These photos were taken at the 2nd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival which was held at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday afternoon. This outstanding event was hosted by Toyota and South Bay Equity Lending and sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and South Bay Sunrise. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to support the humanitarian programs of the El Segundo Rotary Club, Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, and South Bay Rotary Club. Live music was provided by Detour.
While this was the 2nd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival it was the first one that I attended, so I cannot compare it to last year’s event other than to say that I overheard a couple people that suggested that yesterday’s festival was bigger than their inaugural event. As a first time attendee I have to say that the stars must have been in perfect alignment as it appeared that Sunday’s event went off flawlessly.
I do not know how many people were in attendance, but when divided up between almost 30 breweries, close to 10 wineries and more than 20 restaurants lines were pretty much non-existent. There were not even lines for the restrooms.
This was one of the best outdoor beer festivals I have attended in quite a while; the South Coast Botanical Garden is naturally a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon but when you add perfect weather, music wafting through the air, lots of wonderful beer and the camaraderie of others that are having as good a time as you, all while raising monies for a great organization I cannot think of a better way to spend the day.
All the sponsors, vendors, volunteers and donors are to be congratulated for putting on a very fun event; with special thanks and congratulations going to Beer Paper L.A.’s Daniel Drennon for putting together a great combination of craft breweries. I cannot wait for their 3rd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival; you will want to be there as well. Cheers!
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