Orange County’s First Paella Festival Is Almost Here!

We’re partnering with the Paella Wine & Beer Festival to giveaway two tickets to their OC debut! Read more to find out about the festival and how to enter for a chance to win admission for two – a $200 value.

Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center THIS Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m.

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The Paella Wine & Beer Festival is a series of one-day events celebrating Hispanic culture and Spanish cuisine held in Southern California, with separate events taking place in Los Angeles, San Diego and starting this year, Orange County.

The San Diego and Orange County festivals serve as the semi-final competitions for the 57th annual World Paella Championship, which will take place in Sueca, Valenciana, Spain, on September 10, 2017. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship.

Chef Leo Razo of Villa Roma in Laguna Niguel will attempt to set a record during the event with the largest paella ever made in the United States – enough to feed 3,000 people!

Entry to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival includes unlimited wine, beer and paella for the entire event!

Attendees will be able to drink and eat to their heart’s delight and enjoy an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and much more.

For more information on the event visit paellawinefest.com. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win two tickets to this weekend’s event!

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Use the form below to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival.

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Winner will be chosen at 9pm PST, Friday night, August 25th 2017, and will be contacted immediately upon being chosen. Winner will be provided with two promotional codes to be redeemed for their free tickets on the ticketing website. Must be 21 or older to enter and a resident of Southern California. Transportation and lodging are not included.

Cars, Country Music, and Craft Beer invade Norco THIS WEEKEND!

Cars, Craft Beers and Country Music – oh my! This weekend, all three come together for an amazing day of unparalleled fun.

MuscleKingz, the world’s most powerful American muscle car brand, is excited to bring their MuscleKingz Car Show, Concert and Craft Beer Festival to Norco!

The event will descend upon SilverLakes, a world class venue, this Saturday, July 1st, for what is sure to be the largest single entertainment event in the city’s history. Thousands are expected to attend the massive, family-friendly festival, making SilverLakes THE place to be this weekend.

Presented by K-FROG and SilverLakes, and headlined by Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay (who currently have the #1 country single in the country) and country radio staple Rodney Atkins, with special guests, former Bachelorette contestant and rising country star Luke Pell, and up and comer Jackie Lee.



A new announcement came out that there will be additional attractions, including The Brandin’ Iron Line Dance Tent, featuring line dancing instruction and more, plus an appearance by the Shocker Motorsports Monster Truck. The event also features a Kids Zone, and a Vendor Village in addition to everything else going on! (Kids 5 and under are FREE. 6-12 discount with paid adult admission.)

The list of esteemed craft brewers offering pours for attendees 21+ has also been announced and includes: Alpine, Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Desert Barn Brewing, Fireman’s Brewing, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Lagunitas, Oak Hills Brewing, Pabst, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams, Sons Of Liberty, Saint Archer, Wyders Cider, and more!

Tickets are on sale NOW at musclekingz.com

 

Discover American Craft at Eureka! in Irvine

Eureka! in Irvine invited my entire family to enjoy dinner with them recently. This highlights our thoughts and experiences, and all opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.

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Eureka! opened its second Orange County location on Monday, October 13, 2014, in Irvine at University Center. If you haven’t heard about or experienced it, it is a small chain of restaurants, mostly in California, that specialized in American cuisine complemented by a carefully curated beverage program featuring 100% American craft beer, small batch whiskey, in-house aging barrels, and specialty cocktails sourced from artisans throughout America.

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While each location is slightly different from the next, there are recurring themes seen in all of them; Great food and drinks with handmade and quality locally sourced ingredients, seasonal offerings, and sense of community and socializing.

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The design of Eureka! Irvine is modern yet industrial with a Zen influence. The main dining room is lit by 32 pendant-hanging lights, with the help of great natural lighting during the day. The al fresco garden patio features fresh herbs and citrus fruits (including a Eureka lemon tree) to be used throughout the extensive bar program, and features a mesmerizing 22-foot infinity pool fountain lit by firestones. The restaurant offers a very social atmosphere with hand-selected music, televised sports and unique weekly events such as Steal the Glass, live music featuring the singer songwriter of the week, and seasonal drink specials.

Eureka Irvine Cocktail

The Moscow Mule is one of many signature cocktails offered at Eureka! Irvine. All of the cocktails are made with handcrafted bitters and simple syrups as well as fresh fruits and herbs.

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Eureka Irvine Bar

Eureka! also features 40 specialty craft beers, two wines on tap, and a selection of 40-45 small batch American whiskeys.

Eureka Irvine Braised Riblets

 

Eureka Irvine Truffle Fries

The appetizers at Eureka! Irvine are a great way to start out your meal! The Osso Bucco Riblets are a tender and spicy alternative to a classic bar food like buffalo wings, and the Truffle Cheese Fries are full of flavor. Other great starters include Steamers, Shishito Peppers, Nacho Average Nachos, and Seasonal Pacific White Fish Tacos. A popular choice on the appetizer menu are the Lollipop Corn Dogs, featuring Polish sausage in a sweet corn batter, and served with spicy porter mustard, homemade ketchup, and ranch.

Eureka Irvine Kids Menu

Eureka Irvine Kids Appetizer

Eureka Irvine Kids Burger

Eureka! Irvine is great for families as well. Their kids’ menu offers great quality items for the littlest foodies. Children get their own complimentary appetizer plate with fresh watermelon and avocado. Their kid-friendly entrees are just as carefully crafted and great-tasting as their adult counterparts.

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Eureka Irvine Bone Marrow Burger

Eureka! offers many great entree choices, but they excel in burgers. From simple creations like the Original Eureka! Burger to more complex ones like the Catalina Bison Burger or the Bone Marrow Burger, each one is carefully put together and cooked to perfection.

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Eureka Irvine Root Beer Float

And of course there’s the decadent desserts. Whether you opt for the amazingly rich Chocolate Espresso Soufflé Coffee Cup Cake 0r Butterscotch Rum Pudding, or something a little lighter like the Rootbeer Float, your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied.

Eureka! Irvine is open 11:00 AM to Midnight,  Monday through Saturday, and  10:00 AM to Midnight on Sunday, and is located at 4143 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612. For more info, go to http://www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com/ or check out Eureka! Irvine on Facebook or Twitter!

The Third Annual OC Brew Ho Ho: The Naughty List is More Fun!

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Brew Ho Ho! is back! The third annual holiday-themed beer festival is taking place at The Anaheim Phoenix Club on Saturday, December 13. The event comes courtesy of Brew Ha Ha Productions, a team who consistently presents the most talked about beer festivals in Orange County and beyond. This year will be no different, and is already emerging as one of the most anticipated events yet, setting sales records and attracting the finest breweries from across Southern California.

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This year’s unprecedented selection of more than 60 beers on tap will span beloved familiar brews, seasonal and winter ales, and holiday-themed beers. Attending breweries include; Ballast Point, Bootleggers Brewing Company, and Cascade –  this is only a handful of the artisans who will be sampling their satisfying brews.

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Brew Ha Ha Productions are known for their exclusive collaboration brews, and this year’s Brew Ho Ho! special beer will unite Valiant Brewing in Orange with Black Market Brewing of Temecula. Their 13% ABV beer will be unveiled in the coming weeks and combines the flavors of vanilla bean, cherries, and smoked wood to create a complex and robust Russian Imperial Stout that will be available in bottles, as well as at craft beer-centric drinking establishments around Southern California for a limited time.

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The holiday ale festival will return to The Phoenix Club’s picturesque garden gazebo, located near the Pond in Anaheim. The event will offer the annual Brewery Merchandise Expo giving beer lovers a one-stop shopping experience. Photos with Santa Claus add to the jovial atmosphere, which is further enhanced by the Brew Ha Ha’s illustrious interactive games. Music from legendary DJ Richard Blade of Sirius XM and KROQ radio fame is back by popular demand, setting the musical tone for holiday celebrations.

The third annual OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival will take place inside The Phoenix Club’s garden gazebo, located near the Pond in Anaheim . In addition to beer tastings and food offerings, the event will also include photos with Santa Claus, interactive games, a Brewery Merchandise Expo, and music from radio DJ Richard Blade.

Tickets are $55 per drinker, and $10 for Designated Reindeer (drivers). Tastings are from 12 – 4 p.m. with the Brewery Merchandise Expo open until 5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ocbrewhoho.com.

Brew Ha Ha Productions Presents “Brew Hee Haw” at OC Fair

Brew Ha Ha Productions, creators of the most award winning craft beer festivals in Orange County, and the OC Fair, voted best fair in Southern California, have teamed up to bring fair-goers an exciting new craft brew experience. The Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, will be held opening weekend of the 2014 OC Fair. The inaugural event will offer both day and evening tasting sessions with over 60 regional craft brews to sample including Southern California Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and more.

Brew Hee Haw at OC Fair 2014

Tickets for the Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup are currently available for pre-order. Choose from a day or an evening session. Tickets are $50 for each 4-hour session, and they include 15 tastings, a commemorative glass, all event activities, and all day admission to the OC Fair. Get your tickets here, before the price goes up to $55.  Before or after your session you can enjoy all of the fun offered at the OC Fair.

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Brewers, owners and other craft beer celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to a line up of incredible presentations, industry experts will be available to talk to everyone from ‘beer geeks’ to craft beer novices about the interesting and delicious world of craft beer. The lineup of presenters includes two local certified Cicerones (like a ‘Sommelier’ for wine) who will share their expertise and recommendations.

The only thing that could make a Craft Beer event better is awesome food. Once you’ve finished your tastings, you can get your fill of deep-fried delights from the various vendors at the OC Fair. It’s guaranteed to be a great time!

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