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 19, 10am–noon
Big Gardens in Small Spaces: The adventures of five-gallon container gardening
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

Learn about growing food in five-gallon (or smaller) containers, including maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens, controlling pests, and starting with seeds. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal” on Facebook.

Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, Schedule TBA
5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Help Pollinate celebrate its fifth anniversary with workshops, food, kid’s activities, and more. Info: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Saturday May 19, 8am–3pm
Art, Media, and Food Justice Summit
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St, San Francisco

Join Chef Bryant Terry for a day of presentations, panel discussions, and dialogue about health, food, and justice and the role of art and media in creating a healthier and more sustainable food system. Cost: $45 or less (sliding scale). Info and registration: moadsf.org

Saturday May 19, 2–5pm
Donkey & Goat Summer Release Party
Donkey & Goat Winery, 1340 5th St, Berkeley

Enjoy D&G’s summer flavors with delicious new natural wines, live music, and wine-paired noshes. Cost: $30. Info and tickets: donkeyandgoat.com

Saturday May 19, 11am–5pm and Sunday May 20, 1–4pm
5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Celebrate the shop’s fifth anniversary with hands-on activities, demos, food, raffles, gardening talks, and skill shares. Free. Info: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday May 20, noon–3pm
Eat. Drink. Think.
Sabio on Main, 501 Main St, Pleasanton

Meet a local sheep farmer, watch a whole-animal butchering demonstration, and enjoy a lamb-focused menu as Good Food Media Network gathers farmers and thought leaders for an educational discussion on critical issues facing the farming industry and how they relate to your plate. Cost: $75. For tickets, search on eventbrite.com for Pleasanton event at Sabio on Main.

Tuesday May 22, 7:15–8:45pm
Learn to Brew Kombucha with Medicinal Herbs
Twisted Thistle Apothecary, 2508 Channing Way, Berkeley

Join Lila Volkas to learn everything you need to know about brewing kombucha at home. Cost: $45. Info: twistedthistleapothecary.com

Saturday May 26, 10 am–noon
Let it Rot: Home Composting the Easy Way
Pittsburg Environmental Center, 2581 Harbor St, Pittsburg

Learn how compost can help your garden and the planet. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Saturday May 26, 10am–3pm
Annual Family Fun Festival
Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Civic Center Park

Games, contests, puppet making, live bands, dance classes, bike repair, and a bounce house. Free. Info: 510.548.2220 or ecologycenter.org

Tuesday May 29, 7:15–9:15pm
Sweet and Satisfying Spiced Desserts
Oaktown Spice Shop, 546 Grand Ave, Oakland

Learn to make healthful and delicious plant-based desserts like chocolate avocado mousse and sweet spiced seeds. Cost: $55. Info and registration: oaktownspiceshop.com

Thursday May 31, 7:30–9:30pm
Upstream Podcast: Worker Cooperative Episode Release Party
SoleSpace, 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Join the Upstream Podcast and Shareable for an evening of world café conversations, cooperatively themed games, and guest speakers. Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets and info: search Eventbrite.com for “Upstream Pod

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, 6:30–9:30pm
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

Tuesday June 19, 5:30–7:30pm
Evening in the Garden
Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Enjoy drinks and small bites, and meet local artists selling their work. Free. Space is limited. Please RSVP at orchardnursery.com.

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