Windrose Farm Heirloom Tomato Festival & Dinner, A Fresh Taste of a Traditional Favorite

By: Lynette Sonne of FARMstead ED

The Windrose Farm Heirloom Tomato Festival and Dinner are held every year in September at the deeply-rooted Windrose Farm, just east of Paso Robles. This year’s festivities will take place the weekend of September 22-23.

Saturday afternoon, go for the traditional Heirloom Tomato Tasting of over 30 varieties, and stay for the local chefs and purveyors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes using Windrose Farm tomatoes and tasty produce.  The Farm Stand will be open and Vendors will be selling much of the flavorful fare you will be grazing on throughout the afternoon.

Farm owners Bill and Barbara Spencer will host the Sunday evening dinner, fondly referred to as TOMATO,  to celebrate the peak of tomato season at Windrose Farm.. The Spencers will be joined by chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family, David Wilcox of Journeyman LA, Brittany Cassidy of Rustic Canyon, and Tim Veatch of Wayward Bakery. This elite group of chefs will join together to prepare a five course pairing dinner featuring Windrose Farm fruits, veggies and lamb, along with bushels of hyper-local ingredients from nearby purveyors and friends. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience these celebrated Chef’s collaborating and presenting our locally grown.

While Windrose Farm is the headliner and star of this very special dinner, it’s the tomato that will be front and center in this year’s spotlight.  The evening kicks off with a farm tour, to then be followed by a multi-course meal showcasing Windrose Farm's tasty heirloom tomatoes, seasonal produce and other local fare paired with fabulous wines and creatively curated cocktails. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early!

The Spencer’s are true trail blazers and trend-setters.  For over 25 years, and long before Farm to Table was a sought after lifestyle, Bill & Barbara have been bringing the table to the farm.  Leading by example, these passionate land stewards have pioneered & farmed some of the tastiest heirloom specialty crops in the region for top restaurants throughout the Central Coast and Southern California.   In addition to heirloom tomatoes, Windrose Farm grows potatoes, onions, garlic, green and dry beans, peppers, eggplant, winter squash, carrots, turnips, beets, cucumbers, melons, varieties of greens and much more.  Young farmers and chefs have sought out the coveted internships the Spencer’s have offered over the years to learn their practices and practice their learnings.

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