Meading at the Garden

Mead Festival to benefit Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
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About this event
The 6th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 2, 2022 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. General Admission begins at 1pm.
The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden features over 35 meaderies, cideries, and breweries, Come join hundreds of other mead enthusiasts, homebrewers, afficianados, and fans for unlimited tasters of the world’s oldest fermented beverage — Mead! There will also be plenty of beer on hand from some of North County’s finest breweries. Enjoy food from local restaurants. Listen to live, local bands. Win raffle prizes! Bid in a silent bottle auction. Check out the meadmaking demonstration and honey tasting!

Join us for a very special gourmet VIP Mead Pairing* at 11 AM! Enjoy a delicious 6-course gourmet pairing featuring primer, starter, appetizer, entree, dessert, and aperitif. Mazer Dave Nichols and Chef Aaron Love will be on hand for a guided pairing of modern mead and contemporary cuisine. Explore gourmet creations as we experiment with old and new flavor combinations. *VIP ticket required for entry.

Enjoy live music on the main stage with talented local bands.

Explore the renaissance of the Viking Village. This Viking-themed mini-village features axe-throwing, live blacksmithing, and leatherworking.

Buy raffle tickets and win valuable merchandise! With dozens of prizes donated by breweries, homebrewers, meadmakers, and local establishments, the raffle is your ticket to valuable goods. With every raffle ticket purchase, you directly support the gardens! Your donation helps pay for much-needed improvements and maintenance, education, and natural resources like water and power.
Experience meadmaking firsthand at the mead brewing demonstration with the North County Homebrewers Association. Experience honey firsthand as well, with periodic honey tastings throughout the day from Temecula Valley Honey Company.
Check out the silent bottle auction featuring an eclectic lineup of uncommon rare mead and beer. This year features some especially nice mead and sour ale. Keep an eye out for the collections, as they are the best deal.
Enjoy many other fun activities including a virtual reality gaming area, easter egg hunt, and much more!
Prohibited Items
No illegal or illicit substances.

No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives and self defense sprays

No flammable items including aerosols and fireworks

No open containers of any kind. Sealed water bottles are permitted.

No markers, pens or spray paint

No bottles, cans, canteens, flasks, thermos, or coolers.

No bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles other than authorized handicapped transportation equipment.

No drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability. “Comfort,” “therapy” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal and are not permitted entry to the festival.

No water guns, squirt guns, nerf guns, or any other projectile launchers.

No noisemakers or air horns

No professional cameras or professional video and audio recording equipment, camera poles, or selfie-sticks.

No confetti, streamers or loose glitter (wearable cosmetics are acceptable)

Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of security officials.
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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084, United States

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