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In Remembrance: Nigel Walker


Edible East Bay honors farmer Nigel Walker, who passed away earlier this month. Walker founded Eatwell Farm in Solano County and was an early leader in the Bay Area’s organic food movement. Edible East Bay writer Matthew Green visited Walker at his farm in 2009 and wrote this chicken-and-egg story: here

Photo: Matthew Green

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Indulge in a Sundae on Sunday!

Fentons Creamery welcomes the public to a double-header celebration of National Ice Cream Day and Fentons’ 123rd anniversary. To mark the event, Black & Tan Junior sundaes are just $1.23 throughout the day. Stop by for free samples, face painting, and crafts activities in the parking lot. Info: here

National Ice Cream Day & Anniversary Celebration
Sunday July 16, noon–3pm
Fentons Creamery
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland


Photo courtesy of Fentons Creamery.
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Explore the Food and Wine of Livermore Valley

Sip, taste, explore, and learn at this celebration of Livermore Valley’s outstanding food and wine.

Come celebrate food, wine, and Livermore Valley’s unique terroir. Start with the food and wine pairing competition, in which 20 winemakers team up with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors at Casa Real. Enjoy a variety of events including cooking demos, wine seminars, vineyard tours, and exquisite meals. Cost varies with event. Tickets and info: here

Taste Our Terroir
Thursday–Sunday, July 20–23 
Various Livermore Valley wineries

Photo courtesy of Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

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Delight in a Festive Outdoor Gallery 

Each summer, Alden Lane Nursery hosts Art Under the Oaks, featuring local artists, musicians, wine, and food.

Alden Lane Nursery welcomes the community to a family-friendly celebration of local art and music. Artists exhibit their work throughout the nursery and offer special demos of their skills. Enjoy Livermore wines, a selection of foods, hands-on art projects, and special sales in the nursery, which has hosted this event for the past 30 years. Free admission. Info: here or 925.447.0280

Art Under the Oaks 
Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16, 11am–4pm
Alden Lane Nursery
981 Alden Lane, Livermore

Photos courtesy of Alden Lane Nursery.

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Find New Ways to Wellness


Learn to support your body through high-quality nutrition and positive lifestyle choices. Two advanced nutrition consultant students from Bauman College offer a free, five-week wellness program to support renewed energy, allergy control, weight management, and sustainable eating habits. Meetings take place on the patio at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, and Julie’s offers complementary samples relating to the day’s topic. Free, but registration required: here

The Bauman College Wellness Program
Saturdays July 22 & 29 and August 5, 12 & 19, 3–4pm
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
4316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Photo: Carole Topalian
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Enjoy a Slice of Heaven . . .

Tastings, farm tours, music, dancing, and tractor tram rides are all on offer at the Capay Tomato Fest.

Bring the whole family to this lively, tomato-packed event at Capay Organic Farm. Enjoy an afternoon of heirloom and cherry tomato tastings, farm tours, live music, dancing, and tractor tram rides. Bring a picnic, or purchase a meal or snack made with farm produce. Top your day off 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

10th Annual Capay Tomato Festival 
Saturday July 22, 3–11pm 
23808 State Hwy 16, Capay

Photo courtesy of Capay Organic.

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A No-Nuts, No-Lactose Ice Cream Tour

Here’s a scoop for ice cream lovers who are allergic to nuts or sensitive to lactose: Take Local Food Adventures‘ newest Rockridge Ice Cream and Gelato tour, a family-friendly one-hour adventure with three delicious stops on College Avenue. Learn about the history of ice cream and enjoy nut-free flavors, sorbets, and/or soy-based ice creams (depending on individual needs). Upcoming nut- and lactose-free tours are on Sunday July 16, Saturday August 19, Sunday September 10, and Sunday October 22. Cost: Adults: $15, Kids $10. Info and registration: here

Photo courtesy of Local Food Adventures.
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Pick Up Your Dinner from Food Shift

Social enterprise Food Shift, a group that works to reduce food waste while also providing employment and job training, has just launched pop-up sales of food prepared with rescued produce. Hot entrées as well as frozen soups and pasta sauces are available and can be ordered in advance. Through a partnership with, Food Shift is able to post menus and offer payment options online. Ordering and menu info: here
Food Shift Pop-up Dinner Service
Thursday July 13, 5–7pm
677 West Ranger Ave, Alameda


Photo courtesy of Food Shift.
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Learn How to Say No to Plastics


Join the Ecology Center for a series of events geared toward reducing single-use plastic in daily life. Events include a film screening, shoreline clean-up, recycling tour, and workshops like plastic-free fermentation and reusable food wraps. Attend a panel discussion to learn about how plastics end up in our food. Submit your best photo to the Plastic Pollution & Solutions Photo Contest. Info: here

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