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Juicy news: The heirlooms are ripe and ready for slurping! The Heirloom Tomato Festival is kicking off at Templeton’s Windrose Farm this Sept. 20 to 21 with more than 40 tomato varieties in every color, shape, and texture. The festivities also include a multi-course meal paired with tempting herbal concoctions, fabulous wines, and live music. If you want to make a weekend of it, camp in Windrose Farm’s gorgeous apple orchard! For more information and tickets, go to farmsteaded.com … Oktoberfest is coming to a head at Madonna Inn this Oct. 1 with plenty of beer from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and all the German music you can handle. Also new this year, House of Bagels is teaming up with the event to bring authentic pretzels for all of your mustard-dunking joy (tickets available at madonnainn.com).

Fresh for fall

What’s a Cherry Newton? It’s a collaboration Cris Cherry (Villa Creek Cellars winemaker, farmer, owner) and Jeff Newton (Coastal Vineyard Care founder and globally renowned viticulturalist)! This project is the result of a shared dedication to hand-crafted, world-class syrah made with grapes from meticulously farmed vineyards. Their 2014 Rancho Boa Vista Syrah is available for pre-sale now (villacreekstore.com) … Tin City Cider is open for business at Tin City in Paso Robles! Go try their Original, Templetucky, Sour Blonde, Liliko’l, and Cadus ciders, each brewed with a fresh, unique character all its own (tincitycider.com) … Don’t forget to attend the Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Fest this weekend, or you’ll really feel like a dummy (avomargfest.com).

Good ideas

Dream Dinners, along with its nonprofit the Living the Dream Foundation and Friends and Family Community Connection, will host SLO County’s first Fight Against Hunger event this Oct. 1. Hosted in the newly built Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo Warehouse on Kendall Road in SLO, organizers hope to raise $15,000 and to package 50,000 meals that day, 15,000 of which will be distributed to the community by the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo, and the remaining 35,000 will be transported abroad to Tanzania (for more info, go to livingthedreamfoundation.com) … SLO residents are reminded to do their part in reducing food waste. Use those nifty compost scrap buckets at home, people, ... and don’t forget to dump those scraps into your green bins, por favor!

Got delicious food news with a side of humor? Send it to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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