Food & Drink: Foodie Spring

A roundup of seasonal events

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Once the rains are gone, jump on a bike and fill up a basket with locally harvested fruits and veggies.

With glimpses of spring upon us—seasonal veggies hitting the farmers’ markets, new garden blooms—it’s time to shake off winter and venture out. Here are a few of my favorite spring events that should not be missed.

Due to its extreme popularity, the California Artisan Cheese Festival has outgrown its Petaluma Sheraton Hotel location. Now in its 12th year, the tasty celebration of all things cheese will take place in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Event Center, March 23-25. The marathon festival includes seminars, tours and tastings. I strongly recommend the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace from 12-4pm on Sunday, March 25. artisancheesefestival.com.

For folks who like to wine and dine, there’s a special opportunity on Thursday, Mar. 29 at 7:30pm. Dr. Champagne, aka Jerry Horn, has organized a Field Trip Dinner at El Paseo in Mill Valley. Executive Chef Todd Shoberg will prepare a special spring prix-fixe menu, and Dr. Champagne will provide the wine pairings, which will feature varietals from around the world. Call Jerry Horn at 415/497-7693 to reserve a spot, or visit Tiburon Wine at 84 Main Street in Tiburon for ticket info.

Hard cider lovers take note: The fifth annual Cider Summit SF will take place in the Presidio on April 14 from 1-5pm. Featuring nearly 200 ciders from around the world, the event will include favorite local producers Ace Cider, Golden State Cider, Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Sonoma Cider and Two Rivers. cidersummitnw.com.

Now in its fourth year, the Lexus Culinary Classic at Cavallo Point is a three-day culinary extravaganza that includes cooking classes, a farmers’ market field trip and a multi-course menu. A Grand Tasting takes place on Sunday, April 15 and features 12 notable chefs who create delicious pairings with premier wines from leading California winemakers. 12-3pm. lexusculinaryclassic.com.

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