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On St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17 from noon to 4:30 p.m., the Buellton Wine & Chili Festival returns to Buellton's Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, offering up wine connoisseurs and chili lovers alike a chance to sample chili galore and sip from over 25 wineries and craft breweries.

Wine connoisseurs will be joined by craft beer fans to feast on some of the best chili and homemade salsa around, prepared by local chefs and restaurants.

A community challenge Chili Cook Off, which is open to all local businesses and residents, will push contest entrants to compete for the chili champion title and a chance to take home prizes.

Food can also be purchased through food trucks on site.

There will be live entertainment by bands Noble Grizwald and The Rincons or Dusty Jugz; and lawn games that include corn hole, bocce ball and table tennis, will offer up more competition.

Tickets at the door will be $55 for Hot Chili Ticket, $25 for Mild Chili Ticket (no alcohol), and $15 for the Chili Verde Ticket (no alcohol). No exceptions. Chili and salsa available while supplies last.

Perfecting his toss

Alexander Shaw of Goleta concentrates on his beanbag toss at an annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival.

There is no on-site parking for the Festival. Attendees are asked to park at Pea Soup Andersen's, located at 51 E. Highway 246, Buellton, which is a short walk to Flying Flags RV Resort. Designated stalls near the front entry inside of Flying Flags RV Resort are available for guests who are disabled.

Safe transportation to the Buellton Wine and Chili Festival is available through the Brew Bus. Pickups will be in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Lompoc at these locations: Santa Barbara: Figueroa Mountain Brewing (137 Anacapa St.) at 10:30 a.m.; Goleta: M Special Brewing Co. (Building C, 6860 Cortona Dr.) at 11 a.m.; Santa Maria: Figueroa Mountain Brewing (560 E Betteravia Road #B) at 10:30 a.m.; Lompoc: Solvang Brewing Co. in Lompoc (241 N H St.) at 11:15 a.m.

Bus tickets must be purchased beforehand. Bus tickets and festival tickets can be purchased at: https://nightout.com/events/buellton-wine-and-chili-festival-2019/tickets

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Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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