Bottoms up! Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival this weekend

Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival kicks off

SALINAS, Calif. - The sixth annual Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival will begin tonight  and run through the weekend.

"It brings people downtown, it showcases our food, it showcases our wine, and it showcases our community," said Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter.

"We really want to celebrate the bounty of Monterey County and Salinas Valley. We have microbrewers and then we have a ton of local wineries that are participating this year as well," said Event Chair Rosemary Soto.

The festival is a great time to show off Salinas Valley Wines.

"Over 99-percent of our grapes are grown in the Salinas Valley. These are world class grapes. We have premium wines coming out of Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco. They are all in the Salinas Valley and our renown continues to increase throughout the world," said Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Executive Director Kim Stemler.

Not only will the wines be tasty, but it's all for a good cause.

"We have local non-profits who are going to come out and be a part of the day as a volunteer, and then be beneficiaries of the proceeds," said Soto.

The festival will have something for everyone. Local Wines, craft brews, food, basically the best Salinas Valley has to offer will be in Oldtown Salinas.

"This is what it's all about. It's a great family community event," said Mayor Gunter.

The kickoff party is tonight (Friday) at 5 p.m. The festival will be Saturday from 12-4.

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