There are lots of harvest-inspired events this fall that will put you close to the folks who plant, grow, pick and deliver our tasty, Sonoma County produce and meats. Here are a few to put on your calendar now so you won’t miss them later.
PETALUMA: Dance, pig roast at Tara Firma
Tara Firma Farms will celebrate summer with a Pig Roast and Barn Dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Petaluma farm. Dinner features a smoked whole hog, beer butt chicken and lots of farm-to-table fixin’s. Afterwards, guests will dance under the stars to the local music of the Blue Rock Country Club. Cost is $40. brownpapertickets.com. 3796 I Street Extension.
SEBASTOPOL: Take a bite of the apple fair
Old-fashioned farm fun will be dished out at the Gravenstein Apple Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14 at Ragle Ranch Park.
Known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County,” the family event includes live music, local food and beverages, a pie-eating and apple pie-baking contest, a chef’s tent, an artisan cheese tent, a do-it-yourself tent, plus all kinds of “life on the farm” activities, from cow-milking to sheep shearing.
Admission to the benefit for the Sonoma County Fair Trails is $15 ($10 if you bike), $12 for seniors and veterans, $10 for kids 6 to 12. Advance tickets, at a discount, are available at Harmony Farm Supply, all Oliver’s Markets and Copperfield’s Bookstores, through the Sonoma County Farm Trails office and online at gravensteinapplefair.com.
SANTA ROSA: National Heirloom Expo returns
Once again, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds will host the three-day National Heirloom Exposition, a world’s fair of “pure food,” from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6-8 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The three-day extravaganza showcases all kinds of heirloom produce and heritage poultry, colossal pumpkins and giant dahlias, folk and bluegrass music, chef’s demos and kids’ activities, plus speakers on everything from “Extreme Tomato” breeding to “Growing Amazing Peppers from Around the World.”
Special events this year include a global seed exchange, talks by young food activists, a seed and garden art exhibit curated by the Hudson Valley Seed Library and a sanctioned National Fiddlers’ Contest.
Tickets at the gate are $15 for one day or $30 for a three-day pass. Children are free. 1350 Bennett Valley Road.
SANTA ROSA: Double, double, toil and bubble
The Farm to Fermentation Festival, a celebration of kombucha, beer, pickles and all things bubbly, will be held from 11 am. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Finley Community Center.
The afternoon includes sampling from vendors, workshops, a VIP Libation Lounge and fermented root beer floats.
Ticket prices vary from $20 for early bird general admission to $45 for VIP tickets, including cider, mead, beer and wine in the Libation Lounge. To reserve, go to eventbrite.com. Finley is located at 2060 West College Ave.
HEALDSBURG: Quivira hosts summer dinners
Guest chefs from all over the Bay Area will cook up a storm with our local bounty during Quivira Vineyards’ Farm-to-Table Dinner Series at the Dry Creek Valley winery.