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17th Annual Arts & Olive Festival set for October 5th at Cañada College

Jose A. Garcia, Cañada College
Visual Communications Coordinator 
Phone: (650) 306-3211

Mallory Stevens, Coordinator Arts & Olive Festival
Phone: (650) 306-3109

17th Annual Arts & Olive Festival set for October 5th at Cañada College

Redwood City, CA (Aug. 29, 2014) – The 17th Annual Arts & Olive Festival will be held on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City. Admission and parking are free but a $5 donation is requested to support the Cañada College Student Scholarship fund.

The annual celebration on the spectacular college campus overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains mixes olives, olive oils, vinegars and food with local artists, musicians, dancers, and performers on two stages. A list of participating olive vendors and artists is available at Get ready for the upcoming holiday season. There will be olive oil tastings, tapenades, olives, art vendors, arts & crafts vendors, jewelry, soaps, olive trees, olive theme items, etc. throughout the festival.

There will also be fantastic cooking demonstrations by Chef Steve Cortez and olive curing demonstrations by Don Landis. Food is available for purchase—GREAT food vendors including Sam's Chowder Mobile, Kawanis Club, & Chef Steve Cortez with a Mediterranean flair. Check out the Kids’ Corner which includes the Fratello Marionettes, face painting, balloon artist, arts & crafts, games, and storytelling.

Cañada College used to be known as the “Olive Orchard” many years ago, when cattle roamed across Sand Hill Road and the roundup cowboys brought them to this hilltop to chew grasses under the trees. When construction for the college began more than 35 years ago, the olive trees were carefully removed for protection, and planted temporarily off of the main site in a long trench. The trees were replanted in 1968, just in time for the college’s official opening, and have been thriving ever since. Some 350 olive trees can be counted today throughout the campus grounds.

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Cañada College, situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley, offers outstanding programs in the sciences, business, multi-media, medical assisting, the arts, and technical training among others. With nearly 50 years of service providing enriching and life-changing opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County, Cañada College provides our community with a learning-centered environment. We ensure that students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals by providing lifelong learning and transfers to 4-year Universities. Home to numerous clubs, student organizations, and inter-collegiate athletic teams for men and women, Cañada College is committed to being a preeminent institution of learning. To share in the experience, please learn more about us on the Internet at, and follow us “From here, you can go anywhere.”


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