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Local Realtors help showcase culinary delights at San Benito Olive Festival

The not-for-profit festival partners with San Benito County Realtors to promote awareness and appreciation of the region’s world-class culinary agriculture and premier artisans, while supporting causes with festival proceeds

When the idea of partnering with a strong organization that will help spread the word about the third annual celebration of local gourmet food in October, the San Benito Olive Festival Board embraced San Benito County Realtors, who are big champions of our area.  

Many local real estate agents jumped at the opportunity to buy Olive Festival tickets before the official public ticket release on July 1. The not-for-profit festival promotes awareness and appreciation of the region’s world-class culinary agriculture, premier artisans, and helps support causes with festival proceeds.  “It is the right thing to support the Olive Festival!  We need to get the word out about this event,” shared Marilyn Ferreira of Intero Real Estate Services.  

San Benito Realtors enthusiastically purchased the limited 250 tickets. Phyllis Swallow of Bertao Real Estate Group said she is planning on giving her tickets to friends, clients, and family, so they too can “enjoy the chef demonstrations” and high quality reusable Olive Festival bags.  Karen Para with Intero Real Estate Services is looking forward to “seeing old friends and making new acquaintances” at the VIP tent, which has private tastings with renowned local wineries and crafted beers. 

The Brigantino family are not only realtors in the San Benito County area, but they're also partners in producing an award-winning organic olive oil. Hollister’s Brigantino Olive Oil took gold in the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition, and the family will be olive oil purveyors at the festival.             

Visitors from Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties will be in for a real treat with San Benito Realtor David Baumgartner singing in a 10-member 1950s do-wop band. San Benito County Association of Realtors President-Elect Valerie Smith said, “The added entertainment of the live music and variety of vendors up the level of interest and make it an event that I look forward to each year!” Musicians and performers will be entertaining in various locations around many fine food and premier artisan booths and the VIP area. 

Donna Silva with Nino Real Estate said she is excited to promote the San Benito Olive Festival, held at Bolado Park, and all the qualities the area has to offer, to friends and clients: “Our county’s beautiful backroad scenery is hands down San Benito County's BEST feature.”  Hollister agent Sandy Troia with Intero Real Estate Services is already telling clients to “not make plans” for Oct. 17, 2015.     

 “I also love going to local events that are sponsored. The sense of community is fantastic…this is a must attend event,” said Hollister’s Intero Real Estate Services Manager Renee Kunz. 

San Benito real estate agents are greatly connected to the local community and truly are the gatekeepers to the wonderful San Benito County. Special thank you to all the Realtors and San Benito County Association of Realtors board office who support local nonprofits and encourage volunteerism to continue making our area a great place to call home.

For more information on the San Benito Olive Festival, visit and “like” their Facebook page for updates and announcements. Phone: (831) 537-7270


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