Need to Know (FAQ)

Need to Know

What should I wear?

We recommend you dress comfortably for the Barbera Festival. The event takes place in a meadow and has a dirt path from the parking area, should you choose to not take the shuttle. We advise comfortable shoes and breathable attire. While we offer plenty of shade, it could potentially be a warm day. Sunblock is highly recommended. If you are sensitive to the sun, we suggest wearing a wide brimmed hat.  Complimentary water will be available throughout the day to keep guests hydrated and cool.

Can Fido come too? How about the kidlets?

Small dogs (under 20 lbs) are permitted. Please be aware that we will have therapy dogs and rescued wild birds present at the event. We have promised these non-profit groups that we would ensure the animals do not suffer any distress at the event. If your pet is easily bothered, we recommend leaving them in the comfort of your home or with a friend. We reserve the right to ask you to relocate if your pet is making the service/rescue animals uncomfortable.

Children may attend the Barbera Festival but we would like to remind you that this is an adult oriented event where alcohol will be served. Children can gain admission with a Designated Driver ticket. You can purchase tickets here. We ask that if you plan to bring your children, please keep a close eye on them. There are many hazards in the nearby vineyards and while the mature trees look fun to climb, it will not be permitted at the Barbera Festival.

If I use a walker/cane/wheelchair, can I attend the event?

We will have handicap access at the Barbera Festival. Be aware that the event takes place in a meadow and the ground can be uneven.

What should I bring? What can’t come in?

You can bring reusable water containers (up to 32 oz) to fill at our complimentary water stations. Water containers must be empty upon entry to the event or we will ask you to dump the contents. We will not be offering single use plastic water bottles in an effort to be as “green” as possible. We will have reusable water containers available for purchase. There will also be recyclable cups at each water station. Outside food or drink is not permitted.

What can I expect?

As in previous years, we will host nearly 70 wineries from all over California, including the Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ventura County, Lodi and the Bay Area. Top area restaurants and caterers are already lined up to present Barbera-friendly cuisine available for purchase. We will have live music from three local musicians with each showcasing their unique, individual sound. Local artisan crafts, community groups and great photo opportunities will keep you entertained all day. Come hungry, come thirsty, and come ready to indulge.

Who benefits from the event proceeds?

The Barbera Festival continues to team up with local partners annually to help fund Amador County community groups. The following groups receive proceed donations for participation in event maintenance or serve as event beneficiary.

Beneficiary: Community Foundation of Amador County. Learn more about our relationship with the Foundation.

Fiddletown Community Center

Future Farmers of America, Jackson-Argonaut

Rotary Interact, Amador County 

Are there additional costs once I’m inside the event?

Food & beverage script tickets will be available for sale inside the event. Each script ticket is worth $2 and food plates start at $6. White wine, non-alcoholic beverages and beer will be available for purchase. Complimentary water stations will be available throughout the event.

Do I need cash?

The Barbera Festival will be set up to take credit/debit cards for sale of food tickets and merchandise. Although, keep in mind that we will have 30+ vendors who may or may not have internet access to accept online payments. The Barbera Festival will have an ATM machine on site.

Can I get a refund on my ticket?

Tickets are non-refundable. You may transfer your tickets to another party if you are unable to attend. Contact our office at 209.245.6992.

I have dietary restrictions. What should I do?

The Barbera Festival offers a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Be sure to ask concise questions to those caterers you choose if you need to know specific ingredients.

Is the event being photographed?

Amador Vintners will have photographers documenting the event through the weekend that will be made available on our Facebook pages. Your attendance in the festival grants the Amador Vintners photographer(s) the right to take your photo, and to use, re-use, publish, re-publish, and license or assign the photograph(s), or any derivative use for publication including but not limited to: print, digital, and/or any other medium. If you do not want to be photographed, please identify yourself to the photographer(s) on site.