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Casa Pacifica Cancels Annual Festival Due to COVID-19 Crisis

April 10, 2020

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A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)

Contact: Carrie Hughes
Phone: 805-366-4011
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Casa Pacifica Cancels Annual Festival Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica is sad to announce that for the first time in 27 years, the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival – the premier wine, food and brew event in Ventura County - will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for the health and safety of our community. Along with the Festival, its companion intimate event – The Yummie Top Chef Dinner – will not take place as well. The Dinner was scheduled for Friday, June 5th, and the Festival for Sunday, June 7th, both to be held on the California State University Channel Islands’ campus. The Festival has been voted “Best Charity Event” and “Best Food & Drink Festival” by VC Reporter readers for the past eight years.
Casa Pacifica has been indebted to the amazing, talented, and generous restaurants, bakeries, caterers, wineries, breweries, specialty shops - all the wonderful and integral-to-the-day exhibitors, along with our dedicated sponsors, selfless volunteers, incredible entertainers, and eager fun-loving attendees who make the Festival the wonderful and unforgettable experience it is each year. With their kindness, enthusiasm, and most of all passion for the cause the Festival benefits – Casa Pacifica – 100% of the day’s proceeds raise significant and essential operating funding to support the vital programs and services that bringing life-changing healing to the children, young adults, and families Casa Pacifica serves. We are grateful to our sponsors, many of whom have chosen to shift their sponsorship funds to vitally needed operating support as Casa Pacifica addresses this difficult time.
Our exhibitors have been there for us for more than a quarter century, and now we ask that the community support them – our valued friends – during this difficult COVID-19 crisis. Visit our Festival website at to find a listing of our terrific vendors, who you can return the favor of ensuring a great Festival each year, through a take-out order, or two, or ten.
Carrie Hughes, Casa Pacifica’s Chief Development Officer explains, “It was such a hard decision to cancel the Festival this year. But with the financial hardships placed on our friends – the restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries and all the exhibitors due to the COVID-19 “Social Distancing” and “Safer at Home” restrictions, as well as the general safety and wellbeing of our attendees – it was just the right thing to do. We are grateful for all our special Wine, Food & Brew Festival family and pray they all stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event!” The 2021 Wine, Food & Brew Festival will take place on Sunday, June 6th, and the Yummie Top Chef Dinner on Friday, June 4th, both at CSUCI.
In the meantime, Casa Pacifica is excited to be planning some special offers and unique experiences in the upcoming months. 
Casa Pacifica is working with Eventbrite to contact all early ticket purchasers to discuss refund or donation options. For further questions please contact Anna Coulson, Casa Pacifica’s Special Events Manager at (805) 366-4023 or

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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. Casa Pacifica is also a foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.

Casa Pacifica’s Mission Statement: Casa Pacifica restores hope, enhances resilience, and strengthens community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives.