It was a day of fun in the sun as revelers came together for The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
Gates opened at 11 am to the club that sits on 87 acres of beautiful property nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California foothills in Carpinteria.
Attendees were treated to two polo matches, five live nationally touring music acts, wines from Santa Barbara’s finest wineries, beautiful Santa Barbara scenery, a festival branded stemless wine glass, food pairings, and much more.
For my friend and I, one of our favorite wineries was Summerland Winery, which has its tasting room a stone’s throw away in Summerland, just south of Santa Barbara.
Since it was before noon, we started with some bubbly – the Brut 2013. This incredible sparkling wine had a crisp, lingering finish that made us reach for another glass!
Other wineries included Happy Canyon Vineyard, Sanford Winery, Standing Sun Wines, and August Ridge Vineyards.
Festivalgoers were able to buy food and drink tickets that could be used at all the vendor tables throughout the festival.
For food, the options were California cuisine by Barbareno, Empanadas by Buena Onda and Asian-inflected American plates from The Black Sheep.
Throughout the day, the festival stage featured music performances by LP, Nick Waterhouse, Durand Jones & the Indications, Vieux Farka Toure and Macy Gray.
Mid-afternoon there were two polo games that had live commentary for those of us who were seeing our very first polo match.
The traditional divot stomp took place halfway through the first match – a polo tradition in which patrons take to the field at the close of the match to flip over divots and drink champagne.
Throughout the afternoon there was also a live DJ for those festivalgoers looking to dance.
Of every ticket sold, $1 was donated to Notes For Notes, a non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys and Girls Clubs, offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for free.
For more information on the festival, visit sbpoloandwine.com.