The weather promises to be sunny and breezy for the 41st annual Foster City Arts and Wine Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 1-3.
Complete with a carnival, two live entertainment stages, and a wealth of artists' exhibits and food and drink vendors, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, says Karen Dyckman of the , the festival's host.
Plus, there's one added perk this year - the faces of Patch will be there in the Patch booth, armed with a smile and loads of free Patch swag to give away!
We'll also be manning our Patch prize wheel with extra giveaways for anyone who signs up for our daily e-newsletter, which brings you the latest news right to your inbox each day at 6 a.m.
Look for us in booth #118 on Shell Boulevard, on the same side of the street as the library.
A festival map is available for download in the photos section of this article.
For the first time, carnival kicks off on Friday night
The festival's carnival, which includes several rides and attractions, will open for the first time on Friday night this year, Dyckman told Patch.
And, the organizers have been hard at work extending the carnival area to fit in more rides than ever before.
"We're also extending the carnival hours this year," Dyckman told Patch. "Even though the festival itself ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, the carnival rides will keep going until 7 p.m. And, they'll keep going until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday."
Friday night will also play host to a pre-festival reception being held specially for artists exhibiting during the festival, sponsors, and Gold Circle chamber members.
"And, all our artists are local, within a 20-mile radius," Dyckman added.
New features and favorable conditions
Dyckman said this year, the festival has had more vendors sign up than in many years.
"We're very excited," she said. "It is going to be wall-to-wall artists, and we have many delicious food and beverage vendors as well."
One aspect Dyckman said she is personally excited about is the fact that, out of the nine wine vendors pouring at this year's festival, three will be serving bio-dynamic wines, and they even have one vegan wine vendor this year as well.
"And, if anyone is wondering what a bio-dymanic wine or a vegan wine is, just drop by the information booth and we'll be happy to tell you!" she said.
Also, the food and beverage section of this year's festival will be located closer to the live entertainment stages this year, so that festival-goers can grab a plate full of food and walk right over to sit down and eat while enjoying the live performances.
The festival will once again have two stages full of live entertainment - the Meadow Stage and the Amphitheater Stage. Tune in to Foster City Patch Thursday to see a full schedule of the acts that will be performing this year.
"I think we've booked every single talented act ever to come out of this area, back-to-back, every 30 minutes," Dyckman said with a laugh. "And, calls are still coming in."
If one thing is certain, it sounds like this year's 2012 Foster City Arts and Wine Festival is going to be an event to remember.
"And, the best part is, the weather gods are really smiling down on us this year," said Dyckman - temperatures should be in the 72-75 degree range on both Saturday and Sunday.
Carnival only on Friday, June 1, 5-11 p.m.
Arts and Wine Festival on Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Carnival extended to 11 p.m.
Arts and Wine Festival on Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Carnival extended to 7 p.m.
WHERE: , located at 650 Shell Blvd. at E. Hillsdale Boulevard, near Central Lake and the .
PARKING: Parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the Parkside Towers at Shell and E. Hillsdale boulevards.
ENTERTAINMENT: See the full schedule of bands and community performance groups