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The Village Farmers Market Association has set the date for the third annual Santa Barbara County Local Fest. This year’s event will be held at Ken Adam Park in Lompoc on September 28th from 11:00am – 10:00pm.

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2012 Local Fest Photo Gallery

2011 Local Fest Photo Gallery

Along with the features that have made Local Fest a BLAST the past two years, VFMA’s working on a number of new features for this year.

Local Fest will be hosting a beer homebrew competition within Local Fest. This competition will help highlight some of the fantastic local home brewers in the area and solidify Local Fest’s beer-centric homemade theme. Each entry must contain a local ingredient. Main Competition will be judged by experienced judges. Fee is $5 per entry. Bring 64 oz. of your entry. Each participant receives free Local Fest ticket (one per person). Prizes to be awarded: Best in Show, Second, and Third over-all. Judging will begin at 3:00pm. Bring beer entries to festival by 2:00pm. The “Crowd Favorite” competition will be judged by the public. Entry is FREE. Bring 1 gallon of your entry. Each participant receives free Local Fest ticket (one per person). Prize to be awarded: WINNER! Judging will be from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Bring beer entries to festival by 2:00pm.

CAMPING! That’s right; you can camp at Ken Adam Park from Saturday the 28th till Sunday the 29th. 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. Camping will be $5 per person, kids (18 and under) will be free and must be accompanied by an adult.

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.
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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.
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7 Local Bands/musicians performing from the beginning till the end of the festival
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Locally brewed beer from the best microbreweries around
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Local food served via unique gourmet food trucks
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Local artists and crafters
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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.