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Top 5 Ways to Experience Harvest in SLO Cal this Fall

Did you know that our region harvests more than wine grapes each fall? From apple orchards and pumpkin patches to olive groves and tomato fields, SLO Cal is full of amazing produce and farm adventures to discover during the autumn months. Here are a few to check out this season:

1. Apples & Honey Festival

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Sample the best of the season at this festival held at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo on September 16th. There will be local artisans, apple games and crafts, a honeycomb hunt, horn blowing contest and more. Don’t miss the animal showcase from Zoo to You and storytelling by Bonnie Lee Books. More info: http://www.jccslo.com/apples--honey.html  

2. Olive Oil Tasting at Tiber Canyon Ranch

Tiber Canyon Ranch is situated on 50 acres of oak and manzanita woodland nestled in the hills between the Pacific Ocean and the Edna Valley wine growing region of San Luis Obispo. According to local legend, about 10 acres of the ranch were cleared during WWI and planted in apricots. When they came to the ranch, only five of the ancient, gnarled trees were still hanging on. Now, where their companions once stood, they grow ten different varietals of Northern Italian olive trees. The grove is maintained using sustainable farming practices and they welcome visitors for olive oil tasting by appointment daily. They will even take last minute visitors as long as you call ahead. More info: http://www.tibercanyon.com/index.htm

3. Heirloom Tomato Festival at Windrose Farm

Tucked in the rolling hills of Paso Robles is Windrose Farm. Owners Bill & Barbara Spencer have been organic and were certified with C.C.O.F. from August 1999 to 2009, but are currently transitioning to biodynamic! They are a fixture at local farmers’ markets and the farm is an inspiration for many. Celebrate their amazing heirloom tomato harvest on September 22nd. Come for the traditional heirloom tomato tasting of over 30 varieties, stay for the local chefs and purveyors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes using Windrose Farm’s tomatoes and farm fresh produce. The FARMstead ED Pop-up Marketplace and Windrose Farm Stand will be open & selling much of the flavorful fare & products you will be grazing on throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $30 per person. More info: https://farmsteaded.com/products/heirloom-tomato-festival-september-22

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4. Discover the Distilleries of the Central Coast with SLO Cocktail Month

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All September long you can try craft cocktails featuring locally distilled spirits at restaurants across SLO County. Local restaurants include Novo and Sidecar among others in Paso Robles. They will be teaming up with local distillers like Krobar and Re:Find to create unique and delicious cocktails. You can even vote for your favorites. Enjoy the “spirit” harvest of SLO County!  More info: http://slococktailmonth.com

5. Sip and Savor our Favorite Local Harvest with a Wine Month Hotel Package

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We couldn’t talk about harvest in SLO County without mentioning some wine! There is no better time to enjoy a wine getaway than the fall months. During September the Boutique Hotel Collection properties are offering wine-tastic room packages to help you experience our wonderful wine region and well, “wine” down. Visit our websites for more details. Cheers!

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Top 5 Apple Harvest Activities in San Luis Obispo County

Fall is in the air and it is the season of harvest on the Central Coast. Besides our grapes, we have a wonderful apple orchard region nearby in rural San Luis Obispo and Avila Valley. September is the ideal time to visit and experience all the apple harvest festivities that our region has to offer. Here are some of our favorite apple-tivities!

 

1. Avila Apple Festival – Sunday, September 18th in Avila Beach

It’s everything apple in downtown Avila Beach where the smells of fresh apple pie, caramel apples, and sweet tasting ciders from the Avila area fill the fresh ocean air. This free, fun-filled afternoon for the entire family will feature booths of local apple growers, food booths, contests, apple art, games and crafts for the kids, educational demonstrations and great local entertainment on the headliner stage. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is right down the road from the festival and is the perfect place to stay to enjoy an apple adventure. More information at www.avilaapplefestival.com

2. Apple Picking at Avila Valley Barn in Avila Beach

September is peak apple season at Avila Valley Barn. Be sure to visit during this time to enjoy fresh apple varieties including Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, and more! Here, you can do more than just apple picking. There are hayrides, farm pets, a deli, and ice cream. Avila Valley Barn is has so much family fun to offer especially during apple season. More information at: www.avilavalleybarn.com

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3. Hard Cider at Bristols Cider House in Atascadero

If you prefer a more adult apple harvest experience, be sure to visit Bristols Cider House in Atascadero. As the only cider pub on the Central Coast, they serve all of their craft ciders including their exclusive sessions like Brigstock and Magelwurzel (it’s pink because they add beet to it!) as well as Lone Madrone wines. Their tastings will take you through a selection of 5 of their current ciders and it is a great way to sample what they have to offer and how different each cider is. Be sure to visit Thursday through Saturday to enjoy locally catered food to pair with your refreshing cider. Bristols is open from 1pm to 8pm Wednesday through Sunday. They are closed on Monday and Tuesdays. More information: www.bristolscider.com

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4. Apple Wine at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards in San Luis Obispo

The Central Coast is, of course, very famous for our wines and wine region. So, naturally, we would pair wines with apples to make a unique apple wine. You can find this experience at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. Visit their tasting room and taste their Red Delicious and Golden Delicious wines. They are made using grapes and are fermented with local apple juice. They are a must try for apple fans! Enjoy their picnic grounds while you are there. Kelsey’s Tasting Room is open daily from 11am to 5:30pm. More information: www.kelseywine.com

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5. The Apple Dumpling at the Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo

For nearly 40 years, the Apple Farm Restaurant has been creating delicious scratch made cuisine in San Luis Obispo. One of their most famous menu items is the Hot Apple Dumpling. This amazing dessert features a whole apple that has been peeled and cored. It is filled with cinnamon and other spices, brown sugar, and butter and then wrapped in their famous pastry dough and baked in the oven. It is best eaten with two giant scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with cinnamon sauce. It is so huge that we recommend having someone to share it with. It is the ultimate apple dessert experience on the Central Coast! More information: www.applefarm.com/dining