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 March 22, 7–9pm
The Art of Sourdough Bread
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Learn all about sourdough starters, and make your own delicious loaf. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Wednesday March 21, 5:30–7:30pm
Dr. Robert Lustig: The Hacking of the American Mind
Bauman College, 1007 University Ave, Berkeley

Dr. Robert Lustig discusses his latest book, The Hacking of the American Mind, the roles of dopamine and serotonin in our pursuit of pleasure and happiness, and solutions for anxiety and depression in our modern world. Cost: $60 (general admission); $100 (VIP). Info and tickets: baumancollege.org/events

Friday–Sunday March 23–25
12th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival
Sonoma County Event Center
1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa

Meet California’s top artisan cheese makers, authors, chefs, winemakers, and brewers, who conduct seminars, pairings, tastings, farm tours, cheese-making classes, and cheese-focused demonstrations. Info and tickets: artisancheesefestival.com

Saturday March 24, 4–7pm or
Sunday March 25, noon–3pm
Baking Class: Savory Spring Tarts
Niles Pie Company, 32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd,
ste 960, Union City

Learn to make the tart recipe above with master baker and Niles Pie founder Carolyn Berke, who says, “We’ll gather up local greens and mushrooms, some fresh cheese, and propel ourselves into the new season in style!” Aprons, rolling pins, and all needed materials provided. Cost: $85 includes light snacks and a little wine. Max participants: 8. Open to ages 15 and over, or age 12 and over with a parent in the class. Info and registration: nilespie.com

Sunday March 25, 4–6pm
Film Series: Edible City—Grow the Future
Historic Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Edison Theatre, 37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont

A fun, fast-paced journey through the Good Food Movement. Cost: $20, single), $45 (series of three) benefits Fremont Leaf initiatives. Info: fremontleaf.org

Seed Saving Class 
Wednesday March 28, 7-8:30pm
Richmond Public Library
Community Room
325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Learn how easy it is to save seeds from your beans, peas, lettuce, squash, and tomatoes at this free class:
Free, but please register eventbrite.com/e/seed-saving-class-tickets-44107431515 to receive the class handout by email.

Saturday March 31, 10:30am–noon
Climate Friendly Gardening Workshops:
Bees for Brighter Days
Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd
Fukaya A Conference Room

Learn about pollinator plants and see an observation frame with live honeybees.
Bring home some flower seeds. Free. Info: fremontleaf.org

Saturday March 31, 11am–4pm
The Spring Plant Exchange
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and enthusiasts exchange plants, equipment, tools, and information. See gardening demos 11am–noon, and enjoy food trucks and a live band. Info: theplantexchange.org

Sunday April 1, 10am–3pm
The Real Dirt: Intro to Organic Gardening 
Institute of Urban Homesteading
North Oakland location TBA

Learn about plant selection and care, water, weeds, pests, and how to get the most out of your soil. Cost: $60–90 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

Saturday Ahttp://iuhoakland.compril 7, 2–3pm
Wax: It’s the Bee’s Knees

Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center north end of Central Park Dr, Berkeley
Beeswax is important to both bees and humans. Illuminate your mind as you make a candle and sample Tilden Park honey. Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.2233

Saturday April 7, 5pm (appetizers and tour)
Farm Dinner and Tour
Full Belly Farm, 16090 County Rd 43, Guinda

Enjoy a farmer-led tour and a delicious seasonal menu from the farm. Cost: Adults $80, Kids 7–12: $40, Free for ages 6 and under. Alcohol not included in price. Reservations required: Call 530.796.2214 or fullbellyfarm.com

Sunday April 15, 7–9pm
Poultry Sausage Making
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley (enter on Cedar St)

Learn to make sausage with a lean meat (using some pork fat) and how to compensate for it. Go home with your turkey herb sausage (approximately 3 pounds) and 2 pounds of chicken apple sausage (made with duck fat). Cost: $100. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Saturday April 21, 10am–noon
Eat What You Grow
Davis Park Community Garden
1655 Folsom Ave, San Pablo

Learn about crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering, and the best crops for your garden. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal” on Facebook.

Saturday April 21, 2–3pm
Old Fashioned Butter Makin’
Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center
north end of Central Park Dr, Berkeley

Discover an easy way to make butter from cream, then sample your tasty concoction on crackers.
 Info: ebparks.org or 510.544.2233

Saturday April 21, 7–10:30pm
Honeybee Jubilee Annual Auction Event
Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave

Support the East Bay Waldorf School while enjoying a live auction, games, music, and dancing. Cost: $50 (early bird). Info: eastbaywaldorf.org

Wednesday April 25, 6:30–9:30pm
Pasta From Scratch:
Fettuccine, Tagliatelle, and Ravioli
Institute of Urban Homesteading, Berkeley location TBA

Make three types of pasta from scratch using masa, and whip up a feast to share. Cost: $40–80 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28,
see website for details
30th Anniversary Heart of the Home Tour
Piedmont and Oakland Hills

Tour five beautiful homes (plus two more for VIP ticket holders). Enjoy a food-truck-catered lunch and pop-up gift boutique at the Piedmont Community Center. Event host is Children’s Support League of the East Bay, which donates proceeds to nonprofits helping at-risk children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. VIP breakfast speaker is Lori Fogarty, director of the Oakland Museum. Tickets go on sale March 13. Cost: Tour Only $50, Tour + Lunch $60, VIP $150. Info and tickets: wehelpkids.org

Thursday, May 10, 5:30–7:30pm
Dr. Sara Gottfried – Younger
Bauman College,  1007 University Ave, Berkeley
Dr. Sara Gottfried discusses the five key factors outlined in her book, Younger, that lead to accelerated aging and how to treat them in an accessible and practical 7-week protocol. Cost: $60 (general admission); $100 (VIP). Info and tickets: baumancollege.org/events

Thursday May 3, 10am–noon
Herb Container Class
Orchard Nursery & Florist, 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Design and create your own herb container garden, and get tips for a consistent harvest of herbs through the seasons. Cost: $45 (includes 13-inch pot, five herbs, soil, and fertilizer). Registration: Call 925.284.4474 ext. 221. Info: orchardnursery.com

Saturday May 5, 9am–3pm &
Sunday May 6, noon–3pm
Merritt College Horticulture Club
Spring Plant Sale
12500 Campus Dr, Oakland

This popular sale offers perennial vegetables, rare fruits, heirloom annual edibles, herbs, California natives, and Mediterranean climate plants. Enjoy local food, music, and ask-the-expert tables. Park on main campus and walk to the sale area. Info: merrittlandhort.com

Sunday May 6, 2–5pm
Fruit Filled Sundays: Locals Only Citrus Grafting
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Learn how to make new citrus trees and how to add or change varieties on the older trees in your backyard orchard. Take home a newly grafted citrus tree. Cost: $60. Info and registration: pollinatefarm.com or 510.686.3493

Sunday May 6, 7–9pm
Sausage Making
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley (enter on Cedar St)

Make your own pork sausage, and learn about grinding, mixing, casings, recipes, and proportions. Go home with your creations—approximately 3 pounds of pork sausage and 2 pounds of lamb sausage. Cost: $115. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Thursday May 17, 6–8 pm
Home Canning for Everyone
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Corsten Rd, Pleasant Hill

Learn how to preserve the bounty of summer, and go home with a jar of preserves. Cost: $25. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

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

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