This not-for-profit festival partners with San Benito County Realtors to promote awareness and appreciation of the region’s world-class culinary agriculture and premier artisans while supporting causes with festival proceeds.
The San Benito Olive Festival Board embraced San Benito County REALTORS ®, who are tireless champions of our area, to spread the word about the third annual celebration of local gourmet delights in October.
Many local real estate agents jumped at the opportunity to purchase the limited 250 tickets to share with clients and friends all across Central California and the Bay Area. Phyllis Swallow of Bertao Real Estate Group says she is planning on giving her tickets to friends, clients, and family, so they too can “enjoy the chef demonstrations” and high quality reusable Olive Festival bags. REALTORS® are also looking forward to supporting local artists from Aromas Hills Artisans, San Benito Arts Council, El Teatro Campesino and others which unites painters, jewelry designers, ceramic artists, writers, performers and more from the Tri-County area.
Offering much to celebrate, taste and enjoy, the San Benito Olive Festival is nestled among the rolling hills of the historic Bolado Park located just 20 miles north of hiking trails at Pinnacles National Park. Life seems to take on a scenic ride on Highway 25, as the Hollister Freedom Rally motorcycle riders tour through San Benito’s beautiful vineyards and ranches. “Our county’s beautiful back road scenery is hands down San Benito County’s BEST feature,” says Donna Silva with Nino Real Estate. Whether you are riding your iron horse or mounting up with your boots and saddle, San Benito’s country spirit is alive.
San Benito County is an agricultural community, with 80% of the land producing fresh food. The executive chef cooking demonstrations, a very popular feature, will include San Benito legend Dorothy McNett and will enlighten attendees about the organic produce being farmed right in our backyards. Hollister agent Sandy Troia with Intero Real Estate Services is already telling clients to “not make plans” for October 17, 2015, because guests will be amazed by the delicious local certified organic fruit and vegetable selections from Coke Farms, Swank Farm Organics, Heirloom Organic Gardens, Phil Foster’s Ranches, just to name a few.
Ranching has been a way of life since San Benito’s inception with cattle and horses roaming throughout the nearly 1400 miles of countryside from Aromas all the way to Bitterwater. When people move to San Benito from the Bay Area, they are attracted to the peacefulness of wide-open spaces and beautiful working landscapes. They continue to discover surprise treats with real flavors from San Juan Bautista’s Morris Grassfed beef, 100% free range grassfed beef from Paicines Ranch, pastured poultry, heritage livestock, heirloom orchards and many more local harvests from renowned farmers in the area.
San Benito County residents are excited to share the increasingly popular wine trails that offer fun events year round. Guerra Family Cellars offers a summer concert series with their tasting room open regularly to the public. Calera wine seems to be a local favorite among REALTORS®, and the Pinot Noir is one that hits everyone’s lips. Pietra Santa’s Cabernet Sauvignon has won numerous medals in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, and they also produce organic and infused olive oils. Karen Para with Intero Real Estate Services is looking forward to “seeing old friends and making new acquaintances” at the San Benito Olive Festival VIP tent, which has private tastings with world-class local wineries and crafted beers.
SBC olive oil producers are well rounded in the San Benito community. The Brigantino family are not only realtors in the San Benito County area but also partners in producing an award-winning organic olive oil. Hollister’s Brigantino Olive Oil took gold in the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition. Olive oil is not just for tasting. Another highly acclaimed award winner is Oils of Paicines. Their recent harvest won gold and best of show in the 2015 Central Coast Olive Oil competition. They also use their olive oil in bath and body products, Saddle Oil for saddle, boots, and leather products and even have a line of Olive Leaf Tea.
San Benito REALTORS® enthusiastically procured the Olive Festival tickets before the official public ticket release on July 1. “It is the right thing to support the Olive Festival! We need to get the word out about this event,” states Marilyn Ferreira of Intero Real Estate Services. REALTORS® understand the importance of shopping local to help the community and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Visitors from Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties will enjoy many musicians throughout the festival from Mr. O’s Academy of Arts. REALTORS are looking forward to supporting fellow real estate agent David Baumgartner, who will be singing in his 10-member 1950s do-wop band. San Benito County Association of Realtors President-Elect Valerie Smith comments, “The added entertainment of the live music and variety of vendors up the level of interest and make it an event that I look forward to each year!” Musicians and performers will be entertaining in various locations around many fine food and premier artisan booths and the VIP area.
San Benito real estate agents are greatly connected to the local community and truly are the gatekeepers to the wonderful San Benito County. “I also love going to local events that are sponsored. The sense of community is fantastic…this is a must attend event,” adds Hollister’s Intero Real Estate Services Manager Renee Kunz. Special thank you to all the REALTORS® and San Benito County Association of Realtors board office who support local nonprofits and encourage volunteerism to continue making our area a great place to call home.
For more information on the San Benito Olive Festival, visit sanbenitoolivefestival.com and “like” theirFacebook page for updates and announcements. Phone: (831) 537-7270
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