There are several annual events which take place in the Lakeport area that attract visitors from all over the county as well as across the state and country too. These include the annual Art and Wine in the Park Festival which is held during the month of June annually at a different venue in the area each year. 2013’s festival will be the 11th of its kind and this will take place in the beautiful location of Lakeport’s Library Park which can be found on Park Street, close to the shores of Clear Lake.
This event allows leading producers from local wineries to showcase their wine making endeavors with tastings and demonstrations aimed at promoting their products. Visitors can experience for themselves firsthand, all the best wines that the region has to offer and this Winefest – as it has become known – in also run in conjunction with the Clear Lake Performing Arts organization, who are the main sponsors for the event. As a result there are many artists and artisans involved in the festival too, demonstrating and selling their wares as well as musicians who provide the entertainment with live music from local favorites David Neft Duo who consist of David Neft on keyboards and Steve DuBoi accompanying him on drums. Additional music from the Lake County Symphony is also provided and vendors offering refreshments such as food and drink will also be in attendance. Prices for attending the event vary with advance bookings offering a discount at $20 per person while tickets bought on the day will cost slightly more at $25 each which includes a specially made wine glass to commemorate the day. Each person will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite wines with prizes given out at the end of the day to the winners. Proceeds from this event go to a very worthy cause too, in support of the CLPA which include music programs for scholarships, in-school music programs and youth orchestra as well as benefiting the Lake County Symphony.
The Taste of Lakeport event is another similar festival which sees over 20 of the local restaurants and wineries brings together their best products for your enjoyment at the best street party of the summer. This event has been running for over 17 years and brings together all the very best that this area has to offer with regards to mouth watering food, an abundance of high-caliber wines from red to white and sweet to dry varietals, in a fun filled atmosphere with live music and dancing for your entertainment too. Tickets cost $35 on the day but advance purchases are slightly less at $30 per person and the event takes place right in the heart of downtown Lakeport on Main Street from 5pm to 10pm. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 24th August so if you are in the area at that time, make sure you join in for a memorable evening that will be fun for the whole family.