The festival kicks off on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. with the Cava Reception and Dinner. Each course of this four-course dinner is paired with a Spanish wine. The evening concludes with a fireworks display over the San Sebastian River.
2017 Schedule of Events
Tickets will be available to purchase starting May 1, 2017.
On Sept. 9, the Cochinillo Asado, Spanish pig roast, begins at 5 p.m. At this picnic, suckling pigs pit roasted in the Spanish tradition are served with fine Spanish wine and beer. Also, K-9s United will present a demonstration, and guests will have the opportunity to meet local law enforcement officers and their K-9s.
On Sept. 9, the Batalla de Vino, wine fight, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Shipyard 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 other teams' kings and queens as red with wine as possible while protecting its royalty. The team with the whitest-clothed king or queen at the end of the competition wins.
For this event on Sept. 9, participants dressed in white decorate friends and strangers with red wine. If you can't field a team for the Team Batalla, then just come and have fun squirting wine. The Grand Batalla begins at 6:45 p.m. following the Team Batalla.
The festival concludes on Sept. 10 with the Grand Tasting from 2-5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Shipyard. More than 100 Spanish wines are available to sample accompanied by Spanish-inspired hors d'oeuvres.