Imagine perfect temperatures, orchard-lined hillsides and lots of pastels — this was the backdrop for the SB Polo & Wine Festival.
Set between the foothills of Carpinteria and the pacific ocean, the festival was an all-day event filled with the classiest of wines, folks and music. The first half of the day included performances by Angelou, Vieux Farka Toure, Durand Jones & The Indications and Nick Waterhouse. With vendors at the perimeter, there was plenty of space on the open field to lounge, try some brisket from local barbecue masters Barbareño, and enjoy the tunes as the cool ocean breeze carried them along from the stage to beyond. But the definite highlight came midday, when the match commenced between the Santa Barbara Polo Team and Canada’s Chateau D’Esconce. Halfway through the match, it was time for the traditional “divot stomping” and it became clear as the audience gingerly took to the field, that this was many of the attendee’s first polo game. As we stomped the divots (the small patches of grass and dirt that are torn up by the polo ponies), we sipped our wine, posed with the go-pro clad ref and went on to enjoy the second half of the match. The rest of the evening was marked by memorable performances by headliners LP and Macy Gray with the latter delivering a soulful set including a moody cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Read on for our top 5 highlights: