The Big Bear Renaissance Faire

The summer fun on Big Bear Lake continues on into the first three weekends of August with the  Big Bear Renaissance Faire, starting Saturday, August 1st.  Festivities will take place on Saturday and Sunday with food, entertainment and historical activities for the whole family to enjoy.

If you plan to attend and need a temporary chateau for one or all of the weekends, you can always find a comfortable space to hang your crown at the end of the day here at Big Bear Frontier.

Event Activities & Entertainment

You will find endless activities for all ages at this fun and cultural event! In fact, you might not know where to begin.

Knight Jousting

We suggest you start by meeting the knights by heading over to the Warriors Table at 11:30 a.m. Then you can watch them joust by heading over to the area from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Not for the faint in heart, festival knights decked out in shining armor harness the original horse power to speed towards opponents with full-sized wooden lances ready to claim victory in name of the Queen.

LIVE Acts & Pirate Entertainment

Not exactly your cup of mead? Head over with the family to the Great Square for good, old-fashioned fun. The square is where you’ll find a variety of entertainment acts, just watch out for the pirates! The high seas threat will be especially great the weekend of August 15th – 16th for Pirates Weekend.

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Activities & Entertainment for Kids

Travelling with little ones? You’ll find six stages full of entertainment options in the Enchanted Shire. Look for the Children’s Stage where you will find all-day age appropriate entertainment including:

Next, make your way over to the Traveler’s Stage for The Gypsy Magic Show. Promising clean fun for all ages, you’ll be delighted as Ciran the Gypsy Magician wows the audience with his interactive tricks and illusions.

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Also experience the NEW Castle Maze, complete with giant slide for a fun finish! The second and third weekends in August will feature a wave of new games for all ages to enjoy, as well.

Afternoon Tea with the Queen

Want to have your own royal experience?  Buy a ticket for only$10 and join Queen Anne Bolynn for tea at 4 p.m.  You’ll be able to rub elbows with the Queen and other visiting medieval celebs while enjoying a feudal bite to eat.

The Bawdy Juggler & LIVE Music

For the adults in the group, make sure you catch The Bawdy Juggler.  The act mixes hilarious banter and amazing juggling feats.  If music is what you fancy for the day, the festival will be full of acts such as the singing pirates of Joust Kidding and Cutthroat Reef.

If you consider yourself a sophisticated steam punk, then make sure you attend the second weekend for Time Travelers weekend.

Big Bear Renaissance Faire Vendors & Shopping

There are merchant booths galore, too many to explore at this year’s Renaissance Faire.   One notable booth has a very local vibe.  You can relive the experience this winter after hitting the ski slopes with a cup of tea from Mountain Witch Tea Company.  You may have experienced the company’s refreshing iced teas at the Big Bear Chili Cook-Off.

Make sure you seek out a collectible 2015 Big Bear Ren Faire pin before they’re all gone and stop in at the many clothiers to find your official Renaissance garb.  If jewelry is what you’re seeking, you certainly won’t be disappointed.  Several vendors offer unique, hand-made items perfect for the statement piece you were missing.

Food Trucks & Dining at Big Bear Renaissance Faire

You won’t be discontented in the food offerings at the Faire! Indulge in tasty medieval-style cuisine like bratwursts and roasted turkey legs at the Boar’s Head Inn, plus, delicious crepes and more from Pirate Apparel.

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Looking for something sweet? Check out Tempting Tarts for authentic French pastries and other baked confections.

Event Accommodations 

We are so excited about this upcoming event and would love to share our excitement with you.  Contact us today for a reservation.

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Big Bear Cycling Festival

This summer is jam-packed with events at Big Bear Lake!  The Big Bear Cycling Festival spins off on Friday, July 24th for a week of exciting cycling action throughout the San Bernardino Mountains.

The exciting Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100 Races races officially start on July 25th, followed by the Tour de Big Bear cycling race on August 1st.

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Need somewhere to stay?  Our spacious cabins and hotel rooms are perfect for you and your gear. Contact us today.

MTB Gran Fondo at Big Bear Lake

The MTB Gran Fondo consists of five race courses ranging in distances from 20K up to 100K. There is a race for all cycling and fitness levels.

20K Sky View Race

The Sky View 20k starts with a ski lift ride up the hill then a rolling, scenic ride down to the finish.  This race is geared for family fun with only minor technicality.

30k Ridgeline Race

Taking it up a notch, more experienced riders can enjoy the 30k Ridgeline Race. Remember to hill train on for one; it’s only 10k more than the Sky View but you have to bike yourself up.

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50K Sky View Race

The next step up is the 50K Skyline course.  The Skyline may be longer but it does have its benefits—it doesn’t include the massive uphill trek of the Ridgeline.  This isn’t a race for beginners as it does command endurance and technical skills.

70K Over the Top

Are you ready for a bigger challenge?  Then hit the trails for the 70K Over the Top. Only for experienced riders, this course takes you over extreme twists and turns, rocky ledges, and steep inclines.

100K Terrible 10,000

Are you really ready to push yourself but not ready to make a competition out of it? Then try the 100K Terrible 10,000. This is the exact same course as the Grizzly 100 Race, however, you can take this at your pace. What is the Terrible 10,000?  It refers to the 10,000 feet of climbing awaiting you on the course.

Grizzly 100 Race at Big Bear Lake

Think you can handle the Terrible 10,000 but want that added edge of a competitive race?  Then the Grizzly 100 National Ultra Endurance Race is for you.

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Competition is intense for this feat as the race draws in some of the best mountain biking talent from the globe to make the 100k route through the San Bernardino Mountains and up that dreaded 10,000 foot vertical climb.

Prizes are awarded for Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters, and Single Speed groups.

Tour de Big Bear

The Tour de Big Bear features 4 lengths, from 25K to 100K, all requiring moderate to extremely challenging climbs at high altitudes. Several Altitude Acclimation Rides are offered throughout the week at the Big Bear Cycling Festival to help riders prepare for the races and are strongly encouraged for participants.  As an added bonus, registrants for the Tour de Big Bear are also registered for the:

  • Poker Ride
  • Time Trial
  • Recovery Ride

Recreational Biking

Big Bear Lake’s scenic trails aren’t only for the racer in your family. Recreational biking is a popular activity for guests and residents alike. Don’t have your own ride or can’t fit it into the overhead compartment on the plane ride over? Bear Valley Bikes rents full biking gear and bikes and can service your ride if you need assistance.

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Check out Big Bear Lake Kayak Rentals or Paddles and Pedals for the one-stop-shop experience for all of your cycling and water sports rental needs.

Excursion Rentals

Looking for an excursion with an expert? Stop by Potter’s Mtn. Sports, Bike Tours & Rentals. They’ll rent you a ride that you can head off on your own, or on one of their guided tours.

Big Bear Frontier looks forward to seeing you for the Big Bear Cycling Festival or on your next relaxing cycling vacation.  Are you ready to start planning your next adventure?  Start with us.

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The 8th Annual PaddleFest

Join us for the  8th Annual Big Bear PaddleFest​ on Saturday, July 18th at 7 a.m. on Big Bear Lake for competitive races and water activities on paddle crafts including:

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)

Spectators and participants are invited to celebrate this seasonal event with a big ole’ beach bash on the lake at Big Bear Frontier! Stay with us in our spacious lakeside cabins and cozy mountain view hotel accommodations. Available for this can’t-miss summertime event.

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Register & Participate in PaddleFest

If you plan on participating in PaddleFest, registration begins on the day of the event at 6 a.m. or you can register online to receive a race swag bag stuffed with exclusive goodies! Registration includes your vessel lake permit.

All participants must bring a paddle craft and complete a Quagga Mussel Inspection. If you do not have your own paddle craft but would like to participate, you can book a rental.

The PaddleFest Races

There are races for all ages and skill levels. Participants can choose to participate in a 20K, 10K or 5K. Everyone is a winner at this event!

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The 20K 

For those who are experienced paddlers or who are looking to break a serious sweat can look forward to paddling the 20K course that starts at The Pines Lakefront and winds around the scenic Big Bear Lake.

The 10K

Not sure you are up for that kind of challenge? Paddle your way to victory in the 10K, which also starts at The Pines Lakefront, winds east towards the Stanfield Cutoff and ends back west on The Pines Lakefront shore.

The 5K

Are you looking for a recreational rush of fun? Register for the 5K, but be sure to practice those turns because this race is set on technical course that takes you back and fourth, between floating markers on the lake!

SUP PaddleFest Activities

If long distance races and trail paddling aren’t your forte, sign up for a SUP PaddleFest Activity including:

  • SUP Yoga
  • Relay Races
  • Paddling Clinics

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The paddling clinics are great for novice paddlers who want to prefect there turning abilities and those who would like to try paddle boarding for the first time. There are two sessions:

  • Adults (ages 15 & up) at 11 a.m.
  • Kids (ages 8-15) at 1 p.m.

Family Fun at PaddleFest

And why not make the day a family affair?  The kids can participate in Kids Fun Race for ages 5-12 and the Kids Bear Challenge Race for SUP’s under 12’6″ in length. Age categories include:

  • Ages 8 & under
  • Ages 9-11
  • Ages 12-14
  • Ages 15-17

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Beach Party & Vendor Expo

For those that just want to hang out together and enjoy the fun be sure to attend the Beach Party, which kicks off after the awards ceremony. Enjoy great food, beer and even horseshoes while listening to music on the beach at Big Bear Lake.

You also don’t want to miss the Vendor Expo, featuring some of the top outdoor sporting and fitness retailers and supporters!

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Stay at the Lake

We can’t wait to experience yet another great summer event with you.  Reserve your stay with us today, and we’ll see you at the races!

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Fire-Safe Fourth of July Recipes

The recent Lake Fire and California drought don’t have to put a damper on your Fourth of July plans. Big Bear locals and visitors can look forward to lakefront fireworks and Independence Day feasting.

Lakefront Fireworks

Although we discourage personal use of fireworks, the LA Times announced that 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks can be seen over Big Bear starting at 8:45 p.m. — referring to the show as one of the best around. After all, what’s Fourth of July without fireworks?

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Enjoy lake front fireworks on Big Bear Lake this 4th of July, starting at 8:45 p.m.

Fire-Safe Cooking

From desserts to hot dogs, you can still enjoy your favorite Fourth of July food while avoiding fire risks created by the drought by preparing dishes inside, rather than using a grill or campfire.

Although many of our cabins come equipped with a kitchen, Big Bear Frontier guests are encouraged to also bring crockpots for preparing food indoors.

Fourth of July Recipes

Need recipe ideas? Try our five favorite “Fire-Safe Fourth of July Recipes,” below.

Safe S’mores

Melted milk chocolate and warm oozing marshmallow, pressed between two crispy golden brown graham crackers — a classic dessert known as the s’more — is famous for being prepared over the campfire. However, this treat is just as delicious when cooked in the:

  • microwave for 3-5 minutes
  • oven at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes
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Fire-Safe S’mores to cook in the microwave or oven.

Try adding local flavor to your s’more by heading to North Pole Fudge & Ice Cream Co. for freshly made milk chocolate, located in Big Bear Village on Pine Knot Avenue.

Pigs in a Blanket

Move your hot dogs from the grill to the oven. Dress them up wrapped in cheese and refrigerated dough for a classic dish known as pigs in a blanket. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Then, serve with all your favorite condiments!

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Remix the classic hot dog by making pigs in a blanket this 4th of July.

Fourth of July Fruit Pizza

Blueberry stars and strawberry stripes are the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day using Pillsbury’s Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe. Decorate using patriotic colored fruits and serve to friends and family.

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Celebrate Independence Day with a Fourth of July Fruit Pizza.

Slow Cooked Sloppy Joe Sliders

Instead of burgers on the grill, mix things up with mouthwatering Sloppy Joe Sliders prepared in the crock pot. All you need is a pound of ground beef a 1.15 oz can of Manwich cooked on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

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Ditch the grill and hamburgers! Make slow cooker Sloppy Joes this 4th of July.

Big Bear Buffalo Chicken Dip

Every Fourth of July feast calls for a dip to keep friends and family at bay until holiday entrees and meats are done cooking. Big Bear Buffalo Chicken Dip is easy, delicious and will have everyone dunking into it for more. All you need is:

  • Two – 8 oz packages of cream cheese
  • Two – 1o oz cans of chicken or 3 cups of baked chicken
  • 1/2 – 1 cup on Red Hot Wing Sauce (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 cup of blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • 3 oz of blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 cups cheddar or monetary jack cheese
  • season with garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper
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Prepare Big Bear Buffalo Chicken Dip in the crock pot for an explosion of flavor and great holiday appetizer.

Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Then serve with chips, crackers or baguettes.

Full House for the Fourth of July

With SOLD OUT accommodations, we are looking forward to celebrating Fourth of July with a full house of patriotic guests at Big Bear Frontier. Post your Fire-Safe Fourth of July Dishes on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and don’t forget to tag us.

If you are staying with us this weekend or would like to make reservations, please contact us at (800) 798-3960.

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Lake Fire News & Safety

We’re getting a lot of questions about the Lake Fire that sparked last week outside of Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Beyond minimal smoke drift, Big Bear Frontier, surrounding residential areas and the Village at Big Bear, have remained unscathed by the Lake Fire. We are grateful for the many firefighters and volunteers dedicated to keeping the fire contained and away from our area. Fortunately, if you are visiting us this weekend or next, you cant still expect pristine water and inviting mountain views.

To help prevent similar wildfires, we have provided information about benefits and prevention tips, below!

Benefits of Forest Fires

Forest fires can be no doubt cause devastation. However, they can also produce natural benefits in the wake of their aftermath. Forest fires actually help renew soil and recycle nutrients.

Lodge Pole Pines

In fact, some trees, such as the lodge pole pine, aren’t able regenerate independently unless exposed to forest fires, and often sprout up in droves afterwards. Furthermore, lodge pole pines can house seeds for years before a wildfire’s force pries open its resin-sealed cones. Lodge pole pines’ seedlings also thrive in the carbon-laden post-fire soil.

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Controlled Forest Fires

Ideally, small wildfires are set in a controlled area under the supervision of professionals, and can even help prevent large-scale blazes. Smaller forest fires can help burn through hindrances such as:

  • dead leaves
  • pine needles
  • other debris lining the forest floor

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Small fires renew areas for green growth to push through the soil, which reduces the risk of future or large scale wildfires such as the recent Lake Fire.

Tips for Preventing Forest Fires

There are things you can do to prevent wildfires and mitigate damage in case of a situation like the Lake Fire.  Big Bear Frontier’s staff regularly prunes existing shrubbery and removes dead growth away from structures, and we are actively committed to weeding.

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Weeding helps prevent fire fighters.

Since many fires start in areas of weeded overgrown brush, weeding is crucial. Also, keeping roofs and gutters clean is a practice that can help prevent fires from spreading across residential properties.

For more residental prevention tips, visit Firewise.org.

Fire Safety for Campers

Camping a popular activity among the Big Bear Lake area. After all, what’s better than a campfire surround by good friends and beautiful scenery? In our opinion, nothing. Unless, however, you aren’t practicing campfire safety.

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Enjoy campfires safely at Big Bear Lake, California.

Check Weather Conditions

First, you want to be aware of surrounding weather conditions such as a drought. You can redeem this information by reaching out to resources, such as

  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • Local Wildlife Ranger’s Office
  • Campground or Property Management

Properly Make a Fire Pit 

If you are camping and the area does not offer onsite fire pits, make your own by choosing an area that meets the following criteria:

  • 10-15 foot circumference
  • clear of debri
  • No overhead branches or or flammable structures

Next, dig about a foot deep. Then, line your pit with rocks. Be sure to always keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.

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Proper construction of a campfire

Extinguishing a Campfire

To extinguish your fire, remember, ‘BIG BEAR LOVES CAMPERS’ or ‘BBLC.’

  • BBURN your fuel down to ashes.
  • BBUCKET of water is the next step. Douse the fire completely.
  • LLISTEN for hissing noises.  Don’t stop pouring water on your fire until it is quiet.
  • CCOVER & COOL using a shovel. Then, stir dirt into the ashes, and cover completely. Finally, check to ensure the spot is completely cooled.

Now you’re fire safe.

Fire Updates & News Resources

When a forest fire is active in the area, being vigilant is most important.  Stick to credible news outlets and local or federal government websites to get up-to-date information.  San Bernardino County, like many communities, also offers text and phone alerts to subscribers detailing emergency information.  You can also see updated pictures and time-lapse video of the mountains here.

Big Bear Frontier is focused on providing the best experience for all of our guests and we will continue to strive to do so, even in the event of a fire in the mountains.  Currently no structures were damaged in the fire and with cooler temperatures and higher humidity returning this weekend, we’re confident an end is close in sight.  We urge you to join us this weekend and let us show you just how relaxing (and fire free!) your weekend can be!

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Old Miners Heritage Days at Big Bear Lake

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Every year the Village at Big Bear Lake celebrates the mining heritage of the San Bernardino Mountains with a series of fun and exciting events throughout the summer, and the celebration has just begun! The Old Miners Heritage Parade kicked off this summer-long celebration earlier in … Continue reading

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National Fishing and Boating Week

Did you know that June 6th – 14th is National Fishing and Boating Week? We couldn’t be more excited! Big Bear Lake is teeming with a variety of fish and is the perfect place to reel in a long weekend.

To show our support of this weekly celebration, Big Bear Frontier is offering 15% OFF any cabins through Sunday, June 14th. Mention this blog and redeem this offer when you book your getaway!

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Fishing is the third most popular outdoor activity in the nation. According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (NSFHWR), more than 30 million people in the United States went fishing. Of the vast majority of these outings, 81 percent were to fresh water bodies like our beloved Big Bear Lake.

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Why do we love fishing so much? One reason is its proven ability to relieve stress. It offers a way to unwind, rekindle a connection with the outdoors and unplug from the chaos of modern day life. It presents an opportunity to quietly reflect, gather thoughts and relax on the water.

We also fish for the camaraderie.  For anglers, there is nothing better than a day on the water with friends and family, making memories and connecting with a little conversation. Fishing together offers a chance to laugh, yell victoriously over the catch of the day and commiserate with each other when the big one slips away.

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We love fishing because we know our past time supports conservation. Funding received from fishing licenses in this state supports the Department of Fish and Wildlife and its conservation efforts.

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, we urge you to pass this love along.  Teach someone to fish this week. Hand Crafted (4)Summertime is high season to bring in largemouth bass!  Take a friend to the lake and share the excitement of getting a large Channel catfish.  Show them the proper techniques behind Trout fishing so the two of you can enter the Big Bear Lake’s Troutfest this Fall.   Charter a boat from one of the many marinas in the area or make use of Big Bear Lake’s public boat ramps; they are open through November.

We can’t wait to see what trophy catches you hook!  Make your reservation now to make 2015’s National Fishing and Boating Week one to remember.

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Big Bear Village Wine Walk

The Village Business Association of Big Bear Lake is hosting its annual Village Summer Wine Walk this Saturday, June 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy shopping while tasting wine and beer from all over the globe!

In spirit of this year’s event, here are tips on how to pair wine with local fish you’ll catch on the lake.

White vs. Red Wine

Basic culinary rules say reds go best with dense meats such as steak and whites go best with lighter fares such as fish. However, depending on the flavor intensity, texture and preparation of the fish, red wine can be just as tasteful of a match as white.

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Basic culinary rules say reds go best with dense meats such as steak and whites go best with lighter fares such as fish.

 

Delicate Fish

Flaky fish such as bass or blue gill is best complimented with a light and crisp wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. This light pairing is perfect for the summer season and warmer weather.

We recommend preparing these delicate catches with simple dressings like a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and brush of olive oil, before putting them on them on the grill or in the oven to broil.

Medium Fish

Trout is a catch commonly reeled in on the lake. Its boost of flavor calls for a white pairing with a little more body such as Chardonnay and Riesling, or even something lighter like Sauvignon Blanc.

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Grilled trout with lemon

 

This local fish favorite can be prepared by adding a drizzle of dill butter or brushed on coat of Dijon mustard.

Heavy Fish

For fried catfish lovers, this catch is best paired with the heaviness of red wine. We suggest sipping on Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or Rioja to compliment the crunch and strong flavor of a breaded or deep fried catfish.

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Adding texture to your fish by breading or battering opens the door to bolder wines such as reds.

 

Pairing by Flavor Profile

Fish is a versatile food that will handle almost any flavors you enjoy cooking with; using these flavors is another way to customize the pairing of your wine selection to your meal.

Fried or Breaded

Adding texture to your fish by breading or battering opens the door to bolder wines such as reds.   A delicious light fish such as crappie will pair well with a Grenache after corn breading and deep frying.  Stay to the lighter reds; this is key.

Sweet Marinades

Sweet marinades, such as curry and teriyaki, call for sweet wines. Serve a chilled Rosé rather than the stronger sweetness from a Moscato.

Spicy Seasonings

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Differentiating palates are going to enjoy a variation of wine and culinary combinations. The most important thing to remember is find the wine and food combination that suits you. The possibilities are endless!

Accommodation & Ticket Information

If you plan to attend this weekend’s event are in need of a place to stay while attending the Village Wine Walk, contact us or call 800-798-3960. We are offering  20% OFF your stay of two or more nights this weekend only—just mention this article!

To purchase tickets click here or visit the UPS Store in Big Bear Lake Village.

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We will make sure your stay is a perfect complement to this eventful weekend! We would also love to know your favorite wine and lake catch pairings, so don’t forget to leave a comment, below!

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Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

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Big Bear is hopping this time of year! Not only are all the skiers and snowboarders ready to hit the slopes after being cooped up for most of the year, but it is vacation time for many people during the … Continue reading

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Weekend Treats

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It Starts Off Sweet Big Bear Lake will he a hotbed of Halloween activity tonight! Dress up your little monsters, and make sure you have the super-sized candy bags. There will be plenty of ways to stock up on the … Continue reading

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