California Festivals


Sunset's Savor the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo County Second Annual Savor the Central Coast
Event to feature 200 wineries, celebrity chefs, adventure and culinary tours, star-studded events, and Sunset's Western Wine Awards Gala.

9000 Yerba Buena Ave
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Thursday is set to kick the four-day event off in grand style, with an opening reception soirée at Hearst Castle (shown in photo) in San Simeon. A perfect blend of vintage grandeur and artful opulence, Hearst Castle will provide the elegant backdrop for an evening of enjoying artisan cocktails and prestigious small-lot wines from some of the producers who have put the Central Coast on the map. From the castle's stunning perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this will be a rare opportunity to relive the epic days of William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies.

Friday will be set aside for agricultural and culinary exploration. Take tours across the Central Coast's wildly diverse landscapes to witness abalone and oyster farming, winegrape harvesting, goat cheese-making, olive harvesting and pressing, and more. At sunset, enjoy the Sunset 2011 Western Wine Awards Gala on the Pismo Beach pier to honor the very best vintners in the West.

Saturday is scheduled for the highly-anticipated Main Event at the Santa Margarita Ranch, where visitors can taste wine from over 200 Central Coast producers, indulge in delicious dishes prepared by over 30 chefs using local ingredients, walk the specially-planted 2-acre kitchen garden, sit in on seminars conducted by Sunset's expert editors, and wander the 20,000 square-foot pavilion celebrating all things Central Coast. In addition, celebrity chef, Cat Cora, will present a seminar on cooking with local, seasonal ingredients. That night, guests will be treated to an al fresco dining experience in the breathtaking heart of one of California's most vibrantly alive cities, the plaza of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. "SAVOR the Mission Plaza" is a favorite event featuring the talents of San Luis Obispo County's best chefs and the flavors of its award-winning wines. Alternatively, take advantage of Paso Robles' warm fall evenings at the "Paso Glow," where City Park will be transformed into the site of a magical, illuminated reverie as gifted local chefs, winemakers and farmers celebrate the delicious abundance of the Central Coast beneath the moon.

Sunday, October 2 will continue the celebration of the Main Event in Santa Margarita, capped off with a magnificent Grand Finale that evening, details of which will be released in the coming weeks.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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