The music, food and wine that are making an appearance at the event, are top notch, true to Napa Valley’s style and reputation.
We are only 3 days away from BottleRock Napa 2015. This 3 day festival is a fave of mine as it is for many locals and tourists alike. Are YOU Ready?
I know I’m ready for some Gwen Stefani while enjoying a nice glass of Miner Family Wine.
This year, I’ll be there as a social media correspondent for the BottleRock Napa team. I really enjoyed working with the social media crew last year.
Get ready for a plethora of wine, food and backstage photo streams on my insta, twitter and fbook feeds. New to 2015…
I will be using Periscope video and a goPro camera to bring my followers LIVE to the event with me and ‘behind the scenes’ to interview the artists and winemakers who make it all happen.
For those of you attending the 3 day BottleRock Napa event, below are 6 tips to navigating the event like a Pro from a seasoned food and wine event goer… Living Live Out Loud is my specialty.
6 Tips to ‘Living Life Out Loud’ at BottleRock Napa 2015
- Hydration & Sustenance
Humans need water, a simple tip but one that is easy to forget. The temperatures in Northern California can be hot at times. Even without the heat, the body needs to drink water often, especially when active & exposed to the sun. Make sure to keep drinking water and refill your bottle at the many refilling stations all over the event. Us humans also need to eat. When having fun, tasting wine and dancing your ass off…it can be easy to forget the 3 meal a day rule. Stop by one of the many yummy food vendors at the show. Sample the foodie delights that Napa and Sonoma Wine Country has to offer from some Top Notch Celebrity Chefs while you enjoy the music.
- Don’t Get Lost
As SOON as you enter, grab an event space map…or two. Knowing where things are located is half the battle. How else can you navigate quickly to the Imagine Dragons stage when you hear they are about to start jamming? Having a map on you at all times is a lot easier than asking for directions. The crew at BottleRock is busily installing signage all over the event, if you have lost your map, just follow the signs.
- Always Plan Ahead (…like a good Boy Scout)
So little time…so much to do. In only 3 days… BottleRock Napa will host a huge number of musicians, chefs, winemakers and local brands. With multiple stages, food areas and lounges to visit, it is important to read the schedule and the sponsor list to highlight the acts and bites that are most important to you.
Make sure you circle the chefs you want to visit, the wines that you want to sip and the acts you want to see the week before the event. I like to print out schedules online and then highlight all of my favorites.
- Forge New Relationships
If there is one tip that I give out to all wine country visitors, it is to call ahead. Once you have decided which vendors to visit, let them know you are coming. A winemaker, chef, artist, brand can be prepared for you if you simply contact them before the event. Tweet to them, send an email, make a call, let the winery or business know that you plan to be in town for the BottleRock event and look forward to seeing what they have to offer. Most brands appreciate being prepared and ready with what they’re fans are looking for.
- Imagery is Key
3 days is a long time… but it goes by in a flash! You will be left wanting more and ready for next year as soon as the last note is played on the guitar. Snap photos of the adventure. Take a few photos each hour. Include the people, wines, musicians, and the landscape in the imagery. A few days after, it will be enjoyable to re-live the BottleRock Journey through photos. Don’t forget to post a few to social media with the hashtag #BottleRock … then click on the hashtag to see what all the other visitors are doing as well.
- Plan Your Ride
Chances are high that you may hydrate with more than just water at a Wine Country event. Have a designated driver in your BottleRock group or have a plan set to uber, taxi or have a friend pick you up. It is NEVER a good idea to drive after having even one drink. So please BottleRock safely and get home safely afterwards by arranging for sober transportation.
- ENJOY YOUR BOTTLE ROCK EXPERIENCE!