When most people think about wine, they probably do not
think of it as an agricultural business. But upon a closer look, the wine industry is really a community of farmers.
When most people think about wine, they probably do not think of it as an agricultural business. But upon a closer look, the wine industry is really a community of farmers. The Paso Robles Earth Day Food and Wine Festival celebrates these farmers and the ecofriendly work they do to implement sustainability practices. Central Coast Vineyard Team, a non-profit organization committed to education, research and promoting sustainable winegrowing on the Central Coast, hosts the local Earth Day Festival each year. A consortium of growers, wineries, researchers and other experts in the field, CCVT works with local vineyards to provide educational meetings and workshops and conduct research on sustainable farming methods. CCVT also is committed to throwing one of the best parties on the Central Coast each year -- the Paso Robles Earth Day Food and Wine Festival. This year’s event is expected to draw between 1200 and 1500 people. By ensuring the Festival maintains a good ratio of attendees and vendors, the Central Coast Vineyard Team has a goal of keeping long lines from being a part of the Earth Day experience. Featuring high quality food and wine, it is sure to be a premier social and educational gathering for locals and tourists alike. This year the Earth Day festival is located at the picturesque Pomar Junction. Serving as both a vineyard and a farm, Pomar Junction effortlessly connects the event’s low-key tone to the setting. Along with the numerous local food and wine vendors on hand, there will also be many informal demonstrations throughout the day, some of which will allow attendees to participate. There will also be live music by local artists at the festival. Unlike other events where attendees may feel as though they just participated in a chaotic cattle call, the Paso Robles Earth Day Food and Wine Festival hosts promise to provide a stress-free, casual and entertaining experience. One of the most unique aspects of this year’s Earth Day festival is the fact that it is a planned low waste event. CCVT properly staffs this day to help manage the waste with a goal of producing only a few bags of trash. With an estimated 1500 people in attendance, the entire festival is expected to create only as much garbage as three typical families output in a week! To this end, water bottles will not be available at this event; instead, the wine glass provided to taste wine will also serve as the perfect water glass. This Earth Day, mark your calendar to head out to Pomar Junction and celebrate incredible local wine, food and the Earth!
For tickets and more information, visit www.EarthDayFoodandWine.com SPRING 2013 THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE
A Magazine dedicated to wine country in California