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 May 20, 10am–noon
Eat What You Grow
Davis Park Community Garden,
1655 Folsom Ave, San Pablo

Come learn about crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, transplanting seedlings, watering/irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Sunday May 21, noon–7pm
Pollinate Farm & Garden Anniversary Celebration
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Celebrate the shop’s fourth anniversary. This family-friendly gathering offers hands-on activities, demos, food, raffles, gardening talks, and skill shares throughout the day. Free. Info: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday May 21, 6–8pm
Varroa Mite Management: Winter Bee Hive Survival
Biofuel Oasis, Oakland location TBA

Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. Workshop includes equipment and demos of the sugar roll test, drone comb frames, robbing screens, and Mite Away strips. Cost: $30. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Sunday May 21, 1:30–2:30pm
Free Self Care Tea and Talk for Moms
Alameda Natural Grocery
1650 Park St, Alameda

A local nutritionist, an acupuncturist, and an esthetician share their best self-care tips. All attendees go home with goodie bags and are entered to win a print and an acupuncture session. Call 510.865.1500 or stop by the Supplements Desk to sign up. https://www.alamedanaturalgrocery.com/

Sunday May 21, dinner 6pm, show 7:30pm
Dinner and Concert: Rita Hosking & Sean Feder
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Enjoy a dinner of pot pies and quiches (meat and veggie) around communal tables. After the meal, singer Rita Hosking performs with her husband Sean Feder. Cost: $40 dinner & show; $20 show only. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events

Wednesday May 24, 6–8pm
Ferment Your Drinks
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Join Real Food Fermentation author Alex Lewin for a demo and tasting of innovative drink recipes in a preview to his next book, Ferment Your Drinks. Cost: $20. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Thursday May 25, 7–9pm
Shrubs and Vinegar Infusions
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn to use seasonal fruit, herbs, and spices to create sweet, spicy, and tart flavors in a drinkable vinegar. Enjoy them with sparkling water or blend in a creative cocktail. Go home with recipes and a sample of a seasonal shrub infusion. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Thursday May 25, 6:30pm
Street Food Italian Style
Blackhawk Plaza Cooking School
4100 Blackhawk Circle Plaza, Danville

Enjoy a fun cooking experience with Italian pastry chef, Maria Capdevielle. Learn to make arancini (Sicilian fried rice balls stuffed with cheese, peas, and minced meat ), erbazzone (savory pie from Emilia Romagna filled with chard, fresh herbs, onion, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano), and more. Cost: $80. Info and registration: http://www.draegerscookingschool.com/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=2829

Saturday May 27, noon–5pm and Sunday May 28, 10am–1pm
Memorial Day Weekend Cheesemaking Intensive
Institute of Urban Homesteading
Oakland location TBA

Learn all you need to get started making simple cheeses that are easily created in a home environment. Work with both cow and goat milk to complete cheesemaking projects including yogurt, yogurt cheese, feta, ricotta, brie, buttermilk, sour cream, chevre, mozarella and cultured butter. Both days culminate in a community feast for sharing food and sampling cheeses. Cost: $175 – 225 sliding scale. Info: https://www.homesteadinginstitute.com/calendar/

Saturday May 27, 3pm
Mushrooms in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Alameda Natural Grocery
1650 Park St, Alameda

Learn how mushrooms are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Attendees might win a signed poster by Paul Stamets, a gift basket of mushroom supplements, and other goodies. Call 510.865.1500 or stop by the Supplements Desk to sign up. https://www.alamedanaturalgrocery.com/

Saturday May 27, noon–1:30pm
Intermediate Container Gardening
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St, Alameda

Learn the nuances of caring for established edible and ornamental container gardens. Free workshop; no registration required. Info: http://ploughsharesnursery.com/

Saturday May 27, 10am–2pm
Annual Family Fun Festival
Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Civic Center Park

Games, contests, family Zumba, a petting zoo, free bike repair, and a bounce house. Free. Info: 510.548.3333 or ecologycenter.org

Sunday May 28, 10am–1pm
Stovetop Beer Making: Saison
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn how to brew a gallon batch of all-grain, saison-style beer on your stovetop. Enjoy samples, and go home with a few bottles of freshly made beer. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Sunday May 28, 11am–2pm
Backyard Beekeeping 101
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Learn beekeeping basics in a hands-on workshop and honey tasting with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and former swarm list manager Jonathan Zamick. Cost: $40. Info: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Tuesday May 30, 6:30–9pm
Brewcraft: Mead-Making Fruit & Honey Wine
Institute of Urban Homesteading
Oakland location TBA

Learn the basic process of making wine from honey including equipment, ingredients, and fermentation techniques, as well as tips, tricks, and troubleshooting. Emphasis is on making wines with natural ingredients instead of chemicals, and a range of brew-styles from simple to technical will be presented. Cost: $40–80 sliding scale, plus $10 tasting fee paid in class. Info: https://www.homesteadinginstitute.com/calendar/

Saturday June 3, 11am
Pizza Workshop
Blackhawk Plaza Cooking School
4100 Blackhawk Circle Plaza, Danville

Enjoy a fun cooking experience with Italian pastry chef, Maria Capdevielle. Learn to make four different pizzas including a sweet one. Cost: $80. Info and registration: http://www.draegerscookingschool.com/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=2790

Saturday June 3, 10am–noon
Honey Harvesting
Biofuel Oasis, Oakland location TBA

Beekeepers, honey-lovers, and the bee-curious can learn to uncap frames of honeycomb and hand-spin them in an extractor to expel the honey. Take home a small sample of the harvested honey. Cost: $35. Info and registration: biofueloasis.com or 510.665.5509

Saturday & Sunday, June 3–4
Bay Area Book Festival
Various Downtown Berkeley locations

One of many highlights at this year’s social justice-, sanctuary-, and environmental-themed festival will be chef Samin Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton discussing salt, fat, acid, and heat with Davia Nelson of NPR’s Kitchen Sisters. Info and tickets: baybookfest.org

Sundays June 4 & 18 and Saturdays June 17 & 24, 10:30am–12:30pm
Easy Harvest Pruning
Backyards in Berkeley, Oakland, 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

Thursday June 8, 9am–4:30pm
2017 UC ANR Urban Agriculture Workshops
Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers
City Slickers West
Oakland Farm Park
2847 Peralta St, Oakland

Ensure a safe harvest from field to fork. Info: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20558

Thursday June 8, plus Fridays & Saturdays through July 1,
7:30pm for VIP guests, 9:30pm for general admission

Vau de Vire Presents
The Soiled Dove
Tortuna Big Top on The Taxiway at Point Alameda, 2153 Ferry Point, Alameda

This immersive, circus-infused culinary extravaganza set in San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast red-light district offers danger, decadence, and amazing culinary creations. Live music by the Jazz Mafia/Realistic Orchestra with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening. Cost: $50 (general) to $130 (VIP; includes 4-course dinner). Ages 21 and over. Info: thesoileddove.com. Tickets: Search Eventbrite for “The Soiled Dove.”

Saturday June 10, noon–3pm
Focaccia Workshop
Kitchen on Fire
1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Enjoy a fun cooking experience with Italian pastry chef Maria Capdevielle. Learn to prepare, bake, and eat this crusty yet pillowy Italian favorite. Cost: $115. Info: https://kitchenonfire1.rezdy.com/158105/foccacia-workshop-sat-june-10-12pm-3pm-chef-maria-capdevielle-shattuck-ave

Sunday June 11, 6pm
Summer Sunday Vegetarian Supper

Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Savor a meal of house-made pasta with spring greens, Sarah’s pickles, eggplant and bulghur salad, and berry rhubarb tart. BYOB, no corkage. Takeout also available. Cost: Adults $35; kids $15. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events

 

Thursday June 15, 10 am–noon
Make It, Don’t Buy It: DIY Condiments & Sauces
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Making your own condiments and sauces is a healthier, more cost-effective alternative to store-bought. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Saturday June 17, 5–8pm
Sculpture in the Garden Opening Night
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek

Meet the artists and enjoy their work as you wander the garden on a beautiful summer evening. Show runs through August 13. Info: ruthbancroftgarden.org

Sunday June 18, 4–7pm
Clay With Your Food
Jered’s Pottery Studio
867 S. 19th St, Richmond

Three Bay Area chefs compete in a food-meets-performance-art triathlon. Event includes dinner from San Francisco’s Namu Gaji. Cost: $100. Info: jeredspottery.com

Thursday June 22, 9:30am–4:30pm
2017 UC ANR Urban Agriculture Workshops
Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers
Location TBA

From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed.
Info: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20558

Thursday June 22, 6:30pm
Mushroom Supplements for Mind, Body, and Heart
Alameda Natural Grocery
1650 Park St, Alameda

Learn about how mushroom supplements can benefit the mind, body, and heart. Attendees might win a signed poster by Paul Stamets, a gift basket of mushroom supplements, and other goodies. Call 510.865.1500 or stop by the Supplements Desk to sign up. https://www.alamedanaturalgrocery.com/
Saturday June 24, 10 am–noon
Gardening in Containers & Small Spaces
Pittsburg Environmental Center
2581 Harbor St, Pittsburg

Learn tips and tricks for successful growing in containers and other confined areas. See various examples with the option to purchase plants. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Sunday June 25, 7–9pm
Confit & Rillette Making Class
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave (enter on Cedar St), Berkeley

Learn how to confit meats and make pork rillette in this hands-on class. Attendees take home one pound of pork rillettes, one jar of confit giblets, and one confit duck leg. Cost: $90. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Saturday & Sunday July 8 & 9
Brentwood Harvest Time Festival
Historic Downtown City Park

Celebrate the farmland harvests of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Enjoy great food, fresh produce, fine wine, ice cold beer, and local entertainment while learning about farming and farm products. Info: harvest4you.com

Wednesday July 12, 10 am–noon
Water-Smart Living
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Move beyond the shower bucket with useful tips and tricks to save more water every day. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Friday July 14, 4–6pm
Bastille Day Soirée with Georgeanne Brennan
Market Hall Foods Rockridge
5655 College Ave, Oakland

Celebrate Bastille Day as local author Georgeanne Brennan shares tastes and stories from her latest book, La Vie Rustic: Cooking and Living in the French Style. Taste artisanal cheeses and a selection of pantry ingredients. Market Hall Foods (Berkeley and Oakland) offers a special French menu inspired by Brennan’s La Vie Rustic on July 13–16.  No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6005 or rockridgemarkethall.com

Saturday July 15, 10am–noon
Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave
at Rivers St, San Pablo

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–Sunday, July 20–23
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 22, 3–11pm
Capay Tomato Festival
Capay Organic Farm
23804 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: capayorganic.com

Sunday August 6, 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: $70. Info: thelocalbutchershop.com

Thursday August 17, 10 am–noon
Kitchen Cosmetics: Treat Your Feet
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn to make a homemade foot scrub, soaking salts, and foot cream. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Saturday August 26, noon–3pm
Ricotta Workshop from Appetizer to Dessert with Maria Capdevielle
Kitchen on Fire
1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Learn to make fresh homemade ricotta from scratch with Italian chef Maria Capdevielle. Menu features Crostini with Baked Ricotta and Honey Roasted Walnuts,Ricotta Homemade Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce, and Roman Ricotta Cake. Cost: $115. Info: https://kitchenonfire1.rezdy.com/160635/ricotta-workshop-from-appetizer-to-dessert-sat-august-26-12pm-3pm-chef-maria-capdevielle-shattuck-ave
Saturday August 26, 10am–noon
Oral Traditions Tour: Food Mavericks and Literary Lions
Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

This free, docent-led tour starts at the final resting place of Trader Vic and ends at the grave of James Folger, founder of Folgers Coffee. Includes tastings and/or readings at each stop. Read more about it in Edible East Bay’s Summer 2014 issue, which you can find in our magazine archive at edibleeastbay.com. Info: mountainviewcemetery.org

Sunday August 27, 2–5pm
Donkey & Goat Fall Release Party
Donkey & Goat Winery
1340 5th St, Berkeley

Celebrate the winery’s new fall flavors with delicious natural wines, live music, and wine-paired noshes. Cost: $20. Members & pre-release purchasers of 6+ bottles receive 2 complimentary tickets. Info and tickets: donkeyandgoat.com or Erin at dgorders@donkeyandgoat.com 

 

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