The Village Farmers Market Association (VFMA) has set the date for the fourth annual Santa Barbara County Local Fest. This year’s event will be held at Ken Adam Park in Lompoc on September 13th from 11:00am – 1:00am.
VFMA is a very active all volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The proceeds from Local Fest 2013 were used to fund an instructor for VFMA’s After School Garden Club at Buena Vista Elementary School. The weekly Garden Club is regularly attended by 50-60 students. The purpose of this program is to connect students with the food they eat, which enables them to make smart nutritional decisions. To further facilitate this program, VFMA also installed six 4’x8’ raised-bed gardens in Buena Vista’s garden area.
With the proceeds from Local Fest 2014, VFMA hopes to continue the very successful After School Garden Club and to further expand Buena Vista’s Garden area. In the future, VFMA plans on expanding this program to other local schools.
A few features that have made Local Fest a BLAST these last three years:
Local Fest will be hosting a beer homebrew competition within Local Fest.
CAMPING! That’s right; you can camp at Ken Adam Park from Saturday the 13th till Sunday the 14th. This new feature will add to Local Fest’s overall experience and give folks a safe alternative to driving after hanging out in the beer garden.
For the kids, there will be a bounce house and a 4-H petting zoo all within sight of the main portion of the park so moms and dads can watch the kiddies and take in some local music.
Here’s what’s made Local Fest a success in the past:
PEOPLE: Local Fest attendees have totally embraced what VFMA is trying to accomplish with Local Fest and have been very supportive. They realize Local Fest is about community and the fact that it isn’t necessary to travel hours or ask someone else to travel hours to enjoy good food, music, beer, and art when all those things are right here in Santa Barbara County.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION: Ken Adam Park is shrouded in old growth native oak trees. These trees shade the park during the day creating a comfortable tented atmosphere. In the evening, lights are creatively arraigned in the trees and lit which creates an impressive feel and scene capturing the essence of the Central Coast.
6 Local Bands/musicians performing from the beginning till the end of the festival
Locally brewed beer from the best microbreweries around
Local food served via unique gourmet food trucks
As always, VFMA has started the planning process for this burgeoning festival early. We at VFMA take an incredible amount of pride in the quality of the event’s entertainment, food, beer, and overall experience. Because of this, we start early in order to secure the best of the above.