An Insider Guide to Beaverstock

By: Jennifer Bravo

Beaverstock – the brainchild of the Udsen family of Castoro Cellars – is the annual fall music festival in Paso Robles that brings together two days of music, art, community celebration and family fun. Nestled in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country along California’s Central Coast and held in the meadow of Whale Rock Vineyard at Castoro Cellars. This year’s weekend festival, running September 19-20, is headlined by popular acts Dawes and WAR and features over 15 bands on two stages.


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We asked the Udsen family to share their insider tips and favorite moments from the festival:

1. What are you looking forward to most at Beaverstock 2015?

Niels:
I love the whole process working up to the event and music line-up is spectacular – watching it build each day is really special.

Luke:
Seeing the growth and progression of the festival unfold. We put so much work into every aspect of it and seeing it come to life and watching people have the time of their lives is truly amazing.

Max:
The people of Beaverstock are what make the event so special, so I am looking forward to the gathering of our beautiful community here on the Central Coast and sharing the Beaverstock Experience with as many as we can. I have friends come from near and far, plus I always add a few to the list after two days in the vineyard. The people bring the culture – without them Beaverstock could not live on.


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2. What is a favorite moment from the past two Beaverstocks? 

Bimmer:
Watching everything come together is extremely rewarding. Along with the music, we pore over every detail and it's wonderful to see it all work like you had hoped it would.

Luke:
The first year watching the Duhks play at sunset and being in the middle of a group of people dancing like there was no tomorrow. The energy at that moment was contagious and undeniable. Last year I would have to say my favorite moment was when Allen Stone "signed the giraffe" that someone from the crowd tossed up on stage. It was hilarious, spontaneous and just plain fun!

Max:
Year one was a blur – a happy blur of emotion. Seeing the event come to life and watching a stream of cars continually roll in on Saturday made my heart tingle. I sat with my folks as the event came to life around us, we looked at each other and without having to say anything we knew, "We did it." Year two, a favorite moment of many was during Hot Buttered Rum. I found myself with BBQ sauce in my beard, turkey leg in hand, my bare feet moving free and the sun setting around people I love, all with tears rolling off my cheeks. Happiness bottled up.


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3. What is one thing you want people to know who have never been to Beaverstock?

Niels:
One thing? That’s impossible. It is a feeling of community, peace, music, and wine loving. Oops that’s four. It is just a groovy feeling!

Bimmer:
We spend a lot listening and choosing the bands. Even though Beaverstock is much more than a music festival, we pick musical groups that will please anyone’s taste.

Luke:
Beaverstock is a place where you can be yourself and be embraced for the beautiful person you are. It is all about loving wine, peace and music with some of the most amazing people in the world.

Max:
I would love to expose all first timers to the idea of the "Beaverstock Experience." I want people to know that this is much more than just a music festival while making their decision to attend or not. This is a place to be inspired. At Beaverstock people can play, relax, dance, create, bring family and, most importantly, be free. Come early and stay for both days – you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Now in its third year, this year’s festival will be better than ever. More than just the music, Beaverstock serves up local art, yoga and kids’ crafts, as well. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Templeton Education Foundation.


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For a chance to win a pair of two-day tickets, share your favorite memory from previous years or tell us about what you’re most looking forward to at Beaverstock 2015. Post your response in the comments below between now and August 31. And if you don’t win, don’t forget to use the discount code “travelpaso” to receive $8 off your two-day pass when purchasing your tickets!

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