Taste the Spirit(s) of Northern California at The First Wine Country Distillery Festival

More than a dozen artisan distillers will come together for tastings, a cocktail competition and spirited fun on February 9.

Like the hard stuff? So do we. Especially when the spirits are local and the booze is gin, vodka or whiskey.

Get an exclusive taste of 18 Northern California distilleries at the inaugural Wine Country Distillery Festival on Feb. 9 in Rohnert Park.

Artisan distillers from Sonoma County, the Bay Area, the North Coast and the Sierra Foothills will come together for tastings, a cocktail competition and spirited fun throughout the day, along with live music, incredible food, beer, wine and fun.

(Want to sample whiskey, gin, vodka and more straight at the source? Check out our guide to Sonoma County’s best craft spirits tasting rooms.)

Participants are a who’s who of the spirit scene, including Healdsburg’s Alley 6, Young & Yonder, Sebastopol’s Spirit Works, Petaluma’s Griffo Distilling and Windsor’s Sonoma Brothers. Also on the lineup, amazing gin from Sipsong, Sonoma Coast Spirits, longtime distillers Charbay, Humboldt Distiller, New Alchemy and much more.
Food vendors are also top notch, with  Valette, Jam’s Joy Bungalow, Gerard’s Paella, Sonoma Creamery, Golden State Pickles, Jewels of the Forest and Wine Country Creamery. During the event, Sonoma County mixologists will compete for the ultimate cocktail distinction.
Hosted by Lindsay Musco of the popular blog Poppy & Vine and Microshiner, the event happens from noon to 4 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 for two. Designated drivers enter for $10. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks are available.