One of the Best Food and Wine Festivals Around: Earth Day Food and Wine


Disclosure: I was invited out to the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival in Paso Robles.  All opinions are my own.

Every time I take time to explore the Central Coast, I come back rejuvenated, but even more so, more intrigued by this part of California.

Being a huge wine lover, and having passion for the grape, but also the winemakers, and farmers, that do the work behind the scenes, when I first heard about the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival, I was intrigued. Most days, I hear about wine festivals, and my ears perk up, however, I knew there was something special about this one.

Earth Day Food & Wine was the first event to provide an opportunity for attendees to connect directly with local farmers, winemakers, and chefs in this unique format.  It got started because these purveyors wanted to share what they’ve created in a fun, casual environment.

Needless to say, they did just that! The festival just had their 10th Annual Event, and has already confirmed it will be taking place in 2017.

The venue at this year’s festival couldn’t have been more perfect: Castoro Cellars, underneath their beautiful Oak Trees.

Great way to start the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival. Under Castoro Cellars big tree #travelpaso #EarthDay

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But once inside, the true magic began.  Guests of the festival could walk around 3 different tents trying wines from the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo areas.  Even a few Monterey County wines came down for the event (Holman Ranch, anybody?)

While tasting wines, many would offer a food pairing to go with their wines, or there would be separate tables from local restaurants within the area.  Paso Robles, being so close to so many farmers, is a top leader in the Farm to Table movement, and all of those fantastic restaurants were present at the festival.  The food was truly top notch at this festival. 

For those in the area, they could easily stop by some of their favorites, or those new to the area, could find some new places to try.

 

While guests enjoyed their food and wine, live musicians played music on stage in the Beer Gardens, Cooking demonstrations were available, and throughout the grounds, various seating arrangements were available.  Others even brought in their own chairs and found a nice spot under one of the gorgeous trees around the property.  It was a great environment to enjoy wines, eat some amazing food, and just have fun. 

And, for me, it was one of the BEST Food and Wine Festivals I’ve been to (this says a lot coming from me!) 

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So, mark your calendars for next year’s event: Because let me tell you, it’s completely worth it.

Every few years, the Festival changes locations, and next year will be bringing the festival to San Luis Obispop at Chamiscal Vineyards on April 22, 2017. 

For a limited time you can purchase 4 or more tickets for the price of 50 Dollars Each.

Purchase Tickets Here.

 

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Earth Day Food and Wine Festival This Weekend!


Disclosure: I will be attending the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival.  All Opinions are my Own, and I believe in this festival and what it stands for. 

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Earth Day is this weekend! Celebrations will happening all across California, but, in Paso Robles, the 10th annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival will be taking place.

For many, food and wine may not come first to mind when participating in Earth Day Festivities, however, that is HOW this festival truly began.  For a decade, Earth Day Food & Wine’s annual wine country throw-down spotlights how sustainably produced foods and wines are both delicious and environmentally responsible.

And there’s nothing like Earth Day to bring up that reminder of, “where does our food come from?”  Or how it is taken care of.

Earth Day Food & Wine was the first event to provide an opportunity for attendees to connect directly with local farmers, winemakers, and chefs in this unique format. The casual, low-key atmosphere has set this event apart from the start – and now 10 years later, the event has stayed true to its mission – sharing sustainable wine and food with hungry eaters and caring connoisseurs.  Farmers, food purveyors, winemakers and chefs who are passionate about sustainability come together in a casual atmosphere where attendees can relax anywhere from VIP tables to a picnic blanket on the grass

 

Guests enjoying the various wineries

This year counts as their 10th Year Celebrating the Event, and is sure to be the best yet.  In addition to a growing list of top chefs, farmers, food purveyors, wineries and brewers, Earth Day Food & Wine will feature a Tesla auto exhibition, the Guerrilla Gardening Club,  a SIP Pop-Up Bar where guests can enjoy SIP Certified wines, the KRUSH radio Beer Garden, and so much more. However, the event doesn’t just celebrate sustainability, but also the next generation of passionate people. Event proceeds benefit the Vineyard Team’s Spanish education programs and scholarships for relatives of farmworkers.

Just some of the tastes you’ll be enjoying this upcoming weekend, if you attend:

805 Living • Airstrike Bird Control • Ancient Peaks Cafe • Ancient Peaks Winery  •  Arroyo Seco Winegrowers Artisan  • Baker & Brain  •  Bee Wench FarmBethel Road Distillery • Bloom Microgreens • Brigit BinnsCalifornia Cashew Brittle  •  Caliza Winery • Carmel Road WineryCastoro CellarsCatering by Chef Charlie • Central Coast BrewingChamisal Vineyards •  Chaparral GardensCharter Oak Style MeatChronic CellarsClaiborne & Churchill WineryDark Nectar RoastingDouble L VineyardDunbar Brewing Dunning Vineyards • Ecluse Wines • Edible San Luis ObispoEl Lugar Wines • ENZO Olive Oil Company •  FARMstead Ed • Fetzer VineyardsFig Good Food • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. • Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyFlora and Fauna Fine Food • Foremost Wine Company • Fresh Farmers’ Market Soup with Chef Alyx of Good Tides Organic Bistro and author Kendra Aronso • Goal Zero • Good Medicine Brewing • Green Gold Organic Farm •  Hahn Family WinesHalter Ranch VineyardHolman Ranch  • Hope Family WinesJ. Lohr Vineyards & WinesJ. Wilkes WinesJeffry’s Catering •  Julia’s JuicesJust Baked SLOJUSTIN Vineyard & WineryKitchenette TempletonLaetitia Vineyard & WineryLe Vigne Winery • Los Padres ForestWatch  • Luna Red  • Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest •  Negranti Dairy & Artisan CreameryNiner Wine Estates • Novo Restaurant LoungeOLEA FARM Olive OilOlio Nuevo • Oluv Skin • Opolo VineyardsPacific Energy CompanyParaiso VineyardsPendray’s Distillery •  Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery  • Reef Point Hard Cider • RE:FIND DistilleryRidge VineyardsRiverbench Vineyard & Winery • Robins Restaurant  •  Sage Ecological LandscapesSee Canyon Hard Cider •  Seven Oxen Estate WinesShale Oak Vineyard • SIP Certified Wines •  Sostener • SummerWood Winery & Inn • Sunbird Farms • Tablas Creek VineyardTalley Farms Fresh HarvestTalley VineyardsTempleton Chamber of Commerce  • Tesla MotorsThe Chocolate StacheThe Hurricane Kitchen • The Krush 92.5 • Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine BarToro Creek BrewingTrue Myth, Baileyana, Tangent  • Trumpet Vine Catering • Two Cooks Catering • Vintage Trailer Restoration • Vivant Fine CheeseWild Horse Winery & Vineyards • Windrose FarmWine Cork Couture • Windward Vineyard • Wine Country Craftsman • Wrath Wines •  Zenaida Cellars

For more information about the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival and to purchase Tickets, check out Earth Day Food and Wine Festival Here.

 

 

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Save EVERYDAY with Groupon Coupons!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own. And frankly, I love Groupon Coupons. 

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I don’t know about you, but I love a good deal! And I love SAVING money.  I first became hooked on Groupon Coupons when I first moved to California.  I was looking for a more affordable way to get out to explore my new home without breaking the bank.  Groupon Coupons became my savior.

The more I began to explore the deals on their site, the more I realized that they had COUPONS for places I frequently shopped at.  Think Kohls, Target, Macy’s, Nordstroms and more!

Today, I was in a shopping mood, the idea of Spring and summer has finally arrived, and my obsession with the cute trends that come with it were on my mind.  Before heading off into Kohls, I hopped onto Groupon Coupons to check out the deals.  They had 126 Coupons available for KOHLS. How awesome is that?

Not only that, but for certain items I was looking for.  50% off Sandals! Hello, a complete no brainer! And 50% Patio Furniture to 20 Dollars Off their Swimwear Line.  All the things you need for summer, they had deals for.  A huge win win.

So the next time you head off to your favorite store to do a bit of shopping, be sure to stop into Groupon Coupons, and you may just end up saving a bit more money than you intended.

 

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