As we roll into festival season, don’t overlook these three gems that fuse food, fun and incredible entertainment.
BottleRock Napa Valley’s ninth iteration is a can’t-miss event
Not to worry, NorCal wine enthusiasts, the Zinfandel Experience will go on! While COVID surges may have prevented its usual January event, ZinEx has marched right into spring. It’s an exclusive drinking experience where California’s top zinfandel producers get to show off their stunning creations. Attendees can taste hundreds of varying takes on this classic grape. No glass will run dry during the threeday event hosted by the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers organization. Holders of limited VIP tickets are invited to enjoy Opening Night Dining, featuring gourmet plates from legendary San Francisco restaurants Scoma, Town Hall and Piperade. March 25-27, San Francisco
Cinephiles will love the San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
As the longest-running cinematic event in all of the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival promises 10 days of cultural immersion. More than 100 films are showcased throughout the festival, including documentaries, narrative features, family programming and Golden Gate Award contestants. San Francisco Film supports local and global filmmakers of all generations, and the festival is an extraordinary way to bring their works to eager audiences. Be sure to purchase a Cinevisa VIP badge for guaranteed access and film picks. This annual spring occasion is the ultimate culmination of global movie-making—a can’t-miss for all cinephiles. April 21-May 1, San Francisco
BottleRock promises an extensive food and drink program.
BottleRock Napa Valley
This is year nine for Napa Valley’s now-legendary music festival, BottleRock. This spring’s headliners include Metallica, P!nk, Luke Combs and Twenty One Pilots, making for a celebration of all genres and generations of song. The three-day experience honors its location by offering an abundance of wines and spirits produced and presented by the industry’s best. The drinks will be paired with an unmatched culinary encounter with Michelin-tier fare. Artwork by acclaimed creatives will run throughout the fairgrounds, promising an unforgettable taste of expression for all pass-holders. May 27-29, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa
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