No Empty Glass Left Behind at Salinas Valley’s Feast of Eden
The 3rd Annual Salinas Valley Food & Wine filled the heart of Oldtown Salinas this past weekend. The event, which sold over 2,000 wine glass entries last year was only expected to get bigger, and that it did. The streets filled with local dancers, musicians, classic cars and entertainment. The 7 block festival had plenty of food to choose from, arts and crafts and everything local.
Boutiques and small shops were your pouring hosts. Shopping and sipping couldn’t go any better together. Places unknown before were discovered, who knew there were all these little secrets in Salinas?
Many wines for taste came from our very own backyards, the wine trail in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Hahn, McIntyre, Paraiso and Talbott to name a few. Local reserve wines were poured in the Steinbeck Center, Salinas Valley Wine’s VIP. Delicious hand crafted cheeses from the Schoch family farm accompanied; one of the last standing Monterey Jack that is actually made in Monterey County. Chef Claire Hulstrom and Will Stewart demonstrated Thai salad and grilled squash and eggplant recipes.
Monterey’s Room for Dessert had Halloween themed deliciousness with chocolate covered marshmallows, frosted sugar cookies, and blondies. Fluff cupcakery had an assortment of it’s cupcakes in bite size. The Birthday Cake was a favorite. Local Tequila Alderete never fails to impress. There was tequila to taste and another pleasing cocktail by mixologist Fabian Osornio.
It was quite the day out with quite the tasting in.