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Tickets on sale for Open Farm Excursions

This 12 months’s Open Farm Excursions occasion is Oct. 8-9, and tickets can be found by means of Eventbrite. Pre-registration is required as a consequence of crowd and parking limitations on the farms. Early ticket buy is advisable; final 12 months’s occasions offered out. New this 12 months: Open Farm Excursions is partnering with Neighborhood Alliance with Household Farmers to broaden excursions to Monterey and San Benito County. There are 15 farms and venues to select from, with actions resembling apple juicing, tastings, U-Picks, and demos and schooling about sustainable agriculture strategies. Some websites are open Saturday and Sunday; others are solely open in the future. Go to for schedules, actions, map particulars and to register.


Backyard harvest, craft truthful Saturday

Capitola’s Mid-County Senior Middle is holding a family-friendly out of doors craft truthful and backyard harvest from 9 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday at 829 Bay Ave., which is able to embrace barbecue and baked items on the market. The backyard portion contains greens, pumpkins, succulents, winter begins and different merchandise obtainable for buy. About 25 artisans will promote handcrafted items resembling jewellery, ceramics, lavender merchandise (edible lavender sugar and extra), books, blankets and cottage meals. Mid-County Senior Middle Backyard Membership members will supply backyard excursions, and there can be a “scarecrow hunt.”


Block occasion collection continues Friday

The weekly Midtown Summer time Block Celebration, from Occasion Santa Cruz, continues from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at 1111 Soquel Ave. This week, distributors promoting meals are Santa Cruz Bread Boy, Pana Meals Truck and Epoch Eats. Music can be supplied by Locomotive Breath. Native artists and distributors promoting items on the occasion embrace Peripheral (earring artwork), Molly E Hansen (artist), Jennifer Ellé (artist), 7 Ravens Studio, and gnarlywork. There will even be a remote-control flying shark balloon. The collection continues by means of Sept. 30. For extra info, go to


Chili Prepare dinner-off in search of contestants

Registration is open for groups to enter the annual Santa Cruz Seashore Boardwalk Chili Prepare dinner-Off, which takes place Oct. 22. Money prizes can be awarded for Greatest Chili (beginner {and professional}), Individuals’s Selection, Most Tasted and Greatest Theme. Two sorts of chili are eligible, each having a ‘crimson hue:’ ones with meat, and vegetarian. The entry charge is $75 and every group receives two Boardwalk All-Day Rides Wristbands, two occasion T-shirts, and a complimentary parking cross. For info together with the official entry kind and guidelines, go to A portion of proceeds from this 12 months’s occasion will profit the Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller Memorial.


Meals vans at Skypark Friday

The month-to-month Scotts Valley Meals Truck Friday collection continues 5-8 p.m. Friday at Skypark (361 Kings Village Street). Taking part meals vans can be Delicious Fish & Chips, Kuki’s Bowls, Saucey’z, Taquizas Gabriel, Cracked Cookies, and Aunt LaLi’s. The Scotts Valley Academic Basis is internet hosting a beer/wine backyard to lift cash for Scotts Valley faculties. KPIG’s Michael Gaither & Mates will carry out and there can be face portray. Leashed canine are welcome. For seating, there are some picnic tables or attendees can convey garden chairs and/or blankets. Go to


Upcoming Rocky Mountain Oyster, aka Testicle Pageant

The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s Younger Farmers and Ranchers Committee is internet hosting the 14th annual Testicle Pageant from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Estrada Deer Camp (194 Hazel Dell Street). “Rocky Mountain oyster” is a nickname for bull testicles, which ranchers have consumed for hundreds of years. Native chef Loretta Estrada will put together the “oysters” and firefighter Derek Witmer will barbecue rooster. Tickets, which embrace oysters plus rooster dinner, are $60 for adults, $30 for teenagers 6-12, and free for five and below. Attendees additionally get to style sauces for an oyster sauce contest and vote for his or her favourite. Native band No Respect! is performing, and there can be a raffle and stay and silent auctions. For extra info, go to the Agri-Tradition web site at Go to for tickets (seek for “Testicle Pageant” in Watsonville). Pageant proceeds profit the committee and academic packages of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.


Cabrillo affords culinary workshops

Cabrillo Faculty Extension simply introduced its fall courses, and a few have “bring-a-friend” or “early chicken” reductions. Subjects embrace Baking and Pastry (like cinnamon rolls and sticky buns); Cooking Abilities (together with French delicacies or pizza); Canning and Fermenting (like canning tomatoes); and Sweet & Confectionery. For extra info, go to


Apple celebration at farmers market Tuesday

The Felton Farmers Market hosts the Apple-A-Day Pageant from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday throughout the usually scheduled market (120 Russell Ave.). Actions will embrace an apple scavenger hunt, The Penny Ice Creamery gifting away mini scoops in baked apples (to the primary 300 prospects), and Santa Cruz Cider with apple urgent. There will even be stay music, face portray, and artwork making. These with SNAP/EBT will get a double match in the event that they swipe $10. Because of a grant from Kaiser Permanente, they’ll obtain $20 of free Market Match tokens legitimate for recent fruit and veggies. Go to


Slough Brewing occasion on faucet

The Slough Brewing Collective (65 Hangar Means, IG @thesloughbeer) is holding a celebration Friday to have a good time its second birthday. There are beer specials and particular releases all day. My Mother’s Mole will serve meals from 3-8 p.m. Two DJs will present music beginning at 5, with a stay performer at round 8:30 p.m.


David Kinch leaving Manresa Restaurant

Santa Cruz resident and famend chef David Kinch has introduced a “Dec. 31 departure” from his three-Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa after 20 years. He’s excited to deal with his three informal venues—Mentone in Aptos, The Bywater in Los Gatos, and Manresa Bread in Los Gatos and the South Bay—whereas additionally having extra time for the non-culinary elements of his life. Main as much as Dec. 31, there can be a collection of seasonal menus with new dishes and classics from the previous 20 years. Reservations can be found at Manresa by means of Nov. 30 at December dates can be added quickly. Additionally go to


Saturday at Pelican Ranch

Pelican Ranch Vineyard (2364 Bean Creek Street, 831-332-5359, invitations the group to the vineyard from 1-5 p.m. for “Wind up for Wine Saturday” with outdoors seating. There can be wine by the glass, bottles for buy, and pizza obtainable, plus a batch of Summer time Sangria. Clients are allowed to herald outdoors meals.

Fast Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly serving to of Santa Cruz County restaurant, meals, and drink information. Ship objects to (Sunday 7 p.m. deadline for that week’s column). Need native meals & drink information because it occurs? Observe the Sentinel’s meals crew on Twitter @santacruzfood.


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