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April in California. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

It’s April. The weather is changing and family events are filling up our weekends. Here is a listing of what is coming up this month is Sac and our surrounding areas. Most of these events are free or low-cost and benefit our community as a whole.


Asparagus Festival
April 15-17
San Joaquin Valley Fairgrounds, Stockton
Entertainment, arts, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and children’s’ play area all celebrating asparagus. The festival includes performances and a carnival. The food favorite is deep-fried asparagus.

Picnic Day at UC Davis
April 16
UC Davis Campus, Davis
This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, Student Organization Fair, Multicultural Children’s Fair, Parade and much more. The event has many ag related booths and activities.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration
April 19
Southside Park, Sacramento
The Sacramento celebration of the 46th annual Earth Day will be filled with diverse business, non-profit, cultural, and government vendors with practical information, goods and services for saving money, living healthier, and protecting the environment. There will also be great entertainment, activities, and cuisine.

Sacramento Children’s Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
The Sacramento Children’s Museum, Sacramento
The Sacramento Children’s Museum is partnering with Assemblyman Ken Cooley to host the Children’s Earth Day Celebration. Attendees will enjoy interactive, Earth-friendly activities from event partners.


Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

April 9-10, 10 am – 5 pm
Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay
Weekend is packed with music, food, and entertainment with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet as a highlight. Food booths have something for every pallet from lamb to oyster barbeque. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines. Live music and entertainers perform on the band stage both Saturday and Sunday. Great venue for kids, with a play area with face painting, games, spin paintings, free kite lessons, pony rides, and, llamas on parade. 80 artisan and vendor booths offer wide selection of arts and crafts.

California Nut Festival

April 16
The vibrant and entertaining one-day festival pays tribute to Chico’s rich agricultural heritage with a bounty of farm-fresh food sampling, cooking demonstrations, live music on two stages, an art show and, of course, lots of sampling of wonderful delights, wine and beer! Proceeds benefit the Historic Patrick Ranch Museum, a restored mansion and working farm managed by the Far West Heritage Association.

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival
April 16-17
Ives Park (on Jewell Ave. and Willow St.) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at the Veterans Memorial Building, 282 High St., Sebastopol
The apple is the star of the show and is featured in a parade, arts, crafts, and food. You will also find children’s’ activities, historical and horticultural displays, beer and wine sampling. There are children’s activities celebrating the farm and a free animal area including geese, ducks and chicks. There are other activities ranging from mechanical bull rides to zip lines, tea cup rides, water race games, a train station, Jr. Jurassic Adventure and more!

Butter and Egg Days
April 23-24
Petaluma, CA
The town celebrates their agricultural ties with the dairy and poultry in this annual event in Petaluma. The affair includes a parade, cheese tasting, kids’ in chicken costumes, and the Cutest Chick in Town contest.

Are we missing something? If you know of family farming or food events that we haven’t listed let us know! We love hearing from you!

September Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events

Sacramento Area

The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
September 19
Fair Oaks, CA
The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival is a celebration of rural history and present village atmosphere. The Village of Fair Oaks, colonized around 1895, was home to orange and citrus groves as well as olive orchards and assorted farm animals and, without a doubt, chickens were among them. Today the Fair Oaks chickens enjoy the freedom and hospitality of the village they call home.

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair
September 24-27
Grass Valley, CA
Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2015 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes.

The Farm to Fork Festival
September 26
Sacramento, CA
Designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, five live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more!

Bay Area and Beyond

The Walnut Festival
September 24-27
Walnut Creek, CA
An energetic and exciting celebration of arts, crafts, community, music, and food. The four-day Walnut Festival event offers family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides a showcase of amazing local and regional talent, including Artists, Craftsmen, Designers, Jewelers, Builders, food specialties, a Beer Garden and more.

August Tot Friendly Food Festivals

There are so many events going on this month we had to find our favorites to share with you. Our guide to August Tot Friendly Food Festivals only includes events that include activities for kids and have a child friendly environment. Get out and learn more about the foods that come from our area.


Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Woodland Tomato Festival
Woodland, CA
August 8
8:00 am-2:00 pm
The event takes place on Main Street in Downtown Historic Woodland , this festival is known for its unique programming not found anywhere else. From Face Painting, to Heirloom Tomato Tasting and from tomato Salsa Competition with free samples open to the public, to the beloved Tommy Tomato mascot- this is the premiere Tomato Festival of Yolo County. Explore tomato country in Yolo County.

Sacramento Banana Festival
Sacramento, CA
August 8 and 9
The Sacramento Banana Festival is an exciting two-day festival that kicks off with a 5k run/walk on Saturday. Enjoy your day filled with fun, food, exciting live entertainment, and exhibits. The event benefits the National Academic Youth Corps, which provides art and educational programs for over 15,000 youth and adults every year right here in Sacramento, as well as over a dozen other worthy local charities.

Soil Born Farms Tomato and Melon Jubilee and Fun On the Farm
Rancho Cordova, CA
August 8
A summer tradition at the farm stand. All the usual Saturday at the farm activites plus heirloom tomato and melon tastings, chef demos, live music by Millington Strings, preservation tips, farm tours, yoga and a free succulent class. The same day you can also join the fun and explore the American River Ranch: Meet the farm animals, dig in the garden soil, plant seedlings, make a farm fresh snack, create something special to take home. Pre registration is required for Fun on the Farm event.

California Fig Fest
Fresno, CA
August 15
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Catch Bravo Network’s most beloved Italian Chef at our main stage! Fabio Viviani will be cooking up a delicious fig-inspired recipe in a LIVE cooking demonstration. With his contagious humor and wit, you will not want to miss this event. Be a part of a live audience as a production crew will be recording for new television show, Global Bites! Savor gourmet food samples from over 20 of California’s best executive chefs and restaurants. A collection of more than 50 vendors and sponsors will display and sell their fig-inspired (and other) items for all to enjoy. From fine-art, glass, pottery, cook books, culinary ware, jams, olive oils, fig trees, fresh figs and more! A true celebration of the California Fig Industry! Enjoy delicious fig-inspired favorites from six local food trucks.

Fairfield Tomato Festival
Fairfield, CA
August 15 and 16
Visit Tomato Alley where you can find hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, gourmet tomato products, and more waiting for you at the Fairfield Tomato Festival. A Salsa concert from 6 to 8:30pm will cap a day full of live entertainment, kids’ activities, a farmers market, a Film Festival (Attack of the Killer Tomato, of course), the West Coast Barbeque Championships, a Chili Cook-off, and more.

Bay Area and Beyond

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Sebastopol, CA
August 8 and 9
Apple lovers from far and wide gather in Sebastopol, the Gravenstein Apple Capital of the World, to celebrate the crop with Gravenstein Apple Fair. Contests include apple peeling, apple juggling, candy apple eating, apple pie eating and apple pie baking contests, to name a few. Two days of exceptional musical talents on several stages. Wine tent, Microbrew Tent, Beer Wagon, Chef’s Tent, food tents, kids entertainment, and apples galore make this one of the healthiest festivals of the year in California. Drive along the Gravenstein Highway to arrive at the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair and you’ll pass by dozens of farms, many with roadside stands.

May Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

School is almost out. It’s May and if you are anything like us you are scrambling trying to find activities for your tots this summer. Here is our recommended list of family friendly food festivals and events to round out this month. Thinking about traveling to a far off event and need tot friendly accomodation suggestions? Just leave a comment! We are all about easy travel with our two active tots and have lots of suggestions.

Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Farms Friends and Fairytales

May 16
Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA
Join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, and visit with local area farms and organizations.

20th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival
May 16-17
Galt, CA
The Festival has become a destination throughout Northern California and the pride of Galt. The event includes food booths, a car show and carnival.

A Day on the Farm
May 17
Soil Born Farm, Rancho Cordova, CA
Purchase fresh from the field, organically grown vegetables & fruit at the event and participate in cooking classes and workshops, farm tours and more.

Bay Area and Beyond

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
May 23-24
Morgan Hill, CA
The two-day festival of family fun includes live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers, and several city blocks of unique booths. For children, Munchkinland captivates kids with rides, games and continuous entertainment. Mushrooms, the region’s predominant local crop, are the stars of the festival with opportunities for guests to taste fresh, locally grown mushrooms and learn about their important health benefits.

56th Annual Artichoke Food and Wine Festival
May 30-31
Castroville, California
Agro Art Competition, Parade, Live Music, Children’s Activities. Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts, Field Tours to the artichoke patch.

Are we missing something? If you know of family farming or food events that we haven’t listed let us know! We love hearing from you!

March. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Farming Events.

March is here and it’s time to start planning your weekend tot friendly family activities.  There aren’t many events yet, since weather is changeable this time of year, so make sure to plan early for the events that are happening in our area.  If there isn’t any events that your family can attend make sure to get out and support your local farmer’s market or farmstand.

Sacramento and Surrounding Area

Pig Day

Photo Courtesy of Davis Farmer’s Market

Davis Pig Day

March 7, 2015, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fourth and C streets in Davis, CA
Pig Day, celebrating all things pork at the Davis Farmer’s Market along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods.  Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”
A petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale

March 21, 2015, 9:00am – 01:30pm
Sacramento, CA
Fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.

Bay Area and Beyond

Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese Tasting and Marketplace
March 22, 2015
Petaluma, CA
The last day of the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival and one the tots can participate in.  A day under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.

February. Tot Friendly Food Festivals.

Almond festival poster full sized

It’s February in California which means one day is 70 degrees and amazing outside and the next day is pouring rain and cold.  Because of the changing weather there aren’t too many outdoor events this month.  We usually don’t plan our weekends until we have a solid idea of what it’s going to be like outside.  If the weather cooperates, make sure to take a look at this list of cool family festivals happening around our state.

Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Almond Blossom Festival

When. February 20-22, 2015

Where.  Ripon, CA

The almond tree is one of the first trees to bloom each year.  This event is one of the first events around the state celebrating almonds. Activities include a run, parade, food, carnival, crafts and more.

Phone: (209) 599-7519


Capay Valley Almond Festival

When. February 22, 2015

Where. Events include the towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey, CA

A multi location event the festival celebrates the almond trees that dominate this region.  This event includes food, entertainment, crafts a car show and much more.

Phone: (530) 787-3242

Bar Area and Beyond

Cloverdale Citrus Fair

When. February 13-16, 2015

Time: Fri. noon–10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where. Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale, CA 

Each year the Citrus Fair is celebrated on President’s Day weekend.  The fair includes a carnival, wine competition, food, music, crafts and more.

Phone:  (707) 894-3992

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off

When. February 21, 2015

Where. Santa Cruz, CA

$9 kit to sample 5 clam chowders.  Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West Coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder.” Whip up your favorite recipe for red or white chowder or just come and sample the delicious variety of chowder and fun at the Boardwalk. Admission free.