Family Festival

Visitors pack the 2017 edition of the Wine & Chili Festival, sponsored by the Buellton Chamber of Commerce at Flying Flags RV Resort.

The annual Wine & Chili Festival will return to Buellton on Sunday, Sept. 12, featuring over 30 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies from which to sample, as well as a community salsa and chili cook-off competition that is open to the public. 

This year's event will be held at River View Park, which adjoins Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, and will run from 12 to 4:30 p.m. 

The family-friendly festival will feature live music by the Dusty Jugs and the VineYard Byrds, and include lawn games such as cornhole and mega-sized beer pong for adults. 

Event organizers are inviting all chili and salsa cooks to register at or email for more information. Cash prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each of three categories: red, chili verde and salsa.

Hot Chili Tickets for attendees 21 years and up are $55 and include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine, craft beer and chili tasting. For guests under 21 years old, the Mild Chili Ticket is $20 and includes unlimited samples of chili and salsa, but no alcohol.

Event tickets and ride safe transportation tickets all can be purchased online at or by calling the Buellton Chamber of Commerce at 805-688-7829.

Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record.