We're ramping up to the big 25 in 2022...

We're getting ready to go BIG next year for our 25th anniversary. What better way to lead up to the big 25 than with fun all summer long? That's why this year, we're rolling out the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport! This passport will take place instead of the festival this year, and give you complimentary tastings and discounts all year long. 

 

The kick-off passport party is on June 26th and at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles Paddock Zoo at the Zoo Garden. We look forward to seeing you there!  

History of the Festival

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The above picture features some of today's committee, including none other than Barbie Butz

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 gets ready for it's big 25th celebration in 2022, it's keeping to its community heart. Both locals and visitors planning on enjoying the passport and the 2022 festival can expect to experience more of Atascadero than ever before. There are plenty of wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, and more to enjoy, creating an unforgettable summer experience.