Yountville Live, one of the nation’s premier food, wine and music events, returns for the third year on March 16-19 with 60 wineries, 36 chefs and 8 performing artists.
The long weekend starts Thursday, March 16, with a welcome reception at Brix Restaurant & Gardens with food prepared by Chef Cary Delbridge, wines poured by the likes of Clos du Val and ZD wines, and a solo acoustic performance by Grammy-nominated Five For Fighting.
That evening, Top Chef star Graham Elliott will partner with rock star chefs, including Thomas Keller Restaurant Group Team USA Gold Medalists, Chef Mathew Peters and Chef Harrison Turone, to create a four-course meal paired with wine and live music from international artists, Rodrigo y Gabriela.
After one heck of an opening day, Yountville Live continues with two days of food, wine and music. Friday and Saturday include the Taste of Yountville, where guests can explore the culinary capital of Napa Valley by tasting wine from 60 wineries, gourmet food from 36 chefs, and enjoy live cooking demos and music in downtown Yountville.
During the Grand Cru tasting, which also takes place Friday and Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Napa Valley winemakers in an “art lounge,” designed by Arena Galleries and Bespoke Collection, while sipping on the kind of cult wines that helped put Napa Valley on the map.
Both days also include Master Classes, where guests can get up close and personal with chefs and winemakers to learn their craft. Master Classes include chocolate making with renowned chocolatier, Chris Kollar, a pastry class with James Beard Award winner Chef Gale Gand, and wine blending with Aaron Pott of Pott Wines.
After parties take place each night, with DJs, small bites, local bartender cocktail competitions and complimentary drinks.
The weekend wraps up with a Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, with a mimosa bar, comfort food from Chef Morgan Robinson of Smoke, and live music from emerging artist Johnnyswim.
Tickets for Yountville Live start at $95. yountvillelive.com