Napa Valley Mustard Festival 2010

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mustardFest2010.jpgThe Napa Valley vineyards landscape is slowly turning a different color - mustard yellow. That can only mean one thing for locals and visitors in the know . . . The Napa Valley Mustard Festival will be in full bloom in only a couple more weeks! This year's festivities take place January 30th - March 27th and will once again offer visitors a "sensational season of food, wine, and art events".

To kick off the Napa Valley Mustard Festival season is the "Mustard Magic" event on Saturday, January 30th at 7pm hosted at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Stroll through art-filled, candelit spaces featuring tastes of food and wine sure to entice at every turn, a gourmet buffet on the 3rd floor, live auction featuring luxurious trips, art, and wine, and of course dancing into the night! Tickets range from $125 to $175. More Details

Things just get better and better from here... see the list of other events below:
mustardFest2010_d.jpgA Weekend of Fine Art - February 6th, 7th
Galleries throughout Napa Valley will feature special exhibits and receptions on February 6 and 7 during A Weekend of Fine Art. Don't miss Reverie by Thomas Monaghan (this year's official Mustard Season work of art) on display at HALL Wines in St. Helena. There is no admission charge to these open house events. More Details

The Grand Dinner ~ February 19th, 6 pm.
An extravagant dining experience at Brix restaurant in the culinary mecca of Yountville. Anne Gingrass, Executive Chef Brix, Napa Valley Mustard Festival Host Chef, and Julianne Laks, Winemaker Cakebread Cellars, Host Winemaker 2010, will head The Dinner's stellar lineup of chefs and winemakers. The event will include a silent auction of exceptional wines and experiences. Seating is limited to 100 at $225 per person. More Details

mustardFest2010_c.jpgThe Awards - A Spicy Soiree ~ Friday, March 13th, 7pm
Black tie event with food, wine, music and dancing at Black Stallion Winery. Taste your way through creative mustard recipes, sip Napa Valley's finest vintages, and then cast your ballot for People's Choice Chef of the Year.  Recipe judging will be headed by Gene Burns of KGO Newstalk AM810. Tickets are $100 in advance; $150 at the door. More Details.

Napa Riverwalk Marketplace - Signature Event ~ March 13th, 14th, 11am - 5pm
celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live remote broadcasts of KGO am810's Dining Around with Gene Burns and Martha Stewart Living radio shows, and the ever popular Sunset Magazine pavilion. Artful activities include fine arts and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live performances of jazz, world, and classical music. More Details

The Photo Finish - Grand Finale Event ~ March 27th, 7pm
Taste a heady array of Napa Valley wines along with sweets and savories at Rubicon Estate, view the Napa Valley Mustard Festival Photography Contest Exhibit of photographs, and revel in the party until the last dance. Usually a "SOLD OUT" event so purchase tickets early!  $95 in advance; $125 at the door. More Details

A host of exciting events awaits over this two month marathon of wine country at it's best. Several Napa hotels, bed and breakfasts, and resorts are offering specials right now! So why not take a trip to Napa Valley and discover yourself what makes Napa Valley magical this time of year. But tickets to all Mustard Festival events online HERE.

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I'm local to the area and always make a point to attend the Mustard Fest events each year. It's a really pretty time of year actually, especially if you catch a sunny day which is bound to happen in California. When you drive down HWY 29 or the Silverado Trail, you just see miles and miles of mustard flowers blooming between vineyard rows. It's quite beautiful.

In terms of events, my favorite is the Signature Event (though I'm used to it being at Copia. Last year's was at Mondavi and not the best of venues. I'm hoping the downtown placement in Napa works out well). This event always has good food for the ticket price and it's fun to see all the art and vendors.

We (Wild Mountain Gourmet)were fortunate enough to be able to make the trip to Napa Valley to accept our awards as part of the Mustard Festival and I must say it was an AWESOME experience!. Beautiful country, great wines, and lots to do in the area. We will definitely be planning a trip back!

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