Hundreds of like-minded foodies and swirling and sipping wine geeks descended on the Wally's parking lots for the annual Central Coast Food & Wine Fest on Sunday. As usual, it was hot, which isn't always the best for drinking those whites that should be chilled to at least 45 degrees, but it didn't stop anyone from getting their fill of all the Qupe roussanne, Hitching Post rose, or Sea Smoke chardonnay. Reds, on the other hand, were just fine. On the food side of things, sandwiches were apparently the theme---pork belly and cucumber at the Jar table, delicious pan bagna at Lucques, sausage or pulled pork at Hitching Post, Comme Ca's croque monsieurs, Campanile's grilled cheese---and lots of heirloom tomatoes. Fitting for an August day in Westwood. Gossip was kept to a minimum (was it too hot or just nothing to dish?), but there was a lot of chatter about weathering this current economic storm.
Bonuses: good bluesy music, enough bottled water, fans cooling the crowd, and creamy gelato from Gail Silverton's Gelato Bar. Question most asked during the day: "Did you get the Spago soft shell crab sandwich?" and "Did you see those hot guys pouring the Au Bon Climat?" (that would be a no and yes, respectively). Proceeds benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund for UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology in honor of Bonaccorsi, a Spago sommelier who died in 2004.
· Eater Calendar: Wally's Central Coast Wine & Food Fest [~ELA~]