‘Film Feast’ Launched, Stars with Santa Barbara Int’l Film Fest

Santa Barbara has announced “Film Feast”, when “exceptional film meets award-winning cuisine and libations”, slated to happen concurrently with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival from January 24 to February 3.

New this year is the Film Feast guide, which details all participating restaurants, tasting rooms and hotels. The guide breaks Santa Barbara down into four “Theatre Districts” (Arlington Theatre District, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Lobero Theatre District and Metro 4 Theatre District), for visitors to navigate what offers are close by.

In addition to the districts, new this year is the chance to win free or discounted movie coupons at participating restaurants and tasting rooms. Bistro 1111 will be randomly plating dinners on special colored plates, with patrons that receive this plate win a ticket. Grassini Family Vineyards will be giving the tickets away in their tasting room with a movie trivia game.

Hotel Oceana is celebrating California’s first movie studio, “Flying A Studios,” with their Film Feast lodging package. In 1912, the American Film Company opened Flying A Studios in downtown Santa Barbara where it would film approximately 1,200 movies between 1912 and 1919. The hotel’s special package includes: two night stay, two tasting coupons for two to the Urban Wine Trail (guests can choose from Oreana, Kunin, SB Winery and Municipal), and two tickets to SBIFF film of their choice.

Santa Barbara was California’s original filmmaking hub. Voted Best Getaway by L.A. Times Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, it is located 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline.