What started 17 years ago as a fundraiser for the local Chamber of Commerce has turned into a celebrated community event for the City of San Juan Capistrano.
A huge gathering of local restaurants, wineries and other exhibitors will entertain nearly 1,000 guests in the beautiful and historic grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano. The event commemorates the town’s official “Farewell to the Swallows,” as the famed birds typically begin their migration back to Argentina each October.
The Vintage traditionally rotates the entertainment
every year, but Family Style is coming back for a third
turn headlining the event. “There was such an amazing
response to Family Style’s music and energy last year,
it just seemed obvious to bring them back again,” said
Mark Bodenhamer, San Juan Chamber CEO.
Although the band is returning, the event continues
evolving. “In the past, we’ve always had the “Casino
Under the Stars” but it took away space that could be
used to provide more seating for some guests who
couldn’t find a spot last year,” said Bodenhamer. This
year, there are three cash cocktail bars, additional
unreserved seating and more room in the Food &
Wine areas to reduce waiting times. “These changes are part of our effort to ensure that everyone has a good time and gets a good value,” Bodenhamer added.
The event will also feature two new entities that haven’t even opened in San Juan Capistrano. Rancho Capistrano Winery, soon to open near San Juan Capistrano’s historic Train Depot, will be pouring samples of its wines. The BrewHouse, a new beer pub located in the Capistrano Home Center, will also be serving samples of its products prior to its opening which is scheduled for later this year.
The Vintage is held each October and proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce, Mission San Juan Capistrano and a local scout troop. Tickets are $75 per person and are available online or through the Chamber. The ticket price includes all you can eat food samples, wine and beer tasting, dancing and participating in a great silent auction.
It is held each year at the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. “We are so proud to partner with the Mission on this event. The Mission at night is worth the price of admission by itself, particularly in this exciting time period with the recent opening of the Gate House and Mission Store,” said Bodenhamer. More information about the Mission and the new Mission Store can be found at www.missionsjc.com.
For more tickets or more information about the Vintage, visit www.VintageSJC.com or contact the San Juan Chamber at (949) 493.4700.