Vintage Santa Clara XXII, the 22nd Annual Food and Wine Festival produced by the Santa Clara University Alumni Association, takes place on Sunday, September 11. Tickets are only $35 if purchased before August 31. I haven't been to this particular event, but if it's anything like Spartafest at San Jose State University used to be, it will be a lot of fun and a good bargain.
At Spartafest, the price of the ticket, which I think was $25, would buy you entrance to the event, a small plate, a wine glass, and unlimited samples of food and drink. Food and wine vendors set up tents offering various high quality samples. It all made for a gluttonous good time. I came when it opened for lunch, hung around, then had an early dinner.
I think my strategy will be the same for Vintage Santa Clara XXII: Come when the gates open at 1:30 p.m., then have an early dinner before the event closes down at 5:00 p.m.
Alas, Spartafest is no more. For some reason, the San Jose State University alumni association decided to focus on producing other alumni events. I'm glad Santa Clara University's Vintage Santa Clara is still running.
I hope to see other SCU MBA alumni I know at the event, and am looking forward to meeting other alumni. (Really, it's not all about filling my gut!) With the event taking place in Mission Gardens in September, it should be a very nice day.
Information about Vintage Santa Clara XXII.