Upcoming Edible Events

Our online events calendar is a free service. Events should be local, or within driving distance of the Bay Area, and be relevant to our local food mission at Edible East Bay. More information: here

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 2, 10am–noon
Nontoxic Garden Pest Control
Davis Park Community Garden
1655 Folsom Ave, San Pablo

Learn easy and budget-friendly nontoxic pest control techniques. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Saturday June 2, 10am–2pm
Gardening with Nature in Mind
Walnut Creek address TBA

Join environmental educator Judy Adler for an in-depth tour of her half-acre garden featuring chickens, a rainwater harvesting system, a pond, and many California native and/or pollinator-friendly plants. Cost: $35. Info and registration: bringingbackthenatives.net

Saturday June 2, time TBA
On Edna Lewis, a Legendary Southern Chef
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

At this book signing, talk, and demo, editor Sarah B. Franklin discusses Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, her collection of essays by food luminaries about their encounters with cookbook author Edna Lewis. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com

Sunday June 3, noon–4:30pm
Wine and Wags
Various Livermore Valley wineries

Bring your friendly dog (on a leash) for a day of fun in wine country. Local animal rescues partner with wineries to promote pet adoptions. Cost, including two tastes at each winery: $30 in advance; $35 same day. Tickets and info: lvwine.org

Wednesday June 6, 6–9pm
Slow Wine California Tasting
Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
2625 Mankas Corner Rd, Fairfield, in Suisun Valley

Slow Wine California, a burgeoning offshoot of Slow Wine Italy, invites local wine enthusiasts to sample many of the best sustainably grown California wines. This is a 21 and over event. Cost: $40 general admission and $25 for members of Slow Food or wine industry professionals. Tickets: https://ilfiorello.com/events/calendar/.

Wednesday June 6, 6:30–9:30pm
Home Smoked Meats 101: Fish, Bacon, Sausage, Brisket & More
Institute of Urban Homesteading, Berkeley address TBA

Learn techniques and tips for home smoking and how to set up a small smoker. Prepare and enjoy a dinner in community. Cost: $40–80 sliding scale. Info and registration: hoakland.com or iuh(at)sparkybeegirl.com

Saturday June 9, 1–2:30pm
Seed Saving Class
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Learn to save seeds from your tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, and squash. Free. Info: 510.482.7844

Saturday June 9, 1–4pm
Cheese and Crackers: A Day at PineHeaven Farm
Institute of Urban Homesteading, Montclair address TBA

Join Jeannie McKenzie at PineHeaven Farm and learn to make chevre and feta with fresh goat milk plus raw crackers from the leftover whey. Sliding scale: $50–90. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com or iuh(at)sparkybeegirl.com

Sunday June 10, 10am–noon
Making Cocktail Syrups and Shrubs
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Create your own cocktail syrups and shrubs (a vinegar-based syrup) from herbs, spices, and seasonal fruits. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Saturday June 16, 11am–1pm
Saving Seeds: Workshop & Seed Swap
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Learn to retrieve, sort, and store garden seeds. Please bring seed heads, pods, or fruit to trade (heirloom and/or open pollinated seed varieties). Free. Info: ecologycenter.org

Thursday June 21, 6–8pm
Best Irrigation Methods for Today’s Climate
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn about irrigation methods including PVC, drip, wicking or self-watering beds, olla pots, and gravity feed from barrels. Cost: $25. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Saturday June 23, 10am–noon
Gardening in Containers & Small Spaces
Pittsburg Environmental Center
2581 Harbor St, Pittsburg

You can have a beautiful garden on your patio, deck, or other small space. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.ning.com/events

Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24,
10:30am–12:30pm
Easy Harvest Pruning
Backyards in Oakland and San Pablo

Ann Ralph covers the simple logic of pruning, benefits of pruning to keep fruit trees small, troubleshooting, and seasonal routines. Cost $40. Info: littlefruittree.com

Sunday June 24, 2–4:30pm
Backyard Chicken Health Class
Biofuel Oasis, North Berkeley backyard TBA

Learn about common health problems, nutrition, examining your chicken, mixing feed, and what to keep in your flock first aid kit. Cost: $35. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or call 510.665.5509

Thursday June 28, 7–9pm
Fermenting Cucumber Pickles
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn to make your own New York deli–style fermented (no-vinegar) cucumber pickles. Cost: $45. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Sunday July 8, 7–9pm
Poultry Butchery Class
The Local Butcher Shop
1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Learn to butcher chicken, turkey, and small birds for different cooking methods. Each student butchers two chickens and takes home the meat, bones, and skin. Cost: $90. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Sunday July 15, 2–4pm
Prepping Your Garden for Fall
Castro Valley Public Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave

Learn how to transition to your fall garden. Find out about cool-weather edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching, and planting natives. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Thursday July 19, 6–8pm
Intro to Aquaponics
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn about this home-scaled method of growing fish and plants in one integrated system. Cost: $25. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.ning.com/events

Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22, 11am–4pm
Art Under the Oaks
Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore

Artists display and sell their work under a grove of oak trees. Enjoy wine, food, live music, and children’s activities. Free parking and admission. Info: aldenlane.com

Thursday–Sunday, July 26–29
Taste Our Terroir
Various Livermore Valley wineries

The Valley’s premiere food and wine event celebrates the region’s unique terroir. Festivities include a food and wine pairing competition, cooking classes, wine seminars, vineyard tours, and more. Cost: varies with event. Tickets and info: lvwine.org

Saturday July 28, 10am–noon
Compost Happens: Compost 101
Wanlass Park, corner of San Pablo Ave & Rivers St
San Pablo

It’s easy to transform yard waste and food scraps into “gardeners gold.” Learn to make, harvest, and use this valuable soil amendment. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Saturday July 28, 3–11pm
Capay Tomato Festival
Capay Organic Farm, 23808 State Highway 16, Capay

Taste heirloom and cherry tomatoes fresh from the fields and enjoy music, dancing, a tractor-tram tour of the farm, and camping in the orchards. Proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Nonprofit for Sustainable Agriculture. Info: farmfreshtoyou.com

Thursday August 2–Monday August 6, 9am–5:30pm
Flea Market
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Come shop for garden decor and accessories from Orchard’s nursery and gift shop. Info: orchardnursery.com

Saturday August 4, 6–10pm
Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic
Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center
16628 Country Rd 81, Capay

Enjoy great wines, local brews, and food available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Cost: $15 advance, $20 same day. Tickets and info: Search “Twilight Picnic” on brownpapertickets.com

Sunday August 5, 7–9pm
Pâté and Terrine Class
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave
(enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Local Butcher Shop chefs demo and teach how to make three kinds of pâtés and terrines. Class includes a guided tasting, and each participant goes home with some pâté de campagna, chicken liver mousse, and headcheese. Cost: $60. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Saturday August 11, 10am–noon
Prepping Your Garden for Fall
Davis Park Community Garden
1655 Folsom Ave, San Pablo

Find out about cool-weather edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching, and planting natives. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Thursday July 19, 5:30–7:30pm
Gary Taubes – The Case Against Sugar
Bauman College
1007 University Ave, Berkeley

Gary Taubes discusses his most recent book and what research has shown about sweets, including misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and how to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. Cost: $60 (general admission); $100 (VIP). Info and tickets: baumancollege.org/events

Thursday September 27, 5:30–7:30pm
Chris Kresser – Unconventional Medicine
Bauman College
1007 University Ave, Berkeley

Chris Kresser discusses his new book, Unconventional Medicine, in which he presents a plan for reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease using Functional Medicine, an ancestral diet and lifestyle, and a collaborative practice model. Cost: $60 (general admission); $100 (VIP). Info and tickets: baumancollege.org/events

Wednesday October 24, 5:30–7:30pm
Julia Ross – The Craving Cure
Bauman College
1007 University Ave, Berkeley

Julia Ross discusses her new book, The Craving Cure, in which she proposes the use of specific, brain-targeted amino acids to defend our appetite-regulating systems from the assault of highly addictive, ultra-processed foods or “techno-karbz.” Cost: $60 (general admission); $100 (VIP). Info and tickets: baumancollege.org/events