The Courtyard is the center of many of our events throughout the year.  Most importantly, it is the location where we sell tastes of the OC Fair award winning wines.  As well as, full glasses of wine, champagne and other merchandise to OC Fair participants.  Also we offer educational wine related seminars during the the OC Fair.  

– Fran Gitsham & Brian McDonald, Event Chairs

Featured Winery Program

Noon to 4PM at the Courtyard Express Bar

Friday, July 13 – Wiens Family Cellars


Saturday, July 14   McKahn Family Cellars


Sunday, July 15 – Seven Angels Cellars


Friday, July 20 – We Believe Wines


Saturday, July 21 & 22 –  Dubost Winery


Friday, July 27 – Row Eleven Wines


Saturday, July 28 – Dark Star Cellars


Sunday, July 29 – Fallbrook Winery


Friday, August 3 – Mineral Wines


Saturday, August 4 – Orange Coast Winery


Sunday, August 5  –  Frisby Cellars


Friday, August 10 –  Pear Valley Estate Wine


Saturday, August 11 –  Good Luck Have Fun Wines


Sunday, August 12 – Sunce Winery and Vineyards

Seminar Program Schedule

OC Fair Server Responsibility Statements

The OCFEC requires each person pouring alcohol to sign a Server Responsibility Statement. This is an OC Fair form, not an OCWS form. Therefore, please do not write any messages on the form. The form states that you have attached a copy of your server certificate to the form; this step is handled by The Courtyard Committee prior to submitting the signed Server Statements to the OCFEC. The form can be found on the website at under ‘About > Courtyard’ section. Please only fill out one name per form, sign and date where indicated, and email to or by fax to the OCWS office at 714.546.5002 (not the fax number indicated on the form). Thank you.

The Courtyard Schedules. The 2018 OC Fair is just around the corner. Thank you for the fantastic response to the call for volunteers for The Courtyard during this time. Both Fran and I continue to be amazed by the willingness of everyone in this organization to step forward and volunteer.

By now you should have received confirmation as to your Courtyard shifts. If you have not, please email either Brian McDonald at for Manager, Assistant Manager, Cashier or Steward Shifts; for Server shifts contact Fran Gitsham at When volunteering at The Courtyard please remember the No. 1 Rule – have fun!

Want To Get More Involved? Have you given some thought as to getting more involved with The Courtyard? We are looking to expand the number of people involved in running The Courtyard for 2018. If you are interested in becoming involved in scheduling, training, etc., please contact Brian McDonald at or Fran Gitsham at

The Courtyard Setup & Teardown

Setup for The Courtyard is scheduled for Saturday, July 7. We need to move all of The Courtyard material from the storage trailer, clean the refrigerator, clean the counters and shelving, hang posters and signs, etc. The setup will start at 9:00 am and will end by 2:00 pm so everyone going to the Gold Medal Mini-Tasting will have plenty of time to get home and prepare.

Lunch, beer and wine will be provided. Everyone working will be asked to pick a bottle of wine to take home as a thank you. If you are able to help, please RSVP to so we can plan for food and other essentials.

The Courtyard teardown will be on Monday, August 13 starting at 9:00 am.

When volunteering at The Courtyard please remember the No. 1 Rule – have fun!

– Fran Gitsham & Brian McDonald, Event Chairs

We also hold our annual BBQ and October parties here.  The map below can be helpful in finding the Courtyard location on the OC Fairgrounds.  Please note the location of our office between the Pacific Amphitheatre and the Courtyard.


Oct 14

Oktoberween 2018

October 14 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm