September 02, 2007
The night before the annual Paso Robles Olive Oil Festival, We olive, Pieralisi, Olivas de Oro, and the Olive Oil Source hosted a social mixer with olive tasting, wine and olive-inspired food. Gary Brown of We olive celebrated the opening of a new tasting room franchise in San Luis Obispo. John Deane of The Olive Oil Source thanked Paso Robles olive oil producers for their overwhelming choice of Pieralisi olive oil mills. Frank Menacho chronicled the move of his 96 year old olive trees from Northern California to the new home of Olivas de Oro in Creston. Local winery sponsors and theMain St Association helped make the mixer a great event.
Ed Deane of The Olive Oil Source
Blessed with good weather, the August 25th festival was another success with the town square filled with olive oil vendors from throughout the state. Booths offered olive oil, olive and wine tasting. Area residents have come to depend on the event to stock up on their favorite oils. Many booths were educating consumers on the nuances of different olive varieties and picking times.
Finicky Friar Olive Oil
Ed Deane of The Olive Oil Source demonstrated olive oil making on the First Press home olive oil press. Past buyers from the area reported back on their success making oil last harvest season.
The Hills sell Hidden Hills Olive Oil
Olive oil tasting was not the only reason to attend. Free olive oil ice cream was a big draw. Karen Guth of Pasolivo gave an olive oil tasting seminar in one of the outdoor pavilions. Two local chefs performed an “Iron Chef” type cook off with lobsters and olive inspired ingredients. Food vendors sold paella made with plenty of olive oil as well as the usual festival snacks.
Mt. Olive Olive Oil