The Orange County Food and Wine Festival is, first and foremost, a charity fundraising event intended to benefit young people locally and abroad. All proceeds from the event are donated to selected organizations that provide programs, both educational and health based, to young people of all ages. Visit our “Affiliated Charities” for more information and our selected youth programs.
At the event you will enjoy food and wine from top Orange County restaurants and California wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara area. You will also find an interesting variety of gifts, products, travel and entertainment items in our silent and live auctions.
The Orange County Food and Wine Festival will once again take place at the beautiful Marconi Auto Museum Sunday, March 5th, 2017.
Founder, Dick Marconi, came to California in the late 50’s. Armed with an MBA, and a young family, he made the trek across the US to arrive in Southern California where he embarked with passion, on a career developing and manufacturing custom made vitamins, weight loss products and supplements.
Along the way, Dick developed his life’s mantra which is “learn, earn, and return.” Throughout his life he has maintained that belief and in so doing, founded the Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids in 1994.
Dick amassed a wonderful collection of high performance street cars and race cars, over the years. In founding the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids, the goal of helping to raise one million dollars annually for various at-risk children’s charities has been achieved by using the car collection as a special event venue as well as producing annual events on its behalf.
Mr. Marconi donated his vast car collection to the Marconi Foundation for Kids in an ongoing effort to give back. Thus, it continues to be his and the Foundation’s goal, to continue doing good work in our community and beyond, in honor of his dreams and goals to help children in need.
The Orange County Food and Wine Festival name, event, logo and concept are the property of the Brea Rotary Charitable Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self”.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for youth focused charitable organizations that need help. All Rotarians associated with and working this event are volunteers and 100% of the proceeds raised at this event are donated to the intended charities as determined by the Brea Rotary Charitable Fund Board, all of whom serve as volunteers.
The OCFWF would like to extend a special thanks to the Brea Rotary Club.