The 15th annual Great Kitchens of Cambria Tour will take visitors through a selection of six kitchens — with tasty samples at each stop along the way — on Saturday, July 25.
The event is the year’s major fundraiser for the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and typically draws more than 300 people, some of whom make it an annual pilgrimage from places such as Fresno and Bakersfield in the sweltering San Joaquin Valley.
This year’s tour includes five homes and one commercial kitchen, Centrally Grown. Two of the homes are located on Park Hill, one in Sea Clift Estates, one in a historic home on Main Street and one on Lodge Hill.
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“A lot of people come because they are remodeling and want to get ideas,” said event chair Joyce Renshaw. “A lot of people come for the food, and a lot of people come because they’re supportive of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.”
Still others come to meet old friends who have made the tour an annual tradition, said Gail Robinette, a longtime member of the committee of 12 in charge of putting on the tour.
Each stop on the tour features a different selection of food and drink. Wine and cheese will be served at one house, margaritas and black bean soup at another, beer and brats at another. Participants will receive a ticket with directions to each of the locations, which will be staffed by docents throughout the four-hour tour (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Various local businesses have contributed prizes for a drawing that include a $250 Williams-Sonoma gift certificate, a Cambria travel package with tickets to Hearst Castle, and a case of local wine.
Tickets are $40, with all proceeds benefiting Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. They’re available at the FFRP office, 604 Main St.; Cambria Farmers Market; Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; A Matter of Taste, 4120 Burton Drive; Forden’s in San Luis Obispo; Idler’s Appliances in Paso Robles; or online at www.cambriakitchentour.com.