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Festival season is lit: On May 26, there's a whole lot of food fest fun to choose from: There's the Avila Beach Tequila Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort (learn more at; the Memorial Day Beer Fest at the Madonna Inn in SLO (learn more at; and the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival, now in its 35th year ( Choose wisely! ... A SoCal road trip may be in order for this tasty photo opp: Yes, guac lovers and avocado toast enthusiasts, this is your time to shine! A pop-up museum dedicated to California's creamiest crop—the fatty, fabulous avocado—will open in San Diego June 16. If you experienced the pop-up ice cream museum in L.A., you know that this new venture—dubbed "The Cado," will provide lots of visual fodder for those summer Instagram stories (plus, stay tuned for details on Morro Bay's annual AvoMarg Fest, slated for Sept. 8 on the Embarcadero). Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain can't believe how many new restaurants, breweries, and foodie events are popping up across the Central Coast. She can be reached at

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