Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County – Santa Barbara Culinary Experience

Stearns Wharf is featured as one of Julia Child’s favorite destinations
in Santa Barbara County on
SBCE Events – Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County.

Photo Credit: Photo Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

The SBCE will be a three day experience taking place March 13-15, 2020
that will draw people from all over to enjoy the many delicious things Santa Barbara has to offer.

Follow Julia’s Footsteps. Download an Interactive map for a self-guided tour of some of Julia’s favorite places to eat, drink, walk and shop all over Santa Barbara County from Santa Ynez Valley to Carpinteria, where she summered.


The Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) is a world-class three-day event celebrated throughout greater Santa Barbara from March 13-15, 2020. Immersed in the American Riviera and showcasing a taste of Santa Barbara by bringing together local and national talent in the spirit of Julia Child, the public will enjoy Santa Barbara – Julia’s final home – with its dynamic food and wine scene. In partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, participating restaurants, bars and hotels across the city and harbor in this experience offer their inspired spin on classic Julia Child dishes, signature Julia and Paul Child cocktails, educational programming, memorable stays, tours, talks and other creative programming, all to benefit The Julia Child Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to honor and further Julia’s legacy, which centers on the importance of understanding where food comes from, what makes for good food, and the value of cooking. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, the Foundation is a non-profit organization which makes grants to support research in culinary history, scholarships for professional culinary training, food writing and media as well as professional development and food literacy programs. Over the last decade, the Foundation has made more than $2 million in grants to other non-profits. In 2015, the Foundation created the Julia Child Award, presented at an annual Food History Gala hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This annual Award honors an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks and is accompanied by a $50,000 grant from the Foundation to a food-related non-profit selected by the recipient. For more information, visit: www.juliachildfoundation.org

Stearns Wharf