Napa Valley Festival del Sole Presents “Taste of Napa”

Taste of Napa, the signature culinary event of the landmark Tenth Season of Napa Valley Festival del Sole, will be held July 18 at 500 First Street from 11am 2:30pm. This opportunity to taste the very best of the Napa Valley all in one convenient and central location features 80 wineries, restaurants, craft breweries and artisan food producers. Ticket holders can watch top chefs from Napa & San Francisco battle it out in the “Town & Country Cookoff,” and the Reserve Tasting Lounge offers the chance to taste some of the Napa Valley’s most highly sought-after after wines.

Highlighting the day will be the inaugural “Town & Country Cookoff” featuring Chefs Mark Dommen – One Market, Esteban Escobar – Town Hall, Lucas Knox – Burritt Room + Tavern from San Francisco versus Napa Valley’s own Chef Chad Hendrickson – Hess Winery, Nick Ritchie – Atlas Social and April Cordsen – Morimoto Napa competing in an Appetizer, Main Course and Dessert culinary clash. KGO-TV meteorologist and wine aficionado, Spencer Christian will emcee the event in the Kitchen Theatre and provide ongoing commentary.

The competing chefs will participate in public, 20-minute rounds using 10 ingredients known in advance, plus a surprise addition, for each course. Culinary author and Emmy Award winner Susie Heller, Top Chef Tiffany Derry and San Francisco Chronicle’s Kitty Morgan will provide a cumulative score to determine the winning team.

More than 50 wineries and 30 restaurants and food artisans will come together to offer the discerning gastronome the very best the region’s artisans have to offer. Among the many distinguished wineries participating are Acacia Vineyard, Bouchaine Vineyards, Etude Wines, HALL Wines, Silver Oak Cellars and St. Supéry Vineyards and Winery. Culinary purveyors include Cate & Co. Bake Shop, Kara’s Cupcakes, Kollar Chocolates, Skyhill Farms, Angèle Restaurant & Bar, Evangeline, Harvest Table by Charlie Palmer and Solbar.

The Reserve Lounge offers an unprecedented list of fine wines for the connoisseur-at-heart from such exclusive labels as Quintessa, Caymus, Cardinale, Darioush, Blackbird and more. Executive Chefs Scott Pikey of Mayacama and Britny Sundin of Signorello Estate will provide a meticulously designed bounty of delectables that pair perfectly with these sought-after wines.

The day’s events will be accompanied by live music in the amphitheater with Morris LeGrand, wine country guitarist. Union Bank is the presenting sponsor for Taste Napa, Eurostampa is the Main Tasting Floor sponsor and Mayacama is the Reserve Tasting sponsor.

Passes for Taste of Napa are $75 per person. Tickets for the Reserve Lounge that also include full access to the full event are available for $139 per person. For more information or to purchase passes, visit www.tasteofnapa.org or phone the box office at 888.337.6272.

About Napa Valley Festival del Sole

A celebration of the art of life, Festival del Sole has put Napa Valley on the map as one of the world’s leading cultural destinations. The 10-day summer festival blends exceptional music, theater and dance with the region’s fine wine and cuisine. Each July, the festival presents exclusive engagements by renowned artists and emerging talent from around the globe, gastronomic adventures at stunning wineries, resorts and estates, free community concerts, yoga in the vineyards and, new this year, a 5K and 10K run benefitting Napa County youth arts education programs.

A nonprofit organization governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders, the festival is dedicated to enriching the region’s cultural and economic vitality, and to supporting numerous educational initiatives – from nurturing young talent through its Bouchaine Young Artists Series, to presenting free community concerts, to awarding major grants to local schools and arts organizations.

Festival del Sole is produced by Napa Valley Festival Association in partnership with IMG Artists. The festival’s landmark Tenth Season takes place July 17-26, 2015. www.festivaldelsole.org