A la carte: Celebrate in Sonoma County with these food and wine events
Farms open gates
Get a taste of the fall harvest on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14 during the Sonoma County Farm Trails’ annual “Weekend Along the Farm Trails” open house at fruit, flower, cheese, animal and vegetable farms across the county.
Guests can harvest their own pumpkins, apples, eggs and roses; learn how to make jam and build compost; meet baby goats and chicks; take part in tastings and talks; plus make farm-to-table purchases.
The annual event, held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, is free, but reservations are required: farmtrails.org. Some stops will offer snacks and picnic opportunities. Guests are encouraged to pack a cooler to bring their lunch and take home products.
Women in food, farming
A Women’s Food and Farming Symposium will be held on Oct. 13 at the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol.
The third annual symposium organized by Caiti Hachmyer of Red H Farm includes education and an intergenerational dialogue that addresses issues of leadership, policy, advocacy, justice, art and farming.
Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($30-$75) and are all inclusive. To reserve, go to permacultureskillscenter.org. 2185 Gravenstein Highway South.
Pinot on the River
Pinot-philes will gather at the Healdsburg Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 for the 15th annual Pinot on the river event.
The afternoon includes wine tastings, food vendors, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $100, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.
To reserve, visit bgccsc.org/events/pinot.
Hopland will host a string of harvest events from Oct. 19 to 21 in and around the Mendocino County town.
An Experience Rosé winemaker dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 will be held at the Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery. Tickets are $45 to $85.
The Hopland harvest Days tasting will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 under the big tent at Brutocao Cellars Schoolhouse Plaza in downtown Hopland. The event includes wine, beer and cider tastings; a harvest table and food truck; plus art and live music.
The party continues with a Harvest Open House on Oct. 21 at local wineries and vineyards.
For more information, go to destinationhopland.com.
The second annual Cornerstone Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch welcomes kids of all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at Cornerstone Sonoma.
In addition to the pumpkin patch, there will be a hay bale pyramid, kids’ crafts and games and various craft project for adults, from succulent pumpkin centerpieces ($15 and up) to flower crowns ($25 per crown.)
Live music by the Bloodstones, vineyard tours and tasting with Meadowcroft Wines, beer and food, an ice cream cart and seasonal sweets and treats round out the festivities.
Admission is free. 23570 Arnold Drive. cornerstonesonoma.com.
Tolay Fall Festival
The Tolay Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14,, and Oct. 20 and 21 at Tolay Lake Regional park.
The seasonal celebration of nature-based, old-fashioned fun includes a “Nighttime Creatures Barn,” a “Creepy Crawly Room,” hayrides to a pumpkin patch, gunny sack races and more.