My pumpkin's faster than your pumpkin: On Saturday, the Healdsburg Farmers Market hosts its annual pumpkin festival, with a pumpkin carving contest and a pumpkin car race.
Pumpkins for carving are available at the market at no charge between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pumpkins that will compete in the race must be brought to the market already made.
The market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon one block west of the plaza at North and Vine Streets. Pumpkins will be available at 8:30 a.m., but shopping starts when the cowbell sounds at 9 a.m.
Day of the Dead Art Reception: On Saturday, Galley 300 (300 South A St., Santa Rosa) hosts a reception for its juried exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m.
This Day of the Dead show features nearly two dozen artists, among them Jennifer Hirschfield, Alejandro Salazar, Molly Perez, Mary Jarvis, Mary Vaughan, Hamlet Mateo, Cat Kaufman and Ceylan Crow.
The show opened on Oct. 22 and remains on view through Nov. 3.
A Day of the Dead 2013 Calendar will also be available throughout the two-week exhibition.
Events in the South A Arts District are always great fun and warrant pulling out your favorite costumes.
Viva Brazil! On Saturday, Capoeira Mandinga Santa Rosa hosts a Brazilian festival featuring a beginning capoeira workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m., a capoeira roda open to everyone from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and a drum workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Capoeira is a martial art indigenous to Brazil, where it was developed by African slaves in the 1600s. Although it is a form of self-defense, it has strong art and dance elements, as well. A capoeira roda is a large group practicing the art together.
Following the workshops, there will be Brazilian food and dancing until 10 p.m.
The festival takes place at the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics, located at 99 Sixth St. in Santa Rosa.
Admission is a suggested donation at the door of $8 to $15.
For more information about the Capoeira Mandinga Santa Rosa, call 861-0002.
Welcome to the Parish Cafe: Chef Rob Lippincott, who is from Louisiana, quietly opened his Parish Cafe last Friday morning after months of work readying the space. Word spread quickly and by Saturday, business was pretty much nonstop.
Parish Cafe features New Orleans cooking, which is a blend of Creole and Cajun cooking unique to the beloved city. The menu includes shrimp and grits, grillades and grits, gumbo, jambalaya, fried oyster salad, muffaletta, fried okra, several po-boys (including shrimp and debris gravy) and more.
Beignets, familiar to everyone who shops at Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa farmers markets, are offered all day long. And if you're hankering for your market beignets, don't worry. They'll return, once Lippincott and his staff have their sea legs.
Prices are reasonable, cafe au lait is delicious and art evokes the Big Easy. Try it, Ms. Mouthful says, you'll like it.
The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 60A Mill St. on the south edge of downtown Healdsburg. For more information, call 431-8474 or visit theparishcafe.com.