Third annual San Benito County Olive Festival Saturday

Bolado Park event to feature arts, crafts, music, food and -- of course -- locally-produced olive oil
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A celebration of local agriculture and culinary delights will take place Saturday, Oct. 17 as the third annual San Benito Olive Festival returns to Bolado Park. Guests can sample an assortment of award-winning olive oils, acclaimed wines, popular food trucks, restaurant faire, and craft beers while listening to music.

A row of local olive oils by Brigantino Olive Oil, MoonShadow Grove, Oils of Paicines, Trabia Farms, Pietra Santa, Organic Roots will be featured as attendees can meet farmer of the year Marguerite Remede of Belle Farms. Grab a bite from local favorites like Paine’s Restaurant, Fired Up Fresh Wood Fire Pizza, pulled pork sandwiches from Roadhouse Grillin & Chillin or try some multi-ethnic cuisine from Kuki’s Bowl, Arabian Bites, and India Gourmet.

Hollister’s Wind Swept Farms will be serving up  sundried Blenheim apricots while The Choke Coach offers artichoke delicacies. New foodie favorite wines from Aimee June Winery, Wild Eye Winery, Scheid Vineyards, Guerra Cellars, Calera Wine, Graveyard Vineyards Winery, Pietra Santa Winery, Chesebro Wines, DeRose Winery, Leal Vineyards, Fortino Winery, Guglielmo Winery and more will be available for sipping.

The festival will feature handcrafted creations from area artisans, including original woodcrafts. Four Feathers will offer their handmade bird houses and Bell Hill Goat Milk Soaps and Lotions will sell its moisturizing products. Nestled between them will be Gourmet Temptations and Papa Joe’s Spice Company, which will features mustard blends, jams and marinades.

Come listen to 50s and 60s doo wop sounds from The FlashBacks, Mr O’s Jazz Band and dance along to the traditional Mexican dances of Folklorico Juvenil de Lucy Rodriguez.

Craft beers will be available from Pete B’s Brewpub, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Drake’s Brewing Co., Santa Cruz Ale Works and Grillin and Chillin Alehouse. New to the event this year are friends and families activities. Parents and children can have fun in the Botanical Family Fun (BFF) area where they can paint and plant, create olive wreaths, paint pumpkins and even build a scarecrow together. For artists of all ages, the Olive Paint Party will offer a creative experience – featuring artist Paul Loughridge of Paul’s Paint Party (additional $15 charge)

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (62 and older) and $10 for children (6 – 12). VIP admission, which grants access to a fine wine and craft beer tasting area with five tastes and souvenir wine glass is $35. Parking is free. No pets allowed.

For more information about the San Benito Olive Festival, visit, call 831-530-7270 or email [email protected]

BenitoLink Staff