Tickets are now on sale for the third annual San Benito Olive Festival, a gourmet celebration of local agriculture and culinary delights. Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bolado Park, the festival is dedicated to offering guests a delectable day of exploring award-winning olive oils, world‐class wines and craft beers, artisanal foods, fine chocolates and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
Festival attendees can taste samples from local favorites like Oils of Paicines, Brigantino Olive Oil and the Farm Bertuccio’s. Moon Shadow Grove will be coming from Oroville, Papa Joe’s Spicy Products from Paso Robles, Kuki’s Bowl from Monterey and over a dozen wineries and craft breweries including Calera Wine, Fortino Winery, Guerra Cellars, and the Grillin & Chillin Alehouse to showcase their goods. Restaurants such as Paine’s Restaurant from Hollister will also offer food to guests. Celebrity executive chefs Jason Giles from Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey and Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge & Spa from Carmel Valley will provide live cooking demonstrations.
This foodie festival will be held in historic Bolado Park, a spacious venue that will allow festival goers to mingle with local growers and artisans and enjoy live music and art with family and friends. Performers include Mr. O’s Jazz Band and 50s doo-wop by The Flashbacks. Gioia Italian Art from Los Gatos will offer handcrafted Italian ceramics and masks. New this year are the Botanical Family Fun (“BFF”) activities that parents and children can enjoy together.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. VIP admission, which grants access to wine tasting/craft beer area with five tastes and souvenir wine glass, is $35.
The San Benito Olive Festival is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the region’s world-‐class culinary agriculture and premier artisans and to help support community causes with festival proceeds. Its mailing address is 1760-‐F Airline Highway, PMB #120, Hollister, 95023.