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Hundreds gathered on the lawn to sip and savor the flavors of Calistoga on Saturday during the 5th Annual Calistoga Food and Wine Event held at Solage.

There were more than 40 Calistoga AVA wineries pouring whites, reds and rosés throughout Solage’s Solstice Event lawn, under a tent, in the event barn or on the patio around the fire pit where folks lounged on the grass and listened to live music.

For the first time since its inception the Calistoga Food and Wine Event featured not only wines from Calistoga – all wineries are members of the Calistoga Winegrowers Association – but several Calistoga restaurants were there, too, as well as two chocolate producers. In past years, Solbar was joined by mostly out-of-town guest chefs such as Reylon Agustin from Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, who was at this year’s event again. This year, he was the only non-Calistoga participant.

Calistoga chefs from Evangeline, All Seasons Bistro, Lovina, Calistoga Ranch, and Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery each prepared a special dish for the event. There were two foie gras dishes including a foie gras “popsicle” prepared by Agustin. Some folks said the standout dish for them was the short ribs made by Chef Nicolas Montanez from Calistoga Inn.

Sweet treats were provided by Regina’s Heavenly Treats, with owner Gena Carlin there handing out her chocolate and toffee goodies, and Laura Koerth of Earth and Sky Chocolates dazzled with her artistic chocolates with unique flavor profiles such as “Earl Grey Tea.”

Brandon Sharp, former executive chef for Solbar, envisioned the event as a true celebration of Calistoga food and wine.

More than 450 people attended with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Calistoga Firefighters Association.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor