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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.

SACRAMENTO AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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.
http://sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/index.html

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.
www.ecosacramento.net

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.
www.sackids.org

BAY AREA AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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.
www.bbfishfest.org

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.
www.californianutfestival.com

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!
www.appleblossomfest.com

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.
www.petalumadowntown.com

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.
http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

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.
www.soilbornfarms.com

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.
http://artisancheesefestival.com/

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

www.riponchamber.org

 

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

www.espartoregionalchamber.com/almondfestival.aspx

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

www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org

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.

beachboardwalk.com