Goleta’s Dam Dinner Brings Record Turnout

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Goleta’s Dam Dinner Brings Record Turnout
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By the City of Goleta

The return of Goleta’s Dam Dinner after a three-year hiatus brought a record turnout this past Saturday, August 20, 2022, to the Lake Los Carneros Lake dam. More than 500 people, many carrying picnic dinners and baked goods to share, flocked to the scenic spot for the #BestDamDinner they have ever had. While many who attended have been coming to the Dam Dinner since it started, we were pleased there were many first-timers as well. Whatever the case, it was the usual, simple, low-key, casual event that keeps people coming back year after year.  

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “I am so glad to see people come back to this special event. I love that there is no agenda, and it is just people breaking bread with neighbors, family, and friends.”

Stay tuned for a video of the event and in the meantime check out all the photos captured by Jay Farbman here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zYjv19BoS9rkifCn7.

Thanks to the Goleta Valley Historical Society for partnering with the City of Goleta again to put on this community favorite. A special thanks to Pete Wolf with Big Hammer Lures for helping to plan, set up the event, and for creating the yearly Dam Dinner t-shirts once again.

We also want to thank Santa Cruz Markets for donating 50 welcoming succulent arrangements and to Devereux volunteers for creating and delivering the arrangements to the event for all to enjoy and for some to take home as well.

A big shout out also for Goleta-originated vendor Kona Ice for serving up more than 200 snow cones and Elubia’s Kitchen for selling its Dam Pupusas, Dam Tamales and Dam Tacos which were a big hit.

Successful events don’t happen without the collaboration of many partners. We also want to thank the Salt Martians for playing, MarBorg for providing the bathrooms, trash and recycling bins, Santa Barbara Face Painting, and the South Coast Chamber for sharing its tablecloths with us for the event.

We hope you had a dam good time and we look forward to seeing you next year! 


Dam Dinner 2022 Salt Martians

Dam Dinner 2022 Mayor Perotte


Dam Dinner 2022 Jaime Valdez and Family

Dam Dinner 2022 Pete Wolf & Wife


Dam Dinner 2022 Smiling Family

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