Cambria’s bustling art community and growing wine industry will be celebrated Friday through Sunday, Jan. 23-25, during the 13th annual Art & Wine Festival.
Forecasts call for spectacularly warm, dry and sunny winter weather.
The 2015 festival, sponsored jointly by the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and Allied Arts Association, is held throughout the village (and at select locations along Moonstone Beach Drive, in San Simeon and at Ragged Point) but especially at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street in East Village, and the Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St.
Entertainment and special promotions throughout the festival will be capped by a Sunday afternoon filled with raffle awards and festivities.
From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, the free Cambria Trolley will carry passengers along a half-hour downtown/Moonstone Beach/Burton and Eton Drive loop to make it easier for participants to get from one area to the other and back again. Visitors may flag down the trolley anywhere along the route.
The three-day fest starts Friday at 10 a.m. with in-store promotions. (The popular “Art, Wine and All That Jazz” food-and-wine pairing dinner Friday night is sold out.)
Friday is also when attendees can exchange at the chamber office each pre-purchased ticket to the festival for passes for the weekend’s Main Event, a wine glass, festival Passport Program and 10 wine-tasting tickets. Demonstrating landscape artist Laurel Sherrie will be there, as will Cambria’s Cutruzzola Vineyards (pouring tastings).
Tickets and presale ticket exchanges also will happen Saturday at the vets hall.
Throughout the event, when a festivalgoer stops at any of the 56 participating shops, the clerk is to stamp the attendee’s passport. Each stamp is worth one raffle ticket. Five more raffle tickets are given each time a festival shopper buys something worth $5 or more from a participating merchant.
Raffle tickets must be submitted by noon Sunday; the drawing following at 12:30 p.m. Raffle gifts include the winners’ selection from donated wines and art, and some gift baskets and donations were received from participating businesses.
According to chamber Executive Director Mary Ann Carson, 18 wineries will pour tastes at the vets hall Saturday, with 55 artists showing work.
The museum’s Saturday event (complete with tent funded by the Cambria Tourism Board) includes five wineries and one artist. A concurrent event at the Joslyn Recreation Center features five wineries and two artists.
Entertainment and shopping deals will be plentiful throughout the festival.
Some separate but related special dinner events (not covered by the Main Event tickets) will be held Saturday night at Robin’s restaurant, Indigo Moon and Ragged Point.
An artists’ fair Sunday includes 15 artists showing and selling, seven wineries and a burger barbecue by the Coast Union High School Interact Club.
Tickets to the raffles must be submitted by noon Sunday; the drawing follows at 12:30 p.m. Raffle gifts include the winners’ selection from donated wines and art.
Winners need not be present to win.