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PostHeaderIcon California May 2012 Food Events to Whet Your Palate!

Out and About Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events in California

 

May is the time of year where everyone is out and about looking for that fun foodie event to whet their palates.  Spring produce is abundant along with some amazing wines and entertainment.  California offers a huge variety of food events, nothing short of foodtastic!  Climb aboard and get ready to plan out your May foodie excursions as we share a listing of delicious events!

May 5, 2012 Cinco de Drinko – Bishop, California

http://mikrobierfest.com/

A craft beer and Mexican beer tasting event with unlimited tastings, street tacos, live homebrew demo and homebrew contest judging.
May 6, 2012 Taste of the Town – Santa Clarita, California

http://www.childfamilycenter.org/taste_of_town.php

Join us for the 24th annual Taste of the Town! Voted Santa Clarita’s Best Charity event two years in a row, over 2,000 attendees will enjoy tasty offerings from over 40 of Santa Clarita’s best restaurants, caterers, and wine and beer purveyors, all in the beautiful garden setting of Mann Biomedical Park. All proceeds benefit Child & Family Center.

May 11-12 , 2012 7th Annual Paradise Chocolate Festival – Paradise, California

http://www.chocolatefest.us/

Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. Chocolate Queen pageant, Chocolate Chase fun run, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge and more. A benefit for non-profit youth organizations on the ridge.

May 12, 2012 15th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting, Petaluma, California

http://www.cinnabartheater.org/chili/

Feel the heat as restaurants, businesses, clubs and individuals compete for the top chili and beer honors in Northern California. Sample gourmet, homemade, and veggie chili recipes, and stay for outdoor music, dancing and world class beers. This event benefits Cinnabar Theater Youth Program.

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PostHeaderIcon Murphys Food Lovers Things To Do May Events

Looking for a fun way to get out and explore your palate?  Murphys is one of Calaveras County’s foodie destinations.  During the month of May there are some great ways to satisfy all your taste buds. Look no more for Things To Do in Murphys when it comes to food, fun and friends!

MURPHYS FOOD & WINE WALKING TOURS -  MAY 4th – May 26th (ongoing tours), 11:15am

What could be the best way to hit 9 different foodie stops in one town in a 3 hour period?  A walking food and wine tour no doubt!  Local Roots Food Tours offers a culinary adventure like none other.  A personal culinary concierge will guide you and your friends on a walking journey stopping and meeting Murphys local chefs, artisan shop owners and passionate vintners all while entertaining you with many fun stories on when, where and how Murphys got its name and why this town was voted one of the Top Small Towns in 2011 by Sunset Magazine.   Advanced ticketing required.  Tours run Friday and Saturdays through the entire month of May (and beyond!).  Visit their website:  http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com or 1-800-407-8918

 

GOLD COUNTRY WINE & CHEESE FESTIVAL – Saturday, May 5th,  11am – 4pm

 

Award wining cheesemakers from the California Artisan Cheese Guild; taste and buy over 30 artisan California cheeses paired with Lavendar Ridge wines.  Festival locate in Copperopolis, CA  $25 per person.  More info: http://www.lavenderridgevineyard.com

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PostHeaderIcon Local Farmers Markets Prepping for Spring/Summer Sales

It’s that time of the year again….local farmers and artisan specialty vendors getting ramped up for the launch of their produce and goods at local farmers markets.  Lucky enough, many farmers markets are year round in California.  What lies ahead are some amazing spring vegetables, fruits, artisan meats and cheeses.  The highlight of shopping the market experience is what you get to take home with you and create fresh ingredient dishes.  Trying to find a market in your local community being offered once a week is the key to always having the freshness for your kitchen.  We are lucky enough in Sacramento County where there is a certified farmer’s market almost every day of the week!

          SUNDAY MARKETS

Sacramento Central
If you can manage to wake up early on a Sunday morning, make your way to the Sacramento Central farmers market where you’ll find many Asian produce. Shoppers will find great prices at this Midtown market, which is among the larger markets in the area.Guide Tip: Get here early. Since this is a popular market, on a few of my visits, some vendors ran out of food.

  • Location: 8th and W streets, underneath Highway 80
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon, open all year

          TUESDAY MARKETS

Roosevelt Park
Roosevelt Park is among two farmer’s markets along P Street. Along the perimeter of the park, shoppers can buy vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, herbs, flowers, baked goods and cheeses.

  • Location: 9th and P streets
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from May through October

Fremont Park
Just down the street from Roosevelt Park is Fremont Park. Vendors are spread along the perimeter of the park.Guide Tip: Finding a parking space can be a challenge at both of these parks. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a metered spot. Remember to keep track of the time to avoid getting a ticket.

  • Location: 16th and P streets
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from May through October

          WEDNESDAY MARKETS

Casear Chavez
Caesar Chavez Memorial Plaza is abuzz with shoppers from area office buildings at this downtown market.

  • Location: 10th and J streets, in front of City Hall
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from May through October

THURSDAY MARKETS

Capitol Mall Market

  • 6th Street and Capitol Mall
  • Hours:  10am – 1:30pm, from May through September

Downtown Plaza Market

  • 4th and K Streets
  • Hours: 10am – 2:00pm, from May through September

East End State Capitol Park

  • 15th and L Streets, (Between L & N Streets)
  • Hours: 10am – 1:30pm, from May – September

 SATURDAY MARKETS

Oak Park Farmers’ Market

  • McClatchy Park, 35th Street and Fifth Ave
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunrise Station Market

  • Folsom and Sunrise Blvds, Rancho Cordova – Light Rail Station
  • Hours:  8:00am – 12:00pm, Open Year Round

Experiencing a Farmer’s Market through a chef’s eyes is an incredible experience.  Being introduced to local farmers and artisans.  Tasting, touching, smelling….it all is about growing your knowledge on how to pick out seasonal produce, how to use that produce in your home and receive some creative ideas on using the benefits of the produce to your advantage.  Sound too good to be true?   A new tour is being launched in downtown Sacramento by Local Roots Food Tours;  Market to Plate Executive Lunch Tour.  Beginning May 2nd and offered every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the spring/summer growing season, participants have the opportunity to be treated to a VIP Farmers Market Tour followed by a 4 course lunch with a wine pairing.  2 popular executive chefs will be taking fresh local ingredients from the morning’s local market and creating a wonderful lunch for all participants.  Get up close and personal with these two chefs.  Learn tricks and trades on how to pick out the best produce and fruits at this year’s farmers markets and receive recipe ideas to use in your own kitchen.  For more information on how to be a part of this unique and inspiring walking food tour please contact Local Roots Food Tours:  1-800-407-8918 or visit their foodie friendly website at:  http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Mothers Day Food Tour Gift Certificates Simply The Best!

 

MOTHER’S DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER – MAY 13th

I don’t know of any mom who doesn’t find comfort in food!  Celebrate all the women in your life and what they have done for you and others by sending them on a culinary adventure – a walking food & wine tour!  A special way to say “thanks!”

 

MOTHERS DAY GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL:  For a limited time only -  Buy 2 GIFT CERTIFICATES at $50.00 each and the recipients will receive a FRESH RED ROSE with a special message from you on the day of their scheduled tour.   A SAVINGS OF $20.00! ***Gift certificate is good for any Local Roots Food Tours***  Offer expires May 13, 2012 – Recipient has 2 years to redeem certificate.

BUY a MOTHERS DAY FOOD TOUR BOOKLET for $225.00 (includes 5 Food Tour Tickets for any tour $58 or less) and RECEIVE ONE FREE FOOD TOUR TICKET VALID for ANY SACRAMENTO or NEVADA CITY FOOD TOUR.   Each recipient will receive a special GODIVA CHOCOLATE TREAT BOX with bow the day of their tour. A SAVINGS of $135.00!  Offer expires May 13, 2012 – Recipient has 2 years to redeem certificate.
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