Spanish Days DIGS! At the Santa Barbara Zoo
(Celebration de Los Dignatarios) began on the ground of the
Santa Barbara Zoo where hot live music, amazing tastes from
local restaurants and a bevy of cool and delicious sips were
enjoyed. DJ Hecktik sounds were danced to by fun loving guests,
including Father Larry, and guests donning their finest Old
Spanish Days garb.
DIGS! Mariachi Greeting
Parker Double Tree Resort & Spa generously offered trolley
rides to and from DIGS!, and everyone seemed to love arriving
in a Santa Barbara trolley. My driver was a very entertaining
guy, and it was beyond nice not to have to hassle trying to
find a parking space in or near the zoo.
Wine & Beverage Booths
who is anyone in Santa Barbara attends DIGS! in the Zoo which
has been considered the best party of Fiesta and attracts a
who's who of Santa Barbara VIPs and elite. Among the VIPs attending
were Hal Conklin, Bill MacFadyen, Mayor Helene Schneider, Councilwoman
Cathy Morilla, Das Williams, Chief of Police Lori Luhnow, Joe
Buttitta & Kelsey Gerckens KEYT3, Franciscan Fathers from
Old Santa Barbara Mission, an army of area residents, media
and more. Spirit of Fiesta Norma Escarcega gave a brilliant
dance performance that delighted hundreds of guests.
Ceviche from Chuck's Waterfront Grill
many of my favorite food purveyors were serving tastes including
Chuck's Waterfront Grill, Via Maestra 42, Ca Dario, Farmer Boy,
Loquita, Santa Barbara Zoo Catering, Brophy Bros., Santa Barbara
Catering and so many more. Liquor was flowing from Tequila coolers
to lovely wine sips from Zaka Mesa, Lucas and Lewellen Wines,
Beckman Wines and more. A new product delighting guests that
can't eat ice cream was Reveri, a nondairy iced dessert. My
personal favorite was a Louisiana gumbo served up by The Palace
Grill. For a complete list of sponsors please visit: www.sbfiesta.org.
was yet another fabulous Old Spanish Days DIGS! At the Santa
Barbara Zoo and a good time was had by all! Viva La Fiesta!
By Bonnie Carroll
About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since
1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's
Life Bites News - www.lifebitesnews.com,
does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes
to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle
publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published
in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact
her at Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.