Saturday, October 14, 2017, the San Benito Olive Festival will launch its fourth annual fresh culinary event at the charming San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. Located about eight miles south of downtown Hollister, this park is home to a variety of birds and wildlife, acres of countryside, hiking trails and a historical village that includes century old buildings, such as a dance hall, a one-room schoolhouse, a firehouse and an old fashioned bar.
Foodies and families can stroll back in time while visiting with innovative creators of award-winning olive oils, world-class wines, premium chocolates, cheeses, organic treats, craft beers and other artisanal products. Several new food artisans will be presenting the latest flavors at this year’s Olive Fest. One is Tres Bien Creamery, from Willits in Northern California. They will offer over 40 flavors of cow and goat cheeses, including its most popular Bacon, Blue Cheese and Gouda blend. Another new artisan is local favorite Farmhouse Café, located in downtown Hollister, which will serve organic treats such as house-made tapas.
Professional chefs will entertain food fans on the cooking demo stage. One featured chef will be Carlos Pineda, the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival's Showdown champion, who will prepare his unique olive recipes. Chef Pineda is the chef at the Culinary Academy and Kneaded Bakery, affiliated with Rebekah Children's Services, in Gilroy. Chef Jeff Walker, executive chef at San Juan Oaks Golf Club, will also be pleasing foodies by demonstrating farm to plate delights with locally grown ingredients.
Inside the special VIP Tasting tent, wine and craft beer enthusiasts will be able to sample award-winning wines and brews from the region. Two new wines being poured this year will be Kori Wines and Bonny Doon Vineyard, which might be enjoyed alongside returning such favorites as Calera Wines, De Rose Winery, Guerra Cellars, Casa de Fruta, Guglielmo Winery and Wild Eye Winery.
Children and adults will find lots of fun, hands-on crafts in the Botanical Family Fun area. In between tasting and sipping, festival goers will be able to take an olive break and create beautiful flower bouquets, olive wreaths, pumpkin characters and scarecrows. These agricultural themed activities are part of the admission ticket. For an additional fee, attendees may sign up for an Olive Paint Party lead by artist Paul Loughridge who will teach participants how to paint an olive masterpiece.
Tickets for the San Benito Olive Festival are available in Hollister at Postal Graphics, 1760 Airline Highway, and San Benito Bene, 615-B San Benito Street, as well as online at Eventbrite–San Benito Olive Festival. Discounted tickets are available until September 14, 2017.
The San Benito Olive Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All net proceeds go back into the community.