Saturday, November 14th, 2015 | Los Angeles, California

Article by Danny Coleman

There are festivals; then there are “Festivals!”

Most are spread out over a few days or maybe a couple of nights or a weekend. Some are week long bashes focusing on specific elements such as seafood, drink, food trucks or music. So to combine several of these delicacies into a one day and possibly an only one of its kind event, where there’s comedy, music, restaurants, food trucks, beer and wine all wrapped in a neat package; could only be the result of a big thinker and that thinker is “Harrah’s Resort Southern California.”

The good folks at Harrah’s are bringing us the mother of all festivals when “Cali Uncorked Music, Comedy, Beer, Wine, Food Festival” comes to Oak Canyon Park in Irvine, CA on Saturday, November 14. This one day rain or shine event begins at 1 p.m. PCT (12 p.m. PCT for VIP ticket holders) and features over 100 offerings of some of the finest craft beers and wines along with the music of Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Matt Costa and Tom Curren. There is also the “Funny or Die Comedy Stage” hosted by the “Acclaimed Irvine Improv” and features top comics such as David Koechner, Grant Cotter, Monty Franklin, Gene Pompa, Jason Collings, Joe Sib and Eddy Sato. Rounding it all out will be local “Artisan pop-up restaurants and food trucks,” bringing those in attendance a true variety of unique eating experiences.

Along with Harrah’s, the Improv and a host of others; “Fallen Firefighters Foundation Local 3631” of Orange County will also be present, with off-duty firefighters pouring beer and wine with a portion of the festival’s proceeds going directly to the foundation.
Dr. Bill Sysak of Stone Brewing Company and Green Flash’s Dave Adams, both “Certified Cicerones;” will give speeches and presentations on the impact which craft breweries have had and are having on the beer and brewing industries past, present and future as well as discussing their careers and educational involvement in the field.

Tickets can be purchased in various packages including VIP which offers several options. The first is $65 ($75 at the door) which allows the ticket holder a one-hour early entry and unlimited beer/wine tasting from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The second is $99 and features the same one-hour early entry, premier parking, VIP Lounge access with private tasting areas additional shaded seating and a “Great view of the main stage” as well as access to VIP bathrooms. Option number three includes all VIP options from the first two but also a meet and greet with all of the bands, along with a picture and poster suitable for signing; cost is $199 and very limited qualities are available.

Discounted admission and general admission tickets range from $45 – $50 (plus fee) and comes with a commemorative glass and entitles ticket holders to unlimited tasting from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and all entertainment. Some of the breweries and wineries will remain open until 7 p.m. and begin to sell their wares to the public after 4 p.m.

This is an age 21 and older event and more information can be found at Shall you wish to obtain more information about the Fallen Firefighters Foundation; See links below:




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