Here in Barbecue Country, the local flavors aren’t limited to those that come off the grill.

Indeed, the Santa Maria Valley’s temperate climate and fertile soils also yield world-class wines, strawberries and produce.

So it’s fitting that the agricultural community of Guadalupe is home to the Salad Bowl Festival, an innovative celebration of “all of the produce that makes a great salad.”

The second annual Salad Bowl Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 in downtown Guadalupe. This year’s festival will feature live entertainment, a farmer’s market, an agriculture history display, food booths, children’s activities, “cabbage bowling” and a salad dressing competition.

A “Grease & Greens” car show will showcase a variety of custom autos and motorcycles, and a preceding Friday night downtown cruise will get things rolling.

Featured bands will be Pryor Baird and The Deacons, The Hydramatics, Electric Grease and Valente Pastor. The festivities will be preceded by a half-marathon and 5k run. The event will conclude with a  barbecue.

For more information on attending or participating, visit the Salad Bowl Festival web site.

Don’t miss this festive and flavorful immersion into the agricultural bounty of Guadalupe and the Santa Maria Valley.