Food & Drink: Time to indulge

Forest dining, food festivals and brewing competitions await

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Enjoy an elegant dinner in a private grove at Mt. Tam's Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre. Photo courtesy of Mountain Play Association

by Tanya Henry

If you live in Marin and have never been to the Mountain Play, you now have an added incentive: Food! From May 24 to June 21, The Mountain Play Association will present Peter Pan for its 102nd season. As part of the Patron’s Circle package, Dining in the Woods offers up an elegant wine and dinner experience in a private grove at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre. Caterer Debbie Ghiringhelli of Fairfax has developed a delectable menu that includes fig chutney with gorgonzola bruschetta, BBQ prawn skewers and lemon bars with fresh blueberries. Patron’s Circle ticket package and prices are $175 (adult) and $120 (juniors 13 and under. Learn more at mountainplay.org.

GOING GREEK Get thee to the Marin Greek Festival! Go hungry, because this celebratory festival is all about the food, and items like souvlaki, dolmas and tsatziki will be in abundance throughout the weekend. Various activities including wine tastings, lunches and more will be available on Friday, May 22 from 11:30am to 10pm and Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 11am to 10pm at the charming Greek Village on the hill—aka the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church—at 1110 Highland Drive in Novato. The event is free. Opa! For more information, visit maringreekfestival.com.

TRUE BREW Calling all home brewers! The inaugural Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 23. This first-time event at the Veterans Memorial Building (1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma) will feature 69 home brews from amateur brewers all over Sonoma County and beyond. Attendees will taste and then vote for their favorite. Tickets are $25 per person, and include a commemorative glass and 20 tasting tickets. For more information, call 707/780-2939 or visit homebrewersassociation.org.

TO YOUR HEALTH! It’s never too late to learn about healthy living. The Marin branch of the Ceres Community Project is offering a Healing Foods Basics class at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato. Instructor Thais Harris will cover whole food nutrition basics; foods to add and to avoid; eating well on a budget; shopping strategies and healthy lifestyle choices. The class will be offered on Tuesday, May 26 from 6pm to 8pm. The cost is $10-$35 (sliding scale). Marin Community Foundation, Redwood Room, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. For more information, call 707/829-5833, ext. 220, or visit ceresproject.org.

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