In 2020, COVID meant that the Festival of Trees looked a lot different than usual. The decorated trees were displayed individually in storefront windows throughout downtown and bidding was virtual. Baked goods sales moved online as well. The three of us loved spending a beautiful fall day strolling through Vacaville in search of the trees. 2021 will have the same format and we're already looking forward to it.
There's one facet of the Festival of Trees that we've never participated in, and that's the Gala. Until now! We're not attending the Gala, but Steve and I did help decide the Signature Drink that will be served there. For $65, we got a "Cocktails for a Cause" ticket, good for 8 cocktails from 7 Vacaville restaurants and one vote for a winner. During the month of September, we visited each restaurant to try the drink and meet the bartenders competing for the honor.
After not eating in restaurants from March 2020 to June 2021, it was really nice to have a reason to revisit our favorite Vacaville restaurants. And not only did we enjoy our favorites, but we discovered two more new-to-us places that we'll definitely return to in the future.
BackDoor Bistro: "It's 5 O'Clock on an Island Somewhere" (Jon)
Burger City: "James and the Giant Peach Mule" (Kelly)
Clay Oven: "Ooh La La Lemon Drop" (Jeet)Fuso Italian Restaurant: "Cinnamon Dreamsicle" (Rachael)
Merchant & Main: "Snowy Red" (Ari)Merchant & Main: "The Grinch that Stole Christmas" (Nick)
Tahoe Joe's: "Sierra Mountain Spritz" (Allison)Los Reyes Restaurante Y Cantina: Señorita Blush (Lucy) - the 2020 champ!