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The Taste of Solvang is Here !

Solvang, California, USA – To celebrate Solvang’s rich culinary and cultural heritage, the Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival has featured cuisine, locally grown foods, wines and live entertainment since 1993.

Back by popular demand after its inauguration in 2008, the Festival opens again this year with a culinary appetizer—Solvang's Restaurant Week from March 15-19, 2009.

Nine Solvang restaurants will be offering special 3-course tasting menus for the price of $20.09 (excluding tax, tip, beverages) between Sunday, March 15 and Thursday, March 19, 2009.

Reservations are highly recommended; contact restaurants directly for specific days and dining hours.

Participants in the 2009 Solvang Restaurant Week are: Bit O’Denmark (Danish/American); 473 Alisal Road – 805-688-5426
Cabernet Bistro (French/Continental); 485 Alisal Road – 805-688-8871
Chef’s Touch (Wine Country Cuisine); 1555 Mission Drive – 805-686-1040
Hadsten House Restaurant (American); 1450 Mission Drive – 805-688-3210
Kabuki Restaurant (Japanese); 443 Second Street – 805-693-8289
Mirabelle Restaurant (Wine Country Cuisine); 409 First Street – 805-688-1703
Mustard Seed (Danish/American); 1655 Mission Drive – 805-688-1318
Red Viking Restaurant (Danish/American); 1684 Copenhagen Drive – 805-688-6610
River Grill at the Alisal (American); 150 Alisal Road – 805-688-7784

The weekend part of the 17th annual Taste of Solvang festival kicks off on Friday, March 20, 2009, from 7:00-9:00pm with a scrumptious Dessert Reception at the Solvang Veterans Hall, 1745 Mission Drive, offering delicious delicacies from:
  • Café Angelica
  • El Rancho Market
  • Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates
  • Lion’s Peak Winery
  • New Frontiers Natural Marketplace
  • Nielsen's Market
  • Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery
  • Presidio Vineyard & Winery
  • Red Viking Restaurant
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Solvang Bakery
  • Solvang Lutheran Home
  • Wandering Dog Wine Bar
  • Wilson & Bradford Wine Bar.
Live music by the Alan Satchwell Quartet will accompany the sweets and libations.

On Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 11:00 am-4:00pm, the Walking Smorgaasbord features 40 taste stops around the village. Detailed maps and menu will be provided with ticket purchase along with valuable coupons for future purchases.

On Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 6:00-9:00pm, savor the Wine Tasting Room Walk with these vintners pouring their vintages into the souvenir Taste of Solvang etched glass: D’Alfonso-Curran Wines, Lions Peak Vineyard & Winery, Lucas & Lewellen, Mandolina, Olive House, Presidio Vineyard & Winery, Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar, Wandering Dog Wine Bar, Wilson & Bradford Wine Bar and Winery Row.

On Sunday, March 22, 2009, from Noon-3:00pm enjoy the new event--Bring Your Own Picnic in Solvang Park (at Mission Drive & First Street) featuring free, continuous live entertainment. Picnic ingredients are available at many local markets including Nielsen’s Market, New Frontiers Natural Marketplace and El Rancho Market. Experience a joyous afternoon complete with a 120-yard continuous picnic blanket winding through Solvang Park—providing a comfortable place to relax with family and friends.

A Weekend Passport including logo tote bag & souvenir wine glass is $70 per person. Individual event tickets (ala carte) may be purchased as well: Dessert Reception $25; Walking Smorgaasbord $30; Wine Walk $35; from the Solvang Visitors Bureau, 1511-A Mission Drive, Solvang, or by calling 1-800-468-6765 or 805-688-6144 ex. 105. Regular Visitors Bureau hours are 10am-4pm daily--expanded hours will be from 9am-7pm on Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21, 2009 for ticket sales and Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport pick-up.

For complete details and advance tickets (highly recommended), call 805-688-6144; visit or stop by the Visitors Bureau at 1511-A Mission Drive (Highway 246) at the corner of Fifth Street in downtown Solvang.

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