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BlendFest: Coastal Excursions

Highway 1 is the most iconic roadway in California, but not all sections are created equal. The length that passes along the coast through San Luis Obispo County (known as SLO CAL) brims with the best of the Highway 1 experience. And as the gateway to Big Sur, this SLO CAL stretch is well within reach.

Experience the awe-inspiring and unique offerings of the Highway 1 Discovery Route with BlendFest Coastal Excursions.  A blend of Paso’s best wines and some of Cambria and San Simeon’s most exciting adventures.

Thursday, February 23

Wildlife Field Trip at Harmony Headlands with Harmony Cellars and the MB Audubon Society

Harmony Headlands is a place of pristine beauty and dramatic landscapes. Join leader Bob Keally and Harmony Cellars for birding along a 4-mile trail (round trip) to bird various habitats beginning in a riparian zone, through coastal sage scrub and grasslands, past vernal pools, and down to the rocky coast. We will look for sparrows, raptors, and other birds associated with coastal grassland and chaparral communities. At the shore, we will look for turnstones, oystercatchers, scoters, and loons. The trail is moderate with some hills.

Bring a hat, water, sunscreen, binoculars, and field guides (if you have them), and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Ticks and poison oak may be encountered, so prepare accordingly. A portable restroom is available along the trail.

While sipping on the highly-regarded Harmony Cellars wines, enjoy an individual cheese tray from Paso Robles Wine Merchant.

When: Thursday, February 23 | Time: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Where: Harmony Headlands, Highway 1 & Harmony
Winery: Harmony Cellars

*If in the event of rain, this event will be canceled and your ticket refunded minus fees.

Friday, February 24

Coastal Excursion: Kelpful Seaweed Foraging

The Kelpful Seaweed & Kelp Foraging experience will be on the coast in San Simeon. Guests will be led on a coastal and tide pool tour by Kelpful founders Melisa & Jules. Guests will learn how to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of seaweed and will leave with a new appreciation for seaweed and the knowledge to enjoy the fruits of nature responsibly. The experience includes foraging supplies, history and know-how of kelp as food and body care, and the morning’s harvest! After the foraging, guests will be treated to Kelp-paired bites paired with Absolution Cellars wines.

When: Friday, February 24 | Time:  9 :00 – 11:00 AM
Where: San Simeon Beach
Wineries: Absolution Cellars

Saturday, February 25

Derbyshire Vineyard Tour, Tasting, & Cheese Pairing

This ever-popular excursion is back for a third year! Gather at one of the most unique and picturesque coastal vineyards in California, the Derbyshire Vineyard. Join three Paso brands for an unmatched tasting and tour experience. Travel to the highest point in the vineyard via shuttle for a wine tasting with all three brands, a vineyard walk, and a discussion on what makes this property so special. This exclusive opportunity is not open to the public and can only be experienced through BlendFest on the Coast, so don’t forget to charge your phone because you will be taking plenty of pictures. Includes individual gourmet cheese trays from the Paso Robles Wine Merchant and a logo souvenir glass.

When: Saturday, February 25 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Derbyshire Vineyard, Cambria –  8810 Van Gordon Creek Road | Cambria, CA 93428
Winery: Derby Wine Estates, Aaron Wines, Hawks Hil Ranch Winery


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Coastal Excursion tickets for the 2023 BlendFest on the Coast are NOT available for purchase at the door. ALL TICKET HOLDERS MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE; ID will be required to enter. Although adorable, pets are not allowed at the event. All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. All service fees are included in ticket prices above. This is an outdoor event.