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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pasadena Wine Festival Giveaway

Recently, I was contacted by Nick of the Pasadena Wine Festival who asked if I would like to attend and to give away some tickets to my readers.

The Pasadena Wine Festival, which takes place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 9, features more than 125 wines, food samples, and live music, all underneath the towering trees of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

I have to admit, admission to the arboretum and a tram tour of the 127 acres were the biggest draws for me. But I figured some of my readers might be like some of my friends, who immediately clamored to be my +1 because they were more interested in drinking wine, eating food samples, and listening to live music. Check out the video on their website for highlights of last year's event.

According to the organizers, what can you expect at the Pasadena Wine Festival?

* Stroll the grounds of the beautiful Arboretum and Botanical Garden
* Tram Tours of the entire 127 Acres
* Experience wines from California and around the world
* Learn about and taste cheeses from California and beyond
* Dine at communal tables while enjoying your wine or scope an area underneath one of the umbrellas
* Challenge your friends to a game of bocci ball, horseshoes, Ultimate golf challenge or just throw around the frisbee
* Most of all RELAX with friends on the Arboretum's grass while enjoying some vino and listening to some of the area's most renowned musical artists — from jazz to funk, to blues and salsa
* Bring blankets or beach chairs and enjoy the experience under the stars

Additional notes:
* Suggested items: Bring sunscreen, blanket or beach chairs
* No one under 21 admitted
* No food or alcohol may be brought to this event
* In addition to sampling, food will be available for purchase

Several of L.A.'s food trucks will be at the event including: The Grilled Cheese Truck, World Fare Bustaurant, Dosa Truck, Crepe'n Around, Border Grill Truck, and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

I don't know about you, but I don't like to chase my food and having several food trucks in one place is a nice draw, especially as I've been wanting to try South African cuisine at the World Fare Bustaurant.

I will be giving away five pairs of general admission tickets!

Five pairs!

I had to push for this, but I figured you were more likely to respond if you could bring a +1, instead of just going by your lonesome.

The general admittance ticket, valued at $28, is good for $1.00 wine tastings, vendor food samplings, tram tour, and live music under the stars.

So what do you have to do to win one of five pairs of tickets to the Pasadena Wine Festival? Pay attention because there are multiple chances to win.

*For one entry, please leave a comment with your email or other method of contact telling me why you'd like to attend the Pasadena Wine Festival.

*For a second chance, "like" the Pasadena Wine Festival on Facebook and leave a second comment here telling me you've done so. Then, click on the date below your second comment here to get the permalink, then leave a comment on the Pasadena Wine Festival's Facebook page telling them you've joined via Wandering Chopsticks. Sorry, it's a bit of back and forth, but I couldn't find another way to confirm you've actually "liked" them. Plus, it helps them know how many people are coming from my blog. And yes, I do check to confirm you've left a comment on their wall.

*For a third entry, follow the Pasadena Wine Festival on Twitter @PasWineFest and tweet Win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to @PasWineFest via @wanderchopstick http://bit.ly/dca2o2 Then click on the time or status of your tweet to get the permalink and leave a third comment here as proof. A link to your Twitter profile is not proof, it must be to the exact tweet. You must have a public Twitter profile or else I will not be able to confirm that you've done so, nor can anyone see your tweet.

Got all that?

Leave a comment with your contact info, prove you've "liked" the Pasadena Wine Festival on Facebook, and prove you tweeted this contest.

That's three chances to win one of five pairs of tickets!

Deadline to do any, or all three, entries is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, September 30. I will pick the winners via Random.org after that date and update this post. Winners who do not respond in three days forfeit their tickets and I will select new winners. Please email me at wanderingchopsticks (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize.

If you don't win, you can still purchase tickets to the Pasadena Wine Festival online up to the night before or at the gates.

Thanks again to Nick and the Pasadena Wine Festival for sponsoring this giveaway.

Good luck!

October 1, 2010 update:

Thanks to Random.org, the first winner is...


The second winner is...

The third winner is...

The fourth winner is...


And the final winner is...


Please check your mailbox and reply back to me with your full name and the name of your +1 so I can get you on the guest list. If you didn't leave contact info, make sure you email me wanderingchopsticks (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize. I will choose another winner if I don't hear from you by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 3.

October 4, 2010 update:
After not hearing back from several of the winners, I redrew the numbers using Random.org, and the new winners are...


And Annie!

Congratulations! Please check your emails and reply back to me with your full name and the name of your +1 so I can get you on the guest list. If you didn't leave contact info, make sure you email me wanderingchopsticks (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize. I will choose another winner if I don't hear from you by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 6.

Thank you everyone for participating and for reading the blog.

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  1. I love wine and I would love to make a long weekend out of it and enjoy Pasadena. My husband and I could use a mini vacay.

  2. I would love to take my fiance to this wonderfull wine tasting event. It sounds like a great weekend. - Ben
    email: pce04@earthlink.net

  3. I'd love a chance to go to this festival. It falls on my husband's birthday and I know we'd have a great time.

    suechang52 (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. I am new to wine tasting so I was really excited that this wine tasting festival was so close to home! I love the Arboretum, but never get a chance to go with my husband, so this would be really exciting to take him and we'd get more "knowlegable" about our new past time together!

  5. I would definitely love to go to this! Sounds like a great weekend date & so close to home! Perfect to relax with wine, food and some good music! good luck to everyone! xo

  6. I'd love to win because it is in my neighborhood and I'm amember of the arboretum- I love it there. This will be my first time attending the festival! I have also liked this page on facebook!

  7. i "liked" pasadena wine fest on FB!

  8. http://twitter.com/_jennalee/status/25431851821

    and here is my "tweet" for a 3rd entry...hope I did everything correct!

  9. I'd like to go to the Pasadena Wine Festival because my daughter is turning 21 on October 7th and she's been looking forward to learning about wine. This would be perfect! It's also a great way to celebrate my birthday on October 11th.


  10. I liked it on FB. whoops didnt leave my email. Ann.nguyen86@yahoo.com

  11. I "liked" Pasadena Wine Festival on facebook :)

  12. I tweeted!


  13. thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I would love to go just to spend a beautiful day outside strolling the gardens, sampling cheese and perhaps most importantly, food trucks! I've been wanting to try out the Dosa Truck for awhile now!

    potbelliedpiggie (at) gmail (com)

  14. ps I am at girlfromtheforest at gmail dot com!

  15. I love all different types of wine. Just can't get enough. contact info is Vanessa email is:ladybug22211@sbcglobal.net.

  16. just "like" the Pasadena Wine Festival on Facebook sept. 25

  17. Win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to @PasWineFest via @wanderchopstick http://bit.ly/dca2o2
    less than 5 seconds ago via web Sept. 25 1:23 AM

  18. The Pasadena wine festival would be the perfect date that my boyfriend and I desperately need!

  19. also "liked" it on facebook!

    email: kalasin159 (at) yahoo (.com)

  20. I love food and your blog! It's also my bf's birthday, so this would be a terrific treat for him!


  21. Been meaning to get more into wine (tastings, visiting wine country somewhere anywhere), so would love to go to a wine festival for free! :)

  22. I'd love to go to the Pasadena Wine Festival as it combines three things I love - Wine, Pasadena and easy! (It's close to where I live, so no big driving to the fun and no driving around town to chase the trucks! : )

    And thanks so for pushing for the paired tickets - many things are even nicer when you can share!

  23. I just "like" the Pasadena Wine Festival on Facebook (Sept. 25)

  24. I would love to go the festival to try the wines and food. Also to try the food trucks.


  25. Pick me! I love drinking wine and strolling through beautiful gardens! I can't imagine a better way to spend my weekend!

  26. I love wine! I've been wine tasting before in Africa, but never been to one here. This sounds like fun!

    email: genkisakura25@yahoo.com

  27. I live in Arcadia and have always wanted to go to this festival! I have grown up here and have never actually had the time to enjoy the arboretum, so winning this would allow me to finally check out something in my own neighborhood! My birthday is on October 4th and this would be such an amazing gift to win. I have luckily been able to try out all of the food trucks listed above in your post. Grilled Cheese is by far my favorite (and my guilty pleasure). You only live once and when I see the cheesy mac melt on their menu, I cannot resist! I love the dessert crepes from Crepe’N'Around and of course the red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles! If I were lucky enough to win tickets to this festival, it would make my birthday! Thanks for the opportunity!

    email: guavamangoman@gmail.com

  28. http://twitter.com/gmangoman/status/25903134538

  29. Liked them on facebook!

    Did all three!

  30. Hi, I'd love to go to this event in Pasadena. I've never been to the Botanical Gardens and would really like to experience this!

  31. Wow, I'd love to attend the Pasadena Wine and Food festival because the hubby and I love the arboretum (that's his neck of the woods) and we looove food! Count us in, please! hlodevicotoo(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. I follow and tweeted! http://twitter.com/Hazel_Eve/status/25915703134


  33. I liked the PWF on fb!

  34. Pasadena Wine Festival... awesome. We go to a few every year but this one is heads and shoulders over all the others. We have the best time! Amazing food. Top shelf Wines. And the crowd is all about feeling good and having fun. It's a great day and we'd Love Love LOVE to get free tickets this year!

  35. My wife threatened me within an inch of my life to drop everything and do this - so here I am. We do have the best time at your annual Winefest. The backdrop couldn't be more stunning. The wine is pretty awesome too! Save a husband from the dog house and pick us!

  36. October 9 is my wife's birthday; I know she would love to celebrate it while wandering the beautiful LA Arboretum, sampling fine wines, good food, and enjoying live music!

  37. I love all things food, wine and fun! The Pasadena Wine Festival would be a great time for my hubby and I! :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :)

  38. "Liked" Pasadena Wine Festival and left comment about Wandering Chopsticks!
    (Zai Angelo)

  39. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/foodbully/status/26005087389

  40. Oct. 9th is my birthday!! I would love to spend the day at the arboretum with good food and wine. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Yeh_Debbie@yahoo.com

  41. Thank you everyone for participating in this giveaway. The winners have been chosen and the comments are now closed.