Sonoma County VegFest, a celebration of compassion and plant-based eating, will heat up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
The afternoon highlights animal-free eating and the abundance of the North Bay with speakers, vendors, professional cooking demos, delicious food and a kids’ zone with family activities.
Admission is $5. Kids under 13 are free. For a complete schedule, go to SoCoVegFest.org. 50 Mark West Springs Rd.
Cellar Door opens
La Follette Wines has opened Cellar Door, a new tasting room located at sister winery Quivira Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley.
The winery now offers an updated tasting experience to allow guests to explore the role of terroir in crafting La Follette’s portfolio of pinot noirs and chardonnays from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.
Tastings cost $20 for groups of up to eight and hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. To make an appointment, which is encouraged but not required, call 707-395-3902. lafollettewines.com. 4900 West Dry Creek Road.
Big, Greek party
St. George’s Greek and Middle Eastern Festival returns Aug. 12 and 13 with a weekend full of eating, live Middle Eastern music and traditional folk dancing.
Guests will feast on falafel, hummus, gyros, shawarma, baklava and other delicacies of the region. Henna tattoos, Turkish coffee, a Hookah lounge and kids’ activities round out the fun. Admission is free. stgeorgefestival.wixsite.com/sgoc.
Vintners Inn cafe
The Vintners Inn has opened a new daytime restaurant, River Vine Cafe, serving weekday breakfast and lunch and weekend brunch for both hotel guests and visitors.
The menu was created by Chef Tom Schmidt of John Ash & Co. and showcases seasonal foods and produce from local farmers, including the inn’s own garden.
The cafe features a circular dining room with large windows, a rock fireplace and wood ceiling beams. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends. vintnersinn.com.
The Big Event
The Bodega Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 37th annual Big Event BBQ from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the fire department in downtown Bodega.
The event includes a parade at 10:30 a.m., live music, a barbecue chicken and tri-tip lunch with sides, plus adult beverages and homemade desserts. Kids’ games, craft vendors and a raffle round out the fun.
Admission is free. Adult lunch ticket is $15, a child’s ticket is $8. Beer and wine: $5. 17184 Bodega Highway. bodegafire.org.
Kendall-Jackson still has three more al fresco feasts in its Farm-to-Table Dinner series, held in the Kendall-Jackson Estate Gardens.
On Aug. 12, the dinner will serve fowl and heirloom Pork from Devil’s Gulch, plus goat cheese from Chevoo and stone fruit from Dry Creek Peach.
On Sept. 9, there will be heirloom tomatoes, Angus Beef from Ward Ranch and cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. on the menu.