Under gorgeous blue skies, more than 850 wine, beer and gourmet food lovers gathered in the downtown Depot Plaza to eat, drink and enjoy Mill Valley, tasting from more than 65 wineries, 12 breweries, 30 gourmet food providers and 10 fantastic local restaurants.

Like a fine wine, the Annual Mill Valley Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting gets better with age. Celebrating its 35th year, the landmark community event drew a huge crowd on June 5, with more than 1,000 people packing onto the Downtown Plaza to enjoy the deliciousness from more than 65 premium wineries, fine craft beers from 12 breweries and food from nearly 30 gourmet food purveyors, as well as 10 fantastic Mill Valley restaurants.

Founded in 1981 by the Canepa family, which owns Mill Valley Market, this special North Bay event continues to bring together all the best aspects of California living into one exciting afternoon set against the backdrop of beautiful Mill Valley. The event benefits the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, which manages the event , as well as Kiddo!, the non-profit Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation.

“We simply couldn’t be happier with every aspect of this amazing community event,” said Ann Aversa, who chairs the Chamber’s board of directors and whose family owns La Ginestra restaurant, one of the event’s 10 participating eateries. “We’re sincerely grateful to all those who made it happen, including our sponsors, particularly the Canepa family, which has played such an incredible role in the event’s success over the years. Thanks also goes to the amazing wineries, breweries, gourmet food providers and 10 great local restaurants that attracted so many food and drink lovers, and to Steven Restivo Event Services for putting on such a well-organized, popular event.”

The event benefited greatly from sponsorship and support from Mill Valley Market, Bradley Real Estate, PG&E, PowerScout, Marin Acura, Premiere Aviation, Zephyr Real Estate, Marin Municipal Water District, McGuire Real Estate, Park ‘N Fly, Mill Valley Refuse, Kiddo!, the City of Mill Valley and US Bank. 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, drawing the most bikes in the event’s history!

More info on all of the participants in the 35th Annual Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting

More fantastic photos of the event from Gary Ferber Photography.



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