Let’s Talk About Olives and Lavender

The Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association hosts classic "Paso Style" events every year. Get the insider scoop on the upcoming Olive Festival on May 5, and the Lavender Festival later
this summer!

The Olive Festival features Olive Oil and Olive vendors both locally and outside our county featuring their products along with free olive oil tasting. The festival will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Local wineries will feature tastings and a commemorative wine glass for a fee.  There will be an olive-inspired cooking contest.  The public is welcome to enter the cooking contest.

The Cooking Contest Awards entry forms available from the Main Street office by calling 805-238-4103 or downloaded from www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

There will be music and free olive oil ice cream.  Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and much more.

“Over the last 14 years, the popularity of this event has proved that people want to learn more about the health benefits and culinary creativity of olives and olive oil, and that a festival makes it fun for the whole family,” said Norma Moye, Executive Director of the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association’s Olive Festival committee.

On Friday, May 4, there will be a Pre-Olive Festival Social Mixer and Awards Night at Allegretto Vineyard by Ayres from 6 to 8 pm ($25.00 per ticket, call 805-238-4103). To make the weekend complete, there will be specific events and tours at some of the local olive growing farms and tasting rooms.

Later this summer, the Lavender Festival will return on behalf of the Paso Robles Main Street Association and the Central Coast Lavender Growers Association on Saturday, July 7, from 10am to 5pm in the Downtown Park. 

Visit the lavender farmers who come together in the Paso Robles City Park. Growers share their techniques for cultivating, drying and using lavender, and visitors experience the perfume and beauty of this captivating herb. See dozens of varieties, while enjoying the July sunshine, sweet lavender treats in our Lavender Garden, and the aromatic abundance of the distillation of essential oils.

More than 100 booths featuring arts, crafts, lavender, food, music, and more will be featured in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park.  Admission is free and there is free parking throughout downtown.  “The festival has grown beyond our expectations and is a fun way to celebrate this miracle plant,” says Lila Avery-Fuson, Chairperson and owner of Central Coast Lavender Farm.