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05-05-10 ‘Salute!’ A Festival to Celebrate Finely Crafted Beer & Food


Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, CA, Premier Beer and Food Pairing Festival Presents Widely Acclaimed Breweries and Restaurants alongside Renowned Musical Entertainment


VENTURA, Calif., May 5, 2010 – Taking place at the beautiful San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, Calif. on Saturday June 19, Salute! A Festival to Celebrate Finely Crafted Beer & Food, readies to present a Father’s Day weekend event that is sure to become a highly anticipated annual tradition for years to come.  Presented by Ojai Beverage Company and Thirty-Three Productions, Inc., Salute! will raise funds for and awareness of FOOD Share, Ventura County’s regional food bank.

Salute!, a unique craft beer and food pairing festival, which has earned the support and endorsement of the California Small Brewers Association, will feature locally and nationally celebrated craft breweries alongside renowned regional restaurants, for two sessions of beer & food pairing for the general public and VIPs between 11am – 5pm. The element of pairing food with beer provides a perfect synergy between the event and it’s sole beneficiary, FOOD Share of Ventura County, which will receive 100% of the net proceeds from all sales generated by this trend setting event.

Salute! is excited to announce its current food and beer slate, which is being added to daily. Current participants include, but aren’t limited to: Alaskan Brewing Co., A Little Piece of Heaven Bakery, Anacapa Brewing Co., Angel City Brewing, Bistro 13, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Brophy Brothers Restaurant & Clam Bar, Buckbean Brewing Company, Craftsman Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Enzo’s Italian Restaurant, Fireman’s Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Island Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co., Ladyface Ale Companie, Lagunitas Brewing Company, La Dolce Vita, Lindeman’s, Margarita Villa, Maui Brewing Co., McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, Mendocino Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Ojai Beverage Company, Pyramid Breweries, Red Hook Liquid Goodness, Robeks, Samuel Adams, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, Santa Barbara Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Smokey’s House of BBQ, Soup Kitchen Inc, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Stone Brewing Co., Strongbow Cider, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Telegraph Brewing Company, The Greek at the Harbor, Vesta the Restaurant, Westmalle Trappist, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Woodchuck Draft Cider, Wyder’s Cider, Yolies Fresh Mexican Grill and Zaragosa.

Guests of Salute! will be in for a musical treat thanks to an all-star entertainment lineup featuring some of Southern California’s best singer-songwriter and rock & roll talent, many of whom have graced stages to global fanfare. Acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist, Jack Maness who is most widely known for his work with Sublime (40 Oz of Freedom, “Rivers of Babylon”) and Long Beach Dub Allstars (keyboard and vocals) is a key featured performer who recently released his debut solo album “Simple Man.” Maness will be accompanied by renowned Mandolinist, and acclaimed Baroque music writer, Bobby Bancalari and other special guests.  Southern California Indie Rock Band, Vinyl Candy, will debut brand new tracks off of their third album entitled “The Dirty Third” during their performance at Salute!. Australian born, San Diego-based acoustic singer-songwriter-guitarist, Lee Coulter, who has been compared to the likes of Jack Johnson, will also take the stage at Salute! alongside other exciting entertainment announcements coming soon.

Salute! would not be possible without the support of its sponsors, donors and event partners which include Classic Party Rentals,  International Paper, The Marriott Hotel and Mutineer Magazine.

General Admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 beginning June 1st, 2010. Each ticket includes a souvenir 4 oz. tasting glass, four hours of unlimited beer and food tasting, and live entertainment. For $125 in advance and $135 on June 1st and after, guests can purchase a VIP Tastemaker ticket, which also includes early entry for a two-hour private reserve beer tasting with invited brewers, special beer and food pairings and exclusive access to a private VIP lounge area before and during the general admission session. VIP Tastemaker access, which is limited to 500 people also provides exclusive access to Salute! breweries one hour prior to the festival gates opening. Tickets for Salute! are limited and only available at a reduced price until May 31st so the time to act is now while supplies last.

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About Ojai Beverage Company

Joby M. Yobe was born into the liquor business and has devoted his thirst for life into a quest to become a widely respected expert on the finest adult beverages in the world. Yobe got his early start at his grandfather’s store, Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, and made it his personal mission to help it evolve from a corner store into a seriously sought-after specialty shop. In 2007 he partnered with cousin, Jorge Alem, to create the Ojai Beverage Co., which has become the premier destination for consumers of fine wine, craft beer and unique spirits in the Gold Coast area.  With over 1,000 different wines, 750 varieties of craft and imported beer and hundreds of tequilas, whiskeys, and liquors from around the globe, O.B.C. is a one-stop shop for connoisseurs of fine alcoholic beverages.  As a fully functioning beer & wine tasting bar, patrons can also enjoy revolving tap beer and wine selection as well as seasonally hosted events, brewery tastings, beer and food pairing dinners, alongside a highly sought after Annual Oktoberfest celebration. 
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About FOOD Share

A major food bank distributing millions of pounds of food each year to those in need throughout Ventura County, FOOD Share collects and receives food year-round, distributing to more than 150 partner agencies throughout Ventura County, including Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura.

FOOD Share provides food to more than 54,700 people each month countywide through its partner agencies and multiple programs. Programs include the Senior Brown Bag, which provides supplemental nutrition to nearly 2,000 low income seniors, and Snack Attack programs that offer healthy nutritious after-school snacks to approximately 2,400 children. Information: (805) 983-7100 or

About Thirty-Three Productions, Inc

Christine Hansen is the President & CEO of Thirty-Three Productions, Inc. As a visionary and industry veteran, she brings “Dreams to Reality” and is globally recognized for her mission to merge the power of music, art, and media to unite the world. In 1998, Hansen founded Thirty-Three Productions, Inc., a boutique event production, entertainment marketing, and promotional agency that has produced meaningful branded live entertainment and television events that inspire change and global awareness for social issues that are affecting our world today. Hansen’s relentless drive and passion have enabled her to make tremendous contributions to leading philanthropic organizations including: The 46664 Campaign on behalf of Nelson Mandela, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, The United Nations Association, Rock the Vote, Hopes Voice International, The Peapod Foundation, A Place Called Home, and more.

Thirty-Three Productions, Inc., was established in New York City and Los Angeles and is s now headquartered in Ojai, CA. For further information, please see:

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