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The 9th Annual Meading at the Garden was held on APRIL 6, 2024 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens.w

About Meading at the Garden 2024

9th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 6, 2024
Exciting news, mead and beer lovers!

We’ve made some changes to the Meading at the Garden festival that we think you’re going to love! Now, with each admission, you’ll receive 10 drink tickets ($10 value) to use on your favorite meads and brews. And don’t worry, if you need more, additional drink tickets are available for only $1 each at two separate kiosks during the festival from 12pm-4:45pm.

We know that change can be scary, but trust us, this is the next logical step in our festival’s evolution. We promise that it won’t change the spirit of the event or its basic format. Plus, admission is even cheaper this year! And with $2 tasters and $5 full pours, you’ll still be getting an amazing value for your money.

So, what are you waiting for? Come out and enjoy the 8th Annual Meading at the Garden festival, where you can sample over 30 meads, ciders, and beers from some of SoCal’s finest breweries, all while supporting the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Get your tickets now and let’s raise a glass together!

Cheers!
Dave Nichols, Event Coordinator, AVBG

The 8th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 1, 2023 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. This year the event falls on April Fool’s Day, so come be a fool with us and have some fun!! As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens.

Please note that this event is 21+ and no infants are allowed.

 

Listen to live music! Win raffle prizes! Check out the mead-making demonstration and honey tasting!

9th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 6, 2024
Exciting news, mead and beer lovers!

Come out and enjoy the 9th Annual Meading at the Garden festival, where you can sample over 30 meads, ciders, and beers from some of SoCal’s finest breweries, all while supporting the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Get your tickets now and let’s raise a glass together!

Cheers!
Dave Nichols, Event Coordinator, AVBG

The 9th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 6, 2024 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens.

Please note that this event is 21+ and no infants are allowed.

Listen to live music! Win raffle prizes! Check out the mead-making demonstration and honey tasting!

Join us for a very special gourmet
6-Course VIP Mead Pairing* starting at 11 AM! Enjoy a delicious 6-course gourmet pairing featuring primer, starter, appetizer, entree, dessert, and aperitif.

Explore gourmet creations as we present a complete “buried” menu pairing.

Vendors Please Bring: We humbly ask that each vendor bring two corny kegs/sixtels (more are welcome), J-Box or some form of dispensing/tapping equipment, CO2 if needed, and some type of signage. Please have at least one banner or something to identify/brand yourself. Bottle and can pours are ok. We have tubs you can borrow to chill them.
What we provide: 10×10 Booth Space and Ice (40# per vendor), NOTE: For Table, Chairs or Canopy (please speak to us soon to reserve one.)
What we do NOT provide: Electricity, Ice Chests, Refrigeration Equipment, Beverage Dispensing Equipment (J-Box, CO2, taps, etc), Tape, Pens, Masks, Scissors, or Disposable Cups.
Load in starts at 9:00AM. Please arrive as early as possible to drop off your gear at your booth space and then move your vehicle to the dirt lot directly north of the front gate. The attendant at the gate will guide you to your assigned booth-space. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended while unloading, as many people will be loading in concurrently. Please call or email with any questions, concerns or problems.

Cheers,
Dave Nichols, Event Coordinator
858 275-4770 mobile

Note: 21+ ONLY event, no dogs, no infants, merchandise selling is OK. Type 02 Winemakers with a type 81 license may sell bottles. Last call at4:45.

 

Ticket Options – Meading at the Garden 2024

VIP Admission* begins at 11 AM.
General Admission begins at 1 PM. 

Admission Price:
General Admission: $45 early bird (’til March 1), $ 50 (’til April 5), $55 at the door. 1 PM-5 PM
VIP Admission (with 6-course mead pairing): $90 online. 11 AM to 5 PM. (100 available until sold out.)

 

Included With General Admission: One taster glass and unlimited tasters. Please Drink Responsibly.

Included With VIP Admission: One taster glass, unlimited tasters, general admission from 1-5 pm, and the six-course mead pairing from 11 am-1 pm in the rose garden. Please Drink Responsibly.

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Ticket Options – Meading at the Garden 2024

General Admission and VIP tickets include enjoying live music on the main stage with talented local bands, experiencing mead-making firsthand, and exploring the renaissance of the Viking Village. 

  • This Viking-themed mini-village is back, featuring axe-throwing, live blacksmithing, and leatherworking.
  • Experience mead-making firsthand at the mead brewing demonstration with the North County Homebrewers Association. 
  • Honey up close! There are periodic honey tastings throughout the day from Temecula Valley Honey Company. Check out the live bee hive presented by The San Diego Beekeepers Society
  • Enjoy many other fun activities including an Easter egg hunt, plant sale, and much more!

Raffle tickets can be purchased to enter to win valuable merchandise! There are dozens of prizes donated by local breweries, homebrewers, mead-makers, and businesses – there’s something for everyone. Buy a ticket and you could be the lucky winner! 

All proceeds from ticket sales will help Alta Vista Botanical Gardens to pay for improvements, maintenance, education, and natural resources like water and power. So your purchase not only gives you a chance to win great prizes but also helps to support the gardens. Get your tickets today!

VIP Gourmet Benefits – Meading at the Gardens

Enjoy a delicious 6-course VIP mead pairing featuring prominent fruit and spice themes in the ceremonial rose garden before the event from 11 am-1 pm! (VIP ticket required). 

Hot Sauce Provided by:

Primer

Fruta Boule compressée with Zeste Bruine

Hot Sauce: “Apricot Ginger”

Rose Lemonade (Lemon Rhodomel) ABV: 7%

Starter

Sour Apple Balsamique with Jalapeno Honey Apple Piquant

Hot Sauce: “Jalapeno Honey Apple Lime”

“Midas Gold” (Wild Hard Cider) ABV: 13.5%

Appetizer

Shrimp Glase Epice with Tamarind Glacage

Hot Sauce: “Habi Mang” (Habanero / Mango)

“Law and Order” (Tropical Melomel) ABV: 10%

Entree

Ahi Poele with Wasabi Croute and Filet Mignon with Wasabi-Infused Pomme de Terre

Hot Sauce: “Soy Good Garlic” (Tamari / Fresno / Habanero)

“Sparkling Traditional” (Traditional Mead) ABV: 10%

Dessert

Strawberry Kiwi Sables with Fresno Pepper Confit

Hot Sauce: “Kiwi Strawberry” (Fresno / Kiwi / Strawberry)

“Strawberry Feels” (Berry Melomel) ABV: 8%

Digestif

Fresh Local Honeycomb

“Heart of Drakaina” (Tropical Melomel) ABV: 10%

Featured Music | Clay Colton Band 1-5pm

The Clay Colton Band has been entertaining audiences across Southern California with an eclectic blend of Classic Rock Covers, Alternative Rock favorites and authentic Americana/Southern Rock original music since 1999.

Evolving from a solo, to a duo, into the range of artists that it has become today, the band has become an integral part of the San Diego music scene and can be found playing regularly at many hot spots throughout Southern California. Their music crosses through every modern genre giving the audience a taste of musical history over the past 50 years.

Throughout their experiences of performing up to five nights per week for over a decade to a variety of fans of all backgrounds and ages, the Clay Colton Band has discovered their own sound that is at the heart of American culture. They simply play ROCK, with any adjective you prefer to put in front of the word.

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