Paso Robles raises a branch, and probably a few glasses of wine, to the olive on Saturday, Aug. 18.
FIFTEEN? Or sixteen? We've been sitting here trying to do the math on just how many olives we can eat, in a row, before we get to thinking "are we eating too many olives in a row?" Like you, perhaps, we have boundary issues when it comes to small, pit-bearing fruit (as in, our boundaries are rather lacking). Our feeling is that olives don't have too much meat, per se, so eating a dozen, or over, equals one massive, peach-sized olive. Ohhh, if only we could find those at our farmers market. We know, we know; they're rich, and probably a few go a long way, but we're also of the school that pretty much any cocktail we drink is merely an olive-delivery system. You still with us? Our olive confessional has now wrapped, we're ready for more, and here's where we can get that: Paso Robles. The Central Coast-y wine burg is known for its grapes, but every year it pauses to fete that other small fruit it does love so: the olive.
THIS YEAR'S PARTY: It's set for Saturday, Aug. 18 in Paso's downtown City Park (which is, if we might say so, one of our state's most picturesque city-centered green spaces). There will be wine tastings and beer tastings, natch -- this is Wineland, after all -- as well as everything olive, too. Meaning? You'll be able to try olive oil samples and buy olive oils and snack upon small, shiny orbs. We also pre-like the olive oil ice cream idea. Right? The oil part probably works perfectly in concert with the everything-else-that-is-ice-cream part. Mmm, olives. We have no regrets about eating a dozen of you in one sitting. Did we say dozen? A dozen plus a few more.