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The month of June is filled with opportunities for the foodies and winos to have their fun.

Tickets are now available (and going fast!) for the 17th annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival. The festival starts pouring on June 23 at 4 p.m.

“There’s no doubt we’ve been discovered,” said Wine Festival Committee Chairperson Barbie Butz. “We have visitors coming from near and far for this year’s festival. Many are repeat visitors, and many are first-timers.”

Expect to find 80 different wineries popping cork on some sweet and sinful varietals and blends from around the region.

To make sure the alcohol won’t get lonely in your stomach, there will be local chefs on hand to make some pairings sure to leave you satiated and satisfied.

And while the animals won’t be able to imbibe
some of the Central Coast’s finest grape-offerings, the event will be raising funds for the populations of Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo, the only known accredited animal facility in the county.

Patrons will love getting relaxed by the lakeside bandstand with live music by the Mighty Croon Dogs and sipping on a glass or two of California’s finest.

Tickets for the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

Before you get your Merlot fix, check out two other great food-related happenings around town on the coming weeks.

Come to the Arroyo Grande Library on June 16 at 2 p.m. for a delicious program about the tips and techniques of cake decorating with pastry chef Jill Stavros. Chef Jill received her Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry degree at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked at a variety of restaurants on the Central Coast, including Rhythm Cafe, Windows on the Water, Popolo, and Utopia Bakery.

Summer is also the perfect time to get in on the barbecue—and that means you too, vegetarians!

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in San Luis Obispo is having its grand opening event on Thursday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a giveaway at the event where three lucky customers will win free barbecue for one year.

Never fear, fearers of meat, there are more than just ribs to Dickey’s melt-in-your-mouth menu. The mac-n’-cheese is off the charts with its cheesy goodness, and there are giant pickles for the taking.

In other words, there’s a little something for everyone at Dickey’s, and you get to polish it all off with a free (yes, you read that right) ice cream cone.

So June is the month to toss those belts in the trash, stash the scale in the attic, and enjoy a little clean (OK, sometimes messy) and mouth-watering fun.

Calendar Editor Maeva Considine compiled this week’s column. We want a Bite! Send us your food, wine, and related news at bites@newtimesslo.com.

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