Sunset Savor the Central Coast kicks off later this week

Later this week, the third annual Sunset Savor the Central Coast series of events will kick off throughout San Luis Obispo County.

The San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau will team up once again with Sunset Magazine to showcase local winemakers, brew masters, chefs, artisanal food purveyors, fishermen, farmers, and entrepreneurs from this region situated along the coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"The brainstorming for this event never ends," said the bureau's Stacie Jacob with the bureau. "Sunset Savor the Central Coast is truly an extravaganza of four days of events happening. And let me tell you, we're already thinking of ideas for next year."

While the event is centered in San Luis Obispo County, the neighboring Monterey and Santa Barbara County wine regions will be featured as well.



Among the many offerings during this year's Savor event are various adventure tours including a trip to a sustainable abalone farm. You can also go behind the walls of Hearst Castle, and get winemaking tips from an Edna Valley vintner.

Other highlights include a dinner on the cliffs of Pismo Beach, an equestrian-inspired soiree in Paso Robles, and endless education opportunities during the two day Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch. One of the main features is a fruit and vegetable garden, complete with a berry pie section.

Several of the satellite events are already sold out, but Jacob tells us there are still tickets available for the main event, including the two day passes.

Not only is the event a great way for locals and visitors to experience the unique food and beverage opportunities along the Central Coast, but the four days of events are also a big boon to the local economy. According to the VCB, last year's Savor events boosted the local economy by an estimated $2.93 million, a 22-percent jump from 2010.