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It’s an Apples and Hops Garden Party

The UC Botanical Garden celebrates two favorite plants at this garden party, where you can sip local beer and cider on tap and munch apple cider donuts while enjoying live music. Free craft activities and Bernie’s Best apple juice are available for kids. Bring a picnic or purchase food from an onsite taco truck. At the end of your afternoon in the beer garden, you can stay on to rock out with Rogue Wave at a Redwood Grove concert. Proceeds from both events support the Garden’s education program. Cost: Day Festival only: $75-adult, $25-youth (5-17), free for kids under 5. Day Festival + Spirits Tasting Room + Rogue Wave Concert: $125. Info and tickets: here. Apply this code at checkout for a 25% discount: “EDIBLE25”

Apples and Hops
Saturday August 25, Festival 2–5 pm; Redwood Grove Concert 5:30–7 pm
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley

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Is Dinner Hiding in Your Fridge?

Think You Have Nothing Good to Eat? You Might Be Surprised!

We’ve all stared into a fridge full of assorted foods and thought there’s nothing good to eat. But with a touch of creativity, you can make magnificent meals with what you have on hand. Watch the video below and see how a father and daughter solve the dinnertime crunch and make the most of their leftovers.

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Meet the O2 Artisans Aggregate

Get to know a community of West Oakland artisans committed to developing environmentally friendly practices for manufacturing and agriculture. Meet local crafters, farmers, and artisans and peruse the high-quality goods they produce on site. Enjoy live music, food, beverages, and a friendly vibe. Free, but please RSVP. Info: here

Third Annual O2AA Open Studio & Crafts Faire
Saturday August 11, noon–5pm
2311 Magnolia St, Oakland

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Get Dirty on a Local Organic Farm

Photo courtesy of Cloverfield Farm.

Each season, Cloverfield Farm invites volunteers into their organic farm to lend a hand with seasonal farm chores. Activities are geared to all ages and abilities: You can help prepare vegetable beds, plant seeds into flats, clear cover crops in the orchard and vineyard, and pot rooted grape vines and olive trees. Wear your grubby work clothes, sun hat, and garden gloves, and bring hand pruners if you have them. Light snacks (but not a full lunch) are provided. Info: here. Please RSVP so organizers can plan appropriately by emailing
Volunteer Workshop at Cloverfield Farm
Saturday August 18, 11am–2pm
501 La Paloma Rd, El Sobrante

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Don’t Compost Those “Expired” Eggs Just Yet!


Not sure if your eggs are still fresh? If the date has passed, they may still be good to eat. To find out, do the float test. Place the egg in a glass or bowl of water. If it sinks, the egg is still perfectly fine to eat. If it floats, send that egg to the compost.


The USDA states that even if the expiration date on your food item has passed, it may still be safe to eat (with the exception of baby formula).  So, use your senses, rather than the date label, to judge if food has spoiled. If food has an off odor, flavor, or texture, don’t eat it. StopFoodWaste.Org offers more information on expiration dates here.




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Tomato Time in the Capay Valley

Photo courtesy of Capay Organic.


The tomatoes are luscious and ready for tasting at Capay Organic’s annual festival. Sample an assortment of heirloom and cherry varieties, along with local olive oil and honey. Tour the farm, ride a tractor tram, visit the animals, and make herb salt with organic farm herbs. Bring your dancing shoes since the live music by Miss Lonely Hearts might make you hop. Pack a picnic or purchase a meal or snack made with farm produce. Extend your visit by camping in the farm orchards. Event proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture. Cost: Adults $20, children 12 and under free. Camping: $35. Info and tickets: here or on their Facebook page
11th Annual Capay Tomato Festival 
Saturday July 28, 3–11pm 
23808 State Hwy 16, Capay

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Farmers’ Market Cocktails at Jack London Square


Find out what happens when talented East Bay bartenders get inspired by farmers’ market produce. Take in a beautiful sunset on the Bay and enjoy a drink made with local stone fruit, melons, berries, or tomatoes. New this year, find a variety of dinner options available for purchase. All proceeds support education programs offered by CUESA and the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Non-alcoholic offerings available too. Ages 21 plus. Cost: $45–50. Info and tickets: here

Party Under the Palms:
Summer Cocktails of the Farmers’ Market
Wednesday August 1, 5:30–8pm
Jack London Square Palm Plaza
Embarcadero at Webster St, Oakland

Photos: Amanda Lynn Photography.

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Sip, Sample, and Stroll


Make your way through downtown Walnut Creek sampling tasty food and wine while also supporting the Diablo Ballet. Spend a lovely summer evening enjoying tastes from a variety of local eateries. Proceeds support the Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Programs, bringing arts education to underserved students and incarcerated teens. Cost: $39 through July 26, then $45. Info and tickets: here or 925.943.1775
Diablo Ballet’s 8th Annual Gourmet Gallop
Thursday August 9, 6–9 pm
Downtown Walnut Creek

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Livermore Tasting Adventures

Photos: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association


Get ready for a food and wine adventure in the Livermore Valley! On Thursday, 20 winemakers join up with Bay Area chefs to compete for top honors in food and wine pairing at Casa Real. Guests are invited to taste these delectable combos and vote for the People’s Choice winner. On Friday through Sunday, visit wineries across the region for Port tastings, a hike in the vineyard, honey sampling, and more. Info: here
Taste Our Terroir
Thursday, July 26–Sunday July 29
Various Livermore Valley wineries

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1951 Coffee Hosts Holocaust Refugee Sylvia Ruth Gutmann


Author and Holocaust survivor Sylvia Ruth Gutmann speaks at 1951 Coffee, a café that trains and hires refugees and educates the community on refugee life and issues. Gutmann will speak about her experiences during World War II and how those experiences are reflected in the child separation and resettlement happening in the United States today. She will also sign copies of her new memoir, A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan. Cost: $7.50 or $25 (includes a copy of the book). Info and tickets: here
Read our Spring 2017 story about how and why 1951 Coffee was started: here
Sylvia Ruth Gutmann Speaks at 1951 Coffee
Wednesday August 8, 7–8pm
1951 Coffee Company
2410 Channing Way, Berkeley

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