Kick Up Your Boots at the 7th Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

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Slated for April 20 at scenic Pomar Junction Winery, this unique event is an unabashed celebration of all things local – as in local food producers, local chefs, and local wines and winemakers.

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What do Perros Calientes, a Plum Basil Shrub, and Harissa Mole have in common? They’re all among the tempting lineup of tantalizing treats in store for your palates at the main event of the 2013 Earth Day Food & Wine festival.

What do Perros Calientes, a Plum Basil Shrub, and Harissa Mole have in common? They’re all among the tempting lineup of tantalizing treats in store for palates at the main event of the 2013 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival.

Slated for April 20 at scenic Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, this event is an unabashed celebration of all things local – as in local food producers, local chefs, and local wines and winemakers. Get a chance to meet the area’s farmers and ranchers, talk with accomplished chefs about how they’ve prepared market fresh produce, and discuss hang time and terroir with award-winning winegrowers and winemakers of the Central Coast.

Guest's culinary path through the farm fresh fare at Earth Day will be a multi-course adventure, or perhaps several! Start off with Bee Wench Farm’s spinach salad with local almonds or crab bisque from the Cracked Crab. From there, move onto braised short rib in butter lettuce cups from Novo, smoked scallops and roasted baby beets from the SeaVenture, or a taste of Charter Oak beef prepared by Chef Matt Beckett of Linn’s Restaurant.

Of course, let's not forget about desserts on such a sweet day! Taste buds will be treated to tangerine olive cakes from Pasolivo, Mama Ganache’s fair trade chocolate goodies, or Just Baked SLO’s Root Beer Floats made with Central Coast Brewing Company’s root beer. For something cool and refreshing, indulge in Italian sorbet from Leo Leo Gelato or Negranti Dairy’s sheep’s milk ice cream.

By the way … the whimsical Perros Calientes (hot dogs) will be unleashed by Artisan, the shrub is an invigorating cocktail made with a splash of artisan vinegar from Chaparral Garden, and the harissa mole is a Moroccan/Mexican mashup sauce that will adorn Trumpet Vine Catering’s braised pork stew. Where else but the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival would you see fun fare like that being served?

As far as wine goes, we’ll have everything from A to Z – from Adelaida Cellars to Zenaida Cellars. Sip on SIP™ certified wines, as well as vintages from such notable labels as Carmel Road Winery, J. Lohr Vineyard & Wines, Paraiso Vineyards, and Shale Oak Vineyards. If suds are more your style, enjoy craft brews from Barrelhouse Brew Company, or discover the clean botanical brandies of Re:Find.

Environmentally concerned businesses will also be in the house, representing everything from raptors to worms, solar to soaps, farms to farmers’ markets. And, as always, you can enjoy dancing to live music, a silent auction, and just good times.

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