The Finish Line Bar and Café, a shaded and secluded seating area featuring a bartender crafting cocktails, premium wines by-the-glass and tastings from local wineries plus a chef serving a limited small-plate food menu of lettuce wraps, shrimp and salads, will debut at the MVFAF next to the Dipsea Beer Booth. Both will be located under the redwood trees creekside in OId Mill Park.
Much like the beer booth, which has historically raised funds for the Dipsea Race Foundation's community programs, the Finish Line Cafe & Bar will be staffed by foundation volunteers, who will take food and drink orders from seated patrons at tables in the adult-only Finish Line Bar and Café. Proceeds from the Finish Line Bar and Café will also go to benefit the community programs of the Dipsea Race.
The Dipsea Race has a long-running relationship with the Mill Valley Falls Arts Festival dating back to the 1970s when Dipsea Face Foundation Director Emeritus Jerry Hauke was a member of the MVFAF committee and created the Dipsea Beer Booth. The booth, designed then to recruit race volunteers and serve beverages to MVFAF patrons, is expanding this year “in an effort to provide a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for Fall Arts Festival visitors while continuing the Dipsea’s long-established commitment to community outreach,” said Merv Regan, president of the Dipsea Race Board and Dipsea Race Foundation.
Sonoma County wine maker and artist Willow LaLand Yeilding will be showing her paintings and offering wine tastings as well. See one of Yeilding's paintings, below right.
The 411: The 59th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is Sept. 19-20 (10am-5pm) in Old Mill Park. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors/students and free for kids under 12. More info and to buy tickets.