2012 Avocado Margarita Festival

Morro Bay, Calif.This California location on spectacular Coast Highway One offers visitors more than just a scenic vista: It is also the gateway to robust avocado orchards dotting the local landscape. And on Saturday, Sept.15 & 16, the charming coastal community celebrates two of its best loved products with the Sixth Annual Avocado & Margarita Festival. The daylong event is produced by the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce to showcase locally grown avocados alongside Morro Bay’s well known reputation for food and fun. The Avocado & Margarita Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, at 714 Embarcadero on the Morro Bay waterfront. Attendees will enjoy live music, margaritas and a selection of beers, and tasty avocado dishes that begin with guacamole and just keep going. This year a large family area is planned to give the younger visitors some fun of their own. Visitors can enter a contest for best fiesta costume, best sombrero or the best avocado recipe. There is even a coloring contest for the younger set. Members of the California Avocado Commission will be on hand with recipe books, avocado scoopers and children’s goodies. Plan to enjoy California’s “Voted Best” avocados. Morro Bay restaurants will extend the festivities with avocado-based recipes on their menus and Rose’s Landing will be offering a special evening Tequila Tasting event. The event’s prime location in the heart of the fishing village affords visitors commanding views, including the iconic Morro Rock, families of kayakers paddling in the bay and whale watching boats making their way to waters where gray whales entertain into the fall. The Avocado & Margarita Festival celebrates the avocado industry and local California growers who produce more than 10 million pounds of avocados every week. More information, vendor registration, tickets and contest sign-ups can be found at AvoMargFest.com. Avocado & Margarita Festival:  Facts-at-a-Glance Date:  Saturday & Sunday, Sept.15 &16 Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday Location: 714 Embarcadero, Morro Bay Cost:  Admission is $1; food and beverages available for purchase. A portion of the entry fee will benefit the SLO Food Bank. Contact:  AvoMargFest.com Craig Schmidt 805-772-4467 craigschmidt@morrobay.org info@avomargfest.com Activities:  Live music by The Shival Experience, Shameless, Bobby Santa Cruz and the Mystics, just to name a few; food and beverages; arts & crafts booths; California Avocado Commission giveaways; fundraising guac-and-chip sales by the Morro Bay High School Cheerleading Squad (avocadoes donated by Calavo); Tequila Tasting Event at Rose’s Landing. Premier Sponsors: Albertson’s Calavo Rancho Rio Conejo California Avocado Commission C & M Nursery Taco Works Pacific Beverage Supporting Sponsors: Albertson’s The Bay News Bayside Care Center/Casa de Flores Coast Electronics Dynegy Morro Bay Power George Ross, CPA PFS CFP Hay Printing McElhinney & McElhinney, Attorneys at Law Mackey & Mackey Insurance Morro Bay Rotary Club Rabobank Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Wells Fargo Bank

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