From the Vine Spotlights the CC Oyster Festival

My Santa Maria Times column today is all about the Central Coast Oyster Festival!


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This is one my favorite events where I participate as one of their expert judges. Yet, I suspect for many people, it’s all about their amazing musical events happening with several popular bands playing throughout the day. And the price of entry is quite reasonable considering the fact you can stay for the entire festival to hear every one of those concerts.

Yet far more important to us here at Central Coast Critic, it’s all about some pretty damn great oysters, and the excellent wines many of our local wineries produce that taste perfect with those oysters! You must purchase your foods, wines, or beers separately, but the prices are reasonable. The price of entry for advance purchased tix is a mere $25 per person, but seniors 65 and older and children 12 or younger get in free! Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets, and your refillable water bottles, which are refilled free. This is a zero waste festival!

From their webpage:

“The ‘one of a kind’ Sixth Annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival has been voted by Fox News as #4 of the Top Ten Oyster Festivals in the nation and one of largest Oyster Festivals on the West Coast. This spectacular tradition was a huge success with close to 4,000 shuckers and jivers! This year will be a full day Music Festival and amazing art installations held in beautiful Avila Beach, CA on Saturday July 8th, from 12-8 PM. You will not want to miss out!

To buy tickets or learn more, check them out at And be sure to check out my new column for my tips on pairing the perfect wines with those briny bivalves!


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