Come out and enjoy a epicurean afternoon in the Santa Maria Valley on Saturday, October 8 as Ranch Sisquoc Winery once again hosts the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association’s annual Celebration of Harvest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65 per person.

This event features more than 100 wineries pouring tastes of their most current wines, as well as more than two dozen local chefs, caterers and specialty food purveyors showcasing fresh regional ingredients amid live music and a silent auction. Several Santa Maria BBQ specialists will be among the culinary participants, including the Hitching Post, Far Western Tavern and Susie Q’s Brand.

The festivities actually begin today as local wineries host winemaker dinners and open houses. On Saturday evening, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum will present the Harvest Moon Dinner Dance, featuring wine, barbecue, and dancing

You may also opt to purchase a “Vintners’ Visa” for the entire weekend for $35. The 12 wineries participating in this program will “pull out the stops” for visa holders. And while you’re at it, you are encouraged to stay and play in the Santa Maria Valley for the entire weekend, so that you can enjoy scrumptious Santa Maria Style Barbecue, stunning beaches and world-class golf, among other attractions.

For tickets and information regarding Celebration of Harvest and the Vintners’ Visa, call the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association at (805) 688-0881 or visit