Food and Wine Festival Benefits Eastern Sierra Fire Departments

SwallMeadowsWineYou may have heard about a catastrophe that came to be known as the Round Fire. It happened in early February of last year, ravaging the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise, about 20 miles north of Bishop, Calif., in the Eastern Sierras.

The fire burned 7,000 acres and destroyed 40 homes despite a valiant effort by the firefighters of those small towns.

Those of us who enjoy the beauty of that area and all of its outdoor activities have an opportunity to give back later this month when the Swall Meadows/Paradise Wine, Beer and Food Fest is held. That’s right, we can give back by eating some great food and drinking some exceptional wines. How good is that?

The festival is set for Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Creeks Ranch in Bishop, and among the wineries already “scheduled to appear,” as they say in show business, are Grgich Hills Estates, Rombauer Vineyards and Frog’s Leap.

Live music will be provided by a great local band called Idle Hands, and we love the fact that the evening’s attire will be “mountain casual.”

The cost is $65 per person, and proceeds will benefit the Swall Meadows and Paradise Fire Departments so they’ll be even more ready the next time disaster strikes their communities — which can happen anytime there’s a lightning storm.

For further information or to purchase tickets, contact Donalda Day at 760-387-2234, 951-255-3299 or

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