The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival has done some growing...
After twenty-three years of aging in the barrel, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival became something special. We've uncorked the barrel and now we have The Central Coast RESERVE at Atascadero. It's BIGGER and BETTER than ever, just for you.
The Central Coast RESERVE at Atascadero has everything you loved from the Wine Festival PLUS more events, more beer, wine, and food vendors. The festival is on June 22nd and at 4 p.m. the gates open for General Admission.
There are plenty of exciting activities and events to attend throughout this weekend, to make this your best summer weekend. You can find out more about them here.
History of the Festival
Twenty-four years ago a small group of people got together to create something magical in Atascadero. Together they formed a committee, chaired by the passionate community advocate and leader, Barbie Butz. With the support of the Charles Paddock Zoo, the Atascadero City, and the Atascadero Chamber, the team moved forward to create two of the most loved events in Atascadero, the Mayor's Winemaker Dinner and the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival.
To the happy surprise of the team, both events were an extraordinary hit for locals and visitors.
The attendance of both events increased every year until the Mayor's Winemaker Dinner grew to such a size that it was given to the Atascadero Kiwanis Club. The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival continued to grow, so much so that the committee partnered with the Atascadero Chamber for additional help in staffing and leadership.
From the beginning, the committee had a heart for their Atascadero community. It was a gem in the Central Coast, filled with incredible people doing fantastic things. They wanted to support that. So every year since its founding, some of the proceeds earned from the events go to the Charles Paddock Zoo and to other community organizations and events.
As the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival grows into the Central Coast RESERVE at Atascadero, it's keeping to its community heart. Both locals and visitors attending the festival can expect to experience more of Atascadero than ever before. The festival will have more wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, art, and more, creating an unforgettable summer experience.
The above picture features some of today's committee, including none other than Barbie Butz