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First Olive Festival for San Benito

Sep. 23, 2013
Nancy Flagg

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Paicines Ranch, San Benito

Hollywood his­tory, Spanish padres and a rich agri­cul­tural bounty will come together in the first annual San Benito Olive Festival. San Benito County, located south of the San Francisco Bay Area is home to eight of the top ten California super foods,” includ­ing spinach, broc­coli and award-win­ning olive oil, said Festival Director Kathina Szeto.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture hand­crafted olive oils, such as Brigantino’s Organic Tuscan Blend that won Best of Class at the Los Angeles Olive Oil Competition and Oil of Paicines, a gold medal win­ner at the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition.

Oils will be avail­able for tast­ing, paired with locally pro­duced choco­lates, apri­cots, wine and other arti­sanal foods. Gourmet cook­ing demon­stra­tions by pop­u­lar chefs and a work­shop by The Olive Guy,” Don Landis on de-bit­ter­ing olives at home will also be part of the program.

The fes­ti­val mis­sion is to bring aware­ness to the region’s world-class agri­cul­ture and arti­sans, with an empha­sis on olive oil. We have a won­der­ful his­tory here of olive trees that were planted by the Spanish mis­sion­ar­ies in the 1700’s,” said Szeto. Olive oil is fas­ci­nat­ing in that it is used uni­ver­sally and is cross-cul­tural and multigenerational.”

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The October 19 event will be held at Paicines Ranch. The 7,500 acre site has been a work­ing ranch since the mid-1880s and is well known for being where singer-actress Judy Garland mar­ried Sid Luft in 1952.

More infor­ma­tion about the event can be found at the San Benito Olive Festival website.

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