Featured Events happening in and Around Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century
Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century
Start/Finish at Hotel Corque
Dinner/Dance/Show Featuring The Molly Ringwald Project at the Marriott Hotel, 7 pm Saturday night
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Taste of Solvang has become a destination event for food and wine lovers, alike. Featuring something for everyone from farm-to-table, rustic Italian cuisine; New American and modern Danish fare; sweets in all forms; award-winning beers, spirits and world-class wines Taste of Solvang offers a menu of events that is sure to please!
Join us for a unique experiential culinary weekend featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amidst our quaint Danish town. Taste your way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine and beer tasting rooms while you explore our authentic architecture, thatched roof cottages, old-world craftsmanship, traditional windmills and rich Danish heritage. From farm-to-table, rustic wine country cuisine to New American and modern Danish fare, to iconic sweets and award-winning beers, spirits and world-class wines, Taste of Solvang offers something for everyone!
Enjoy a guided blind tasting of four red wines while learning how to use wine knowledge and sensory skills to arrive at a final conclusion for each wine. Cheese and crackers are provided to accompany tasting. Basic wine knowledge is highly recommended for this event.
Skip the sit-down dinner and join us for the 25th Annual Opening Night, featuring 25 of the best Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers presenting a smorgasbord of locally-inspired savory and sweet bites, wine, beer and cocktails.
Participants include The Ballard Inn, First & Oak, The Landsby, Succulent Cafe, Valle Fresh, K'Syrah, Scratch Kitchen, Eleven Wine Bar, The Lucky Hen Larder, Ingeborg's Danish Chocolates, Olsen's Danish Village Bakery, Wandering Dog Wines, Dascomb Cellars, Ferguson Crest, Presidio Winery, Lions Peak Vineyards, Larner Vineyard and Winery, Coquelicot Winery, Figueroa Mountain Brewery and Ascendant Spirits, Solvang Brewing Company, just to name a few.
Enjoy live music from Sean Wiggins Band that will set your feet to dancing during this decadent evening of culinary indulgence.
Satisfy your cravings as you shop your way through Solvang as dozens of food businesses welcome Tasting Trail guests with bite-sized edible treats. Discover Solvang's many unique boutiques, eateries and other intriguing merchants, while sampling participating businesses' delightful delicacies and tasty offerings. The 2017 Taste of Solvang Tasting Trail will overlap in hours with the Solvang Wine & Beer Walk, so attendees may simultaneously take part in both food and drink activities. BONUS: the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, and the Wildling Museum will offer free admission for Tasting Trail ticket holders.
Click here to view the 2016 Solvang Wine & Beer Walk participants.
Pair your shopping with a refreshing taste of your pick of over 15+ participating wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars on this popular 2-day stroll through Solvang Village. It's the perfect opportunity to discover new favorites, sample local, boutique wines and craft beers as you work up a hunger for more Taste of Solvang happenings. The 2017 Taste of Solvang Wine & Beer Walk will feature an earlier Saturday start-time (2 PM-7 PM), providing guests with more tasting hours. The Solvang Wine & Beer Walk ticket includes select "Taste of Solvang tastings" at each tasting stop; Taste of Solvang wine/beer tasting menu and options vary by location. (Must be 21 and over to participate in the Wine & Beer Walk. Limited to 3 pours per location.)
Looking for a special dining experience? Head over to Cecco Ristorante in the heart of downtown Solvang and join Chef David Cecchini and Buttonwood Farm Winery winemaker, Karen Steinwachs, for a locally-inspired, Italian-influenced gourmet dinner comprised of seasonal, fresh ingredients. Each unforgettable course is paired with Buttonwood's estate-grown wines, served amidst the splendor of Cecco's beautiful open air patio. Space is limited; reservations are required.
Sunday Brew Brunch | Valley Brewers
Venture over to “The Backroom” at Valley Brewers for a whole new culinary experience as Starlight Kitchen's scrumptious artisanal spread plays with wine country inspired savory dishes by The Chef's Touch Catering and Valley Brewers expertly paired brews.
Sunday Brunch | Mad & Vin at The Landsby
Let the culinary team at The Landsby treat your tastebuds to their unique worldly flavors with a locally-sourced Sunday brunch in the Santa Ynez Valley inspired dining room of the beautiful Mad & Vin. Mad & Vin is the place to be as the name fittingly means “food and wine” in Danish.
Plus, VIP access at 6:30 PM to Opening Night: Sip & Savor for Weekend Pass holders and Souvenir Wine Glass, Taste of Solvang Collectible Item, Taste of Solvang Map, Visitors Guide, and Souvenir Tote.
Danish Days continues to celebrate Solvangs Danish heritage every year for the last 81 years.
Since 1936, Danish Days celebrates Solvang's heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities. In 1946, a reporter from The Saturday Evening Post visited during Danish Days and the article that appeared in January 1947 brought droves of people to visit Little Denmark in California. Old country charm and customs have been successfully fused with the American way of life.
Solvang's most famous celebration is Danish Days, a three-day tribute to the town's Danish roots. It started with Solvang's Silver Anniversary June 5 – 7, 1936. The town extended a hearty welcome to visitors: “We are happy that you have come to rejoice with us during the celebration of the founding of Solvang in 1911, and if you feel at home—as we sincerely want you to—it will be because you are at home; at home in a Danish colony celebrating its anniversary in Danish-American manner.” Silver Anniversary weekend festivities started with a torchlight procession and included folk dancing, pageants, plays, a barbecue, street dancing, a banquet, a parade, a picnic, an evening concert. So successful was the Silver Anniversary that Solvang decided to have another party on July 17 and 18, 1937; it was called Nationalfesten Danmarks Dagene (National Festival Denmark's Days). By 1938 it was simply “Danish Days.” A new and very important Solvang tradition was being established.
For many years Danish Days were sponsored by the Solvang Business Men's Association. There were no Danish Days during World War II, however, when Solvang devoted its energies to war relief efforts. After the war, Danish Days was resumed in 1946 and became so successful that almost 10,000 people crowded into Solvang to help the little town celebrate its Danish roots. Crowds became so big, in fact, that Solvang was unprepared to cope with them and cancelled Danish Days in 1959 and 1960.
Instead, the town concentrated on preparing for its Golden Jubilee in 1961. September 22, 23, and 24, 1961 saw another celebration “to be remembered always.” The fun-filled program included a banquet, torchlight parade, dance and song fest, æbleskiver breakfasts, folk dancing, gymnastic performances, barbecue, art exhibit, a street dance, and a colorful historical pageant parade. Following the Golden Jubilee, Danish Days was revitalized and has continued to be celebrated annually, right up to the present.