Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Olive Festival


Big news, dear Take 25 Readers! The first Olive Festival is in the works.

Yep, an Olive Festival! Organizers have set it for October 19, 2013 at the Paicines Ranch in beautiful Paicines, just down the road, south of Hollister.  Save the Date!

Olive trees were first planted in the area at Mission San Juan Bautista by the Spanish padres.  The mission used the olive oil it produced for essential goods that it could not make.

Today, we have several local olive growers in San Benito County who produce award winning olive oils.  Many of which can be bought at local businesses, such as San Benito Bene and Bertuccio's/The Farm, as well as from the producers themselves.

Here are some of the local olive growers that you can check out online:

I'm going through the alphabet this month as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  Click here to check out  other A to Z Challenge participants.

15 comments:

  1. hey that sounds fun!I love olive oil. I also love Olive Oyl.

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    1. Did Olive Oyl ever cook with olive oil? Come on over for the festival. If you haven't been to Paicines Ranch yet, I think you'd like it. Judy Garland got married to Sid Luft there.

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  2. A great sounding fun post,

    Yvonne.

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  3. I've written about Gilroy and the Missions in the challenge and then you come up with an Olive Festival. I am marking the date on my calendar in hopes that I can arrange all our schedules to make a run up the valley.

    http://completelycalifornia.blogspot.com/

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  4. I love olive oil! So good for you! I use it all of the time. Great post!! Thanks for sharing, I didn't know that some good olive oil could come right from Ca., I live in Ca., www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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    1. I had no idea that we had quite a few olive growers in the area. The other day, I tasted an extra virgin oil that was amazing!

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  5. Used to live in Monterey. Love the Hollister area. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hi Su-sieeeeeeeee .. I'd love to make that date - I love olive oil and I'd so enjoy being there for the process and the celebration .. 19th Oct will be etched in my memory .. but I expect I'll still be this side of the pond! Hollister sounds a great place to live ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary, glad you could drop by. Yes, Hollister is a wonderful place to hang out. Now, if only that little yapping dog somewhere outside would just stop.

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  7. Sounds great! I've had artisan olive oil at a farmers market in CA and it was scrumptious.

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