SANTA ROSA: Harvest Fair opens
The 43rd annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair will take place this Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6 to 8, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The Harvest Fair revolves around the Grand Tasting Pavilion, which features more than 100 Sonoma County wineries pouring their best varietals, plus locally crafted beer and ciders. The winners of this year’s Professional Food Competition will also be serving their cuisine and artisan products. Tickets to the Grand Tasting are $65 per day.
Guests can also enjoy a chef demo or a wine tasting seminar, free with gate admission at the Wine Country Marketplace, which also hosts an array of vendors with unique wares.
Gate admission is $5, kids 12 and under free. There are various tasting and seminar tickets available as well, for $5 to $85. harvestfair.org.
HEALDSBURG: “City of Vines” talk
Thomas Pinney, author of the “The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles,” will give a slide talk from his latest book at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Healdsburg Shed.
Before the program, there will be a 5:30 p.m. tour at the Healdsburg Library with Wine Antiquities Dealer Dean Walters, explaining his exhibit, “The Golden Age of Wine at the Library.” The library is located at 139 Piper St.
Tickets are $15 and include a glass of Carol Shelton wine and savory bites by Shed Chef Perry Hoffman. To reserve: healdsburgshed.com. 25 North St.
SONOMA: Gin & caviar pairing
The Girl & the Fig will offer a Caviar & Gin Tasting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Murphy’s Irish Pub.
Special guests will include Amy and Fred Groth from Prohibition Spirits, who will pair four of their small-batch gins with an assortment of caviar from Tsar Nicoulai.
Cost is $54. To reserve: sonomapub.com or eventbrite.com. 464 First Street East.
NOVATO: Be “Well Nourished”
Andrea Lieberstein, author of “Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating,” will give a book talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Copperfield’s Books in Novato.
The talk to free. 999 Grant Ave. copperfieldsbooks.com.
CLOVERDALE: Oktoberfest benefit
Cloverdale will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration in the Plaza from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, with live music, food, beer and wine, pumpkins and gourds, face painting and other activities.
The community event will raise funds for Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch, benefiting the Courtney Jade Davis Memorial scholarship at Cloverdale High as well as local cancer patients, and the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale.
SANTA ROSA: Food Bank celebration
The Redwood Empire Food Bank will hold an Open House and Block Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, to celebrate 30 years of ending hunger in Sonoma County.
Guests will sample culinary creations by Chef Don Nolan, tour the facility, learn about hunger-relief programs and enjoy local food truck offerings. A beer garden will feature local wine and beer, Three Twins ice cream plus live music by the Mike Saliani Band.
The event is free, but beer, wine and food offerings are for sale. 3990 Brickway Boulevard.