Chew on this: Beaverstock is right around the corner, folks. Get in on the Castoro Wine, local brews (Toro Creek, BarrelHouse, Firestone Walker, Bristols Cider) as well as the array of fine food trucks and purveyors, which range from The Pairing Knife to Bliss Café to Sugar Lips Mini Donuts (yes—if they are mini, you can eat more of them!). Check out this groovy, two-day music festival Sept. 19 to 20 at the scenic Templeton winery and know that your hard-earned dollars are going to a great cause—the Templeton Education Foundation (tickets at castorocellars.com) … The SAVOR the Central Coast Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch is quickly approaching this Sept. 26 and 27! Become a volunteer or pick up tickets, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on this array of regional eats, drinks, and farm-to-table experiences (go to savorthecentralcoast.com) … The Garagiste Festival has announced it will be coming back to Paso Robles this Nov. 5 through 7, so get your tickets now at californiagaragistes.com (more than 50 small lot winemakers will showcase their rarest and best offerings so you can become a fan before they get famous).
Waste not: I love the fact that GleanSLO is ensuring that no apple, orange, or broccoli floret goes to waste. Learn how to glean leftover crops from local fields or invite gleaners to pick your own fruit trees by going to gleanslo.org … Big red: Sept. 19 and 20 brings the triumphant return of the Heirloom Tomato Festival at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles. This two-day FARMstead ED event will feature Chef Jensen Lorenzen formerly of the Cass House and others. Get into the juicy fun and go for a farm tour, savor flights and bites, and tuck into an incredible farm-fresh festival supper. Oh! And don’t forget the main event on Saturday, which will feature more tomatoes than you can possibly fit in your mouth (for more information and tickets, go to farmsteaded.com) … On Sept. 24, get ready for a class that will get you buzzin’ on the finest cocktail concoctions nature can procure. FARMstead ED and La Cosecha banded together to create an impressive Crafting Custom Cocktails class utilizing the freshest herbs, shrubs, and simple syrups. Not sure what a mixologist even is? This class is for you! For tickets, go to farmsteaded.com …
Dinner table talk: Appendage & Bough has opened shop in SLO! Although they do not create edible items, the things Tim Balowski and his bearded business partners do create (tables included) come together to create a way cool home entertaining experience. Not only are their pieces pretty, but each chair or stool boasts its own history. Whether wood was once floor boards from a 1940s Craftsman Home, a vintage fruit basket from an apple orchard, or perhaps part of an old hay barn or farmhouse dating back to the 19th century, these furniture makers unveil as much information as they can about each piece, bringing new life to your next soiree! … SLO Provisions has just opened its doors at 1255 Monterey St., and I, for one, am stoked to check it out. Word on the street: The eatery is cooking up dazzling rotisserie meats, soups, salads, baked goods, and much more (check them out on Facebook or stop in and say hello) … Graze in Pismo Beach just celebrated its first year in business! I recently tucked into a plate of their epic quinoa black bean sliders (each topped with a different homemade sauce, tapenade, and hummus) and I have to give them a major shout out. Delish. Thanks for making healthy not taste too healthy!
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