Gravenstein Apple Fair, August 12-13, Sebastopol
“The Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County”
There’s something for everyone: live music on 2 stages, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, cider, microbrews & wine, contests & activities, children’s corner, chef’s tent, artisan tasting lounge, do-it-yourself arena, life on the farm arena and of course our famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.
We will be releasing a special collaboration cider at the Fair, and pouring it at the Artisan Tasting Lounge from 2:30 to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Scott will be presenting a cidermaking 101 workshop at the DIY Tent. And our course the Cider Tent will be slamming with offerings from 15 (!) local producers. Come and have fun at this fantastic family-friendly event!
Friday Night Under the Lights, Aug. 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
Artisan Alley of Windsor, 7755 to 7763 Bell Road, Windsor
Start the weekend right as Artisan Alley neighbors Tilted Shed Cidersworks, Sonoma Brother Distilling, Two Shepherds Wine, and Colagrossi Wines open their doors for by-the-glass specials and tastings. Make it an easy dinner night with delicious selections from the Starting from Scratch food truck. No admission; regular tasting fees apply. Also get a sneak preview of the newest Alley member, Barley & Bine, a taproom and restaurant opening soon.
Sonoma County Fermentation Festival, Sept. 2, Petaluma
Saturday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Petaluma Fairgrounds
One of the absolute highlights of our year is the Sonoma County Fermentation Festival. Organized by our friend, the fermentation goddess Jennifer Harris, this is the best celebration of all things fermented in Sonoma County, if not Northern California. Join us at the Libation Lounge for a taste of cider or three, and then check out the vendors, food, classes, and wares of fermentables. It’s a fundraiser for the Sebastopol Grange. Advance tickets are $25 for General Admission, $40 for VIP (includes entry to the Libation Lounge, with dozens of boozy beverage producers). Hope to all you yeast whisperers and bacteria farmers there!
Ciderfest at CIA Copia, Sunday, Sept. 3, 12 to 5 p.m.
CIA Copia, 500 First Street, Napa
Join us for as we attend the first annual Ciderfest at the CIA at Copia! They will be featuring fall’s favorite fruit – apples – as we enjoy a day of seasonal libations, delicious eats, and a live band. Spend the afternoon listening to live music in our gardens, courtesy of Le Jazz Hot, and sample local ciders with friends and family as we welcome the fall bounty together.
Admission is free for all ages (you must be 21 or over to purchase drink tickets and consume alcohol). Ticket packages are available for advance purchase (through Eventbrite). Individual drink and food tickets will be available on-site for same-day purchases.