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Spanish Wine Festival in St Augustine

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St. Augustine Spanish Wine & Food Festival
October 21-26, 2013

The colorful past of St Augustine FL sets the stage for dozens of annual celebrations, one of the favorites being the annual Spanish Wine & Food Festival.

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés was a Spanish admiral and explorer from the region of Asturias, Spain, remembered for planning the first regular trans-oceanic convoys and for founding St. Augustine Florida in 1565. This was the first successful Spanish foothold in La Florida and the most significant city in the region for nearly three hundred years. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States. Menéndez subsequently became the first governor of Spanish Florida.

St. Augustine represents the great story of unbroken history, enduring spirit and cultural diversity that is the story of America. During periods of Spanish, English and ultimately United States rule, through vicious storms, pirate attacks and wars that divided neighborhoods and families, the people of St. Augustine have shown a resilience as complex as their native cultures. Through it all we remain hard working, friendly, fun-loving and welcoming to all who visit our historic city.”

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Kickoff Luncheon $35
Monday October 21 at noon
First Coast Technical College (FCTC)
2980 Collins Avenue, St Augustine FL
PURCHASE LUNCHEON TICKETS HERE

This luncheon is in honor of its first graduating class of Fresh Starts in Culinary Arts, an scholarship program developed by FCTC in cooperation with St. Augustine’s St. Francis House (a temporary home for members of the City’s hungry and homeless population). This four-week program is designed to provide residents of the St. Francis House with relevant training and certifications that will make them immediately employable in foodservice. They learn basic and advanced culinary and baking skills. They learn how to prepare breads, pastries, soups, sauces, salads, entrees, ice carvings, and show pieces. Cold food preparation, cooking methods, food costing, production, and purchasing are part of the curriculum. Students are taught knife skills. All this in preparation for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) industry certification. Quite the learning load for a four-week program. All luncheon proceeds will go to this scholarship program.

If you would like to learn more about this program or other programs offered at FCTC, click here.

Blessing of the Wines and Batalla de Vinos
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival 2013
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Cathedral Basilica at 38 Cathedral Place, St Augustine FL 
$10 donation for participants; free for spectators
CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Batalla del vino (battle of the wine) is a Spanish tradition dating back to the Middle Ages and the bloody warring over border disputes between the Castilian cities Mirande de Ebro and Haro. “Recalling” takes place every year at the Peter and Paul's day, a peaceful battle. Villagers and tourists gather for a celebration at the village church. Wine is blessed by the parish priest. Citizens dressed in white process up the mountain where they use bota bags and squirt guns to “decorate” one another with red Spanish wine.

St. Augustine’s batalla is intended as a playful celebration of the talent and energy that goes into making Spanish wine. Father Tom at St. Augustine’s Cathedral Basilica will bless the wine. St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles (dressed in white) will lead the processing to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina Green where the fun will begin!

For those who wish to participate and don’t have a white outfit, a $20 donation will secure a logoed white T-shirt perfectly suited for the occasion.

For those dressed in white, a $10 donation will allow entry into the “batalla” and a squirt gun filled with red wine.

If you prefer to spectate only, there will be a (relatively) safe zone for you.

Restaurant Tastings $50 pp

Four local restaurants will each host a "Restaurant Tasting", featuring wines and tapas from different regions of Spain. Speakers and representatives will present their wines for a truly authentic Spanish wine tasting experience. All proceeds to local charities.

Wednesday October 23
Raintree Restaurant reservations required 904.824.7211
The Tasting Room reservations required 904.810.2400

Thursday, October 24
Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brassiere reservations required 904.825.0502
Blackfly - The Restaurant reservations required 904.201.6300

St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival - Cava Reception & Wine Dinner $125 pp
Friday October 25, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
River House 180 Marine Street, St Augustine FL

River House will host Friday night’s Cava Reception and Dinner, featuring an evening of Spanish music, dancing under the stars, and an assortment of sumptuous contemporary Spanish dishes prepared by St. Augustine’s finest restaurants. This event is limited to 150 guests. Cava, by the way, is a Spanish sparkling wine made in the same way as champagne. Purchase tickets to the Cava Reception and Dinner

Grand Tasting $35 ($45 at the door)
Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Visitor Information Center

The grand finale event will feature more than 100 Spanish wines. Enjoy tapas, receive a commemorative glass, and receive expert guidance with regard to wine and wine pairings. No experience necessary, but prior knowledge always celebrated! The parking garage is right behind the Visitor’s Center (but after a $35 wine tasting, walking or cabmight be the best choice! Click here to purchase tickets for the Grand Tasting!

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