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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

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

Saturday November 23, 1–3pm
Make a Beeswax Reusable Cloth Food Wrap
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Use less plastic by making a reusable beeswax cloth food wrap, perfect for covering containers in the fridge or keeping bread, vegetables, or cheese fresh. Learn about materials used in this wrap and take home your own handmade creation. Cost: $7 for members, $12 for non-members. Info and registration: ecologycenter.org

Sunday November 24, 10am–5pm
Fall Holiday Chocolate Salon
San Francisco County Fair Building Auditorium
1199 9th Ave at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park

Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates, meet chocolatiers and chocolate makers, and enjoy demos and talks by cookbook authors and chefs. Cost: $10–20. Info and tickets: fallchocolatesalon.com

Sunday November 24, noon–12:30pm
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Tilden Nature Area, N end Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Celebrate Thanksgiving and make ice cream using a gourd. Meet at the Visitors Center. Free. Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.2233

Sunday November 24, 5:30–7:30pm
Quick Pickling and Canning
Preserved, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn the basics of pickling with vinegar to make quick refrigerator pickles or canned pickles for the pantry. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Tuesday November 26, 6:30–8:30pm
Making Mozzarella Cheese
Preserved, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn to make your own mozzarella at home. Cost: $60. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Saturday November 30, 11am–1pm
Darn It!
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Ste H, Berkeley

Learn stitching, patching, and knit darning to give your clothing a second life. Bring clothing in need of repair. Cost: $10–25. Info and registration: ecologycenter.com

Friday December 6, noon–8 pm, Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 11am–6 pm
Hacienda Holiday Faire
Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr, Moraga

Find gifts from over 50 local artisans, including Edible East Bay writer and jam-maker Barbara Kobsar. Lots of handcrafted items including local food and wine. Info: Search Facebook for Hacienda Holiday Faire.

Saturday December 7, 11am–2pm
Edible Gifts Workshop
FarmCurious, 825 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

A Holiday Collection of Food Preservation Skills: Learn to make jams, cheeses, charcuterie, various ferments, and an array of delicious morsels for holiday gatherings or to package as handmade gifts. Cost: $135. Info and registration: farmcurious.com

Saturday December 7, 6–8pm
Holiday Jazz & Pie Party
Niles Pie Co., 32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Ste 960, Union City

Come enjoy turkey pot pie, vegetarian pot pie, festive salads, live music, and friendly people. Prices are à la carte. Info: nilespie.com

Saturday & Sunday December 7 & 8, noon–4:30pm
Holidays in the Vineyards
Livermore Valley Wine Country

Wineries decorate their tasting rooms and showcase special wines, art, crafts, holiday music, and more. Bring new, unwrapped toys for donation to the Toys for Tots program. Admission is free, tasting fees may apply. Info: LVwine.org or 925.447.9463

Saturday December 7 & 14, 10am–3pm
Berkeley Farmers’ Market Winter Crafts Fair
Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Center St at MLK Jr Way (one block from BART)

Shop for hand-crafted items made by Bay Area artists and artisans at this annual benefit for the Ecology Center. Find jewelry, kitchenware, wool clothing, wooden bowls, and much more. Enjoy various lunch options and local, organic produce from the farmers’ market. Bring your reusable beverage container for hot chocolate, craft beer, sustainable organic wine, and mulled cider. Free admission. Info: 510.548.3333 or ecologycenter.org

Sunday December 8, 2–4pm
Stone Edge Farm Book Event
Nathan & Co., 5636 College Ave, Oakland

Stone Edge Farm culinary director John McReynolds’s beautiful cookbook, Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for Pantry and Table, is an indispensable resource for transforming fresh, seasonal ingredients into larder essentials, then using them as inspiration throughout the year. John will sample recipes along with those made by Nathan and discuss recipes for the pantry and table. Info: nathanandco.com or 510.601.1677

Sunday December 8 & 15, 10am–4pm
Bondolio Olive Farm and Mill Holiday Open House
9352 Campbell Rd, Winters

Taste the new oil, shop for culinary gifts, and enjoy lunch al fresco. On December 8, meet artisan chutney maker Alison McQuade and taste her McQuade’s Celtic Chutney. On December 15, enjoy tastings and a book signing with the chefs from Sonoma’s Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. No charge except for purchases. Info: bondolio.com or 916.715.9007

Saturday December 14, 3–5pm
Holiday Wreath Making Party with Pollinate Farm & Garden and Happy Acre Farm
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Make your own wreath from locally foraged greens and enjoy seasonal and holiday-inspired snacks from local farms, paired with cider, mulled wine, and sparkling mocktails. No experience needed. Cost: $75. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Saturday December 14, noon–3pm
Italian Holiday Cookies and Confections: Chef Maria Capdevielle
Kitchen on Fire Berkeley, 1509 Shattuck Ave

Bring the sweets of Italy to your holiday table. Learn to make wonderful treats to please your seasonal sweet tooth. Cost: $115. Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Saturday & Sunday December 14 & 15, noon–4pm
Open House Tasting, Social, & Sale
Institute of Urban Homesteading location TBA

Taste handcrafted products and stock up on jam, mustard, vinegar, honey, soap, tinctures, and other handcrafted goodies at way below market price. Micro-workshops at 1 and 3pm daily. Email Ruby at iuh@sparkybeegirl.com for details and location. Info: iuhoakland.com

Sunday December 15, 1–4:30pm
Holiday Herbal Gift Making
Soul Flower Farm, El Sobrante

Learn to make handmade herbal bodycare products, herbal honey, dream pillows, and mulling spices. Tea and vegetarian lunch included. Cost: $60. Materials fee: $20. Info and registration: soulflowerfarm.com

Sunday December 15, 5–8pm
French Christmas Dinner: Chef Gaby
Kitchen on Fire Oakland, 6506 San Pablo Ave

Learn how to create an authentic French Christmas dinner. Cost: $125. Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Saturday & Sunday December 21 & 22, 10am–5pm
Craneway Crafts Fair
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Marina,
1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond

This juried crafts fair, showcasing affordable and handmade art and crafts from over 200 exhibitors, benefits KPFA 94.1 FM public radio. Locally made food adds to the experience. Admission: $12; $10 for seniors and people with disabilities. Free for ages 17 and under. Info: cranewaycraftsfair.com

Saturday December 28, 10:30am–12:30pm
Almost New Year’s Resolution: Weed Warriors Unite
Crab Cove Visitors Center, 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda

Help Crab Cove’s native plant and butterfly gardens and beautify the landscape by pulling out noxious weeds. Snacks, hot cider, and tools provided. Steady rain cancels. Free. Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.3187

Saturday December 28, 6:30–10:30pm
New Year’s Cocktail Style Dinner
Kitchen on Fire Berkeley, 1509 Shattuck Ave

Get tips, tricks, and party planning ideas to make your party a delicious night to remember. Cost: $155. Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Tuesday January 14, 10–11:30am
Fruit Pruning Demo
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn tips and technique for giving your fruit trees a healthy prune for spring growth. Reservations required; no seats available at the door. Free. RSVP: orchardnursery.com/events

Thursday January 16, 10–11:30am
Rose Pruning Demo
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn tips and technique for giving your roses a healthy prune for spring growth. Reservations required; no seats available at the door. Free. RSVP: orchardnursery.com/events

Wednesday January 22, 10am–noon
Rose & Fruit Tree Combo Pruning Demo
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn tips and technique for healthy pruning. Reservations required; no seats available at the door. Free. RSVP: orchardnursery.com/events

Wednesday–Saturday, January 22–25
40th Annual EcoFarm Conference
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove

Ecologically minded farmers, ranchers, and others meet for workshops, keynote speakers, farm tours, exhibitors, seed swaps, organic fare, an awards banquet, networking, and education at the oldest, largest organic farming conference in the West. Costs and registration: eco-farm.org/conference

Sunday February 2 & March 15, 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 and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Saturday February 8, 1–3pm
Valentine’s Celebration and Chocolate Tastings
Market Hall Foods on 4th, 1786 4th St, Berkeley

Meet Bay Area artisan chocolate makers, chocolatiers, and confectioners, and enjoy free samples as you pick up tips for Valentine’s Day entertaining. Stop by the cheese counter for cheese and chocolate pairings and the bakery for sweet treats. Find gifts and specialty baking ingredients. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6004 or rockridgemarkethall.com

Sunday February 9, noon–1pm
Hot Apple Cider
Tilden Nature Area, N end Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Learn to press fresh apples into a delicious drink. Free. Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.2233

Sunday February 9, 5–8pm
Valentine’s Dinner
Kitchen on Fire Berkeley, 1509 Shattuck Ave

Join the chefs for a fun-filled evening cooking deliciously romantic dishes. Cost: $165.
Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Friday February 14, 6:30–9:30pm
Couples Valentine’s Dinner
Both sites, Kitchen on Fire Berkeley, 1509 Shattuck Ave, Kitchen on Fire Oakland, 6506 San Pablo Ave

Join the chefs for a fun-filled evening cooking deliciously romantic dishes. Cost: $165. Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Saturday February 15, 6:30–9:30pm
Vegetarian Valentine’s Dinner
Kitchen on Fire Berkeley, 1509 Shattuck Ave

From starters to desserts, learn the art of cooking plant-based dishes for your sweetie.
Vegan options available. Cost: $155. Info and registration: kitchenonfire.com

Sunday February 16, 10am–4pm
Urban Orchard Intensive
Institute of Urban Homesteading, location TBA

Learn about varieties, site selection, planting techniques, and how to maximize fruit production in small spaces. Includes demos and practice in tree care, pruning, and grafting plus info on training young trees and restoring a poorly pruned tree. Cost: $90–150. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com.

Sunday February 23, 7–9pm
Stocks and Broths
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave
(enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Learn how stock, broths, and bone broths are different, and take part in a tasting. Find out how to choose bones and the steps for making each product. Cost: $35 per person. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

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