By Tanya Henry
It’s time to savor the last tastes of summer. With BottleRock and Outside Lands distant memories, here are a few culinary-focused events to indulge in before setting the reset button come fall.
Now in its 11th year, the annual Taste of Petaluma offers an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience some of the city’s best tastemakers—all assembled in easy-to-walk-to downtown locations. Businesses create special summer menus, signature drinks or welcome customers to sample their locally made products. Plenty of entertainment—including belly dancing, folk and jazz music—is scheduled throughout the day. Benefitting the Cinnabar Theater, the event takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 11:30am to 4pm; tasteofpetaluma.com.
|Marin French Cheese Company is celebrating its Second Annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 21, from 11am to 3pm. Known by locals and cyclists as the Cheese Factory, the longtime creamery welcomes the whole family for this casual summer picnic on its expansive grounds. Celebrating all things cheese (of course!), the event will also feature live music, interactive cheesemaking and beekeeping demos, artisan foods and adult beverages. 7510 Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road, Petaluma; marinfrenchcheese.com.|
For something a little heartier, Dave the Butcher (David Budworth), will lead a hands-on sausage-making class at Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Chef Events. Guests will also pair craft beers by a local brewer with their handmade sausages. Budworth, popular with customers at Marina Meats and a longtime butchery teacher, will offer tips on creating a sausage selection for events like Oktoberfest. Beer tasting and a half-dozen sausages are included. Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30pm; 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato; cookingschoolsofamerica.com.
If you’re looking for a more low-key scene, head out to Bolinas for the town’s annual celebration. The Bolinas Community Center is gearing up for the Labor Day Street Party, BBQ and Silent Auction on Monday, September 5. Two stages will feature various bands, including Psychedelic Seniors, Coastal Scrubbers, The Neutrinos, Los Padres, RKS and more. Parking is provided at Mesa Park ($10/car) and a free shuttle will take guests to the festivities—Wharf Road will be closed from noon to 6pm on Labor Day; bocenter.org.