Tasting of the week: Champagne and croquet at Barnsdall Art Park

Champagne and Croquet? It's happening at Barnsdall Art Park this Sunday. Bring a picnic or buy one

Break out your croquet whites for Barnsdall Art Park’s Champagne and Croquet spring fundraiser on Sunday, May 3, on the west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be croquet organized by the Pasadena Croquet Assn., as well as live music from the Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers. DJ Ed Mattiuzzi will be spinning tunes, too.

Silver Lake Wine will be pouring a trio of sparkling wines for the event. The first is a NV Domaine Collin Crémant de Limoux from southern France, blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Next up is a NV cava called Gran Sarao from Penedès, Spain, and finally, the NV Sommariva Prosecco rosé from Italy’s Veneto.  Tickets purchased for the event come with  drink tickets for trying the wines.

You’ll need sustenance. The Silver Lake shop Say Cheese will provide picnic baskets (by pre-order only through Barnsdall until 4 p.m. on Saturday). Picnic baskets for two, four or six run $25, $50 and $75 and come in charcuterie and cheese or vegetarian versions. Order at the same time you buy your tickets (see below).

You’ll be able to  slurp oysters from The Oyster Gourmet. And you can also buy brunch items from an array of food trucks, including the Coolhaus ice cream truck, which will be parked at Barnsdall Art Park.

Do-it-yourselfers can show up with their own picnic and blankets.  This event gets crowded, so it’s a good idea to come early. Tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for kids (3 and older), with a members discount at $25.

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