Central Coast Oyster and Music Festival on Saturday, June 7th 2014

oyst3Calling all “oyster lovers” out there! If you enjoy fresh oysters then this is the festival for you. In it’s third year, it’s already been rated as # 4 of the top ten Oyster Festivals in the U.S. – and the largest on the West Coast?! The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. in Avila Beach.

This event features 30+ local food & retail vendors, with local beer, wine, cocktails, ALL DAY LIVE MUSIC Lineup, Aphrodisiac Lounge, “Best Oyster of the Central Coast” Chef Award along with Shucking Contest. Access to the event is $20 with food and beverages purchased separately. For more information and to purchase your tickets: http://centralcoastoysterfestival.com/

Karla Bonoff Concert on Friday, June 6th 2014

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Karla Bonoff in Concert

Looking for a good Friday night activity? Doesn’t get much better than this: open-air concert at a beautiful and well-respected winery all the for  paltry price of $30 per ticket …. and, it’s a benefit concert to boot!

Harken back to the ’80′s and you will surely remember Karla Bonoff. In addition to success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt, and many of Bonoff’s ballads are now pop classics. Throughout it all, Bonoff continues to tour extensively, playing sold-out shows around the world. Her show is a heartfelt litany of one hit after another; with her earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache, and joy shedding light on secrets of the heart that resonate with so many in a way few can muster today.

Few singer songwriters come to town with as impressive a resume as Karla Bonoff, but even that cannot measure up to spending an evening in the company of her and her craft. Accompanying Bonoff on stage will be guitarist Nina Gerber whose melodic touch, when combined with the voice of another musician of heart, creates honest, powerful and beautiful music in an unforgettable way.

Opening the show will be Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Eric Kufs. As the main songwriter for indie folk band Common Rotation, Kufs has released six full-length records and written nearly a thousand songs. With the lyrical poignancy of a Will Oldham, the dynamic voice of a Van Morrison, and the passion of a Bruce Springsteen, Kufs will grace Castoro Cellars’ outdoor stage with his sincere and soulful sound for your listening enjoyment.

This concert benefits Escuela del Rio a day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Northern San Luis Obispo County.

To purchase your tickets visit http://www.castorocellars.com/Events. Tickets are $30 p/person with a BBQ and wine available for purchase at the concert.

Cambria Spa – Relaxation at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa

 

We always feel ready for a spa treatment.. but how often do we really follow this urge?

buddaThe El Colibri Hotel and Spa makes it easy for you to relax, refresh and regenerate – it’s all in the course of a relaxing stay at our restful hotel.

As part of our stay at the hotel, you receive complimentary access to our rooftop jacuzzi, and our two steam rooms. But with just a bit more planning you can add a most special massage into the mix. Here is a link of our spa services.

Whether your relaxation regime includes beach walks, bike treks, hiking the trails of Big Sur, or simply lounging in our comfortable beds with our woodland views … we hope to make this relaxing visit a most special one.

Visit our specials page for our spa packages, and know that you’ll be well cared for at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa.

Enjoy!

All This for Chard Lovers?

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The Chardonnay Symposium takes place from May 16th through the 18th at the Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach California. This premier event for the education and celebration of Chardonnay wines brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine journalists and food/wine enthusiasts from all over the world. What ever group you may affiliate with you’ll be joined by others from all other the world to taste, explore, learn about and appreciate this beloved grape varietal.

 

So what’s up? Friday evening, May 16th,  Chef Maegen Loring and Jacob Moss will prepare a multi-course Wine Country inspired menu. Each course will be meticulously paired with both internationally and domestically produced world-class Chardonnay wines. Dinner is being held at the LIDO restaurant a the Dolphin Bay Resort. Tickets are very limited.

May 17, 2014, is the TCS Seminar & Panel Discussion and Grand Tasting & Silent Auction in Support of the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program. From 9:30am-12:30pm, the highly-anticipated Seminar & Panel Discussion will be once again moderated by Steve Heimoff, West Coast Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Past panel topics have included lively debates on the role of oak, unoaked chardonnay, malolactic fermentation, clones, and the heavy manipulation of the chardonnay varietal. This year’s discussion promises to include more topics of great interest and will highlight those wines and producers. Panelists are both domestic and international producers and authorities. From 1pm-4pm, following the Seminar & Panel Discussion, is The Grand Chardonnay Tasting & Silent Auction with early admission at 12:30pm for VIP and media pass holders. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program.

May 18, 2014- Sunday, many Central Coast wineries will offer ancillary promotions and events in conjunction with TCS, creating a true immersion in the culture of Chardonnay.

So… “YES!” There really is ALL THIS just for you Chard lovers. Don’t miss the fun.

For tickets or more information, please visit: classiccalifornia.com/Chardonnay-Symposium.htm

Enjoy!

Visit the Paso Robles Art Festival Saturday, May 24th

A short drive inland from Cambria, California you will discover the beautiful rolling hills of Paso Robles  Wine County, but alas those folks in Paso do a whole lot more than make great tasting wine!

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Once a year over the Memorial Day weekend, they pull out the plugs and put on one of the best art and music parties held on the Central Coast.  This year the party takes place on Saturday, May 24th in the Downtown Park Square of Paso Robles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The agenda for the day includes an outdoor fine art and sale, wet painting sale and auction, a bevy of interactive art experiences, sand master sand sculpting … and now we get to the really fun part: live music starting at 10:45 (held throughout the day), dance performances every half hour, a bar and lounge featuring all local product, and plenty of fine food from the local chefs to keep your tummy full and happy. While I’ve focused more on the music, food and beverages, I really must say that the artists represented at this event are some of the very best in the County. I hate to “name drop” – so I won’t! But rest assured you will be tantalized by the many fine works of art you will no doubt discover and yearn to take home.

Don’t miss the fun – add this one to your calendar! And, if you haven’t hotel reservations for this busy weekend be sure to give the El Colibri Hotel & Spa a call; if they can’t help you out, their kind staff will certainly offer some options for others who may have rooms available.

Amgen Bike Tour in Cambria May 14th

homepage-insiderSAFE-290x170v2The 2014 Amgen Tour of California is back on the Central Coast, making several stops. The community of Monterey will be the setting for the Stage 4 start on May 14th, 2014. From there, the race will traverse approximately 100 miles south to finish the day in the seaside artist village of Cambria, known for fine dining, walking and hiking trails, and unique shopping.  THE FINISH WILL BE AT THE CAMBRIA VET’S HALL 1000 MAIN ST.

Get all the details on the race at their web site: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

An “After-Party” is planned from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Cambria Historical Museum where local restaurants and wineries will offer food and drink, and live music will be provided for entertainment. There will also be an exhibit of vintage bicycles, posters, photos and other cycling memorabilia on race day through June. Learn about the history of cycling and enjoy some fun and interesting stories courtesy of the SLO History Center and the SLO Tribune.

 

Chili Cook Off and Car Show May 10

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There are many ways to welcome you to Cambria but one of the most delicious is to invite you out to our annual Chili Cook – Off. You’ll enjoy one of those magic Central Coast weekends filled with great food, gorgeous weather, abundant entertainment … and fun for just about everyone!

The event takes place on the Pinedorado Grounds and includes a Classic Car Show, too! So whether you intend to compete with your fine tasting Chili recipe, or your super classic car … or just go to taste the goods and enjoy the sights, plan for a full day of food, fun and entertainment.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m. Please contact the chamber for more information: http://www.cambriachamber.org

 

 

Cabs of Distinction Event April 26, 2014

Folks in Paso Robles take their wine very seriously – especially those who make the area’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

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If you are a Cab lover like many of us around here, you’ll enjoy our Cabs of Distinction event this Saturday, April 26th being held at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles, California. A “Grand Tasting” ticket will get you in the door to taste all 28 Cabernet and four Garagiste producer wines, each paired with artisanal cheese and Charcuterie. Catered lunches will be provided by premier local restaurants and caterers. There will be chocolate tastings, a barrel-making demonstration and, of coarse, live music.

If you want to step it up a notch, consider a “Premium-Reserve” ticket for $150 which gets you in an hour ahead of the crowd, or better yet the “Luxury VIP” ticket for $225 which admits you to an exclusive vintner-hosted reception and lunch at Thomas Hill Organics at 11 a.m. This multi-course lunch is paired with special Cabernet and red Bordeaux wines for a most tasty and memorable experience. After lunch you’ll enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the event at River Oaks Hot Springs.

The “Grand Tasting” starts at 2 p.m., the “Premium-Reserve” at 1 p.m. and the “Luxury VIP” at 11:00 a.m. For more information or to purchase you tickets visit the group’s website.

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

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Always a fun day, and what better way to show your global consciousness than by participating in our annual Earth Day Food & Wine Event. This year the activities run from Friday, April 11th, 2014 through Sunday, April 13th. The event features favorite award-winning wines and ‘bites’ from the many artisanal food producers in the area.

This is our 8th annual Earth Day Food & Wine Event, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. From “Farm-to-Fork” dinners, to private tastings and tours, the central coast is yours to discover!

Visit http://earthdayfoodandwine.com/ for a full listing of the activities, tickets and to learn how you can get involved!

Enjoy!