Casa Pacifica Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Award-Winning Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival

Camarillo, CA – The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on Sunday, June 3rd at CSU Channel Islands. The Festival has established itself as Ventura County’s premiere wine and food event, attracting guests from throughout Southern California. Last year’s event showcased hundreds of vendors and attracted more than 4,500 guests. All proceeds from the Festival go towards supporting the vital programs and services at Casa Pacifica – an organization dedicated to helping one of the county’s most vulnerable populations: foster and at-risk youth and their families. Amidst all of its success, the Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival came from humble beginnings.

In 1990, the Casa Pacifica Angels auxiliary was founded – four years before Casa Pacifica even opened its doors. The Angels were established specifically to help raise funds towards the $10 million needed to build Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families. After hosting several successful Angels Balls, the group decided to expand their fundraising events to include a wider spectrum of the community. And so, the Wine & Food Festival was conceived.

The first annual Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival in 1994 was held at The Pierpont Inn in Ventura. The Festival was attended by a few dozen people and had only a few vendors. The event netted $12,000 thanks to the generous support of community businesses and volunteers. In 2001, the Festival found a new beachside home at Capistrano’s at Mandalay Bay Embassy Suites. The Festival began to grow from hundreds to thousands, forcing the Angels to find another venue. In 2007, they made their most recent move to the spacious CSU Channel Islands campus in Camarillo.

In 2009, the Yummie Top Chef Awards were established to recognize some of the best dishes at the Festival.  The award quickly became a source of bragging rights for the chefs. In 2014, the Yummie Top Chef Dinner was created to give guests an up close and personal taste of the past Yummie Top Chef winners. The seven-course Dinner showcased past Top Chef winners and served as a fun “kickoff” to the Festival weekend, occurring the Friday before and set in the Festival VIP lounge.

The “Best in Fest” brewery competition was also added to the Festival lineup in 2014. Brews were evaluated by a panel of judges a month prior to the Festival and the winning brew was crowned on the Festival main stage.

As the Festival grew, so did the need for an option for guests to get home safely. In 2010, Casa Pacifica partnered with Roadrunner Shuttle to create the Saferide Program. The Saferide Program has been a welcome and convenient option, making it easy for guests to both fully enjoy the Festival and get home safely.

Over the years, the Festival has become Casa Pacifica’s signature and most popular annual event. The handful of volunteers who organized the Festival in the early years, never guessed it would grow to become the award-winning, sell-out event it is today. Carrie Hughes, Casa Pacifica’s Director of Development and Public Relations has been with the agency for 19 years. She has seen it grow exponentially during her tenure at Casa Pacifica.

“An important highlight of the Festival, though not readily apparent to the thousands of guests who attend it, is the incredible planning, collaboration, and execution of the event that is managed at the hands of hundreds of volunteers, through the direction and guidance of Casa Pacifica’s Development Department and Angels Auxiliary group. Hundreds of people from the community – businesses, individuals, church groups, youth groups, and more come together to put together an incredible day – all with the intention to make a huge difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable youth who are in need of supportive and therapeutic services to heal the damage to their hearts and minds, and pick up the pieces of their lives to move forward in a positive and productive trajectory. This collaborative effort is the real story of the Festival, which would not be possible without them,” remarked Hughes, grateful for the ever-present community support.

To purchase tickets or for more information about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, please visit For further questions please contact Carrie Hughes, Director of Development & Public Relations for Casa Pacifica at (805) 366-4011 or by email at [email protected].

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.


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