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 

Wednesday March 15, 6:30–8:30pm
Simple Strategies for Lead-Safe Gardening
Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Join Steve Calanog of the EPA for an informative discussion about lead-safe gardening. Learn about garden placement strategies, materials and design options, plant selection, and related topics. Cost: $5–$20 sliding scale. Info and registration: 510.686.3493 or pollinatefarm.com

Thursday March 16, 10am–noon
What’s The Buzz: Beekeeping and Bee-Friendly Gardening
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center,
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

An expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association talks about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and more. Cost: $20. Info and registration: sustainablecoco.org

Thursday March 16, 7–9pm
Bitters and Liquor Infusions
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Bartender and herbalist Kate August leads this hands-on workshop on how to spice up your cocktails and ease your digestion with homemade bitters using aromatic herbs, roots, and barks. Learn the history, medicinal value, and simple technique of alcohol-based infusions. Take home recipes and a sample of your infusion. Cost: $45. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Friday March 17, 5–8pm
Saint Patrick’s Day Shepherd’s Pie Dinner
Niles Pie Company
32990 Alvarado-Niles Road, suite 960
Union City

Enjoy a traditional Lamb Shepherd’s Pie or a vegetarian version with a beautiful early spring salad, Irish Soda Bread on the side, and a fabulous Emerald Isle inspired dessert. Join in at communal tables for a neighborly and fun evening (no corkage, BYOB) or take your meal to go. Adults: $23.50; To go: $25. Kids: $11.50. Info and advance tickets: Info and tickets: https://www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events/products/saint-patricks-day-shepherds-pie-dinner

Saturday March 18, noon–1:30pm
Year Round Vegetable Gardening A to Z
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St, Alameda

Learn how to grow and maintain a vegetable garden spring through winter. Free workshop; no registration required. Info: http://ploughsharesnursery.com/

Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 11am–4:30pm
Founder’s Day Weekend at Concannon Vineyard
4590 Tesla Rd, Livermore

Enjoy award-winning wines and live music at Concannon Vineyard in celebration of the vineyard’s Irish heritage and historic founder, James Concannon. Non-ticketed event. Info: concannonvineyard.com or 925.456.2505

Sunday March 19, 1–3pm
Medicinal Herbs for Springtime Planting
Homestead Apothecary
Laurel Shop: 3807 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Learn how to cultivate medicinal plants that thrive in the Bay Area. Plan your medicinal plantings for the season, and find out about growing conditions, harvest times, and parts of the plants used for remedies. Cost: $35. Info and registration: https://homesteadapothecary.com/medicinal-herbs-springtime-planting

Sunday March 19, 10am–1pm
Stovetop Beer Making: IPA
PRESERVED, 5032 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Gilbert Guerrero, owner of Temescal Homebrewing, discusses the history and chemistry of beer as he leads participants through the process of brewing a one-gallon batch of all-grain beer on a stovetop. Workshop includes sampling and a couple bottles of freshly bottled beer to take home. Cost: $50. Info and registration: preservedgoods.com

Sunday March 19, 7–9pm
Pork Leg Butchery Class
The Local Butcher Shop, 1600 Shattuck Ave,
Berkeley (enter on Cedar St)

Learn about the different butchering techniques that can be used on a pig leg. Each student gets hand-on experience and takes home 12–13 pounds of pork. Cost: $175. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Sunday March 19, 11am-1:30pm
Crafting Brie & Camembert at Home
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville
 

Enjoy this whirlwind introduction to home cheesemaking with a focus on bloomy rinded cheese like brie and camembert while sipping wine and sampling decadent cheese. Beginners welcome. 21+ only. Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Tuesday March 21, 6:30–8:30pm
Sustainable Landscaping for your House
Dan Foley Cultural Center
1499 N Camino Alto, Vallejo

A perfect class for homeowners thinking about replacing a lawn or making their current landscapes resource-wise. Learn about sustainable landscaping, simple design plans, turf replacement rebates, and sustainable landscapers in your area. Cost: $5 (resident), $6 (non-resident). Free. Info: http://www.gvrd.org/?page=Outdoor

Tuesday March 21, 4pm
Food Politics and the 21st Century Food Movement
International House, UC Berkeley,
2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley

Renowned author and professor Marion Nestle speaks about the cultural, economic, and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices. Free. Info: gradlectures.berkeley.edu/lecture/food-politics-twenty-first-century or 510.643.7413

Friday March 24, 7–10pm
Three Cheeses In Three Hours With Wine
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Learn to make three types of cheese (mozzarella, burrata, and chèvre) in three hours in this hands-on workshop. Sample cheeses all along the way while sipping expertly paired wines. 21+ only.  Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Friday March 24, 11am–1pm
No SOS Cooking: Cooking Without Salt, Oil, and Sugar
Rossmoor
1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek
Gateway Clubhouse, Multipurpose Rooms 1 and 2

Prepare delicious, healthy meals without salt, oils, or refined sugars. Learn about flavorful substitutes for these items. Cost: $65. Info and registration https://diablo.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/costoption/class_id/501/public/1/sp/ or 925.969.4600

Friday–Sunday, March 24–26
11th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival
Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma

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 25, noon–4pm
The Plant Exchange
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and other garden enthusiasts exchange plants, tools, equipment, and info at this free event. The Exchange also features a live band, food trucks, gardening demos, and advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners. Free. Info: www.ThePlantExchange.com

Saturday March 25, 10am–noon
Bring on the Bees!
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

Discover ways to attract bees to your landscape, and build and take home a small mason bee house. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Saturday March 25, 10am–4pm
Natural Beekeeping with Alternative Hive Systems
Institute of Urban Homesteading, Oakland location TBA 

Learn to keep bees in a way that promotes their health, and participate in a hands-on practice session working a beehive. Appropriate for those wishing to keep bees and the bee-curious. Cost: $75–125 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

Saturday March 25, 2–3:30pm
Big Gardens in Small Spaces: The Adventures of Container Gardening
San Lorenzo Public Library, 395 Paseo Grande,
San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

People who don’t have a lot of space and want to grow their own food can learn about maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens, and crop rotation. Free. Info: Search “Big Gardens in Small Spaces” on Facebook.

Saturday & Sunday March 25 & 26, noon–4:30pm
Barrels, Bottles, & Brews
Various Livermore Valley wineries

Meet winemakers and taste wines right out of the barrel. Craft breweries and artisan distilleries add a new flavor to the event. Cost: $45 in advance; $55 at door. Info and tickets: lvwine.org

Sunday March 26, noon–3
Pickles and Preserves Workshop
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Spend the afternoon with Aaron Dinwoodie of Feral Heart Farm learning to make preserves and pickles using local organic produce. Cost: $55. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events

Sunday March 26, 11am–2pm
Three Cheeses In Three Hours With Wine
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Learn to make three types of cheese (mozzarella, burrata, and chèvre) in three hours in this hands-on workshop. Sample cheeses all along the way while sipping expertly paired wines. 21+ only.  Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Sunday April 2, noon–3
Easter Pasta Class
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Niles Pie’s head chef and baker Sarah Vegas will teach a basic egg pasta recipe, including how to roll, cut, and shape various pastas. Bring home fresh-made pasta, sauce, recipes, and new skills. Cost: $85. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events

Friday April 7, 6–9pm
Special edition of First Fridays at Donkey & Goat: Bubbles & Sherry
1340 5th Street, Berkeley

Enjoy the release of sparkling chardonnay Lily’s Pet Net and a sherry pop-up plus music by Nick Africano and Jessica Malone. Entry is free, and you will have the chance to purchase wines and food. Info: https://www.donkeyandgoat.com/category/upcoming-events/

Saturday April 8, noon–1:30pm
Grow Awesome Tomatoes
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St, Alameda

Learn how to grow tomatoes in a cool marine-influenced climate like the Bay Area’s. Free workshop; no registration required. Info: http://ploughsharesnursery.com/

Sunday April 9, 11am–2pm
Three Cheeses In Three Hours With Wine
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Learn to make three types of cheese (mozzarella, burrata, and chèvre) in three hours in this hands-on workshop. Sample cheeses all along the way while sipping expertly paired wines. 21+ only.  Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Sunday April 9, 1–4 pm
Sourdough Cultures and Breadcraft
Institute of Urban Homesteading
North Oakland location TBA

Learn how to use wild sourdough yeast to naturally leaven bread and other baked goods. Leave with your own sourdough culture and a loaf to bake at home. Cost: $40–80 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

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

Get hands-on experience making boudin blanc and crépinettes with herbed pork sausage, and go home with the food you’ve prepared. Cost: $135. Info and registration: thelocalbutchershop.com

Thursday April 13, 5–7pm
California Farmworkers’ Rights: What Can Be Done in the Age of Trump?
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Explore ways that California can lead the nation in providing healthy, safe, and equitable working conditions and how engaged citizens can support these efforts. Sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute. Free. Info: ecologycenter.org/events

Saturday April 15, 10am–4pm
Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm
Expo & Plant Sale
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

Thousands of organic vegetable seedlings, succulents, herbs, and native plants are for sale. Enjoy garden tours and free classes on soil health, herbs, and olive oils. Info: rodgersranchurbanfarm.org

Tuesday April 18, 7–9pm
Bay Currents: How California’s Rivers and Lakes “Work”
St. Alban’s Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave, Albany

Dr. Vince Resh of UC Berkeley vividly explains the interplay of chemistry, geology, hydrology, and biology in our water bodies. Free. Info: fivecreeks.org/baycurrents

Thursday April 20, lunch and dinner
Berkeley Dine Out

Participating restaurants donate a portion of the day’s sales to garden-based learning in Berkeley Public Schools. Get great deals at local eateries while supporting the BUSD Gardening & Cooking Program. Info: berkeleydineout.tumblr.com

Saturday April 22, noon–1:30pm
Compost 101
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St, Alameda

Learn how to dry compost and worm compost. Free workshop; no registration required. Info: http://ploughsharesnursery.com/

Sunday April 23, noon–3pm
Spring Puff Pastry Tarts
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Learn to make easy and very pretty fruit tarts.  Everyone makes a tart to bring home, along with extra dough for the freezer and recipes. Refreshments and wine included. Cost: $85. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-events

Friday and Saturday, April 28 & 29
29th Annual Heart of the Home Tour
Piedmont and Oakland Hills

Tour five beautiful homes (plus a sixth for VIP ticket holders). Enjoy a food-truck-catered lunch and pop-up gift boutique in the gardens 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 Julie Barton, New York Times best-selling author of Dog Medicine.

Saturday April 29, 10am–noon
Hügelkulture
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

Creating hügels (mound hills) is a great way to recycle organic materials, save water, and create a bed full of nutrition. Dress for gardening and bring gloves. Try to bring organic materials including coffee grounds, herbivore manures, dried leaves, and logs/stumps. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Sunday April 30, 11am–2pm
Three Cheeses In Three Hours With Wine
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Learn to make three types of cheese (mozzarella, burrata, and chèvre) in three hours in this hands-on workshop. Sample cheeses all along the way while sipping expertly paired wines. 21+ only.  Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Thursday May 4, 6:30–9:30pm
Home Sausage Making: Fresh & Cured
Institute of Urban Homesteading,
South Berkeley location TBA

Learn to make and cure sausage, sample home-cured meats, and take home a portion to try curing on your own. Cost: $40–80 sliding scale. Info and registration: iuhoakland.com

Friday May 5, 6–9pm
First Fridays at Donkey & Goat Winery: A Celebration of Local Makers
1340 5th Street, Berkeley

Enjoy local music, an art gallery, a game of corn hole or bocce ball, and handmade natural wines by the glass and the bottle. Entry is free, and you will have the chance to purchase wines and food. Info: https://www.donkeyandgoat.com/category/upcoming-events/

Saturday May 6, 10am–noon
Gardening 101: The Basics
Wanlass Park, San Pablo Ave at Rivers St, San Pablo

Learn basic info about plants, healthy soil building, transplanting, seeds vs. starts, non-toxic pest control, and tips and tricks for your garden. Free. Info: Search “CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education” on Facebook.

Saturday & Sunday May 6 & 7, noon–3pm
Spring Plant Sale & Fair
Merritt College Horticulture Club,
12500 Campus Dr, Oakland

Gardeners come here looking for perennial vegetables, rare fruits, and heirloom annual edibles—many of which cannot be found anywhere else—plus a selection of California natives, Mediterranean climate plants, herbs, and unusual plants of all types. Plant sale both days; food, music, and vendors on Saturday only. Info: merrittlandhort.com/community/plant-sales

Saturday May 13, noon–1:30pm
Planting for Success
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St, Alameda

Learn how to properly plant and care for large specimen fruit trees and ornamental plants. Free workshop; no registration required. Info: http://ploughsharesnursery.com/

Saturday May 13, 11am–1:30pm
Crafting Brie & Camembert at Home
FarmCurious
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Enjoy a whirlwind introduction to home cheesemaking with a focus on bloomy rinded cheese like brie and camembert while sipping wine and sampling decadent cheese. Beginners welcome. 21+ only. Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Saturday May 13, 3:30–6:30pm
Three Cheeses In Three Hours With Wine
FarmCurious
4053 Harlan St, Ste 201, Emeryville

Learn to make three types of cheese (mozzarella, burrata, and chèvre) in three hours in this hands-on workshop. Sample cheeses all along the way while sipping expertly paired wines. 21+ only. Cost: $125. Info: farmcurious.com/classes

Sunday May 14, 11am
Mother’s Day Brunch
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City

Enjoy a choice of two brunch items plus dessert and coffee. The bar will be set up with glasses, mixers, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. You bring the libations. Cost: $35. Info: www.nilespie.com/collections/classes-and-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.

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/

 

 

 

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