The Downtown Brentwood Coalition and Contra Costa County Winegrowers Association will host their annual Brentwood Stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. May 1. Usually hosted in the fall and summer, the organization decided to put together a spring event this year to get everyone back out and enjoying the downtown along with locally produced spirits and food.
“Most of us are ready for fun and normal again,” said Becky Bloomfield, owner of downtown Brentwood’s Co.Co. County Wine Company and Byron’s Bloomfield Vineyards. “We’re working together to make this a safe and fun event.”
The idea behind the event is to offer people the opportunity to check out what the downtown businesses have to offer. Several businesses will hosting outdoor and indoor wine tasting and food.
“Those who purchase tickets in advance will receive samples from eight local vintners and wineries at different stores through downtown,” Bloomfield said.
Bloomfield said that most participating businesses will also provide some sort of food item that pairs well with the wine they are serving. Some of the locations will be restaurants and offer samples of their best dishes.
“After completing the stroll, people can stop by Co.Co. County Wine Company and pick up a bottle of their favorite wines,” she said.
Participating vintners include Bloomfield Vineyards, Campos Family Vineyards from Byron, Peterson Vineyards from Knightsen, Favalora Vineyards from Oakley and Livermore, Nunn Family Vineyard-Orchard & Vine from Brentwood, Tamayo Family Vineyards from Brentwood, Serendipity Cellars from Lodi and Hannah Nicole Winery from Brentwood.
Tickets for the event are $30 per person. Only those 21 and older can attend the wine stroll. Designated drivers who attend the event and want to eat the food provided but are not interested in wine sampling can get a ticket for $10. The ticket purchase deadline is April 30. Tickets are only for sale in advance. All COVID-19 restrictions apply. The event takes place in rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite online at bayareane.ws/3x0f2KN.
“Not everyone has a winery where people can go to taste wine,” Bloomfield said. “We are really hoping that this event will introduce people to the local wines grown in this great region.”
Makers Market: In addition to the regular Saturday Farmers’ Market in downtown Brentwood, on April 24 the downtown will also host a pop-up artisan makers market show. The event will feature and showcase local Brentwood area artisan makers with family fun and live entertainment. Admission to this event is free. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon and be held on Oak Street between Second and Fourth streets, adjacent to City Park and across from the Downtown Brentwood Farmers’ Market.
“Creative Communal Makers Market has a history of providing quality artisan pop-up markets, and the city foresees an opportunity for downtown Brentwood retail stores, area artisans and makers to get exposure in front of the Brentwood community,” said Joshua Ewen, a senior analyst with city of Brentwood Economic Development Department. “This will essentially create a downtown mega-market that could increase foot traffic into other great downtown Brentwood retailers, shops and restaurants and complements the current produce and niche food product offerings at the downtown Brentwood Farmers’ Market.”
The hope is that this event will take place quarterly. Creative Communal Makers Market is accepting applications from Brentwood-area artisan and maker vendors at creativecommunal.com/brentwood-april-24th.
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