The fourth annual Yountville Live took place between March 15th-18th, 2018, centered around the 25th Annual Taste of Yountville with nearly four thousand people joining us across the long weekend to hear music performed by Foy Vance, X Ambassadors, NEEDTOBREATHE, Rita Wilson, Emerson Hart, The Sisterhood Band, Maggie Rose, Jon McLaughlin, Dave Barnes and many many more.
Attendees were treated to delectable bites provided by local and out of town renowned chefs like Stephanie Izard, Bob Blumer, Lisa Dahl, Ken Frank, Bob Hurley, Tiffany Sewell, Frank Bonnanno and more. Tastings by some of the best wineries that the Napa Valley has to offer as well as specialty cocktails by Basil Hayden, Knobb Creek, Tahoe Blue, Makers Mark, water was provided by San Pellegrino and beer by Golden Road and Stella Artois were seen across two pavilions. With over three locations set up around Yountville attendees had their senses dazzled all day long and had a chance to engage with major activations by Southwest Airlines, Lynx Grills, DC Solar and Sacramento International Airport and vendors ranging from jewelry, food, high end bags by Brahmin and more.
The biggest success was seen through the generosity of attendees, sponsors and especially partners of Yountville Live who donated money as well as items for auction in the wake of the tragic shooting at The Pathway Home on March 9th. Yountville Live joined our charity partner and the Town of Yountville to honor the three lives that were lost, Ms. Loeber and Drs. Gonzales and Golick through the 3 Brave Women Fund that was created to support the victim’s families. With the help of Mayor John Dunbar who spoke eloquently about the 3 Brave Women Fund, Pathway Home and honoring the lives lost, $6,000 dollars was raised over the course of the weekend from our Silent Auction held on Saturday Macy 17 and direct donations given through our “dipjar”.
Yountville Live has just launched an online auction to raise even more money for the 3 Brave Women Fund with help from our generous community, wineries, media partners and others. The eBay auction is live now and includes a pair of VIP tickets for next year’s event, a flyaway package to see NEEDTOBREATHE, concert tickets, tastings, dinner and much more.
We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our attendees, sponsors, musicians, chefs, wineries, restaurants, staff and especially the Town of Yountville for making Yountville Live 2018 such a wonderful memory. While we battled some intermittent rain, it was nearly impossible to dampen everyone’s spirits. We learned a lot this year and are already busy at work on improvements for next year to make it an even more amazing time. Thank you for your patience, your suggestions and your contributions to another terrific long weekend in Yountville, “the culinary capital of Napa Valley”.
See you in 2019, or if you are lucky, maybe you will win our contest for Live in the Vineyard Goes Country…