Fancy yourself a full-on foodie? Quick, mark your calendars and grab your fork! You won’t want to forget these awesome October food and wine events kicking off in Paso Robles this fall—just trust us, OK? From tantalizing tastings and decadent dinners to fun-loving food trucks churning out savory snacks, Paso Robles Wine Country has a full feast-worthy itinerary to dazzle your tastebuds this month. Plus, with plenty of outdoor mingling, dancing and shenanigans afoot, there’s never been a better time to clear your calendar (and your appetite) for a taste of something new. Time to unfurl those napkins, folks! We’re digging in.
Oct. 2 – Hoyt Family Vineyards – Chili Cook-off
Beans and meat, oh what a treat: Who makes the best chili in Paso? You be the judge! Sample dozens of locally-crafted chili recipes at Hoyt Family Vineyards’ fiery Chili Cook-off, sure to wake up your palate and ignite a craving for smoke, diced onion and melted cheese goodness. Sizzling to a boil on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the third annual event brings together breathtaking vineyard views, creative artisans, fabulous estate wine samples, and a totally worthy cause (this year’s beneficiary is New Life K-9s, a group that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD). Plus, kids are welcome to attend the shindig, which takes place at The Ranch, located at 2015 Township Road in Paso Robles. Experience this fierce competition pitting together new and veteran chili makers (and be the one to help select the first place, people’s choice, and showmanship awards). In other words, let your taste buds do the talking!
Oct. 14 – Villa San-Juliette – Truffle Dinner
Twelve varieties, one vineyard and endless pairing possibilities: this is what makes a winemaker dinner at Villa San Juliette so enticing! Speaking of exciting flavor combos, are you ready for a fall flavor profile to rule them all? Dive into a rich and luxurious world of earthy, savory truffles at the winery’s anticipated Truffle Diner, slated for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 . Hosted at the gorgeous European-styled tasting room, a $140 ticket secures a seat at this exclusive table, where entrees crafted by winery chef Roberto Lavarini are married with 2021 vintage offerings courtesy of VSJ winemaker, Dan Smith. Come hungry, truffle-hounds: This is a four course feast set for 30 rumbling tummies (creamy porcini risotto and stellar shaved black truffle beef carpaccio top the menu). Needless to say, we have reason to believe that tickets will sell out quick!
Oct. 16 – Bodega de Edgar – Tacos & Tempranillo Party
No time for a siesta: Chips and salsa, tequila and lime, salt and avocado—some pairings are just made in heaven’s cantina. Celebrate the deliciously unique (but oh-so-perfect) merger of rich tempranillo and tasty gourmet tacos at a lively fiesta unfolding at Bodega de Edgar on Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a whole lot of party: sample the winery’s anticipated 2019 tempranillo offering, nibble on elegant bites prepared by local Paso Robles chefs and—of course—chow down on epic tacos courtesy of Edgar’s padre, Alfonso (seriously; this guy knows how to make a mean taco). If that weren’t enough to salivate over, there’s a few surprises in store, too! If you guessed “wine piñata,” we’re on the same wave length!
Oct. 17 – Kiamie Cellars – Fall Pickup Party –
Music, wine and really good food—is there anything else you need to savor a truly happy life? In Paso Robles, we tend to think not (and if you feel the same way too, we have just the event for you). At Kiamie Cellars’ upcoming Fall Pickup Party, a $40 ticket gives you an all-access pass to awesome food crafted by Haute Skillet food truck, boutique wine selections to enjoy to your heart’s content and feel-good acoustic jams courtesy of musician and surfboard artist Shane Stoneman! Sure, Kiamie Cellars wine club members can attend the party for free, but anyone (that means you, buster) can enjoy the perks of this festive hangout kicking off at the scenic winery this Oct. 17. Swing on by and see why our slow-paced lifestyle is considered so delectably dreamy.
Oct. 31 – Parrish Family Vineyard – Paired Flights
Pair, nap, repeat: Sundays just got that much lazier thanks to Parrish Family Vineyards’ reoccurring Paired Flight events, sure to reframe the way you think about winery food altogether. Unfolding each week from noon to 3 p.m. by online reservation only, you’re encouraged to dine, lounge and converse the hours away at the winery’s scenic Paso Robles tasting room. Each Sunday in October (yes, even Halloween day) savor a top notch three-course dining experience featuring the winery’s award-winning estate wines paired with morsels prepared by local legends Ethan Ray and Cecily Parrish Ray (tickets are $60 per person/$50 for wine club members). These aren’t any old “small plates,” ghosts and ghouls: enjoy sauvignon blanc paired with sumac shrimp, cabernet sauvignon with bison short ribs and late harvest offerings with pound cake laced with (gasp!) duck fat. Missing out on this one would be a horror, indeed!
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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