Dignatarios Takes Over Santa Barbara Zoo

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Photos: Fritz Olenberger / Old Spanish Days

By edhat staff

One of the most exciting Old Spanish Days Fiesta parties, Celebración de Los Dignatarios also known as DIGS, took place at the Santa Barbara Zoo Thursday evening.

The all-inclusive event provided tasty food samplings from a bevy of local vendors. Rincon Catering offered custom margaritas, al pastor tacos, and bananas foster churros with vanilla ice cream. Lilac Patisserie served up tasty gluten-free baked goods, Mesa Salsa had samples of their fresh and locally sourced salsa, Sol Smokehouse had smoked pork belly, and much more.

A full bar was serving up drinks, but tastings of wine, beer, and liquor were also available. A few of the vendors were Municipal Winery, Topa Topa Brewery, Figueroa Mountain, Rincon Brewery, and even Grocery Outlet had a booth offering tastes of wine for sale at their grocery store. 

With views of the ocean atop the Zoo's garden hill, locals imbibed and danced to music from all genres played by DJ Hecktik with a supporting band and Spencer Fischer as the hype man.

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Flicka Aug 03, 2019 02:36 PM
Dignatarios Takes Over Santa Barbara Zoo

I think the events at the zoo are fundraisers for the zoo. I doubt a party had a negative effect on the animals. I believe Mrs. Childs left her property to the Santa Barbara Foundation and they gave it to the city. Mom knew Mrs. Childs and said she was a really nice woman.

Bird Aug 03, 2019 11:33 AM
Dignatarios Takes Over Santa Barbara Zoo

No doubt, but fun for the human animals, but this should not be what the zoo (short for zoological garden) is for. The land was part of the Child Estate; does anyone know what the terms of the gift were or how it can be found? We were told some years ago by a city official that the zoo pays $1/year to the City. How did it get to be a play pen for "dignitarios" and whatever other events are held there?

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