Lederhosen are back in style: Oktober Fest is coming back to the Madonna Inn this Oct. 2 and 3, so get your tickets now for the Firestone Walker-fueled fun drenched in old world pink charm … Beda’s Biergarten is also hosting an anticipated Oktoberfest shindig, slated for Sept. 19 and 26. The event will feature pig roast dinner, pork shank, warm potato salad, and plenty of gigantic mugs full of authentic German beer (purchase your tickets for limited special food items and reserved seating by calling 215-5858 or stop by the eatery at 3230 Broad St. in SLO) … LXV will host a wine release tasting and a swanky magic show this Sept. 5 from 7:45 to 10:15 p.m. at the posh downtown Paso Robles tasting room (go to lxvwine.com for tickets and information).
There’s so much to explore: During Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast’s unique Adventure Tour, Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch in Cambria, guests take advantage of a rare opportunity to see beautiful stands of native pine trees from a spectacular vantage point: on a hay wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses. Guests explore the 1,500-acre property guided by Covell Ranch owner Ralph Covell, taking in the expansive vistas of endangered Monterey pines and more than 100 impressive Clydesdales. Relax with a deluxe picnic lunch paired with local Central Coast wines (for more information on all the other awesome adventure tours, visit savorcentralcoast.com) … A deal’s a deal: Looking for ways to save on your SAVOR main event tickets this Sept. 26 and 27? You can become a volunteer. All you have to do is work a few hours assisting vendors and welcoming guests and you could have a free ride to the most colorful culinary adventure of the year (submit applications at savorcentralcoast.com).
What’s that fishy smell? Central Coast Salmon Enhancement is presenting Fish & Sips, a unique food and wine dinner at Wolff Vineyards on Sept. 20 benefiting the nonprofit, which restores steelhead trout habitat. The tasty part? Dine on a menu of all invasive species (including crawfish and bullfrogs) prepared by local and sustainable restaurants (check it out at centralcoastsalmon.com) … If you haven’t dug into a perfectly rare, beefy Foremost Wine Company ramen burger at the Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, you need to do so immediately (get it with fried egg and Sriracha, and don’t share a single bite) … Grover Beach has a new hot spot on its hands! Spoon Trade just opened shop and it’s getting tons of attention for its creatively prepared dishes. Peach Gazpacho, house pork sausage with apple salad, and veggie pot pies, oh my! Check ’em out at thespoontrade.com. … Sweet, addictive mission figs are ripe and ready to eat! Get some at the Madonna Farmers’ market on Saturday mornings or check the SLO Foods Cooperative for these seasonal, sensational goodies. I like them on pizza with gorgonzola and heirloom tomatoes ... or straight into my mouth.
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