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

Friday November 17, 4–6pm
Meet Author David Lebovitz
Market Hall Foods Rockridge
5655 College Ave, Oakland

Meet bestselling author, renowned chef, and former Bay Area resident David Lebovitz to celebrate his new book, L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home. Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving expat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one’s life. Includes dozens of new recipes. Samples available to taste. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6004 or rockridgemakethall.com

Sunday November 19, 1–2pm
Where Does Our Food Come From?
Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center, North End of Central Park Dr, Berkeley”

Find out how much energy is needed to transport favorite foods to your door. Free. Info: ebparks.org

Sunday November 19, 1–5pm
Holiday Herbal Gift Making
Soul Flower Farm, El Sobrante

Learn to make handmade herbal salves, lip balms, bath salts, herbal honey, facial scrub, dream pillows, and mulling spices. Tea and vegetarian lunch included. Cost: $75 includes $25 materials fee. Info and registration: soulflowerfarm.com

Sunday November 26, 10am–noon
Gift Making: Preserved Lemons
Preserved, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Preserved owner Elizabeth Vecchiarelli teaches how to make salt-preserved lemons through lacto-fermentation. Enhance your favorite veggie, chicken, and fish dishes. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Berkeley Dine Out
Thursday November 30 – lunch and dinner
Participating Berkeley restaurants

Enjoy lunch or dinner at participating restaurants on Thursday, November 30 to support garden and nutrition education in Berkeley’s public schools. Info: https://berkeleydineout.tumblr.com/

Saturday December 2, 10am–noon
Succulents for the Holidays 
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

Easy to maintain, succulents make great holiday and hostess gifts. Participants should bring small containers and/or succulents to share. All gardening levels welcome. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal “ on Facebook

Saturday December 2, 1–3pm
Meet Rolando Beramendi, author of Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way
Market Hall Foods Rockridge, 5655 College Ave, Oakland

Tastemaker Rolando Beramendi is the founder of Manicaretti Italian Food Importers in Oakland. Sample recipes and ingredients from his new book. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6005 or rockridgemakethall.com

Saturday & Sunday December 2 & 3, noon–4:30pm
Holidays in the Vineyards
Livermore Valley Wine Country

A holiday tradition. Wineries decorate their tasting rooms and showcase special wines, art, crafts, holiday music, activities, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to their favorite wineries for donation to the local Toys for Tots program. Admission is free, but tasting fees may apply and vary by winery. Info: LVwine.org or 925.447.9463

Sunday December 3, 10 am–5 pm
48th Annual Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms
Mycological Society of San Francisco San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way

In the San Francisco Bay Area, when the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus lovers head to the Fungus Fair. Come learn about medicinal mushrooms, psychedelic fungi, cultivation, ecology, and much more. Bring your specimens to the identification table. Cost: adults $15; students/seniors $12; children 12 and under: $10. Tickets and info: mssf.org

Sunday December 3, 11am–2pm
Edible Gifts Workshop
FarmCurious, 4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Titled “A Curated Collection of Food Preservation Skills,” this workshop covers homesteading skills like cheesemaking, charcuterie, fermenting, and jamming. Learn to create delicious morsels for holiday gatherings or to package as handmade gifts. Cost: $130. Info and registration: farmcurious.com

Sunday December 3, 6–9pm
Holiday Jazz & Pie Party
Niles Pie Company
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Ste 960, Union City

Enjoy the festive atmosphere, great music, and delicious pot pies and salads. Bring your own wine. À la carte prices. Info: nilespie.com

Tuesday December 5, 5:30–7:30pm
Holiday Girls Night Out: Shop, Sip, Surprise!
Orchard Nursery & Florist Lazy K Gift House
4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Enjoy a pop-up shop and holiday floral demonstration as you sip wine or spiked cider and sample sweet treats. Reservations required. Call 925.284.4474 (press 3). Info: orchardnursery.com

Thursday December 7, 7–9pm
Gift Making: Fermented Hot Sauces
Preserved, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn to ferment hot sauces like sriracha and chile paste from Preserved owner Elizabeth Vecchiarelli. Each student makes several jars of hot sauce to take home. Cost: $75. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Thursday–Sunday December 7–10, 11am–4pm
UC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Julia Morgan Hall, UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley

Find beautiful and unusual gifts made by local vendors as well as unique hand-crafted gifts from the Garden. Proceeds from holiday purchases directly benefit the Botanical Garden. Members’ preview Wednesday, December 6 4–7pm. Free. Info: botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu or 510.642.7082

Saturday & Sunday December 9 & 10, noon–4pm
Ruby Blume’s Wild & Wonderful
Winter Open House
Berkeley location TBA

Taste and chat while you peruse a wide range of handcrafted goodies at extremely affordable prices. Honey, mustard, soaps, preserves, artwork, seeds, and more. Info: iuh@sparkybeegirl.com

Sunday December 10, noon–3pm
Savory Puff Pastry Baking Class
Niles Pie Company
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Ste 960, Union City

Learn to make a quick puff pastry using a food processor and then prepare savory tarts and appetizers. Go home with a tart, extra dough to freeze, and recipes. Aprons and rolling pins provided. Cost: $85. Open to ages 15 and over, or age 12 and over with a parent in the class. Info and registration: nilespie.com

Saturday & Sunday December 16 & 17, 10am–5pm
Craneway Crafts Fair
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Marina
1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond

This juried crafts fair, showcasing affordable and handmade art and crafts from over 200 exhibitors, benefits KPFA 94.1 FM public radio. Good food and live music add to the experience. Admission: $12; $8 for seniors and people with disabilities. Free for ages 17 and under. Info: cranewaycraftsfair.com

Saturdays December 16 & 23, 10am–3pm
26th Annual 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. Offerings include jewelry, kitchenware, wool clothing, fermentation vessels, and much more. Enjoy the farmers’ market bounty of local, organic produce and delicious lunch options. Free admission. Info: 510.548.3333 or ecologycenter.org

Sunday December 17, 10am–4pm
Wooden Spoon Carving
Handcraft Studio School,10368 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito

Learn to design, carve, and finish your own wooden spoon. Wendy Chien’s carving method for is accessible for non-professionals and requires just a small space and a few tools. Cost: $215. Info and registration: handcraftstudioschool.com

Sunday December 17, 11am–2pm
DIY Holiday Wreath-Making
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Join Pollinate Farm & Garden to make wreaths and ornaments from fresh greens, fruits, herbs, seeds, and other fragrant materials. Bring your own gloves and pruners. Family-friendly. Cost: $30. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday December 17, 2–3pm
DIY Festival Fragrances
Tilden Nature Area, north end of Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Using herbs from the garden, make a sachet of sweet-smelling bath salts, then decorate a bag to take the gift home in. Free. Info: ebparks.org

Sunday December 31, 10:30am–12:30pm
New Year’s (Eve) Resolution:
Weed Warriors Unite
Crab Cove Visitors Center, 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda

Help Crab Cove’s native plant and butterfly gardens by pulling out noxious weeds and beautifying the landscape. Snacks, hot cider, and tools provided. Cancelled if raining steadily. Free. Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.3187

Saturday January 6, 10am–noon
Open House at East Bay Waldorf School
3800 Clark Rd, El Sobrante

Tour this beautiful 11-acre campus, located 20 minutes from Berkeley. Enjoy sample lessons,
visit the garden, and chat with teachers. The whole family is welcome to this free event.
East Bay Waldorf School: Where Children Thrive.  Info and RSVP: eastbaywaldorf.org

Sunday January 7, 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

Saturday January 13, 10am–noon; Tuesday January 16, 10–11:30am; Thursday January 18, 10–11:30am
Three Winter Pruning Demos: 1) Roses, Fruit Trees, and More; 2) Roses; 3) Fruit Trees
Orchard Nursery & Florist, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Learn to prune your roses and fruit trees. All demos are free, but reservations are required. Call 925.284.4474. Info: orchardnursery.com

Sunday January 14, 10am–1pm
Backyard Beekeeping Class
Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave, Berkeley

Honeybees increase yields from fruit trees and vegetables, and you can harvest honey (gallons per year), beeswax, pollen, and propolis from the hive. Learn what you need to know to have a Langstroth backyard beehive—how to get bees, what equipment you need, where to put the hive, and how to extract honey and upkeep the hive. Cost: $40. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Monday January 15, 10am–2pm
Happy Lot Farm & Garden Birthday
Block Party & Day of Service
45 First St, Richmond

Help out with gardening and neighborhood clean-up in the morning, then celebrate the garden’s fifth year in transition from an abandoned lot to an urban community garden. Enjoy lunch, cake, and music. Info: Search “Happy Lot Farm and Garden” on Facebook.

Thursday January 18, 10am–noon
Fruit Trees 101 Workshop
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Corsten Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn how to choose, prep, plant, prune, and maintain your fruit trees. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.ning.com

Saturdays January 20–February 24, time to be confirmed
Permaculture Series
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Corsten Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn about permaculture and how to use sustainable gardening practices that work with nature for bountiful yields. Cost: $35 per class or $230 for the whole series ($50 savings) Info and registration: sustainablecoco.ning.com

Sunday January 21, 10am–1pm
Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Class
Instructor’s backyard in Berkeley

Learn about purchasing good trees, pruning in youth, ongoing pruning, and natural approaches to common disease and insect issues. Participants have the chance to practice with instructor supervision. Cost: $40. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Sunday January 21, 7–9pm
Sausage Making Class
The Local Butcher Shop
1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Make your own sausage from pork and learn about grinding, mixing, recipes, proportions, and casings. You’ll go home with your creations (approximately 3 pounds of pork sausage and 2 pounds of lamb sausage). Cost: $115. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Wednesday & Thursday January 24 & 25, 8am–5pm
Preparing People for Climate Change in California
The California Endowment’s Conference Center
2000 Franklin St, Oakland

This conference is for leaders in social services, climate, disaster management, faith, and social justice interested in building personal and community resilience for climate traumas. Cost: $375 (group rates and scholarships available). Info and registration: ecologycenter.org

Saturday January 27, noon–6pm
& Sunday January 28, 10am–2pm
Winter Cheesemaking Intensive
Institute of Urban Homesteading, Oakland location TBA

Learn to make cheese and other fermented dairy products at home, and enjoy two in-class feasts. Cost: $175–225 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

Saturdays January 27 & February 10 and Sundays January 28 & February 11, 10:30am–12:30pm
Fruit Trees Simplified: Easy Harvest Pruning
Backyards in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond

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

Sunday January 28, 7–9pm
Confit & Rillettes Making Class
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Learn to confit meats and make pork rillettes. Attendees take home one pound of pork rillettes, one jar of confit giblets, and one confit duck leg. Cost: $90. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Saturday February 10, 1–4pm
For the Love of Chocolate
Market Hall Foods on 4th, 1786 4th St, Berkeley

Enjoy one-stop shopping for gifts, plus free samples from local chocolatiers and demos of Valentine’s Day brunch and dinner ideas. Sample chocolate mousse cake, chocolate pot de crème, and Market Hall’s signature giant chocolate chip cookies. Artisan cheeses, candies, fine chocolates, and specialty baking ingredients also available. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6004 or markethallfoodson4th.com