded chefs.
Wines by Beaulieu Vineyard, Domaine Chandon, HdV-Hyde Vineyards, Kuleto Estate, Newton Vineyards, St. Supery Winery, and Honig Vineyard and Winery will be presented by the winemakers.
Limited to 120 people @ $350 per person.
• Mustard, Mud & Music – A Calistoga Jazz Festival
March 8 & 9, 2pm – 6pm
• The Awards – A Spicy Soiree!
Fri., March 14, 7pm
Black Stallion Winery, Napa
Diamonds and denim will be on the menu for this casually elegant yet glitzy evening of food, wine, music and dancing.
Tickets are $100 in advance; $150 at the door.
• The Marketplace A Signature Event for Connoisseurs
Sat & Sun., 3/15 & 16, 11am – 5pm
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & The Arts, Napa
Taste sensational cuisine, world famous wines, hearty craft brews, an array of gourmet products, plus mustards from across the globe. Enjoy exquisite arts and crafts, too.
Highlights will include celebrity chef cooking demos; stages featuring jazz and ecletic music; a Sunset Magazine pavillion; KGO Newstalk AM 810’s live broadcast; and more.
Tickets available at the gate, in advance by mail, or online.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the gate, includes food and wine tasting package.
• A Taste of Yountville
3/22 @ 7pm
• The Mumm Napa Photo Finish – The Grand Finale Event
Sat., 3/31 @ 7pm
Mumm Napa, Rutherford
This wildly exuberant finale includes delectable offerings of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wines, music, and viewing of the Photography Contest Exhibit.
Tickets are $90 in advance; $125 at the door.
For more info about the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, visit them online or call 707.938.1133 for an invitation, tickets and posters.
By Gil Zeimer, Vagablond Lead Writer