I spent the weekend in San Luis Obispo for Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast event. There were a ton of auxiliary events, but at the end of the day, the whole weekend centered around their great big food & wine festival held on the gorgeous grounds of the Santa Margarita Ranch.

(p.s. Are you getting married soon? Can I photograph your wedding at this lovely venue?)

There were a ton of old barns, both beautiful old wood & very simple & pretty white ones. I really loved this old chair that I found sitting on one of the verandas. Don’t you just want to hang out here all day with a tasty glass of sweet tea?

Don’t worry. It was a food & wine festival… so I settled for a crisp glass of cool white wine. No complaints from me! 😉

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

Savor the Central Coast is hosted by Sunset Magazine & just like everything they do, it was perfect, right down to the very last detail. Have you ever read their magazine? It’s beautiful & their attention to detail is fantastic & never failing.

The dahlias in these sweet little jars were just one example of the taste & care that they put in to every little thing. How beautiful & perfect are those? Le sigh. (but of course, maybe it’s just me… you all know I just adore pretty flowers…)

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

Such lovely, bright colors. I’d have taken these babies home with me if I could have!

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

There were a few different kitchen set-ups on the grounds for the weekend, which was where the different celebrity chefs put on their cooking demos. Just like the grounds & hang out spots scattered around the event, the kitchens were extremely well decorated.

Here’s part of the table set-up from where I watched Sandra Lee make some yummy cocktails. Too tasty! 🙂

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

This sweet barn with the awesome lettering was the home of another cooking demo stage. This one was where I saw Michael Voltaggio. He’s pretty big, apparently, but I’d never seen him before. I was very impressed by his demo & the food he made though! He’s talented aaaand cute. Win!

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

More sweet details from the whole day…

Savor the Central Coast, by Sunset Magazine // WeAreAdventure.us

Anyways, in sum, this is a great festival. It was a bit hot & tickets are fairly pricey, but there’s unlimited wine & beer & snacks & it’s all high quality, so you certainly get your money’s worth. Be sure to drink lots of water, bring a sun hat & sunscreen & sunglasses, wear shorts or a sundress, & take the bus from your hotel if you can!

Check the event out online & make sure to book your stay & get tickets early for next year!

* Extend the visit with a stop at Hearst Castle & a drive down Highway One. Have lunch at Mo’s BBQ in Pismo Beach while you’re in town.

p.s. Just to be clear: this post was not sponsored by Sunset Magazine or anything else, but I did receive free tickets to the Savor the Central Coast event from my company, Torani, who was an event sponsor. Which was lovely.

Photography: Simone Anne

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