St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival - September 9-12, 2015

The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival begins its fourth year on September 9, 2015 with a Kick Off Luncheon at First Coast Technical College (FCTC). This Luncheon honors Fresh Starts, a program created by the Festival and administered by FCTC and St. Francis House. Fresh Starts trains homeless people and helps them find jobs. So far, we have trained 22 people in culinary arts. Over 80% are either working in the local food service industry now, or they are back in school working to achieve a higher culinary degree. Your support has helped us create a real life-changer. Next year Fresh Starts will begin training homeless for even more careers.

We’re pleased to announce that because of Wells Fargo, Torres and other corporate sponsors, every ticket dollar from this year’s Festival will go to local charities: Fresh Starts, Catholic Charities and TAG Children’s Museum. Even if you can’t attend, we encourage you to donate through this website to one or all of these outstanding organizations serving the less fortunate and children in our community. The Spanish Wine Festival is all about our charities!

Browse and learn about our history, our events, our charities, and see if you can find yourself or someone you know in our photo gallery. 2015 will be our biggest and busiest year yet! Salute!

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Kick-Off Luncheon

When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Venue: First Coast Technical College

Cost: $25 advance ticket, no ticket sales at door

Recommended Dress: Business Casual

The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival week is launched with this Spanish-inspired lunch created by students from First Coast Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program. The meticulously prepared lunch features four courses. Throughout the lunch, guests have the opportunity to meet and talk to the chefs, students and community members. A salute to the students and graduates of the Fresh Starts Program.

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Vino Veritas

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue: The Treasury on the Plaza (Downtown St. Augustine)

Cost: $50 advance ticket, $75 at the door (space permitting)

Recommended Dress: St. Augustine Chic

Imagine a room filled with the smell of outstanding Spanish food, tapas from every region of Spain, prepared and served by eight of the finest restaurants in St. Johns County. Imagine authentic Spanish guitar music being played by professionals. Then imagine a large, sturdy, American-made wine glass, laser etched with the logo that has been synonymous with Spanish culture and helping people in need. Each guest will receive a commemorative long-sleeved Festival shirt.

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Cava Reception & Dinner

When: Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Venue: Under the Big Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine

Cost: Advance sales only: $125 per person / Tables of 8, $1200 / Tables of 10, $1500

Recommended Dress: Cocktail Attire, Jacket (men), Dress/Pant Suit (women)

The Cava Reception & Dinner offers an elegant evening with authentic live Spanish music and dance, 5 course Spanish dinner paired with exquisite Spanish wines and fireworks. The evening will begin with cavas and Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. It will then transition into a sit-down dinner where each course is served with a different Spanish wine. The night will be filled with flavor and fun. Each guest receives a commemorative wine glass.

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Grand Tasting

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Under the Big Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine

Cost: $50 advance ticket, $75 at the door (space permitting)

Recommended Dress: Casual

The Grand Tasting has something for everyone! This event provides the opportunity to sample more than 125 different Spanish wines, which is the largest collection of Spanish wines on display in America. The event also features samplings of Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. Each guest will receive a laser etched commemorative glass.

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Team Batalla de Vino

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Venue: Batalla Arena on the grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine

Cost: $250 donation for teams of 5, winning team gets $500 for local charity of choice

Recommended Dress: White

The batalla begins with a team competition where each team’s goal is to PROTECT THE KING OR QUEEN! Each team of five (men and/or women 21+ years old) will try to get the king or queen of the other teams as red with wine as possible while protecting its own king or queen. The team with the whitest-clothed king or queen at the end of the competition wins. The victorious team receives a $500 check to the charity of its choice.

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Grand Batalla de Vino

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Batalla Arena on the grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine

Cost: $10 advance, $20 at the door (space permitting)

Recommended Dress: White

This is the biggest wine fight in American history where squirting wine on strangers is the name of the game! Join up to 2,000 participants willing to wear white and be squirted with red wine while decorating the white clothing of others. Wine squirters are provided for use to each participant.

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VIP All-Access Couple's Pass

When: September 9-12, 2015

Venue: Access to each event

Cost: $450 for 2 passes to every event (in honor of the 450th Commemoration)

VIP All-Access Couple’s Pass provides you and a guest with access to each event. Tickets are in advance online only.