After wrapping up a very successful 2016 festival we thought 2017 would be a piece of cake to plan… then the winter storms hit.
Entering our planning stages for the 2016 Festival, Big Sur was experiencing record levels of visitation. And then the Soberanes Fire broke out and roared through the Santa Lucia Mountain range for 83 days, becoming the most expensive fire in U.S. history. It finally was out 3 weeks before our Festival and our summer business was drastically impacted. Next, the January and February winter storms dumped nearly 100 inches of rain resulting in mudslides to the north and south. On the heels of that, on February 15th a bridge no one except a homeless man knew existed, was condemned. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge had collapsed and is now scheduled to re-open mid to end of September, 5, weeks before our festival.
Big Sur is built on extremes.
With all of these challenges upon us, the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival committee is thrilled and ready to host you at this years festival.
With a year under our belt as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, we are in a great position to continue to help our community. That is why this year is important not just to us but our neighbors to the north and south.
I was so inspired on day one of last year’s festival when I looked around at the start of our Magical Mystery Tour and recognized so many familiar faces from all over the country that had come to support us and enjoy our little slice of heaven. It is moments like these that make this event so good.
Now as we watch the heroic efforts of Cal Trans to open up our Highway to the world once again, we hope you will join us for what will be our most anticipated festival yet.
Aengus Wagner, President and the BSFW crew.
We’re so hoping you’ll join us for this amazing Festival in 2017… Save the Date: November 2-4, 2017