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Bloody good: It’s crazy to think that most Americans have no idea what or even where the “tri-tip” of the cow is located! Here on the Central Coast, we know a thing or two about this iconic and flavorful piece of meat. Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria is hosting its second annual Tri-Tip Cook-Off this March 18 featuring seven different chefs preparing classic and modern interpretations of the meaty meal. Take a day trip south and join in the fun from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Find out more at … Looking for a new winery to check out this spring? Shell Creek Vineyards will be offering up Wildflower Picnics for its members this April, which includes a private barbecue on the ranch surrounded by colorful flora (see all the amazing wildflowers on Instagram

Zinfully delicious

Get in the Jeep! Villa San-Juliette Winery of Paso Robles is now offering Jeep tours through the rolling hills of its estate vineyard. This hair-raising adventure ride launches during Vintage Paso Robles Zinfandel Weekend, this March 17 through 19. Speaking of the annual celebration of zinfandel (Paso’s iconic first grape), dozens of Paso Robles wineries will be hosting special zincentric events, barrel tastings, barbecues, and tastings throughout the weekend! Go to for all the info (be sure to check out the Z Afterparty event and Zinposium educational seminar to be held at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, too!).

On the roster

Calling all natural foodies: The Paso Robles Food Co-Op invites the community to a March 21 Local Bites event where you can gather, learn, and discover everything you’d need to know to create a “locally healthful” diet. Get more information and join the movement by going to … Get your tix now: The Avila Beach Tequila Festival has announced it will kick off on May 27 this year from noon to 5 p.m. in the sunny coastal spot, so mark your calendar (and plan to take the next day off, if possible).

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