The event, sponsored by the Mill Valley Market since 1981, continues to amaze throngs of people well into its fourth decade, largely behind the incredible community spirit and dedication of legions of organizers, volunteers, organizers, sponsors, restaurants, wineries, breweries, gourmet food makers and, of course, hundreds and hundreds of food and drink lovers (with a gorgeous day of weather thrown in for good measure). And organizers once again diverted more than 90 percent of the event’s waste from the landfill in support of the goals of Zero Waste Marin. All photos by Gary Ferber Photography.
The appeal of the 38th annual edition of the event was clear: wine from more than 60 premium wineries, fine craft beers from 11 breweries and food from nearly 30 gourmet food purveyors, as well as 10 of the best restaurants in the North Bay, let alone in the 94941. Those restaurants were: Bungalow 44, Flour Craft Bakery, La Ginestra, Parranga, Piazza D’Angelo, Pizza Antica, Playa, Prabh Indian Kitchen, Sol Food and Urban Remedy.
“We’re absolutely thrilled at the turnout for this fantastic community event,” said Paula Reynolds, co-director of the Mill Valley Chamber, which manages the event and is one of its beneficiaries, along with Kiddo!, the non-profit Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. “We are so grateful to the sponsors who helped make it happen, particularly the Canepa family, which has played such an incredible role in the event’s success over the years. Thanks also to the amazing wineries, breweries, gourmet food providers and 10 great local restaurants that attracted so many food and drink lovers, and to the volunteers and Kelli Tonnesen’s Corporate Concepts event production for putting on such a well-organized, popular event.”
The event benefited greatly from sponsorship and support from Mill Valley Market, Vintage Wine & Spirits, Zephyr Real Estate. WrapManager/Assembly, Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine, West Coast Wine • Cheese, Porsche Marin, Redwood Credit Union, FastSigns and U.S. Pure Water, along with partners Kiddo!, City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Refuse, US Bank and Gary Ferber Photography. And back by popular demand, the event also featured complimentary valet bicycle parking, provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and sponsored by Tam Bikes in Mill Valley.
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