The latest edition of the landmark community event drew a massive crowd on June 4, with more than 1,100 people packing onto the Downtown Plaza to enjoy the deliciousness from more than 65 premium wineries, fine craft beers from 10 breweries and food from nearly 30 gourmet food purveyors, as well as 11 amazing Mill Valley restaurants.
Founded in 1981 by the Canepa family, which owns Mill Valley Market, this special North Bay event continues to bring together all the best aspects of California living into one exciting afternoon set against the backdrop of beautiful Mill Valley. The event benefits the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, which manages the event, as well as Kiddo!, the non-profit Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation.
"We simply couldn't be happier with every aspect of this amazing community event," said Ann Aversa, who chairs the Chamber's board of directors and whose family owns La Ginestra restaurant, one of the event's 11 participating eateries. "We're sincerely grateful to all those who made it happen, including our sponsors, particularly the Canepa family, which has played such an incredible role in the event's success over the years. Thanks also goes to the amazing wineries, breweries, gourmet food providers and 10 great local restaurants that attracted so many food and drink lovers, and to our own Kelli Tonnesen's Corporate Concepts for spearheading such a well-organized, popular event."
The event benefited greatly from sponsorship and support from Mill Valley Market, Zephyr Real Estate, PG&E, Alain Pinel Real Estate, Redwood Credit Union, Pure Water, Park 'N Fly, Mill Valley Refuse, Kiddo!, the City of Mill Valley and US Bank. Back by popular demand, the event featured complimentary valet bicycle parking, provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and sponsored by Tam Bikes in Mill Valley. And for the first time, the WBGFT features a Zero Waste program, spearheaded by Mill Valley Refuse and the Mill Valley Chamber in an effort to reduce the amount of non-compostable, non-recyclable garbage it produces.
More info on all of the participants in the 36th Annual Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting.
See the slideshow above to enjoy the fantastic photos of the event from Resplendent Photography & Gary Ferber Photography.