Martinez Business Beat, May 29, 2019

Main Street Summer Wine Stroll Tickets Available

Advance tickets for the June 8 summer Wine Stroll are available online at

The Downtown Summer Wine Stroll will take place at 2:30 p.m. June 8, giving participants a chance to stroll from one downtown Martinez business to another, getting wine samples and other treats as they shop.

Advance tickets are $25 plus tax and service fee, and any available will be $35 the day of the event. Participants must be at least 21.

Inaugural Wine Lyft June 8

The Martinez Wine Lyft will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8, and will start at Viano Vineyards, 150 Morello Ave.

John Shearer has organized the inaugural Wine Lyft, so people can see Martinez’s three vineyards and wineries.

Tickets cover the cost of parking at Viano Vineyards, a personal wine glass, a six-bottle wine tote, wine tasting at three wineries, a light lunch, snacks and dessert, as well as carpool Lyft rides from Viano to William Welch Wines, Bhachu Vineyards and back.

Only 40 tickets will be sold to this event.

Tickets are $75, and are available online at

Those interested may visit the event’s website,

Chamber ‘King of the County Barbecue Challenge And Music Festival June 15

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce’s King of the County Barbecue Challenge and Music Festival will take place June 15 and 16 at Martinez Waterfront Park, 245 N. Court St.

The long-running event is an all-in-one outdoor family festival with live music, vendor booths and plenty of barbecue foods. Admission to the public is free.

Vendor booths start at $100 for Chamber members; are $100 to $150 for nonprofit vendors, $200 and $250 for arts and crafts vencors, $350 and $400 for snack food vendors, with an additional $120 for health department fees; and $400 and $450 for commercial vendors.

Vendors are juried, and applications are available online at

Those interested may visit the website

White Pony Fundraiser Continues Through June 15

White Pony Express (WPE), which collects fresh food for distribution to the poor and others in unfortunate circumstances, has the chance to match financial donations, grants and pledges it receives through June 15, the organization has announced.

Pledges up to $300,000 will be matched by a collaboration of three contributors, Luis Gerardo del Valle Torres, the Heart’s Path Foundation and the Gemmer Foundation, the announcement said.

Those interested in contributing may donate to White Pony Express, 3380 Vincent Road, Pleasant Hill, 94523, or online at Those interested mayvisit its website,

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