2019 Paso FAQ


Do I have to be 21?

Yes. Due to Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, all guests must be over the age of 21 FOR EVERY EVENT. IDs will be checked upon arrival.

I purchased multiple tickets but they all have my name on them. Can my other guests use the tickets?

Yes, the tickets are based off of unique bar codes not the name on the ticket. As long as they present a valid paper ticket they will be fine. If you forget your ticket, just tell the volunteers at the main check-in table your name. You ONLY need to bring your tickets and an ID (to prove you are over 21). We do NOT need to see your credit card at check-in for any event.

Can I bring my baby / toddler to any of your events?

No. Although adorable, due to Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations all attendees at every event must be over the age of 21.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Although also adorable, due to health code regulations dogs are not allowed at any event. This applies to cats as well. Licensed service dogs are permitted.

What if it’s raining?

Hahaha…seriously all of our events are indoors, so they will be held rain or – pretty much guaranteed – shine. The After Party will be held outdoors,  so we suggest you bring a jacket/sweater if you are staying for this event. There will be space heaters, but it will probably be chilly once the sun goes down.

Is there seating?

Of course. There are several seating areas throughout the event; however, our events are all reception-style so it is limited.

Is there a dress code?

All our other events are fairly casual. We suggest comfortable clothes and shoes. The events are indoors, but it is November, so layers might be best. Feel free to be fancier on Friday, if you wish, though it is not required.

Is there secure storage / coat check?

No. We are not accountable for your personal items. We suggest coming into the venue as light as possible. ID, tickets & credit card or cash, your phone and camera, but leave the big bags / coats in your hotel or car unless you want to carry them during the events.

What about water? Other beverages?

There will be complementary water on hand, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle with you on Saturday if you wish. NO OUTSIDE alcohol will be allowed on the premises.

I have challenges getting around. Is this going to be a problem?

No. There are ways to enter all of our events without having to use stairs. The main parking lot also has handicapped parking spaces available.

Is smoking allowed?

No. Smoking is prohibited inside all venues on all days, as well as anywhere outside within the Fairgrounds property.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th @ The Templeton American Legion Hall 

Where is the event?

The “Friday Night Rare & Reserve Paella Party” is at The American Legion Hall located at 805 S. Main Street, Templeton, CA 93465.

What are the event hours? 6:00-9:00pm

How much parking is available?

The Hall has a fairly large parking lot and there is plenty of street parking, though we do encourage carpooling or ride-sharing if you will be drinking. You may park anywhere you can find a spot. There are no street restrictions. The venue is directly off the 101 Highway and Vineyard Drive.

Is handicapped parking available?

Yes. Handicapped parking is available in the Hall parking lot.

Will there be vegetarian options available?

Yes. The buffet will include options for vegetarians; however, we can NOT accommodate any other food allergy / lifestyle options at this time.*


Where is the event?

The Festival is at the Paso Fairgrounds located at 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA. Please enter the grounds via the ADMIN GATE and follow the signs to your tasting event.

There is no time on my ticket. When should I arrive?

We are unable to print exact times on each ticket. Please note the TYPE of ticket you have purchased. That will tell you when you are allowed to enter. Times are as follows. No one will be allowed into the venue before the time of their purchased session.

  • VIP/WEEKEND PASS TICKET HOLDERS: Event begins at 11:30AM SHARP. Check-in will begin at 11:15am.
  • EARLY ACCESS TICKETS: Tasting begins at 1:00PM SHARP. Check-in will begin at 12:50pm.
  • GRAND TASTING TICKETS: Tasting begins at 2:00PM SHARP. Early arrivals will NOT be allowed into the venue until that time. We will make every effort to process the line quickly so you can get right to tasting. We will begin checking guests in at 1:50pm.

What is included in my general admission ticket to the Main Event on Saturday, November 12th?

Your general admission ticket includes access to:

  • Unlimited wine sampling from over 60 wineries.
  • A Stolzle souvenir crystal wine glass.
  • Cheese & Charcuterie provided by Cabot Cheese as well as food samples from local artisan food vendors.*

Is there a parking fee?

No. Parking is complimentary in the lots directly across from the Fairgrounds on Riverside Avenue. There is also unrestricted street parking around the venue as well.

How much parking is available?

We have ample parking for event attendees. However, if you are staying in one of the hotels directly across from the Fairgrounds, we suggest you walk to alleviate any issues…and so you don’t have to worry about who will be driving home…

Are there shuttles?

No. However, for those of you who would like to leave the driving to someone else,  please consider Uber. They have recently begun operating on the Central Coast and are the safest, fastest and cheapest way to get around if you plan on drinking. 

Is handicapped parking available?

Yes. Handicapped parking is available in the lot at 2198 Riverside Avenue.

Do I have to pay for anything once I enter the event?

Not if you don’t want to. We will have a variety of local vendors sampling and selling unique products. The choice is up to you. We will also be holding a Silent Auction filled with amazing wine packages courtesy of our winery participants, so you may want to have a credit card handy. There are some great lots to be had that you will get to take home at the end of the day. All the proceeds will be going directly to the Garagiste Scholarship at the Wine and Viticulture Department at Cal Poly.

Is there food for purchase?

Our artisan food purveyors will have prepackaged products for gifts and/or sampling. Cabot Cheese will also be on hand providing for your Cheese & Charcuterie snacking needs. For those of you who purchased a VIP Ticket or Weekend Pass you will receive a boxed lunch once the Saturday Seminars are concluded.

Where can I stay?

We have several partnering hotels. Stay tuned for details.

Media / Trade

I am part of the media or a member of the wine trade. Do you have tastings I can attend?

Yes! Please visit the Festival Schedule Page for more details.


Do you need any help? I would like to volunteer.

We have some volunteer spaces open. Please email lisa@garagistefestival.com for more details. You must be 21 to participate.

 *We make no promises/ guarantees that any refreshments/ food and/ or beverages are free of any allergens or health restricting products. We will not be held responsible/ liable for any illness that may occur while consuming at his/her own free will and at his/ her own discretion.