Paso Olives You! The 15th Annual Olive Festival
California’s Central Coast Olive Oil is among the best in the world. Local producers, along with many from all over the state, will present their products and share information at the Olive Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the City Park. The People’s Choice Awards and Pre-Festival Social Mixer will be held Friday evening, May 4, at Allegretto Vineyard Resort from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25; available at the Main Street office and by calling 805-238-4103.
Sample the interesting flavors of olive oils, specialty food products and the innovative, nourishing olive oil bath, body and beauty products. Meander past the mobile olive oil press and through Culinary Row to sample farm fresh olive tastes. Take a break, sit and watch the olive dish demonstration. One of the highlights of the festival is Olive Oil Ice Cream…. surprisingly good with a pleasing salty and sweet flavor!
Pasolivo – Two Years and Counting in Downtown Paso Robles
From sauté, drizzle and toss to martinis and marinades, fine quality olives and their oils are a staple for the pantry and professional chef. Along with their award-winning olive oils, Pasolivo offers artisanal foods, vinegar, salt and spice blends. They carry beautifully unique kitchenware, serveware, gifts and luxury beauty and bath products. Visit the downtown shop at 1229 Park Street and the Pasolivo Ranch at 8530 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles.
We Olive – From Paso Flagship to Stores Nationwide
Since 2003, We Olive has expanded the “olive oil experience” to franchises in San Luis Obispo, nationwide – all the way to Brooklyn, New York. Tempt your senses with samples of olive tapenade and pesto, mustard, vinegar, and jam. The premium olive oils can vary from delicate, medium and robust to fruity, bitter or pungent; a flavor for every palate, every recipe. Complete your Olive Festival Weekend with a visit to We Olive at 1311 Park St., downtown Paso Robles.
Public Art in Downtown Paso
A collaboration between Studios on the Park, Firestone Walker Brewery and the So-Gnar Creative Division from Denver brings the colorful essence of Paso Robles to an enormous mural titled “Enjoy PASO” at Spring Seafood Bar and Grill on the corner of 12th and Spring Streets. Sasha Irving, Executive Director of Studios on the Park, is an enthusiastic advocate for more public art in Paso. Irving approached the So-Gnar group after seeing their work in Denver. The collaboration then began thanks to input from the community, the building’s owner George Shoemaker, the city’s approval and funding from Firestone Walker. The primary purpose of So-Gnar, Inc. is to provide snowboard camps for kids who have no means or resources to attend camp. For the past 10 years, the So-Gnar Snowboarding Tour has traveled all over North America. With SNOW, SKATE, MUSIC AND ART mind, one of the company’s creators, Pat Milbery and his crew travel to communities to paint murals and fund their effort to keep their snowboard camps thriving. Along with Denver, So-Gnar murals are in New Orleans and Miami.
More than 40 volunteers have worked on the downtown mural in shifts; many of whom are younger people who are excited to see more public art in Paso. The images are big and bold – a tractor, a cow, acorns, grapevines, the downtown clocktower and a striking geometric image of “PASO“ that says “Enjoy” our town!