HMB Wine & Jazz 2020
Organizers say a new downtown festival will highlight coastal wines and be a reason for visitors to come to Half Moon Bay in the spring.

Half Moon Bay’s downtown businesses are prepping for a new festival, and you don’t have to wait for the pumpkins to ripen for this one. 

The inaugural Half Moon Bay Wine and Jazz Festival will be begin popping corks from 12 to 5 p.m. on May 23 on Main Street. Early bird tickets are $35 and are available online at hmbwineandjazzfest.com until March 31. 

Colleen Henney is the secretary of the Half Moon Bay Downtown Association board of directors. She said the tabling will likely be set up on Main Street from Mills to Miramontes streets. 

“We haven’t had a wine

walk on Main Street in years, and we wanted to resurrect that,” Henney said. “There’s not a lot going on on Main Street

in the spring and early summer.”

The idea originated from the board of the association, and the event is sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese Co. Elizabeth Benney, the company’s general manager and Downtown Association board member, has connections to numerous wineries up and down the Californian coast, and the festival will pour wine solely from coastal wineries. The festival has 10 wineries on board so far, with plans for a maximum of 30. 

Plans call for several live jazz musicians, including Paula West, an accomplished cabaret singer who has performed at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in the past. Music will also include the Half Moon Bay High School Jazz Band as the day’s opening act.

There will be hydration stations and multiple food vendors, including Sam’s Chowder House and Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese, organizers say.

Organizers hope the festival takes off in years to come and joins the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival as an annual event on visitors’ calendars. The area’s other big annual party, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines, is set to take place on April 26 at the Half Moon Bay Airport. 

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