Thursday, September 20, 2012

Five Fun Things to Do in Sonoma This Weekend: Early Fall Edition

Here in Sonoma County the sleepy torpor of summer is slowly giving way to the ever-so-slightly snappier harvest season. Of course, some may not consider temperatures in the low 80's "snappy," but in a Mediterranean-esque climate, it feels like fall is at the doorstep. Harvest always brings a certain buzz to wine country, too, and there seem to be a million fun things going on in Healdsburg and environs this weekend, including lots of festivals. 

Here are five ways to be a part of the fun:
  1. Celebrate The Wine Harvest in Style. It's a well known fact that J Vineyards' annual Harvest Party is one of the best seasonal events in Sonoma County and features an inspirational tasting experience with our award-winning wines and seasonal hors d’oeuvres prepared by the J Culinary Team. Some of our favorite locale food purveyors will be bringing their goods, too, including WholeVine Products, Jimtown Store, Friend in Cheeses Jam Company, Merchants & Millers, Bernier Farms and more. Pick up your tickets while they're still available!

  2. Relax (and Maybe Rock Out a Little) on the River. The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival affords one the genteel pleasure of sitting in a folding chair on the rivers' edge and enjoying main stage music from performers like George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, and Meklit Haderoon. Between sets, head to the wine garden for a more intimate music scene, plus dancing. There's even an "international food court." Another festival this weekend is the EarleFest Americana Festival in Santa Rosa featuring a hickory-smoked line up of national and regional Americana bands, plus edibles, wine, and beer.

  3. Enjoy Some Local Art. The Healdsburg Arts Festival features 70 of Northern California's best artists, plus live music, wine, and a children's art zone. All artists will be on hand and their unique work is available for purchase.

  4. Bask in Books.There's also the Sonoma County Book Festival, held in downtown Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square. Each year thousands of book lovers return to hear an array of nationally acclaimed and locally treasured authors and browse a huge assortment of books under the welcoming white tents.

  5. Learn to Make Burrata. Relish Culinary Adventures in Healdsburg has some fantastic classes available and this weekend Chef John Franchetti leads a hands-on workshop where guests will learn to stretch fresh Mozzarella, make Burrata, and incorporate them in a fantastic wood-fired dinner. All guests will get a chance to stretch, make, and bake including mini Burratas and wood-fired pizza. We hear there's lots of "mmmm" and "yumming" at this class.
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