A Few Awesome Beer, Wine, and Food Events Happening in Sonoma County

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

Cooperage Beer & Yoga: Every Sunday get fit and drink beer with Cooperage Brewery from noon-1pm. It’s only $12 for a nice workout followed by a cold, delicious brew. They are also releasing a new beer each week, so there will always be a new surprise on for you to choose from! This will happen every Sunday for as long as people keep signing up for it! This is certainly the best drop in yoga deal around.

Beer & BBQ at the Coop: Cooperage is having Camacho’s Southern Style BBQ on May 12th for your grubbin’ pleasure. Belly up to the bar with some fantastic beers, play some cards against humanity or connect four, and enjoy the day. 

Live Music at Local Barrel: Every weekend starting at 5pm.

For more beer events, read my full article on SonomaMag.com here. 

 

CALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE FESTIVAL, CHEESE, YES PLEASE!

I love food and I love to eat healthy, but there is one thing that I cannot ever take out of my diet, CHEESE. It’s the best food in the entire world, in my opinion. In all my years of being a foodie, I have not found a cheese I did not like. I swoon over classic sharp cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss, smoked Gouda, dry aged Gouda, and triple cream Bries. I have been known to sit down with a chunk of Swiss and sliced granny smith apples and just snack until… well the evidence is gone. It can happen so fast! My love affair with this food group is fun and something I won’t give up, that’s why I am so thrilled about the California Artisan Cheese Festival coming up on March.

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The weekend of March 18-20th the Sheraton Petaluma will host the 10th annual artisan cheese festival and a series of educational and fun seminars, tours, tastings, and events followed by a grand celebration on Saturday night. Local foodies, entrepreneurs, vintners, craft brewers, chefs, and fromagiers from across the country will get together to highlight cheese.

Learn how to eat it, what to look for in pairing cheese with wine, cider, or beer, how it’s made, and how to properly serve it. Enjoy educational tours at local farms for a more in-depth experience. Watch a little friendly competition to create “the best bite” on Friday night sounds fun and exciting: chefs are provided with a wheel, bowl, or block of cheese and are asked to create their best bite. Meet and chat with the cheese-makers, pick their brains, and learn the story and the process along with all of the blood, sweat, and tears that really go into producing cheese.

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On Saturday night from 6-9pm the California Cheesin’ celebration takes place. Chefs from all over are given artisan cheeses to incorporate into a mind-blowing appetizer for gusts to sample throughout the evening. Cast your vote for the very best, the winner will be announced during the event. Tickets are only $75 per person for this delicious event. Wine, craft beer, and cider will be provided to pair with the appetizers.

Here are the cheese-makers and producers that you can expect to see at the events:

Achadihna Cheese Company
Beehive Cheese Company
Bellwether Farms
Central Coast Creamery
Chevoo
Cowgirl Creamery
Cypress Grove Chevre
Dairy Goddess
Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Company
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre
Marin French Cheese Company
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Pug’s Leap
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese Company
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Weirauch Farm
Willapa Hills Cheese

All of the weekends events are listed here, sign up now in order to reserve your seat, these events sell out!

The California Artisan Cheese Festival supports the artisan the cheese-making community directly by contributing 10% of ticket proceeds to nonprofit organizations that work to protect the lands needed by the artisan cheese-makers for their cows, sheep, and goats and train the next generation of milk producers and cheese-makers. The event also donates money to support these local non-profits: Redwood Empire Food Bank, Petaluma Future Farmers of America, Sonoma Land Trust, California Artisan Cheese Guild, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

I will be pouring Trione wines at the Saturday evening celebration, and Tim {my hubby} will be there serving something fantastic and creative with his chef de cuisine, Patrick of Peloton Culinary & Catering. Come by our tables and taste our pairings. I’ll be photographing the grub during the event too, so follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter: @Moxie_Lady.

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Buy your tickets to the events here. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers to good food, cheese, and craft!

-Moxie

Geyserville’s Tree Lighting & Tractor Parade

November 28, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Geyserville along with many other towns has their very own tree lighting ceremony, fun for the entire family. The last few years, Geyserville has had the tractor parade put on by the guys of the NSCLU. Each year this event grows in numbers of attendees and entries. It has become a staple in the charming small town. It’s a magical evening for children to come and sit on Santa’s lap but the large decorated Christmas tree in the park and ride lot in the center of town. Adults may enjoy coffees, wine, and beer at local shops while children sip on hot chocolate. The wine tasting rooms will be pouring wine and open for business during the evening. This is an amazing representation of the fun this small, unincorporated town has when everyone comes together to make something magical happen. Other towns have their special holiday tree lighting they put on but I have to say, this is my favorite. Whether you live in Geyserville or not, you still feel the warm, welcoming holiday cheer everywhere you go during this event.

If you’d like to enter your tractor into the parade, applications are available here.

Enjoy the chatter of MC’s Joe Pelanconi and Senator Mike McGuire as you stroll through town out in front of the tree.

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The main avenue is lit up and all of the shops are open for business on November 28th: 

  • Geyserville Mud will sell hot chocolate and pastries as well as drinks {wine, beer, and coffees}
  • The Firehouse will be serving chili and cornbread for $5 or if you bring an unwrapped toy {equal to or greater than $5} it’s free
  • Hot dogs will be for sale upstairs at the Odd Fellows Hall

It is important to get into town early as parking can be tricky. The parade will start at the North-end of town so here is a list of places to park:

*When parking parallel and in places without marked spaces, please park as close as you can while still being safe so that others may park too.

*Please keep the shoulder clear in the main area of town so that people are able to crowd around the sidewalks and see the parade.

At 5:00 pm – Santa Claus will arrive in town at the park and ride/visitors plaza {Across from Route 128 Winery}

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HA! That’s not how everyone feels about Santa, but don’t worry, if your little does this, Santa is used to it, and the candy cane will usually make everything all better {after Santa is out of sight that is}.

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At 6:00 pm- Light of the Tree and Christmas caroling begins

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At 6:30pm- The parade begins from the North-end of town {near the red barn and Geyserville Inn}. The parade will drive VERY slowly to ensure all may see and take photos, the tractors will pass through town one time and finish just outside of town on the South-end.

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Some Insider Tips:

  • Eat at one of the restaurants before the festivities, an early-early bird dinner {Catelli’s Geyserville Grille, or Diavola}
  • Dress your little’s in cute clothes for pictures with Santa but bring WARM & water proofs coats and layers. Wear coats with hoods.
  • Umbrellas get in the way of others during the parade
  • Bring cash for snacks during the event
  • Bring a flashlight for everyone in your group to have one on their person at all times {pick these up at the dollar store before}
  • Parking away from town and walking in, or parking on the North-end of town, means less traffic on the way home
  • There are over 3,000 people who attend this event, keep an eye on your children, it’s crowded all over town, and be safe!

Cheers, see ya there!

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Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

 

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