There are few things I enjoy more than sipping fine wines, sampling tasty morsels, admiring beautiful paintings, and listening to great music.  The last weekend of February, I can do all that while raising money for local charities at the 6th Annual Corning Rotary Wine, Food, Art Festival and Chowder Cookoff at Rolling Hills Casino.

I went to the previous five Festivals and each one was better than the last, attracting hundreds of people.  The Festival features wines from all over California including some wonderful Tehama County vintages from New Clairvaux Vineyard, Alger Vineyards, Indian Peak Winery, Mt. Tehama Winery, and Lassen Peak Winery. It’s always fun to see what my area has to offer.

There will definitely be olives and olive oils at this year’s event.  After all, Corning IS the Olive Capitol of California.  I haven’t seen this year’s list of food and wine vendors yet, but last year there was a diverse selection of delicious breads, candy, ice cream, spices and sauces to sample. And lots of Chowder!

I never knew there were so many ways to make Chowder.  Red, white, spicy, bland: All delicious.  I forgot who won last year.  I confess, I didn’t vote because I couldn’t make up my mind which chowder I liked best.

I enjoy the art and music as much as the food and wine. I am especially looking forward to seeing the art exhibit of Corning students. Their work is quite impressive. The event also features fine photography and paintings for sale by renowned local artists.  Local musicians provide entertainment when there isn’t a cooking or wine demonstration on the Center Stage.

Here’s the important details about the event:

It’s Friday, February 25 from 4 to 10pm, and Saturday, February 26, from noon to 9pm.

$10 admission fee includes wine glass (while supplies last), one wine tasting ticket, and $5.00 free slot play at Rolling Hills Casino. Additional drinks and food tickets cost $1.00 each. You must be 21 to attend. Proceeds from the event benefit the Corning Rotary Foundation.  You can get advance tickets at the Rolling Hills Casino Box Office, PremierWest Bank, US Bank, Bank of America, and Rabobank.

Here’s the Schedule of Live Music and Cooking and Wine Demonstrations:

Friday, February 25

4PM-5PM:            Laurie Dana, Live Music

5PM-6PM:            Cooking Demonstration

6PM-7PM:            Wine Demonstration

7PM-8PM:            Cooking Demonstration

8PM-10PM:            Mumblefinger, Live Music


Saturday, February 26th 

Noon-1PM:            Holly Taylor and Mike Wiegert Jazz Duo

1PM-2PM:            Cooking Demonstration

2PM-3PM:            Holly Taylor and Mike Wiegert Jazz Duo

3PM-4PM:            Cooking Demonstration

4PM-5PM:            Wine Demonstration

 5PM-6PM:            Lisa Langley and Company

6PM-7PM:            Cooking Demonstration

 7PM-9PM:            Ball ‘N’ Chain band


Stick around after the Wine Festival for live music and dancing with Sapphire Soul from 9PM to 1am.

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