<strong> Tomato inspirations at K-J Heirloom Festival Saturday: </strong>Everyone's favorite fruit is the star of the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Saturday.
The event is a chance to see or sample more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in the winery's expanded culinary gardens.
Garden tours, wine and food pairings, garden seminars, tomato-inspired creations by Executive Chef Justin Wangler and a Chef's Challenge with 50 Bay Area chefs competing to create the best tomato-centric bites, round out the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $90 at <a href="http://kj.com" target="_blank">kj.com</a>. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton.
<strong> Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art & Garden set for Oct. 6 at Food for Thought gardens</strong>: Food for Thought's luscious gardens provide a perfect fall setting for the annual Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden on Oct. 6.
Professional artists are recruited to turn intriguingly shaped gourds into works of art for sale at the event, which also features a cornucopia of food and wine harvested and prepared locally, and served to the accompaniment of live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. Food for Thought is a food bank serving 675 men, women and children in Sonoma County living with HIV and/or AIDS. 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. <a href="http://fftfoodbank.org" target="_blank">fftfoodbank.org</a>. 887-1647. 6650 Railroad Ave., Forestville.
<strong> Rogers calls up spirit of Carson at Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm</strong>: Lilith Rogers reforms her one-woman show about the life of early environmentalist Rachel Carson during the fall Open House and Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday at Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm.