The Cambrian

Art & Wine Festival: Delighting the eye & palette


Cambria’s Art & Wine Festival is branching out. This year’s wine tasting and artist demonstrations on Saturday, Jan. 30, will be at both ends of town — in the Cambria Historical Museum in East Village and the Veterans Memorial Building in West Village. (Above, a crowd packs the Memorial building at the 2009 festival.)

More than 20 local wineries will pour samples, and an art show-silent auction will include Howard Kline’s original, whimsical ‘Bon Vivant’ painting used in the festival’s poster. Nearly four dozen artists will participate in the three-day event that starts Friday, Jan. 29.

Friday’s kick-off dinner is sold out.

Among Saturday night’s events are wine-pairing meals at local restaurants (including at Linn’s and Robin’s), barrel tasting at Harmony Cellars and wine-and-cheese pairings at Lion’s Peak, Moonstones and Fermentations.

The Rotary Clubs of Cambria will host its second annual winemakers dinner in conjunction with the festival. Local celebrity chef Andre Averseng of “Dining with Andre” will prepare the meal; wines by E’luse Wines will be served.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, followed by dinner at Mustache Pete’s Italian Eatery, 4090 Burton Drive, Cambria.

Tickets, $85, are available online at,or call 927-8589.

Sunday’s artists’ faire will feature wine tastings, art demonstrations and sales, and concludes with prize drawings. Participants earn drawing tickets by visiting local participating businesses, but winners need not be present to qualify.

Several ticket packages are available, including an option for teetotalers/designated drivers. For details, go to,the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St. (9273624), or the Cambria Historical Museum at Burton Drive and Center Street. — Kathe Tanner