For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe,

I will continue to seek out the unique…the delicious…the innovative products, services and traditions of San Luis Obispo County.

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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: October 2014 Events


Talley Farms pumpkin patch.
Autumn is gently easing its way across San Luis Obispo County, and traces of this new season are cropping up everywhere. 

The green vineyard leaves are slowly rusting on the vines, the pumpkin patches are brimming with bright orange splotches, and the farmers markets are bursting at the seams with seasonal darlings like squash and apples. 

The end of the year is imminent, and to help carry us into the holiday season is the warm month of October—jam-packed with SLO County festivals and annual seasonal events. 

From digging clams at the Pismo Beach Clam Festival, to drinking local wines at Paso Robles Wine Country's Harvest Wine Weekend, to gawking at scarecrows at the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, October is shaping up to to be one of the most celebratory and flavorful months of the year.

Here's a peek at many of October's events throughout the county. Click on each link below to visit the event websites for more details. If I've left out any happenin' festivities, please feel free to share in the comments section below. 

 Get out your calendars, make some plans, purchase your tickets, and have some fun amidst the ideal SLO County autumn weather!


Cambria Scarecrow Festival
Head to Cambria!
October 1 - 31
During this festival's month-long run in 2013, over 420 scarecrows perched whimsically along the business streets of Cambria and San Simeon, mesmerizing visitors with their funny faces and imaginative garb. A tradition that started in 2009, the organizers claim this festival is truly a case of whimsy running rampant. So true, and you don't want to miss it. 

Morro Bay Harbor Festival
October 4 & 5
This 33rd annual event takes place at the water's edge on the Morro Bay Embarcadero. A wine and beer court, an entertainment stage, live music, the Kid's Cove, and the Maritime Heritage Pavilion are the major highlights. If you've ever wanted to know what it takes to be a commercial fisherman, this is the festival for you. 


Organic Braeburns at SLO Creek Farms.
Avila Apple Festival
Downtown Avila Beach
Sunday, October 5/Noon - 4pm
Take a bite out of fall with a festival that promises "all things apple." They'll provide music, apple grower booths, a vendor fair, an apple pie baking contest, a kids apple pie eating contest, apple juggling for the young and old, a kids caramel apple licking contest, and much more. Crunch on that!

Oktoberfest
Madonna Inn Expo Center
Saturday, October 11/Session One: 1:00 - 9:30pm; Session Two: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Get dressed up in your finest lederhosen and head to the iconic Madonna Inn for traditional German food and world-class beer. Ein Prosit!

Harvest Wine Weekend
Paso Robles Wine Country
October 17 - 19
If you plan on attending this vinous celebration, you're faced with some big decisions. With over 140 weekend activities at various wineries, you just can't drink it all.

Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 17 - 19
This clam festival is in its 68th year, so head to the beach to celebrate these bivalve mollusks! Friday evening is all about the wine walk. Saturday is fun in the sun with an all-day surf contest, a morning parade, and a lunchtime clam chowder contest on the pier. Sunday at noon, head to the north side of Pismo Pier for a children's clam dig, then head to the pier for the annual clam bake. Fun!

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) Presents: BREAKING AWAY
Fremont Theatre
Josh Brolin at SLOIFF's September event at the Fremont Theatre.

Saturday, October 25/7:00pm
The SLOIFF is turning 21 next year and they're coming of age jubilee has already started. This past month they brought THE GOONIES to the Fremont's big screen. Afterwards, actor Josh Brolin engaged the sold-out audience with an awesome Q&A. October's star-studded event will include actors Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley when as join the audience for a screening of the 1979 comedy, BREAKING AWAY. See you at the Fremont. 

BUBBLYFEST by the Sea
Pismo Beach
October 24 - 26
Proclaimed as the nation's only dedicated sparkling wine celebration, tickets are selling fast. Visit their website to find out which fizzy events are still available. 


Tinged wine grapes leaves in San Luis Obispo.

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
~William Cullen Bryant


Monday, September 22, 2014

Baked Applesauce Recipe

This past weekend I tasted a mere ten of the more than 7,000 varieties of apples that are grown around the globe. 

While visiting a smattering of apple farms located on the southwest end of San Luis Obispo City—banded together as the Avila Valley Apple Trail—I crunched on delicious slices of varieties such as Red Delicious, Pippin, Spitzenberg, and Braeburn. 

Although the colors, sizes, textures, and levels of tartness and sweetness differed, these apples shared one important element: they exuded the essence of the impending fall season. 

After visiting three of the trail's orchards and sampling several slices of variegated apples, I now have a refrigerator full of these healthy, phytonutrient-rich autumn fruits. Here's my first recipe of the new season: baked applesauce with ginger and orange. 


Just enough sweet. Not too much tart. Perfect for the fall palate. 


BAKED APPLESAUCE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

3 - 4 pounds crisp apples, cored and sliced 
Zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon each of allspice, cardamon, cloves, and nutmeg

Feel free to leave the skins on for more fiber and texture, unless you are aiming for a smoother sauce. 
Golden Delicious apples are considered the preferred variety for applesauce. 
I used mostly Goldens, but threw in a few red varieties like tart Braeburns for a little pucker power. 
I found that for every pound I baked, the yield was a little over one cup of cooked apples.

DIRECTIONS:


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 
Zest and juice your orange and lemon and place in a small bowl. 
Peel a 2-inch strip of ginger and grate into the citrus bowl. 


Core and slice your apples and place in a 9 x 13 Pyrex baking dish. 
Pour the citrus-ginger mixture over the apples and stir. 


Stir again after sprinkling the spices over the apples. 



Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven. 
As the apples are baking, you'll wish you could bottle the heavenly aroma of the 
spices, ginger and orange wafting through your kitchen. 



Once every 15 - 20 minutes, remove the foil briefly to stir the apples 
and notice how they start to disintegrate and fall apart. 
 Bake for a total of 40 - 50 minutes until the apples are very tender and their juices start to flow. 
Remove from the oven and smooth them out as much as desired with a potato masher. 
Let them cool.



 I prefer to place my chunky applesauce in Mason jars and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. 
The harmonious flavors are wonderful spooned on oatmeal, topped with ice-cream, 
or fabulous eaten as a lone snack. 

I hope you'll feel inspired to get your creative juices flowing with one of 
San Luis Obispo County's star autumn fruits. 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Avila Valley Apple Trail

Organic Braeburn apples waiting to be plucked at SLO Creek Farms. 
To celebrate today's end of summer and the impending autumn equinox, I hit the Avila Valley Apple Trail in search of seasonal, pomaceous fruit. Guess what I found? Apples, apples, and more apples. 

The happy trail, located just a stone's throw from Avila Beach, is comprised of a handful of farms that grow and sell several delicious apple varieties that thrive in this bountiful region of southern San Luis Obispo County

With stubborn fog hanging thick in the air, I explored three of the trail's orchards: the grassy, organic u-pick rows of SLO Creek Farms; the bustling country store at Gopher Glen Apple Farm; and the rustic, inviting grounds of See Canyon Fruit Farm. 

I tasted several freshly-picked apples, picked my own Braeburns, basked in the verdant hills while driving through See Canyon's windy roads, and brought home several pounds of sweet and tart varieties.



If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I'm set for ages.


Rows and rows of organic Braeburns are currently in season at SLO Creek Farms. Located just off of Highway 1 at the San Luis Bay Drive exit, their orchard is an easy stop on the way to Avila or Pismo Beach. Family friendly, they offer a small play area for kids as well as hay bales and tables. 



When you arrive at SLO Creek Farms, grab a bucket and head to the fragrant trees. 
Customers are welcome to taste and eat apples straight off the vines while out harvesting. 
Their apples are $2.50 per pound, and when I picked up my bucket, the cheerful attendant let me know that the redder the apple, the sweeter it is.
SLO Creek's sweet-tart Braeburns should be plentiful over the next month.  

Gopher Glen Apple Farm lies deep in the heart of See Canyon at the end of the Avila Valley Apple Trail. 
The lush scenery is well worth the drive. So are their varied apples. 



I don't know that I've ever been presented with a tasting menu of apples. But at Gopher Glen, I eagerly snapped up slices of all nine varieties. 
At $1.85 per pound, I took home some snappy Red Yorking and Red Gold apples. 




My last stop along the trail: See Canyon Fruit Ranch
I tasted their four offered varieties and left with a bag of Golden Delicious apples at $2.00 per pound.
Visions of homemade applesauce danced in my head.




Before leaving See Canyon Fruit Ranch, I stumbled upon their breathtaking gardens and idyllic wedding spot. Quite the place. 




A few tips if you decide to hit the Avila Valley Apple Trail.
Bring cash, as not all of the farms accept credit cards.
Wear your outdoor shoes, especially if you visit SLO Creek Farm's u-pick orchard.
Remember that apple season usually lasts until late November, depending on the weather, and most of the trail's farms are only open seasonally.
With several pounds of vibrant apples in my fridge, look for my creative juices to flow. Recipes coming soon.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

Exploration is good for the soul...and the palate. 

Over the last year numerous friends and family have raved about BarrelHouse Brewing Company, and finally, this past Friday, I headed north to check out this hop spot for myself. 

Turns out, this steely beer fortress, which lies in the midst of an industrial park surrounded by gnarly oak trees and dry grassy fields, lives up to the hype. BarrelHouse Brewing is more than just your average watering hole.  

Located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo County, just on the cusp of Templeton and Paso Robles, this brewery crafts portfolio beers as well as seasonal limited releases. Massive brew tanks fill the interior where guests can relax at the bar or tables, and outside, an inviting half-acre beer garden provides a family-friendly hangout. Here's a peek...
  

BarrelHouse Brewing's picnic grounds and grassy lawn allow plenty of room for well-behaved kids to roam free. 


There's also plenty of room for adults. Our entourage arrived early Friday evening for a birthday celebration and snagged a table. 
Several guests brought their own chairs so they could sit, sip, and listen to live music. 




This vintage truck turned stage is the perfect medium for local bands to provide free weekend entertainment.  




Guests young and old grooved to classic rock tunes performed by Route 66

We ordered a sampler of BarrelHouse Brewing's tasty handcrafted beers like Poor Man's Blonde Ale and BarrelHouse Stout. I went back for a full size glass of their popular limited release, Brazz Monkey, a "delicious tropical blonde with clementine oranges and fresh local orange blossom honey." The perfect sip on a warm summer evening. 

Did I mention there was food? When there's live music, there's also nosh available for purchase from local gourmet food trucks. Last Friday, Fundaro's Foodstream set up shop and served up tasty dinners like these miso pulled pork sandwiches. 
Check BarrelHouse Brewing's event page for upcoming music and events.




The next time you're in need of exploration, BarrelHouse Brewing is the perfect setting to hang out with family and friends. 
Their venue is one of those places where you'll lose track of time and place...and want to return again and again. 

Click here for current operating hours and directions to BarrelHouse Brewing. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Charging Waves

I need a new hobby about as much as I need more housework. But as an extension of the landscape photography that tethers me to all that shines in San Luis Obispo County, over the weekend I decided to take on one more pastime: video artiste.

I compiled some of the past few day's cranking waves into a few rhythmic video clips, hoping that the energy and tempo of SLO County's coast finds its way to you. 

These are my very first attempts at editing a montage of charging waves, so please understand I'm no film expert. What I do hope, though, is that you'll feel the intensity of what I experienced when I trekked along the coast this past weekend through Cambria, Cayucos and Morro Bay. 

Total splash and wonderment. 



Monday, September 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: September 2014 Events

Cambria shining bright over Labor Day Weekend.
With a remarkable Labor Day Weekend behind us, September has arrived on the scene and promises plenty more excuses to enjoy life in San Luis Obispo County. With our Indian Summer just getting started, more warm, sunny days are ahead of us, and I for one am ready for the merriment. 

Following are several, but not all, of the upcoming September SLO County events. From the Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival...to a Taste of Downtown & Arte de Tiza in Paso Robles...to an evening at the historic Fremont in Downtown SLO with actor Josh Brolin...to Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at Santa Margarita Ranch, I hope you'll be able to immerse yourself in the SLO Life and enjoy some of these energized celebrations!



Dahlia Daze
Morro Bay Community Center
Dahlias grown in SLO County.
September 5 & 6
Behold lovely dahlias with other like-minded admirers of this tuberous varietal at the annual flower show, which will provide information tables, speakers, and even a Dahlia Parade. 

Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival
Morro Bay Embarcadero
Morro Rock in all its glory.
September 13 & 14
Enjoy specialty avocado dishes and margaritas while you groove to the sound of live tunes. What more could you want? How about an all-inclusive big rock for your viewing pleasure (included with your entry ticket). 


Via Dei Coloro SLO
Downtown San Luis Obispo
September 13 & 14
Head to Downtown SLO for the vibrant "street of colors" chalk art festival.

Beaverstock Festival
Castoro Cellars, Templeton
September 13 & 14
A two-day music festival set in Castoro Cellars idyllic vineyards; this year's ticket sales benefit the Templeton Education Foundation.

30th Annual Cuesta College Writers' Conference
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo
September 19 - 20
I've attended this life-changing conference for most of the years I've lived in SLO County. This year's keynote speaker is author Anne Perry. Several practical, influential writing workshops are offered by writers, publishers, editors, and other industry professionals for those of us willing to show up, listen, learn...and write. 

Arte de Tiza 13th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art/Taste of Downtown
Paso Robles Downtown Park
September 20, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tickets are on sale to imbibe in samples from downtown Paso restaurants and wineries. Walk around, taste and sip, while catching a glimpse of the day's innovative chalk sidewalk art. 


San Luis Obispo International Film Festival screens "The Goonies"
Fremont Theatre, Downtown San Luis Obispo
September 20, 7:00 pm
Actor Josh Brolin will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening of this 30-year-old film which gave Mr. Brolin his first major movie role. 

Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast
September 25 - 28
This four-day celebration of the California Central Coast holds its main weekend event at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. But there's more: adventure tours around SLO County, as well as special events, dinners, and celebrity chefs. 

77th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
Historic Village of Arroyo Grande
September 26 - 27
A summary of Westways Magazine's claim about this extravaganza: Rotary Club's fish fry, salsa contest, quilt auction, free outdoor movie screening, spelling bee, baking and canning contest, grape stomping (yeah!), pie-eating contest, wiener dog race (really?), carnival rides, and a parade. That packs a punch!
(Ok, I embellished a little). 
Center of Effort and Sinor-La Valle.


California Wine Month
September
Tis' the season to discover the many wines of California; hopefully you'll explore some of those made in San Luis Obispo County.

Vina Robles Amphitheater Concerts
Paso Robles
September
Big names like Chicago, Brian Wilson with Al Jardine from The Beach Boys, and Crosby, Stills & Nash will be bringing down this outdoor house. 


Click on the links above for more details about each event and ticket sales. 
Labor Day Weekend was simply amazing with blue skies and ideal temperatures gracing the coast. Pictured above are scenes from Morro Bay's Art in the Park. The lovely hand-crafted jewelry is the work of Karen Greenberg, proprietor of Mi Juleree. The steel wine-isms are the innovative creations of Mark and Richard Cruzen of Steel by Cruzen
In case you missed Labor Day Weekend in SLO County, here are a few videos to help make you feel like you were right here on the coast. See you in September!





Sunday, August 24, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Sometimes you end up in the right place at the right time. Yesterday, even though I arrived later than planned at Cambria's Leffingwell Landingthe timing couldn't have been better. 

Hundreds—maybe even thousands—of hungry brown pelicans attracted a large group of fascinated humans who stood mesmerized as these squawking ocean birds charged head first into the water.

Following a school of fish along the rocky coastal shores, the frenzied mass of webbed-footed swimmers dive bombed into the Pacific waters, scooping up amphibious prey with their large-pouched bills. Every time I'm lucky enough to catch one of these rapturous feedings, I feel grateful that I rarely leave home without my camera. 

Following is a few seconds of video footage of yesterday's cycle of life on the northern end of San Luis Obispo County.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Summer Beaches

Montana de Oro shining on a beautiful August day.
It's no secret: fickle weather pervades San Luis Obispo County throughout the year. 

Recently we've enjoyed cool, foggy summer mornings that segue into warm, sunny afternoons. As long as this oscillating trend continues, I'd like to offer a suggestion: go to the beach. 

SLO County cradles 90 of California's 840 miles of coastline, offering residents and vacationers plenty of possibilities for a little fog and sun amidst all the fun.

During this favorable time of year, humpback whales migrate along the California Central Coast, spouting, breaching and tail slapping in the distant horizon. Families take last-minute seasonal trips to the Pacific edge, soaking up fresh ocean air and cool open waters. Locals head to their favorite waterfront, reveling in their utopian surroundings. 

Over the last few weekends, I've basked in the not-too-hot sun at more than a few local beaches, finding something unique and awe-inspiring at each locale. Long live the simple life of traipsing through sand, finding exhilaration in the open wind, and snapping photos along the way. 

Below are a few coastal venues to help you capture a taste of the briny SLO life. Further down you'll find a compilation of websites that might help you narrow down your beach of choice. Don't forget to check the local weather report


While hiking along the Bluffs Trail in Montaña de Oro, I zoomed my camera far and long to capture this awesome whale's tail.
At Cambria's Moonstone Beach, this heart-shaped cloud taught me that all is well. 
Moonstone Beach also entertained with splashy wave dances.


While I walked along the stretch of sand that joins Cayucos State Beach and Morro Strand Beach, I thought to myself: pure bliss. 
Pismo Beach displayed cool, calm and collected waters. 

Following are some quick links to help acquaint you with San Luis Obispo County's coastal hot spots.  If you're familiar with the area, feel free to let us know about your favorite SLO County beach escapes in the comments section below.

 sanluisobispovacations.com 
slostateparks.com 
visitslo.com
Avila Beach
Beaches near Hearst Castle
Cambria
Cayucos
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
Montaña de Oro
Morro Bay 
Pismo Beach


It's not too late to make a splash this summer!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

SLO County Pickled Stone Fruit Recipe

The San Luis Obispo County summer harvest just keeps on givin'! 

The heaps and bounds put out by this season's crops are providing plenty to experiment with in the kitchen, and one of my summer favorites continues to captivate my attention: stone fruit. 

Last month I posted a recipe for an easy peach-raspberry crisp, and more recently I heated up my saucepan to brew up a concoction of savory-sweet cherries soused with balsamic vinegar and a medley of spices. Over this past weekend, I played around a bit more with this puckery recipe, experimenting with a bowl of mottled purple-red pluots. 

The result yielded a perky combination: white balsamic vinegar infused with the motley flavors of cinnamon, culinary lavender, thyme, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, orange blossom honey, and a little salt and pepper.


This summer treat pairs well in a salad, or served up warm with grilled pork or lamb. 
The tangy finished product will last up to two weeks in your refrigerator.
                                                                                                                                        
Pickled Stone Fruit Recipe

Ingredients:

3 - 4 cups firm stone fruit slices (soft or overripe fruit just won't do)
2 1/2 cups red or white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
2 - 4 tablespoons honey (go heavier on the honey if your fruit is especially tart)
1/3 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/3 teaspoon dried culinary lavender 
1/3 teaspoons each salt & pepper
A few shakes of red pepper flakes (omit if you don't like spicy nuances)
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf

Instructions:

Heat the vinegar, water, thyme, lavender, honey, red pepper flakes, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and salt & pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the mixture to reduce a bit while permitting the eclectic, complementary flavors to meld. 

Meanwhile, wash the stone fruit, slice in half and remove the pits. Depending on the size of the fruit used, slice into halves or quarters. Then place the fruit in a glass container (either a Mason jar or a glass bowl with a plastic lid).

When the 10 minutes have come to pass, pour the fragrant mixture over the fruit and allow to cool for about 20 minutes before placing the lid on and tucking away to marinate in the fridge. Allow the flavors to plucker up for at least 4 hours before serving. Discard the bay leaf before plating.

This SLO County salad will hit the spot on a warm day. Top off some lettuce with slivers of funky blue cheese and a few pieces of pickled stone fruit. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, a few teaspoons of the piquant vinegar mixture, then dust lightly with salt & pepper . 

Pucker up!


Friday, August 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: August 2014 Events

Even though we didn't see more than a few dots of rain during San Luis Obispo's recent muggy, subtropical weather, we did get to witness these sultry clouds transform the evening skyline.

A few nights ago, sullen tinges of pink, yellow and grey scorched the horizon, reminding me once again why I embrace living on the California Central Coast.  

Although the clouds are gone, taking with them the opportunity for some much needed rain, the month of August is hot to trot. 

Following are a few red-hot events that will take place throughout San Luis Obispo County, regardless of whether the skies are covered in sweltering clouds, colored bright blue, or smeared with summer coastal fog.

Click on each link below for more event details and ticket sales info. 



Wednesdays: August 6, 13, and 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Templeton Community Park
Concerts in the Park
Bring a blanket or low-back chair and groove to the sounds of local bands like Soul Sauce and Burning James & The Funky Flames.

Fridays / 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Mission Plaza, Downtown SLO
Concerts in the Plaza
In its 19th year, this rockin' event takes place just outside Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and features local musicians from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. 

Fridays / 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Paso Robles Downtown Park
Concerts in the Park
Listen to live music in beautiful Downtown Paso. Local beer, wine and food for sale benefits the REC Foundation, a nonprofit organization currently raising funds for the Downtown City Park Playground Project. 

Saturdays: August 2 & 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Atascadero Lake Park
Saturday in the Park Summer Concert Series
The lake might be dried up, but the show must go on. 

Sundays: August 10 & 24 / 1:00 pm
Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Village Summer Concert Series
Relax outside near the historic downtown of Arroyo Grande and enjoy a "big fun summer!"

Saturdays: August 2, 9, and 16 / 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Downtown SLO
Movies in the Mission
The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department presents family-friendly movies in the plaza amphitheater, free of charge. Movies screened throughout August include The LEGO Movie, Ghost Busters, and Despicable Me 2, all rated PG. 

Saturday, August 9 / 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Paso Robles Event Center
16th Annual Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers Cookoff
With an estimated 30 wineries participating, all proceeds from this popular cookoff benefit local high school scholarships.

Saturday, August 16 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Paso Robles Downtown Park
Paso Robles Olive Festival
Some of the festival events include olive oil tasting (imagine that!), the Head to Head Chef Competition, gourmet food vendors, fun for the kids, and of course...beer and wine tasting. 

Saturday, August 16 / Gates open at 1:00 pm
Chapman Estates, Shell Beach
Opera San Luis Obispo: Broadway by the Sea
This seaside outdoor concert takes place at the grandiose Chapman Estate. The afternoon delights include Broadway ensembles from "Guys and Dolls," "Les Miserables," and several other well known titles.

Saturday, August 23 / 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Avila Beach Golf Resort
The Macaroni & Cheese Festival
Touted as the "mother-ship of MAC & CHEESE," this artery-clogging event sells tickets that include 20+ tastings of Mac & Cheese, 20+ 1 oz. tastings of wine, beer and spirits, and live music to boot. 

August 23 & 24 / Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grover Beach, Ramona Garden Park
Grover Beach's Stone Soup Music Faire
Two days of live music, eclectic vendor booths, and international foods. 

Saturday, August 30 / 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Mission Plaza, Downtown SLO
Brews & Bites
Participating breweries will showcase their craft beers along with tasty bites from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Woods Humane Society and the Central Coast Brewers Consortium.

August 30 - September 1 / Labor Day Weekend
Cambria
Pinedorado Days
Visit their website for the schedule of events that includes a parade down Main Street, a top sirloin and chicken barbecue with local beer and wine, a car show with over 120 entries, and live music. 

August 30 - September 1 / Labor Day Weekend
Morro Bay City Park
Art in the Park
Over Labor Day weekend, local artists will set up shop at the Morro Bay Art Associations's annual community event. 

Sunday, August 31 / Gates open at 2:30 pm
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Pops by the Sea 2014
This year the San Luis Obispo Symphony's annual outdoor concert by the sea features Jon Anderson, the voice of YES, and local chanteuse Inga Swearingen. 

Enjoy the steamy August events in San Luis Obispo County!


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