Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Fun Day at the San Benito Olive Festival

The fog burned off just in time yesterday to make it a gorgeous day for the San Benito Olive Festival. The organizers created a beautiful setting at Bolado Park for the gourmet event that celebrates the rich culinary agriculture of our region.

The Husband and I had a fun day sampling artisanal olive oils, chocolates, Blenheim apricot jams, Chipolte tortillas, and more. And of, course to taste olives stuffed in garlic, bleu cheese, habanero peppers, and what have you.

It was fun watching the live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs such as Mike Fisher, Sakabozzo, and Dorothy McNett. And, to sit under the trees to eat delicious food and drink regional wines and handcraft beer.

Lots of good music from local musicians, including Zachary Freitas, Shiloh, The Flashbacks, Retrospect, and Mr. O's Jazz Band. It was fun to sit and listen to them, as well as to get up and dance.

And, what's a festival without wandering around and checking out the merchants and other non-food booths. One of my favorite booths was the collection of cartoons featuring olives, including Dagwood, Emmy Lou, Beetle Bailey, and the Lockhorns.

 All in all a great day of hanging out with friends, bumping into more friends, and meeting new people from far and near.


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