Mouthful: Oktoberfest continues

<b>Oktoberfest Continues in Valley Ford:</b> The response to last weekend's "Rocktoberfest" at Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen and Saloon (14415 Highway 1, Valley Ford) was such a great success that the celebration will continue through Oct. 27.

Here's the deal. During the restaurant's regular hours — Thursday and Friday, 5-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. — a special menu of classic German fare and drink will be available.

Highlights include pan-seared miniature bratwurst with Sonoma Brinery sauerkraut and spicy mustard; a selection of German salad; sauerbraten; wiener schnitzel; crispy potato pancakes with house applesauce and cheese spatzle with crispy onions, green salad and horseradish vinaigrette.

Buttermilk fried chicken, Rocker burgers, oysters and artichoke-crab cakes also will be available.

It's all accompanied by Bavarian polka music and, on the patio, festive decorations.

For reservations, call 876-1983.

<b>Another Reason to Visit Valley Ford:</b>There's a new kid on the chocolate block, so to speak.

HydroSouls, the sweet little company based in Bodega Bay that makes aromatherapy products for humans and animals, has just released a line of handmade chocolates.

Offered as chocolate bars and chocolate-covered toffee, these confections are made with organic fair-trade chocolate.

Currently, they are available at HydroSouls' little shop at 14390 Highway 1 in Valley Ford and, on Sundays, at the Bodega Bay Farmers Market. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

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