Ongoing Edible Events

Through the harvest season
Harvest Time in Brentwood

Discover the U-pick farms, roadside stands, and retail ag markets of East Contra Costa County. Farm fresh products offer great nutritional and economical values. Learn about local farming and its history. Info, app, and downloadable farm map at harvest4you.com.

Third Wednesdays, 6:30–8pm
Sketchbook Circle with Margo Rivera-Weiss
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Everyone welcome. Free, but registration required. Info: wcrc.org

Acoustic Sundays at Donkey & Goat
Sunday afternoons, check website for times and artists
1340 5th St, Berkeley

Local and visiting musicians perform in the backyard/wine cellar area weekly. Free admission. Family friendly. Wines available to purchase by the glass or bottle. Info: https://www.donkeyandgoat.com/category/upcoming-events

First Fridays, 6–9pm
Local Makers Celebration
Donkey & Goat Winery
1340 5th St, Berkeley

Celebrate local makers with live music and local artists displaying their creations. Special wines available by the glass or bottle and local noshes available for purchase. No charge for admission. Info: donkeyandgoat.com

Second Saturdays through September, noon–1pm
Lake Merritt Trials Garden Workshops
666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland

Alameda County Master Gardeners lead free vegetable gardening workshops. Info: acmg.ucanr.edu

Second Saturdays, 2–4pm
The Plant Exchange Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series
Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Topics include sheet mulch (June), pest management (July), and native plants and wild seeds (Aug). Cost: $10 in advance; $12 same day. Info: theplantexchange.com or Monica@theplantexchange.com

Fourth Saturdays, 11:30am–1pm
Community Meal
Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church
1578 Kirker Pass Rd, Clayton

Volunteers prepare free sack lunches for the community. (Donations appreciated.) Info: Sulastri Carr at sulastri.carr@gmail.com

Three times monthly
Resilient Communities Legal Café
Various East Bay locations

Sustainable Economies Law Center and the East Bay Community Law Center offer first-come, first-served legal advice for people interested in launching a cottage food business, urban farm, or other sustainable enterprise. Check website for days and times. Info: theselc.org/cafe

Self-guided
Oakland Ale Trail

Explore Oakland’s craft beer industry at 12 breweries and nine tasting rooms. Visit all the brewery taprooms to earn a free Oakland Ale Trail branded growler. Info and transportation options at visitoakland.com

Registration now open for tours on
June 16–25, November 10–19
Cuba: Organic Revolution & Evolution
Food Sovereignty Tours co-sponsored by Food First and Altruvistas

See firsthand what happens when national policy prioritizes organic farming and remediating hunger. Travel alongside a Food First researcher or fellow and meet with farmers, educators, and government representatives. Tour cost: $2,974. Some partial scholarships available. Info: foodfirst.org

June 5–August 18
Sprouts Cooking Club Spring
and Summer Camps
East Bay and San Francisco sites

Kids visit restaurants and farms, cook with professional chefs, learn knife and safety skills, and taste their creations each day. Campers are ages 7–12; teens ages13–15 may apply to be junior counselors. Info and registration: sproutscookingclub.org

Sign up now for weekday summer camps
COOK! Programs Summer Camps
Paulding & Company, 1410 D 62nd St, Emeryville

Enthusiastic young cooks learn valuable life skills, join a diverse community, and celebrate food. Make this commercial kitchen your child’s home base this summer. Info: pauldingandco.com/cook or 510.594.1104

Through June, Wednesday–Sunday
Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland

Through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media, this major museum exhibition spotlights the incredible diversity of bees in California and the urgent issue of bee population declines statewide. Info and admission fees: museumca.org

Every Sunday, 10am–1pm
Watercolor Classes with Wendy Yoshimura
North Oakland

Edible East Bay artist Wendy Yoshimura offers watercolor classes for all levels. Cost per class is $30. Info: wendy.yoshimura@gmail.com

Second Sunday each month, 1–3pm
A Local Wine Excursion
Captain Vineyards, Moraga

Susan and Sal Captain offer an intimate look at sustainable grape growing and wine processing at a small, family-owned vineyard, the first green winery in Contra Costa County. Barrel tasting and cheese pairing included. Must be over 21. Info: captainvineyards.com

 

Sunday–Thursday (check website for hours)
Volunteer at UC Gill Tract Community Farm
Marin & San Pablo Ave, Albany (enter on San Pablo Ave or Jackson St)

Plant, weed, and harvest organically grown produce as you learn about sustainable and socially just food production. Info: gilltractfarm.wordpress.com or gilltractfarm@gmail.com

Self-guided (see website for days/hours)
Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail

Explore Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail, visiting 10 wineries housed in renovated warehouse spaces. The trail is walkable and easily accessible by ferry, BART, Oakland’s free Broadway shuttle,
and Amtrak. Info and map: visitoakland.org/oakland-urban-wine-trail

 

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