NAPA VALLEY (KCBS) – The Napa Valley Festival del Sole is returning for its 9th season, July 11-20, bringing 10 days of classical music, jazz, opera and ballet, along with culinary, wine and wellness adventures.
Performances this year include Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. Gala events will be held at wineries, resorts and estates throughout Napa Valley, with a wellness series promoting healthy living as well.
For fans of food and wine, as to be expected, there is plenty available for those attending the festival. Perhaps the highlight of the 10-day event is “A Taste of Napa,” held on July 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For $45, attendees can experience some of the best Napa Valley has to offer. 70 Napa Valley wineries, food artisans, chefs and craft breweries are participating. Cooking demonstrations will also be held that day.
The festival supports year-round educational and cultural initiatives throughout the Napa community. Organizers said the goal is to ensure the youth of Napa Valley have access to both the arts and arts education. Over the past three years, Festival del Sole has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations.
Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53 a.m., 12:53 p.m. and 4:53 p.m., and at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.