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Morro Bay, CA Grows Mother Nature’s Finest: Oysters and Avocados

07/24/2016

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 Morro Bay, CA Grows Mother Nature’s Finest: Oysters and Avocados

Find Locally Farmed Pacific Gold and Grassy Bar Oysters for National Oyster Day Friday August 5, and Locally Grown Avocados in Peak Season for the First Annual Taste of the Grove Friday September 9, and the Morro Bay Margarita & Avocado Festival September 10 

Morro Bay, CA, July 24, 2016 – According to archaeologists humans have been eating oysters since the dawn of humanity and avocados for about 10,000 years. And why not – they are not only incredibly nutritious, they are an epicurean treasure and can be found in abundance in Morro Bay, CA. The California Avocado Association even offers a fried oyster appetizer recipe that combines the two delicacies, which is an idea we highly recommend: http://bit.ly/friedoystersandavocadorecipe.  “We have such a fantastic foodie culture here. You can buy oysters and avocados fresh and local in restaurants, wine bars, and our farmers’ markets. Fresh oysters can also be purchased on the Morro Bay Oyster Company’s barge on the bay,” says Jennifer Little, Executive Director of the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau. “With our amazing weather and delicious fresh food, there are a lot of reasons to celebrate in Morro Bay.”

Fresh Oysters are on the Menu

Friday August 5th 2016 is National Oyster Day, and, while Morro Bay celebrates its oyster bounty year round, it’s a great reason for a summer party with the bivalve. Oyster farming in the good clean waters of Morro Bay started in the early 1900s and continues to this day offering fresh farmed Pacific Gold or Grassy Bar oysters. Looking for a romantic oyster dining experience on the bay? Visit Windows on the Water for Oyster Tuesdays. Dorn’s Original Breakers Cafe offers fresh local seafood including oysters on the half shell. Locals and tourists alike love the barbequed oysters at Tognazzini’s Dockside, and Staxx Wine Bar and Bistro features more than 100 local wines and champagnes to sip while enjoying fresh oysters. Can’t get away for the special day? Get online delivery from Giovanni's Fish Market, packed fresh and ready for consumption.

Morro Bay Avocados Ripe for the Picking

Morro Bay is the northernmost avocado growing region in California, offering the premium grown Hass avocados a longer growing season into the fall. The first avocado ranch in Morro Bay began in 1978 and was formerly a portion of the original Morro y Cayucos Spanish Land Grant from 1842. Morro Creek Ranch is a family-owned and operated 348-acre avocado ranch consisting of over 27,000 trees, which are harvested graded, packed, and shipped all over the world. Their La Palapa Country Store is open seven days a week offering avocados of all shapes and sizes, avocado oil, hand and face cream as well as gift packages.  

The annual Avocado & Margarita Festival takes place on Saturday September 10, 2016. This street-style festival offers a plethora of avocado and culinary delights, premium margaritas and ice cold beer stationed throughout the event. Sure to be a fantastic day of food and drink, the festival also features live music, arts and crafts, specialty vendors, and a sombrero contest. Plus play Jenga, corn hole and watch street performers while seagulls fly overhead and the rock and harbor are in view. Proceeds benefit the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters & Cheerleaders. Buy tickets here or purchase them at the door on the day of the event.

Taste of the Grove is an inaugural intimate cocktail evening hosted at the beautiful Packing Shed, a Morro Bay Avocado Farm minutes from town with a rural agriculture ambiance. Enjoy an all-inclusive farm-to-table pairing with area farmers and local chefs presenting tantalizing avocado-themed dishes. Enjoy food demos, educational opportunities and dozens of local dishes with local mixology, wine, and brewery pairings. Only 150 tickets will be sold for this event so get them early! Buy tickets here.

Lodging and Packages

Located along scenic Highway 1 midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Morro Bay has many choices when it comes to lodging. In fact, there are over 30 hotels and motels in the seaside community, from elegant waterfront suites to tidy, budget-friendly motor lodges. Offering lodging deals and promotions throughout the year, there is something for everyone. Those travelers who want a more home-like atmosphere might prefer staying in one of Morro Bay’s wonderful bed and breakfasts. There are also camping sites and vacation rentals available. Once you experience the beauty and charm - not to mention the fun you’ll have kayaking, biking, fishing, beachcombing and just plain relaxing - you’ll wonder why you’d ever go anyplace else.

 

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About Morro Bay
This seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. Recently named as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone.

 

Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit http://www.morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on its Facebook, twitter or Pinterest pages.

 

 

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Susan Hartzler
Public Relations Manager
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818-585-8641
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PUBLIC CONTACT:

Jennifer Little
Executive Director
Morro Bay Tourism Bureau
805-225-1570
jlittle@morrobayca.gov