Every spring for the past 18 years, members of the public have enjoyed a hugely popular Sunset Celebration Weekend featuring magazine editors, celebrity chefs, winemakers, brewers and lifestyle experts. Highlights typically include cooking demonstrations, food and wine seminars, home and garden displays and advice, test gardens, and more in a village-like atmosphere.
In the kitchen lineup
Sunset magazine will hold the event at a new location known as Cornerstone in California’s Sonoma wine country, 60 miles north of San Francisco. The indoor/outdoor space will include the grand opening of Sunset’s Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen, as well as an all-new, high-design Airstream Village. Featured presenters include celebrity chefs from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California and from Alaska to New York City, such as Ludo Lefebvre, Tanya Holland, Andy Ricker, Russell Moore, Ayesha Curry, Cindy Pawlcyn, Ellie Krieger and others.
Seminars, demos and exhibits
Featured exhibits, seminars and experiences cover a wide range of topics throughout the day. Guests can tour the new 1/4-acre Sunset Test Garden within the 9-acre Cornerstone site divided into gorgeous, living outdoor “rooms,” to include a cocktail garden, backyard orchard, flower room, gathering space and the farm.
Sunset’s new Outdoor Kitchen showcases the best of Western living, complete with a standalone wine bar island and a double island cooking peninsula to showcase food and wine pairing demos and educational sessions. There’s also a new Live Fire cooking experience demo where chefs are showing creative ideas for great food made around the campfire.
Guests are welcome at seven or more seminars each day taking place at two cooking stages. Some of the West’s best winemakers and craft beer producers will conduct seminars with titles such “A Study of Bubbly” and “Taste Like a Master.”
For those with décor and lifestyle in mind, the Home and Design Stage is the place to be for picking up tips from Sunset editors and lifestyle experts. The West’s leading experts in drought-tolerant landscaping, edible gardening, and garden design are also on hand. And for movers and shakers, Airstream Village features trendy vehicles for the mobile living revolution, showcasing cocktail bars, retail shops and home layouts within their design. Take to the road, the sea or the air with inside advice on everything from photography to Mexican mezcal tasting from experts and presentations at the Travel Stage.
Tickets, parking and information
Visit online for a complete schedule of presenters and events, event information and tickets for Sunset Celebration Weekend on May 14-15, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Early VIP admission from 10 a.m. includes a welcome gift bag, unlimited tasting tickets and access to the VIP lounge. Prices for General Admission are $35 in advance or $45 at the gate and $125 for VIP tickets. Children 12 and under are free with advance purchase or $5 at the gate. Each seminar has tickets on sale at $20 per person. Seminar and event and tickets can be purchased in or at the gate, but they are likely to sell out.
Sunset at Cornerstone Sonoma is located at 23570 Arnold Drive. Parking is available at the Sonoma Valley Airport, 23982 Arnold Drive, with shuttles provided.