Answers to Questions We’ve Received So Far:

Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. Registration for the program and tours can be cancelled any time up to the day of the festival for a full refund minus a $5.00 administration fee, but refunds for lunch or banquet tickets will be given only through August 8.

Q. Do I have to be a member of CRFG to register?
A. No; on the registration form under “Chapter Affiliation,”  just choose “none.”

Q. Can I register for multiple attendees on one form?
A. Yes, but you’ll all get the same name tag.

Q1. What are the food options for the banquet?
Q2. What will the vegetarian meal be?  Will it be gluten-free?

A. Lunch will be a boxed lunch from Panera Bread. Each box lunch will have 1 chocolate chip cookie and 1 package of potato chips.

  • Regular option: Turkey Breast sandwich (smoked turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, red onions, salt and pepper on country bread).
  • Vegetarian option: Mediterranean Veggie sandwich (sweet peppers, feta, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, red onions, cilantro jalapeño hummus on tomato basil bread).

The dinner banquet is a tri-tip barbecue; the vegetarian option will probably be a salad and is not guaranteed to be gluten-free.

Q. How do I sign up for events? When do I pay for registration? I entered my email address only to receive the same general info. The registration process appears to be an endless loop.
A. You have probably been signing up for the Festival of Fruit email updates (the form located in the right hand column of every page of this web site, such as this one).

Instead, you should click on the “Marketplace” tab to register for the Festival of Fruit. There you can register for the Festival, select your preferred tours and speakers, decide if you’d like a Saturday box lunch and/or join us for the Saturday evening BBQ, and buy festival t-shirts, CRFG caps, aprons, etc. You’ll pay via credit card.

Q. What type of fruit will be at the fruit tasting?
A. We hope to have a number of varieties of both modern and heirloom apples that we can taste in a comparative tasting.  We hope to have three or four varieties of berries that are commercially grown locally: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and maybe blueberries, but perhaps only one cultivar of each variety.  We also hope to have fresh and perhaps dried jujubes, perhaps two cultivars.  And yes we hope to have dragon fruit if Joe’s crop comes in and Edgar Valdivia can bring some.  We don’t know what else we may be able to get, we hope our members will keep us in mind and bring a variety of fruits from their orchards that are ripe in late august.  If anyone has personal contacts with any growers please let us know.

Q. What is the impact of all the fires? Will we be re-directed on roads? Air quality? Tours affected?
A. The fires are far enough away to the north and south that they won’t affect any of the scheduled tours, although Hearst Castle is closed to the public.  In the northern part of the county, around Paso Robles, air quality may be problematic for people with lung issues, but it seems to be okay in the central and southern areas.