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It’s time to celebrate all about agriculture in the month of March. Taking time to appreciate how food and fiber are produced and recognizing those who do the work. Without agriculture, where would are country be? What a great opportunity to get back to our roots and celebrate the bounty before us, no matter where you live in this nation. Check your local agriculture department for events in your area. National Ag Day is March 25, 2014. Mark you calendars and go out and support our local farmers and what they provide for all of us all year round!
Whether home is the rural countryside or the population dense metropolis, California agriculture affects us all. This leads to the importance of educating consumers and how agriculture enriches our daily lives. The smell of livestock wafting down L Street can mean only one thing: It’s Agriculture Day at the state Capitol. Festivities get under way at 10:30 a.m., when lawmakers and their staff are invited to explore the booths (and tractors) around the Capitol grounds near the west steps. The public gets to meander through from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
National Agriculture Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
- Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
We’ve been waiting all year for Sacramento’s biggest beer event to hit the city! If you are a beer lover or in love with one – take advantage of some excellent beer loving events in and around Sacramento Feb 28th thru March 9th! Great venues, most excellent beer and never-ending fun!
Check out a snapshot of what’s ahead for Sacramento Beer Week:
February 27th thru March 9th Must Go Places:
February 27th – Sacramento Brewers Showcase - California Auto Museum 5pm-9pm Sacramento Beer Week kicks off by celebrating local beer with the only beer festival featuring all 27 local breweries. Join your beer loving friends to get your first taste of two dozen beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week and vote for the People’s Choice Award for a special competition pale ale brewed for this event. Guests receive unlimited tasting with admission, a free tasting glass souvenir, swinging music from The Bathtub Gins and delicious food both for sampling and for purchase. Gawk all you’d like at the Museum’s 150+ cars on display. http://www.calautomuseum.org/
February 28th -Boneshaker Public House – Rocklin, CA: The Big O Organic! Enjoy their showcase of fresh organic food and 10 amazing organic beers on tap. Expect to see beers from Bison, Uncommon Brewers, Band of Gypsies and Eel River. http://www.boneshakerpub.com
February 28th – Knee Deep Brewing Grand Opening Party! 13395 New Airport Road, Auburn 1pm-9pm Official grand opening party! Their award-winning beer is $4.50 per glass all day long. Tony Furtado will be playing solo from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. http://kneedeepbrewing.com
February 28th -Bike Dog Brewing Company, 2534 Industrial Boulevard #110, West Sacramento 5pm-9:30pm – Keep The Glass Night – Bike Dog had a special run of 100 glasses made. For $8 you get the Beer Week glass & a pint of beer. http://www.bikedogbrewing.com
March 1st – Capitol Beer & Tap Room, Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento – Local Brew Celebration- Come get some local flavor & celebrate their incredible craft beer scene! Sacramento area breweries will include Berryessa, Track 7, Knee Deep, Device, Mraz, Bike Dog, & ‘ol Republic, with several of their brewers attending. http://capitolbeer.com
March 3rd – Samuel Horne Tavern, Folsom, CA – Loomis Basin: Brewery to Farm to Our Table 2:30pm Great local brewers and a whole pig that has been feasting on the spent grains from the brewery. We have designed a menu pairing delicious pork plates, w/ some great Loomis Basin beers. http://samhornes.com
March 4th – The Shack, Sacramento – Mardi Gras at The Shack 5pm – 9pm Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate Fat Tuesday with cajun and creole food, a variety of beer from New Orleans brewery Abita, and live jazz from The Crescent Cats. Costumes are encouraged, so dress for the occasion and get ready for Southern hospitality, Shack style! http://eastsacshack.com
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Get out your aprons, dust off your oven mitts and put away the remote! It’s time to go get your cooking skills tuned up and ready for the arrival of Spring! We have found some excellent cooking class resources for all those out there who love to get their hands floured and their palates sauced with freshness. Do you have your calendars open and ready to book a couple of these fun cooking class venues in and around Sacramento?
MARCH CULINARY CLASSES SACRAMENTO & BEYOND!
The Green Boheme – Sacramento March 4, 2014 DINE & DEMO w/ CHEF BROOKE It’s a perfect time to grow your community & skills at Tuesday Nights’ Dine & Demo w/Chef Brooke from The Green Boheme! Enjoy dinner, make new friends and learn the tricks and tools you’ll need to be successful in your own kitchen. Join us for our Weekly Dine & Demo Event, Tuesday Nights! Seating begins @ 6pm, Demo @ 6:30. Chef Brooke will teach until 7:30pm, followed by 15min for questions after class. Seats are reserved by $20/pre-registration per person by calling the cafe @ 916.920.4278 *Includes Demo, Dinner, Dessert, Drink and Recipe. Classes fill quickly!
Good Eats Cooking Class w/ Paulette March 8, 2014 FARM TO FORK WINTER CLASS
Farm to Fork cooking class receiving hands on and recipes to take home will consist of: Braised Fennel, Red Leaf Lettuce with Kiwi & Oranges & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Butternut Squash-Caramelized Onion Pizza, Chicken Stew with Dill-Scallion Dumplings & Mustard Cream and Creamed Onions with Wine & Bacon. GOOD EATS classes are held in the Culinary Center at East Bay Restaurant Supply, 522 North 12th Street (at the end of Richards Blvd.), Sacramento. Each class is $75 per person and starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. and ends no later than 2:00 p.m. For additional information, call Paulette at 916-498-9804.
The Plum Cafe & Bakery – Sacramento March, 2014 – RAW & VEGAN CLASSES
The Plum Cafe and Bakery in Sacramento offers raw food and vegan cooking classes. These raw food, plant-based classes are offered in a fun demonstration format meant to inform and inspire students.Each class ends with tasting of the days recipes. Chef Andrea Seppinni is passionate about sharing tips and techniques for preparing delectable dishes with a focus on ingredients’ health benefits as well as good taste. She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, Cornell University. Classes are $29 pre-paid, $35 at the door. Visit http://plumcafebakery.com/classes for March class details. Do NOT call the restaurant.
Community Tap and Table – Bacon and Beer Pairing Class March 15, 2014
Learn to cure pork belly into nitrate free bacon. Learn to make a home smoker in your oven. Learn to cook bacon three ways. Taste three gourmet tapas (small bacon courses) paired with craft beers. Compare bulk bacon to artisan bacon and learn the basic rules of beer-food pairing. Bacon and Beer Class is 2-3 hours long. Class is $85 per person. https://communitytapandtable.com
Sac Co-op March 18, 2014 The Art & Science of Cheesemaking: Gouda
Gouda is one of the world’s most popular semi-soft cow’s milk cheeses, originating from Holland during the sixth century. Its unique elastic texture is created by washing the lactose from the curd as it is slowly heated. The cheese is then shaped, soaked in brine and aged for several
weeks. Learn the whole process with guidance from artisan cheese maker Sacha Laurin. You’ll take home what you make in class, along w/ resources & aging tips. $55, $45 Co-op owners http://www.sacfoodcoop.com
The Learning Exchange, Sacramento March 20, 2014 - Knife Skills
Every cook needs to master basic knife skills. Slice, dice and chop your way through the most common knife techniques as you prepare vegetables and de-bone a whole chicken. Also learn about the different knives, sharpening and maintenance. Bring a chef’s knife, cutting board and apron to class. Leave class with your ingredients and a recipe for dinner the next night. Thursday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; 1 session starting March 20, 2014 Tuition: $49.00 Member Cost: $44.00 Materials Cost: $20.00 Instructor: Mayumi Tavalero Location: LuLu’s Kitchen, Sacramento
Beth Sogaard Catering – Farm to Fork Classes March 24, 2014 - Traditions of Basque Cuisine
Join Chef Beth for an evening of great food, learning & tasting. Classes include lecture, demonstration and sampling of fabulous dishes and beverages along with a full dinner and your own cook book to take home. Cost: $50 plus tax, advance sale only? Location: Amador Vintage Market Wine Bar – 9393 Main Street, Plymouth 95669? Time: 6:00 pm -8:30 pm Info: 209-245-FOOD
It’s that time of the year where crisp air, the sound of crunching leaves below the feet and awesome food venues will keep you hopping along with your exploring calendars. It’s time to bundle up and go enjoy what Northern California is very well known for – beautiful fall foliage, an abundance of fresh fruit and produce at local farms and events that will go down in your photo albums as PRICELESS! Here are a few of our recommendations for some fun and food-filled activities to go, see and do!
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend – October 12th & 13th, Butte County
Perfect for foodies, wine and beer enthusiast and travelers looking for a weekend getaway or a chance to explore off-the-beaten trail….this agri-tourism adventure provides trail goers with the once a year chance to savor the farm-fresh bounty of Butte County all weekend long. To purchase your passport and pick up your trail map visit www.sierraoro.org/passport-weekend
Sactoberfest – Saturday, October 19th
This one day celebration will involve beer, bratwurst, great oompah music and bretzels! Join proud German ancestors in Sacramento and embrace the traditions of Oktoberfest. Participate in traditional German games including keg rolling, stein holding, yodeling, and everyone’s favorite Chicken Dance dance-off. Traditional German dance performances will also take place throughout the day by The Schuhplatter Dancers.
You don’t have to travel to Munich to experience Oktoberfest, it’s right here in your own backyard! Sactoberfest is a 21 and over event. 12pm-10pm - West Sacramento www.sactoberfest.com
California Beer & Wine Festival – Saturday, October 19th
Beer, Wine, Food, Cigars, Live Music and fun Vendors….sounds like a great afternoon!! Advance ticketing $25 per person
Plus Street, Yuba City Town Center (Between Franklin and B Streets) 1:00pm-5:00pm www.californiabeerandwinefestival.com
Pomegranate Festival – Madera, CA – Saturday, November 2nd
A unique and fun festival where the celebration of the Spanish Conquistadores bringing the pomegranate to America by 1772 is done by fun activities, history lessons, recipe contests, amazing food, libations and live music!! You’ve seen the “punkin chunkin’’ contests – well how about witnessing the pomegranate fling contest?
Madera Municipal Airport – 4020 Aviation Drive, Madera, CA 93637 10:00am – 5:00pm Details: www.maderachamber.com
Big Reds Release Party & Redneck BBQ Bash – Saturday, November 2nd
Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines in Amador County for their 2nd Annual Redneck BBQ Bash! New BIG red wine releases. Make sure to wash your hands before dinner because no utensils will be allowed! A memorable evening by all who attend. Advance reservations required by Wed. Oct. 30th. Call 209-245-6177 or visit www.andiswines.com/events
August Food Festivals in Northern California
I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons: warm weather, late nights, cold swimming holes and (the best!) the FOOD! The following are our Top Ten Local Food Festivals and Events happening around Northern California during August we recommend you planning to explore and have fun!
Ribs on the River Event
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Location: Rio Ramaza Marina, Garden Highway, Sacramento
Pull your cowboy boots up and throw on your 10-gallon hat! It’s time for some good ol’ fashion country music and some delicious RIBS! Help decide who boasts the “best ribs on the river” at this fun, funky event! Event presenters ask you bring a lawn chair and an appetite! Tickets are $10 and worth EVERY PENNY (if you ask me!) Drinks, music and BBQ’ing are the highlights of this awesome event!
Woodland Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Location: Heritage Plaza on Main Street, Woodland
The 6th Annual Woodland Tomato Festival is back! Celebrating the Yolo County tomato this fun and free event is open to the public! A salsa competition, tomato tosses, variety tasting and tomato clothing (yes, you read that right!) will be just some of the events at this years festival. What fun! This event is being put on by the Woodland’s Farmers Market and encourages both young and old to participate!
My favorite event is the “Iron Chef -like” competition at this year’s event! Top celebrity judges from all over Sacramento will be sharing their skills and opinions on ways to prepare all things tomato! What fun! For being known as “Sacra-tomato”, this event is the one to be at!
Sacramento Banana Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013- 10am-7pm
Sunday, August 11, 2013- 10am-5pm
Location: William Land Park, Sacramento
A 5K Walk/Run, Miss Sacramento Banana Queen Beauty Pageant, a Carmen Miranda Hat contest and a banana bake off are just a FEW of the events scheduled for this August’s Banana Festival. Just based solely on the events, this looks like an event I cannot miss! The festival celebrates food, art, culture, music, diversity, health and wellness and going green by educating the public on composting!
Tickets are only $5 and proceeds are going to some wonderful local causes. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy a nice, warm summer weekend!
Hayward Zucchini Festival
Saturday, August 17, 2013- 10am-8pm
Sunday, August 18, 2013- 10am-8pm
Location: Kennedy Park, Hayward
Clear your calendar- it’s time to celebrate the zucchini! Sponsored by the South Hayward Lions Club, this 31st Annual event is ready to rock! Music, dancing, kids activities and a ‘zucchini-growing contest’ are just a few things this festival promises. Did you know the world’s largest zucchini on record was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds?! Insane!!! And a zucchini has more potassium than a banana! Delicious and healthy! We can’t wait for this festival!
It’s getting hot and the days are long. Your family has made their summer bucket list and ready for some summer activities. Add a Walking Food Tour to your bucket list this summer. Plenty of time to set aside 4 hours and go have some fun in the sun with Local Roots Food & Farm Tours. Don’t let the heat stop you from having a fun day out w/ friends, family, neighbors, your club or perfect strangers who love food as much as you do! All our walking tour food stops have great air condition and cold beverages. Sacramento’s City of Trees will keep us cool along the planned routes with beautiful and abundant tree coverage. Wear your walking sandals, a sun hat and sunglasses along with a hefty appetite and away we will go!! It’s Our Annual SUMMER SIZZLE TICKET SALE!!
With summer comes new farm to fork menus from our local chefs and energized tour participants ready to take on a food tour! In honor of the summer months ahead of us we want to offer a great ticket deal for our customers and their friends & family. Use promo code: “SIZZLE” for any adult ticket and receive $8 off each ticket making adult tour tickets $50 to 61.00 each!
Hurry for this awesome offer: Sale will end August 31, 2013 so now’s the time to save! Limit ticket sale to 5 tickets per ticker order and per person.
Summer Foodie Stay-cations!
With the soaring prices of gas, inflation and the housing crunch, many vacationers are holding back their grand vacation plans for the time being. Many would-be holiday makers are simply choosing a “stay-cation” instead. What’s a “stay-cation” you ask? Simply put, a “stay-cation” is a vacation that is close to home. Many people are choosing locations that are with an hour or so from their homes, it’s close enough to save on gas and just far enough to feel like a getaway. A stay-cation allows a family to save money while spending more quality time together and helping a local economy.
First off: In order to enjoy your stay-cation we recommend you:
1. Put the World On Hold – Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).
2. Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.
Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.
3. Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.
So now let’s get to the food portion of your stay-cation, shall we? Here’s our top 7 ideas on how to create a foodie stay-cation.
1. Book a week long series of cooking classes in your local area. Sacramento offers several options for classes and cooking camps this summer. Check out these companies and see what might peak your palate: Lulu’s Kitchen in Sacramento has a variety of day and evening cooking classes. The Learning Exchange in Sacramento offers food & wine classes. Whole Foods Market and Sacramento Co-op are both offering fun summer cooking demos and classes you surely can fit into your stay-cation. They even have summer kids cooking camps…..just in case you have more space to fill in your calendar.
2. The California State Fair – take a few days with your entire family and do the State Fair Fried Food Challenge – you haven’t vacationed until you’ve experienced the deep fried mac -n -cheese on a stick, deep fried cheese curds and deep fried twinkies at the fair. State Fair Summer 2013 dates: July 12th-28th. Many local businesses offer discount fair tickets – check out Big O Tires – buy one get one free ticket offer before they run out!
3. Grab your bags and baskets and plan a Farmer’s Market Week with your family. Lucky for you there is a market within a 20 mile radius of Sacramento each day of the week. Have fun and meet your local farmers and artisans…..there might even be some education involved! Searching for markets in the vicinity? Google: California Grown, Placer Grown, Davis Farmers Market, Ferry Building Market, Oxbow Market in Napa. Go to the market w/ a shopping list for the ingredients you will be needing for your brand new farm to fork recipes. We recommend coming on an empty stomach for the fun food truck vendors and samples you will run into. Try a different ethnic type of food at each market each day…making it an epicurean adventure.
4. Strap on your tennis shoes and sun had and participate in a culinary walking adventure in and around Sacramento. Eat your way thru your own city or explore the town next to you by going on a food or farm tour. These food tours are a half day event and give participants the opportunity to get up close and personal with local chefs, artisans, farmers and passionate mom and pop eatery owners. Kids will think you are the coolest parents when they have the chance for a local chef to sign their dirty napkin….Souvenir award for sure! 5 to 6 food stops along with history, culture and architecture just right out your back door. Check out Local Roots Food & Farm Tours for their different tour menu options and make it a foodie stay-cation must.
Get your mobile calendars out…..March is just around the corner with many opportunities to explore your palates in and around Northern California. Take the time to savor each moment by planning ahead and mapping out every weekend’s foodie adventure for the month of March. No reason to get up and dig in!
March Foodie Events
Capital Beerfest - Sacramento, CA
Saturday, March 2nd – 9am – 5pm – Cal Expo
The 3rd annual Capital Beerfest is expected to attract almost 90 breweries, including every Sacramento-area brewery. Celebrate the close of Sacramento Beer Week with one of the largest beer festivals in Northern California. The generosity of brewers, attendees and partners benefits the Runnin’ for Rhett Scholarship and the Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program. Tickets: www.capitalbeerfest.com
Pig Out at Pig Day – Davis, CA
Saturday, March 2nd - 8am – 1pm – Central Park
Come celebrate National Pig Day at the Davis Farmers Market. This is a Piggie themed event for the whole family. Lots of fun filled food, activities and entertainment all celebrating the plump pink and fabulous pig! We encourage you to come in pig attire. Davis Farmers Market is one of the top markets in Northern California – bring your market bags and baskets to fill up on all your local fresh produce, fruits and meats. www.davisfarmersmarket.org
Spring Obsession Art & Wine Show 2013 – Murphys, CA
Sat & Sunday, March 2nd &3rd – 10am – 5pm – Ironstone Vineyards
16th Annual Art Show, Wine Tasting and Food. There will be art in action, art demonstrations and cooking demos by chefs. Live music and daffodil flowers exhibit on the ground level. Ironstone Vineyards is a beautiful place set in the Sierras Foothills north of Sonora and south of Lake Tahoe. www.ironstonevineyards.com
Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Bus Tour – Placer County, CA
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Good news, foodies! You don’t need to be in a culinary program to partake in some excellent culinary classes offered in and around Sacramento. Come on – take your spatula by the handle and get ready to learn, create and taste your newest creations in some fun, local culinary hands-on cooking classes. Don’t let the word “culinary” intimidate you. Let your passion for food drive you to some interactive food training.
Crepes, Gnocchi, Truffles……The Learning Exchange
The Learning Exchange is offering up some excellent cooking courses this spring in and around Sacramento. Who wouldn’t like to know how to make perfected crepes or have some fun with a class all about creating Gnocchi or focusing in on French Cooking? These courses have a great variety for any type of cook and are located throughout the city and its suburbs. To learn more about their courses and sign up check out: www.learningexchange.com
Croissant & Empanada Workshops at Co-op Cooking School
Co-op Learning Center and cooking school offers something for everyone: from their extensive cooking class program to health and well-being seminars to a variety of lectures and panel discussions. They love to educate our community about important food, family, health and environmental issues. The Co-op is committed to supporting organic local family farms and small producers of high quality food. They highlight these growers and producers in our specialty food tastings as well as featuring their organically grown ingredients in their cooking classes. How cool is that? www.sacfoodcoop.com
Gourmet on ‘K’ Culinary Walking Tour is everything gourmet along one of Sacramento’s most historical areas. Tour participants will be guided down Sacramento’s original main street exploring the beautiful architecture with many stories dating back to the mid 1800?s. Learn stories along the walking route such as how Sutter selected the area along Front and K streets to harvest lumber for his fort and how the famed street became the premier location for department stores, theaters and hotels. Even locals will enjoy this culinary excursion, enlightening their views of the most controversial street in Sacramento.
Sacramento has recently been named the “Farm to Fork Capital of the Nation” by Mayor Kevin Johnson. K Street is seeing an urban revitalization with more and more empty storefronts becoming filled with excellent foodie establishments along with some local dive bars that boast locally produced ingredients on their menus. Join Local Roots Food Tours as they share with their participants what’s “hot” on local farm to table cuisine by experiencing up to 6 different stops along “Downtown on Kay”.
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