Meading at the Garden

Mead Festival to benefit Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024. 
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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!

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.

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

About Meading at the Garden

The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden features over 30 meaderies, cideries, and breweries. Come join hundreds of mead enthusiasts, homebrewers, aficionados, and local residents to sample modern versions of the world’s oldest fermented beverage — Mead! There will also be plenty of beer on hand from some of SoCal’s finest breweries. Enjoy food from local restaurants and eateries!!

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

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

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.

Beverage Vendors

  • 117 Spirits
  • Arcana Brewing
  • Barrel and Stave Brewing
  • Batch Mead
  • Bear Roots Brewing
  • Belching Beaver Brewing
  • Blue Honey Wines & Meads
  • Chubby Cheeks Meadery
  • Golden Coast Mead
  • Hidden Hive Meadery
  • Inzane Brewing
  • Lost Cause Mead
  • Mead Made Mod
  • Meadiocrity Mead
  • Meteor Mead
  • North County Homebrewers Association
  • Prey Brewing
  • Prohibition Brewing
  • Raging Cider & Mead
  • Shield Wall Mead
  • Society of Barley Engineers
  • Somerstate Winery
  • Sword and Barley Brewing
  • Twisted Horn Mead
  • Wild West Mead

Food Vendors

Baby's Badass Burgers

Cocina De Carmen

Urbn Pizza

Thank You To All Our Vendors

We want to give a huge thank you to all the amazing vendors who participated in the 8th Annual Meading at the Garden event in 2023! Your mead, cider, and beer offerings were outstanding, and the food from local restaurants and eateries was nothing short of delicious. We also appreciate the time and effort put into the mead-making demonstration and honey tasting. We couldn’t have made this event a success without each and every one of you. Thank you for being a part of Meading at the Garden and helping us support the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens.

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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.

Admission Perks – Meading at the Garden

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 honey tastings throughout the day from Savage Beeches Honey Co. and also check out the local honey tasting challenge at the San Diego Bee Sanctuary booth!
  • 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!

Meading at the Garden 2024

COME JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024 AT ALTA VISTA BOTANICAL GARDENS IN VISTA, CA. FOR THE LARGEST MEAD FESTIVAL ON THE WEST COAST!!!

VIP Gourmet Benefits

Meading at the Garden 2024

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:    Sunfire Hot Sauce Logo 

VIP Menu

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%

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!

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Meading at the Garden 2024

COME JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024 AT ALTA VISTA BOTANICAL GARDENS IN VISTA, CA. FOR THE LARGEST MEAD FESTIVAL ON THE WEST COAST!!!

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Meading at the Gardens 2024 Location

The Meading at the Garden 2024 Event will be held at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens located in Vista, CA. 

Offering fourteen acres of botanicals, art and sculptures mixed together.  Our unique approach to Botanical Gardens features a wide variety of plants, walking trails, and event space.  Our walking trails display art and sculptures, throughout the 14 acres, from local talent. Our event space is host to many educational and enriching social activities.  One of our goals is the protection, preservation and care of various habitats of beautiful and rare variety of plants of the world.

Prohibited Items

Meading at the Garden 2024

  • 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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