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

September dates TBA
Oakland Cocktail Week
in Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda

Celebrate Oakland’s unique cocktail heritage and community. Find $10 cocktails inspired by Oakland at participating venues. Info: oaklandcocktailweek.com

Thursday September 5, 1–2:30pm
Big Gardens in Small Spaces
Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin

Learn to maximize the food you can grow in a small space by maintaining soil fertility, choosing the best plants for containers, and rotating crops. Free.
Info: Search “CompostGal” on Facebook.

Thursday September 5, time TBA
Screening of The Last Season
Location: TBA

This film by local filmmaker Sara Dosa is about matsutake mushroom hunting and the community it involves. Info: alamedanaturalgrocery.com

Saturday September 7, noon–5pm
West Oakland Artisans Festival
2311 Magnolia St, Oakland

O2AA welcomes the public to its fourth annual festival, a chance to visit artisans’ studios, shop for crafts, enjoy a variety of street food, and dance to live music. Free and family friendly. Info: https://o2aa.com/2019/09/07/4th-annual-open-studio-and-craft-fair/

Saturday September 7, 10am–noon
Sustainable Practices for Water-Wise Gardening
Urban Farmer Store, 2121 San Joaquin St, Richmond

Learn about permaculture and sustainable techniques like sheet-mulching and using compost, mulch, recycled water, drip irrigation, and native plants. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal” on Facebook.

Saturday September 7, 10am–6pm
Harvest Tasting
Biofuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Ave, Berkeley

Come taste honey, kombucha, and fermented vegetables. Take a free urban farming workshop and vote for your favorite East Bay honey. Kids welcome. Free. Info: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Saturday September 7, noon–4pm
Garin Apple Festival
Garin Regional Park, 1320 Garin Ave, Hayward

Celebrate the apple harvest in an antique apple orchard with heritage varieties you won’t find anywhere else. Press apple cider, hand-crank ice cream, enjoy tastings, music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games. Info: 888.EBPARKS or ebparks.org

Sunday September 8, 11am–1pm
Worms: The Hardest Working Pet You Will Ever Have
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Compost Gal Lori Caldwell talks about the benefits of worm compost, including how to set up a bin, how to harvest “black gold” worm castings, and best uses for this garden fertilizer. Take home some castings for your garden. Cost: $40. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday September 8, 11am–1:30pm
Beehive Inspection
Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland

Find out how to do a thorough beehive inspection and to use tools correctly. Learn to assess if a hive is the right size, if you have a fertile, laying queen, and how to keep bees calm and mellow. Rainy or cold weather postpones. Cost: $35. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Sunday September 8, 2–5pm
Hands-on Citrus Tree Grafting
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Learn about tree culture, techniques, and tools, then head out to the Pollinate orchard to graft an established citrus tree. With guided hands-on practice, participants go home with a newly grafted citrus tree. Cost: $60. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday September 8, 2–5pm
Apples and Hops Festival
UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley

Beer and cider tasting, apple-themed treats and drinks, children’s activities, live music, and a world-class collection of plants. Cost: $65 Adult, $20 Youth (5-17), Kids under 5 free. Info: botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu (Look under Programs.)

Tuesday–Thursday, September 10–12, 9am–9pm
National Heirloom Exposition
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa

A showcase of ideas and products related to natural food, gardening, seed saving, and sustainability. Tickets: $15 single day or $30 for a three-day pass; free for kids. Info: theheirloomexpo.com

Saturday September 14, noon–5pm
Sample the Sierra
Bijou Community Park, 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe

Enjoy scrumptious samples by local chefs/restaurants working with ingredients from nearby growers/producers, all craftily paired with appropriate local wines and brews. Festival marketplace showcases locally made goods, and the Sierra Chefs Challenge features four regional chefs cooking with locally sourced ingredients. Local festivities for the whole family include farm tours, music, live entertainment, and art. Cost: $50 for full tasting. Info and tickets: samplethesierra.com

Saturday September 14, 10–11am
Winter Veggies 101
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn which herbs and veggies to plant for an abundant winter harvest. Get tips on the best veggies for slicing, dicing, stews, stir-fries, and herbal remedies. Free, but please RSVP: lauren@orchardnursery.com. Info: orchardnursery.com

Saturday September 14, 11am–3pm
3rd Annual Ride Electric Event
Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Civic Center Park
2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way

At the Saturday farmers’ market, discover the latest electric and plug-in hybrid cars and e-bikes, and talk to local drivers. Learn about credits, rebates, grants, and loans. Kids enjoy a 100% clean-powered bounce house. Free. Info: ecologycenter.org

Saturday September 14, 11am–3:30pm
Art in the Nursery
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
1310 McGee Ave, Berkeley

Meet local artists and enjoy live music in a lovely garden setting. Artworks and garden supplies available for purchase. Info: berkeleyhort.com

Sunday September 15, 9am–noon
Introduction to Beekeeping
1682 University Ave, Berkeley

Honeybees increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables by increasing pollination. Learn what you need to know to feel ready to have a Langstroth backyard beehive—how to get bees, what equipment you need, where to put the hive, and how to keep your bees healthy. Cost: $40. Info: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Thursday September 19, 7pm
Ethical Herbalism & Ancestral Medicine
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th St, Oakland

Thursday night circle about cultural appropriation of traditional medicines of the Americas, how we can access the ancestral medicines of our heritage, and what each of us can do to protect indigenous medicine practices while healing ourselves and one another. Cost: Sliding scale $15–25. Info: place.community

Friday September 20–Sunday September 22
Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival
Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee

Renowned winemakers join some of the region’s finest chefs for an intimate three-day weekend of wine tastings, culinary seminars, vendors, and mountaintop dining. Reserve a pass for one, two, or three days, with the option to add special events. Cost: $45–$250. Info and tickets: northstarcalifornia.com

Saturday September 21, noon–5pm
Seventh Annual MariLark Farms Tomato Tasting
515 Woodmont Ave, Berkeley

Sample the luscious tomatoes grown at MariLark, and feel free to share the bounty from your own garden. Please RSVP: Charlie(at)marilark.com

Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 11am–7pm
Eat Real Festival
Jack London Square, Oakland

A street-food celebration with affordable offerings made from regionally sourced, sustainably produced ingredients. Now in its 11th year, this event also features food demos and classes and supports the environmental nonprofit Baykeeper. Volunteers needed. Free admission. Info: eatrealfest.com

Thursday September 26, 6–8pm
Growing and Using Herbs
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn about herbal medicine from Anna Marie Beauchemin, the founder of community apothecary East Bay Herbals. Watch a demo on making fire cider and bring some home. Cost: $25. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Saturday September 28, 2–4pm
Meet Allison Arevalo, author of The Pasta Friday Cookbook
Market Hall Foods Rockridge
5655 College Ave, Oakland

Enjoy a lively book signing with Allison and the culinary team at Market Hall Foods. Sample recipes from the book and learn about sauces and using fresh vs. dried pasta. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6005 or rockridgemarkethall.com

Saturday September 28, 4–8pm
Wine Walk on the Waterfront
Jack London Square, 472 Water St, Oakland

Enjoy tastings from more than 20 Northern California wineries plus live music and vendors. A portion of proceeds benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Cost: $40 general admission, $80 VIP. Info and tickets: Search Eventbrite for “Night Wine Walk.”

Sunday September 29, 1:30–3pm
Human-Powered Apple Cider Pressing
Tilden Nature Area, N end Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Help squeeze the juice from apples and enjoy this classic fall drink. Free. Info: ebparks.org

Throughout October
American Cheese & Charcuterie Celebration
Market Hall Foods, 5655 College Ave, Oakland and 1786 4th St, Berkeley

Stop by and explore artisan cheese and charcuterie from makers around the United States. Check website for details about tastings, maker highlights, and specials. Info: 510.250.6000/6004 or rockridgemarkethall.com

Saturdays & Sundays in October, 11am–4pm
Harvest Festival
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Come join the Harvest Fest fun including local vendors, live music, farm animals, kids’ activities, a pumpkin patch and more. Info and schedule: orchardnursery.com or 925.284.4474

Friday October 4–Sunday October 6
First Annual Cali Rice Fest
Downtown Davis

The festival features 100 vendors plus international and regional rice-based cuisine, cooking demos, and tastings offered by regional wine, craft beer, and sake makers. Free admission. Tasting passports $15; two for $20. Tickets and info: caliricefest.com

Friday October 4, 6–9pm (artists opening reception) and daily October 5–27
33rd Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts
Emeryville location TBA

A gala public reception with the artists kicks off the exhibition, which features works by Emeryville-based artists and craftspeople. All works on exhibit are for sale. Free admission to exhibition and opening reception. Info: 510.652.6122 or emeryarts.org

Saturday October 5, 3–3:30pm
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Tilden Nature Area
north end of Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Celebrate this festive autumn month by making delicious ice cream using a gourd. Free.  Info: ebparks.org

Saturday October 5, 9am–5pm &
Sunday October 6, noon–3pm
Merritt College Horticulture Club Fall Plant Sale & Fair
Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland

Find lots of diverse heirloom vegetables, rare fruits, California natives, Australian ornamentals, succulents, and hard-to-find plants. Includes food, music, tours, and ask-the-expert tables. Info: merrittlandhort.com

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 10am–5pm
18th Annual Olive Festival
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Olive Grove Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont

Presented by the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce, this family friendly fest includes food, wine, live music and dance, and kids’ activities. Shop for olive oil and olive wood products, specialty foods, and honey. Free admission. Info: msjchamber.org/events/olive-festival

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Family-friendly craft beer festival features breweries, wineries, a homebrew competition, vendors, and entertainment. Info, including times and ticket price, at oaktoberfest.org.

Sunday October 6, 11:30–4:30
Orinda Olive Fest
Wagner Ranch Nature Area
350 Camino Pablo, Orinda

Enjoy olive oil tastings, animal encounters, tours of the historic ranch, arts & crafts, food trucks, and live music in celebration of Contra Costa County’s oldest-producing olive grove. Free and family friendly. Info: https://www.fwrna.org/annual-olive-festival.html

Sunday October 6, 7–9pm
Poultry Butchery Class
The Local Butcher Shop
1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Learn about the anatomy of birds as you butcher two chickens to take home along with all the meat, bones, and skin. Discussion includes the best way to butcher chicken, turkey, and small birds for different cooking methods. Cost: $90. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Sunday October 6–Sunday December 15, noon–5pm (closed Mondays)
Off Menu: Contemporary Art About Food
Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek

Enjoy a joyful and poignant celebration of culinary desire. Exhibit features renowned artists such as Salvador Dalí and Wayne Thiebaud along with rising talents. Cost: $5 (adults); $3 (ages 13–17). Info: bedfordgallery.org or 925.295.1436

Sunday October 13, 5–7:30pm
So You Wanna Move to the Country?
Location: TBA

Join K. Ruby Blume and friends as they share experiences of moving from city to country. Learn what to look for in a rural property, how to avoid common pitfalls, and other issues you may not have thought about. Bring questions and food to share. Cost: $20–80 sliding scale (no one turned away).
Info and registration: Info: iuhoakland.com or iuh(at)sparkybeegirl.com

Saturday October 19, 11am–4pm
Annual Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
1310 McGee Ave, Berkeley

Celebrate the local fibershed as fiber artists share beautiful handmade items available for purchase. Free admission. Rain cancels. Info: berkeleyhort.com

Sunday October 20, 11am–1 pm
Compost Happens
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

At Compost 101, Lori Caldwell talks about how to transform your yard waste and food scraps into “gardeners’ gold.” Recycle waste while saving money and water. Cost: $40. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday October 20, 7–9pm
Holiday Cooking Class
The Local Butcher Shop
1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Join the Local Butcher Shop butchers and chefs to learn how to roast a turkey and a rib roast to perfection. Class includes info on various cooking methods, and how to season, tie, and cut (or carve). Each participant goes home with a four-pound rib roast. Cost: $150. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Thursday October 24, 6–8pm
Party for the Planet: Sustainable Entertaining
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Explore ideas for zero-waste parties including the invites, decorations, food and drinks, and disposing of waste. Sample cocktails and appetizers along the way. Cost: $25. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Sunday October 27
10th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Park Day School, Oakland

Enjoy a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets, robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming, alternative energy, bicycles, music, and local food. Info, hours, and tickets: eastbay.makerfaire.com

Sunday October 27, 11am–4pm
Chocolate & Coffee Faire
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St, Berkeley

Artisan chocolatiers and coffee roasters offer tastings, lectures, and demos. Enjoy live music, docent tours, and a raffle to benefit the restoration of the historic Julia Morgan Berkeley City Club building. Cost: $35 adults; $25 ages 12 and under. Tickets: Search Eventbrite for “Chocolate and Coffee Faire.”

Thursday November 14, 10–11am
Houseplant 101: Winter Care
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn how to keep plants healthy and happy in cold weather while heaters are blowing. Free, but please RSVP: lauren@orchardnursery.com. Info: orchardnursery.com

Saturday November 16, noon–2:30pm & 3:30–6pm
Homestead Holiday Gift-Making Parties
Institute of Urban Homesteading, location TBA

Party 1, noon–2:30pm: Learn how to make beautiful natural body care products, including bath salts, a facial scrub, and a healing salve. Everyone takes home goodies. Party 2, 3:30–6pm: Learn to infuse vinegars, oils, and honey, and then get crafty with packaging and labels. Cost per party: $40–80 sliding scale plus $20 supply fee. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com or iuh(at)sparkybeegirl.com