Festival Napa Valley uncorks the best of culture, wine and cuisine
Written by Danielle Accovelli | Photos courtesy of Festival Napa Valley & Colin Bell
Every summer something magical happens to Napa Valley. Like a fresh gust of wind, Festival Napa Valley breezes through the region’s rolling vineyards, lush meadows and charming wineries in a grand celebration of the art of life. The 10-day fete, which runs July 15-24, blends the beauty and bounty of wine country backdrops with the best in performing arts, pairing exquisite performances by lauded artists with world-class culinary and wine affairs hosted by top vintners.
This vibrant display of panache transforms the region into a thriving cultural mecca—one ripe with impeccable dance shows and exclusive performances by preeminent classical, opera and jazz musicians. All performances are enjoyed in open-air locales amongst Napa’s enchanting scenery, while seemingly endless glasses of wine flow freely.
This year, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, opens the season with an intimate recital at Castello di Amorosa; jazz legend Sergio Mendes delights with his soulful melodies at the annual “Jazz at the Castello” concert; and international opera stars Isabel Leonard and Michael Fabiano enchant with their spellbinding voices at the Opera Gala. Among the many other performances planned, San Francisco Ballet and Festival Orchestra NAPA will make their long anticipated festival debuts, while Taste of Napa will once again bring a beloved tradition of sumptuous culinary and wine offerings to the grounds.
Those attending the Annual Festival Gala, Imaginarium, will be transported to a whimsical world of pure decadence and delight, as artists from “O” by Cirque du Soleil weave in and out during the evening, casting their magic over the room, while the sounds of nighttime Napa mingle with the laughter and chatter floating through the air.
A captivating showcase of art, culture and cuisine, Festival Napa Valley is indeed a joyous celebration of life at its finest. Cheers!
Festival Napa Valley
1850 Soscol Avenue, Suite 205
Napa, CA 94559
888.337.6272 | FestivalNapaValley.org