The is still months away, but the celebration begins this week with the "Pirates & Pearls" themed at .
On Thursday, May 17 from 6 - 9 p.m., the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce has planned to serve Caribbean appetizers prepared by E&J Catering to go along with wine samples from 21 of the wineries who will be represented at the festival this summer. For $35, attendees will also pick up a festival glass.
Along with wine, food and pirates, The True Olive Connection will be in the house to offer olive oil tastings. (Did you know pirates were really into olive oil?)
Also planned for the night is the unveiling of the 2012 festival poster, a silent auction, live auction, art auction, raffle and music by Music Now DJ.
Wineries offering a taste on Thursday will be:
Alfaro Family Vineyards
Bruzzone Family Vineyards
Burrell School Vineyards
Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
Hallcrest Vineyards & the Organic Wine Works
Heart O' the Mountain
Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Martin Ranch Winery
Pelican Ranch Winery
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Trout Gulch Vineyards
To purchase tickets ahead of time, visit the chamber website or call the chamber at 831-475-6522. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling the Capitola-Soquel Chamber at (831) 475-6522.