Celebrating Our Gravenstein: This weekend FarmTrails hosts the 41 Annual Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
This year’s fete includes several new features. A DIY tent offers information on everything from home canning, fermentation and seed saving to grain threshing, bread making, needle felting and cheese making.
An Artisan Cheese Tent, for which there is an additional admission fee, pairs cheese makers with winemakers and cider makers. Saturday highlights include Carleen Weirauch of Weirauch Creamery with Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks at 1:30 p.m. and Jon and Lauren Bowne of Gypsy Cheese Company with Carly Verhey of Heidrun Meadery at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Omar Mueller of Freestone Artisan Cheese and Barb Gustafson of Paul Mathew Vineyards step into the spotlight at 1:30 p.m.
A Craft Cider Tent offers cider tastings throughout the fair, with cider makes appearing hourly on both days. A Wine Tent offers local wines throughout the fair.
Life music will alternate on two stages, with Whiskey and Circumstance kicking things off on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Hubbub Club closing things out at 430 on Sunday.
This year’s fair vendors have a greater focus on farm and agricultural products, with Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill, McClelland’s Dairy and Sonoma Garden Designs among the vendors.
As always, there are lots of activities for kids, lots of yummy things to eat and three cooking demonstrations both days, along with a cow milking, beekeeping, backyard chickens and sheep-shearing demos, puppet shows, sing-alongs, an apple pie contest and so much more, including an opportunity to buy Gravensteins by the case.
Admission to the Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma are $15 if you’re 13 or over and $10 if you’re between 6 and 12.
As of press time, you could still volunteer, which gets you a pass for both days, along with an apron and a beverage ticket. Volunteers work 3 to 4 hours shifts.
For volunteer applications, a full schedule of all activities and information about discount tickets, visit gravensteinapplefair.com.