Sonoma Raceway will celebrate fine food, wine and historic cars at the 22nd annual Historic Race Car Festival on Saturday, May 17, at the Sonoma Plaza.

This popular annual charity event, which is part of the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway, benefits the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

Locals and race fans alike will enjoy tastings from several local restaurants and wineries, as well as an up-close look at more than 30 historic race cars, which compete throughout the weekend at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, May 17-18.

The evening will feature samplings from a variety of local restaurants including Basque Boulangerie Cafe, Maya, Murphy's Irish Pub, Burgers & Vine, The Red Grape, The Swiss Hotel and more.

More than 10 local wineries, including Kenwood Vineyards, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Eric Ross Winery, Highway 12 Winery, Larson Winery, Matanzas Creek Winery, Robledo Family Winery and Bartholomew Park Winery will complement the food with wine tastings.

The event will kicks off with a parade of 30 historic racecars departing under a full CHP escort from Sonoma Raceway. The parade of cars will motor along Highway 121 and Highway 12 before arriving at the scenic Sonoma Plaza. They will then be parked in front of city hall on display for participants. You can even vote for your favorite car in two different categories.

The Historic Race Car Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the festival. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) for more information or to order tickets.

The festival is part of the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities' (SCC) fundraising events calendar. The Sonoma chapter of SCC has distributed more than $4.5 million to Sonoma County youth-serving organizations since 2001. For more information, visit