About

The Salinas Valley Food & Wine volunteer committee is excited to host our 11th annual festival on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

We had a record-breaking attendance in 2021 & hope to see the same again this year!

History

The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is celebrating 11 years in 2022. The Festival has joined the ranks of other large-scale events with The Monterey Herald’s “Salinas Valley Reader’s Choice” ballots recognizing the Festival as one of the Top 3 favorite local events — just above the California International Airshow and just under the California Rodeo Salinas!

The Festival is coordinated by a hands-on, action-oriented Board of Directors who volunteer their time and energy to do what they love—immersing themselves in food and wine culture, for the community they love—the Salinas Valley.

For 11 years, the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to increasing the popularity of locally grown and crafted food and wine. Ultimately, the Festival brings our community together as well as invites visitors from outside the area to experience & celebrate the tastes & sounds of the Salinas Valley, while raising funds to support local worthwhile and important community nonprofit organizations.

Mission Statement

The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival celebrates culture and community through the foods and wines of the Salinas Valley while benefiting community or nonprofit organizations.

Values

The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is coordinated by a hands-on, action-oriented Board of Directors who are volunteering their time and energies to do what they love—immersing themselves in food and wine culture, for the community they love—the Salinas Valley. The Festival promotes and highlights talented artisans of foods, wines, and art. The community and visitors are introduced to these special creations of the Salinas Valley.

The 2022 Festival Board of Directors

The 2022 Festival Board of Directors

Joel Panzer, Chair

Steve McShane, Past Chair & Director of Sponsorships

Krishna Patel, Director of Finance

Ashley Mcdonnell, Director of Logistics

Cindy Quinlan, Sponsorship Experience

Dana Arvig, Director of Media

Jeanne Hori-Garcia, Director of Vendors

Jerry Lami, Director of Food

Mayra Villareal, Director of Wine & Beer

Artie Rosas, Wine & Beer Co-Director

Juan Estrada, Director of Volunteers

Guille Barbosa, Volunteers Co-Director

Steph Rosario, Director Ticketing and Registration/Entertainment

Radames Rosario, Ticketing and Registration Co-Director

Maureen Wruck, Winemakers Dinner

Frank Savino, OSF Representative