It’s that time of year again; the Art & Wine Festival is upon us. The festival is September 8 th and 9th this year. The hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm both days. There will be 13 live bands playing everything from Motown, rhythm and blues, country rock, and reggae. Here’s a list of them: The Groove Kings, Ruckatan, The Rhythm Vandals, The Boys of Summer, Rodeo House, Duran Duran Duran, Emerson, Bob Culbertson, Aryeh Frankfurter, HeartStrings Music, Oscar Reynolds, Glitterface and Ancient Winds. There are usually around 600 artists at the festival. I love looking at all of the ceramics items and I buy something every year to add to my collection. The handmade soaps at several different booths are amazing and you can smell them from a few booths away. It wouldn’t be a real Art & Wine Festival without leather belts & handbags the tye-dye booth and lots of jewelry. Some of my favorite jewelry came from this festival and there are always some really incredible jewelry boxes for sale too. The festival in on Castro Street, from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue.
The Chamber of Commerce brings in about 28 different food vendors for the weekend. One of the new food vendors will be “The Menu” which is a new Indian restaurant here in Mountain View. I’ve been there several times and loved both the food and the customer service. Passage to India has been serving amazing Indian food to our community for 20 years and this year they’ll have a booth at the festival. And the other new food vendor will be St. Stephen’s Green. They’ll have the traditional shepherd’s pie and an Irish stew. Nothing Bundt Cakes will also have a booth. Last year they gave away samples at the festival and their booth was one of the most popular sample booths ever, so we’re happy that now they’ll be selling bundt cakes. Among the favorite vendors that are present at the festival every year are Lockeford Meat & Sausage, Lemoine Crêperie and Old Tyme Kettle Korn.
Be sure to come thirsty. The adult beverage selection is better than ever. We’ve been tasting wines here in my office for a few months and we’re pretty sure that everyone will be pleased with our choices. We’ll have Morada Sangria, which usually sells out early, Tied House Cascade Amber, which is their best selling beer, and Cruzan Rum Premium Mojitos. The non-alcoholic drinks include VOSS Artisan water, Sweet Leaf Teas and ALO Aloe Vera drinks.
The Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge will be set-up again since it’s opening week for NFL season. The “Mountain View’s Got Talent” stage in the Kid’s Park has lots of different performances by local groups, like Bikram Yoga Mountain View and For The Love of Dance. There will be bungee-jumping in the Kid’s Park (Wells Fargo Parking lot) as well.
The Art & Wine Festival is the largest fund raiser for the Chamber of Commerce every year. The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active chambers that you’ll ever find. The Chamber plays a major role in promoting the local economy and helping local businesses. The Chamber works on behalf of the community, offers scholarships to local high school and college students, connects large high companies to local nonprofits, and offers all different kinds of networking events for members and nonmembers. The ILoveMV website is the official visitors center for the city of Mountain View and it is provided to the community by the Chamber of Commerce. So by shopping at the Art & Wine Festival and having a few glasses of wine, you’re actually helping the community.
There are a few volunteer positions available in wine booths on Sunday. Do you know how to pour wine? Great, you’re perfect for the job! I love Mountain View.