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Sideways Fest 15 Year Anniversary Celebration
October 19 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
One event on October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM
One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Sideways Fest is a 3-day event hosted by the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the movie Sideways Movie, that took place in the Santa Ynez Valley! They have 3 great events for you to join them at! Sideways Fest is also part of Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley weekend!
The weekend includes a Sideways Movie Screening with Q&A panel; Sideways Shuttle Tour, and Sideways Wine Festival!
See all of the information for each event below!
Sideways Movie Screening and Q&A Panel
Friday, October 18th • 6 – 10 p.m.
(Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd Street, Solvang)
Featuring Q&A Panel with Sideways Movie Personalities and Wine Tasting (Special VIP Seating is Available)
Kick off the Sideways Fest 15 year anniversary celebration weekend with a special “Sideways” Movie Experience under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for wine tasting hosted by wineries featured in the movie, Hitching Post Wines, Fiddlehead Cellars, and Margerum Wines to name a few.
Before you head into the event, take a photo in SidewaysSaab that will be parked out front.
Prior to the screening there will be a panel discussion with Sideways personalities reminiscing on the making of the movie and their time in the Valley. Producer Michael London, Hitching Post II Restaurant & Winery owner Frank Ostini, and Tasting room host Chris Burroughs will make up part of the panel along with a few surprise guests.
After the movie return to the outdoor gardens for a few more sips of wine to cap off your evening.
VIP Tickets are $100 and include special premium seating during the Sideways Q&A Panel and Sideways movie screening. These are the best seats in the house! You will also receive a goodie bag to enjoy during the movie. Limited seating.
General Admission tickets are $75
Gates open at 6 p.m • Wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. • Q&A Panel will begin at 7:15 p.m. • The Sideways movie screening will begin at 8:15 p.m.
All guests must be 21+. Rain or shine event. No refunds.
Sideways Shuttle Tour
Saturday, October 19th
(The Sideways Shuttle Tour will begin and end at the Sideways Inn, 114 E. Highway 246, Buellton)
Saturday, October 19th • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$60 per person • Only 50 Tickets Available
The Sideways Shuttle Tour will begin and end at the Sideways Inn (114 E. Highway 246 Buellton).
Guests will hop on our Shuttle and experience the Sideways Tour first hand!
Tickets are $60 and include (1) seat on the shuttle, wine tastings from Fiddlehead Cellars, Sanford Winery, and the Hitching Post Winery, and an Aebleskiver tasting from Solvang Restaurant.
We have special stops that include:
Guests will get to see the room that Jack and Miles stayed in. Enjoy a taste of Fiddlestix Sauvignon Blanc to start your day.
Visit the old Sanford Tasting Room, the location of Jack’s first visit. Enjoy a taste Sanford Pinot Noir while enjoying the views of the Sta. Rita Hills vineyards and countryside.
This is where Miles expounded to Jack on how to taste wine, ending the scene with “Are you chewing gum?”
Hitching Post II
Jump on the Bus and cruise by AJ Spurs where Jack charmed his very willing waitress, on your way to the Hitching Post II Restaurant to meet up with owner and Highliner winemaker Frank Ostini.
Enjoy Maya’s favorite Highliner Pinot Noir, get some great photo opts of the Ostrich Farm, the Sideways table, the Hitching Post bar and with The Sideways Saab.
Head for Solvang where you will be treated to an aebleskiver tasting at The Solvang Restaurant where Jack and Miles had breakfast.
Then enjoy some time in Solvang on a self-guided tour or get tickets to Solvang’s annual Grape Stomp. https://www.solvangusa.com/wine-country/solvang-grape-stomp/ to do a little stomping of your own.
At 5 p.m., jump back on the Shuttle to return to The Sideways Inn to end your day!
Complimentary wine tasting and Aebleskiver tasting is included with this tour!
The Sideways Shuttle Tour will begin and end at the Sideways Inn (114 E. Highway 246 Buellton). You are welcome to find your own way home should you decide to extend your visit in Solvang. The shuttle bus will leave promptly at 5 p.m. to head back to Sideways Inn in Buellton.
Sideways Wine Festival
Sunday, October 20th * 12 – 4 p.m.
(River View Park, 151 Sycamore Rd., Buellton)
The Sideways Fest ends with a bang on Sunday, October 20th with our inaugural Sideways Wine Fest at River View Park in Buellton!
The Sideways Wine Festival will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. and feature over 40 Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Barbara County wineries on site for you to sample from! Enjoy tastes from local breweries as well.
Tickets are $55 and include tastings and a souvenir glass.
Food will be available for purchase in our food court at the event. Enjoy live entertainment, a Merlot tasting, The Sideways Saab photo booth, and other movie activities.
The Sta. Rita Hills American Viticulture Appellation is located on California’s Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. The Pacific Ocean’s marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse the coastal valley corridors between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa Hills, creating the perfect environment for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate wine grape varieties.
For more information visit www.sidewaysfest.com!