Munch, sip and dance the night away at the Winemaker’s Cookoff

Get your taste buds ready, the Winemaker’s Cookoff is back for its 16th year in Paso Robles!

On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, the party will be hopping from 6 to 9 p.m. Winemakers will be serving up their best culinary creations to pair with their amazing wines, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy. Oh, and vote! 

These winemakers are never above bribing.

Visitors and locals alike look forward to this awesomely fun occasion all year long. Not only do judges decide who they think has provided the most delectable dish, attendees also get to participate in the competition too. In order to gain favoritism, some participating wineries will offer “bribes” to “buy” votes from attendees; but it’s all in good fun, and is even encouraged by Cookoff organizers!

Don’t expect chili at this cookoff. Individual menus are kept secret until the very start of the event, but in the past, there have been beef, lamb, pork, seafood and even vegetarian dishes. You can anticipate anything gourmet and creative from these chefs. The wines will be delicious as always BUT the winemakers will be judged based on the food alone. 

The winemakers take this very seriously.

Munch, sip, dance, then do it all over! Again this year, “Julie Beaver & the Bad Dogs” will be getting your feet tapping. Julie whales on fiddle, playing tunes from Bach to Bluegrass, and everything in between and is a huge local favorite for good reason.

Just keep pouring

All of this entertainment isn’t just for fun: all net proceeds from the Winemaker’s Cookoff are deposited into the Paso Robles Rotary’s Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships of up to $30,000 are awarded every year from this fund to deserving local Paso Robles high school students on their way to college or vocational school, and scholarships of up to $400,000 have been distributed to date!

The 16th annual Winemaker’s Cookoff will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, Calif. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. and you can taste to your hearts content until 9 p.m. Be sure to have a jacket or something a little warmer on hand as temperatures in Paso can drop during the evening hours, and organizers of the event recommend bringing along a blanket or lawn chairs.

Tickets are $85 per person and include the whole shebang for the night: food, wine, music and fun. Of course, with such a great night, folks will need sober buddies to get them home at the end, so there is a designated driver discount price for $45 per person.

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