Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - October, 2012
10/2 6pm-8:30pm Oakland - Taste of Temescal $32
10/6 11a-6p Oakland - Oaktoberfest Beer Festival
10/7 12p-6p Oakland - Rockridge Out and About
10/21 2:30p-4:30p Berkeley - "The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from Around the World" author Linda Lau Anusasananan demonstrates Hakka cooking at Eastwind Books (also on 10/24 6pm at Omnivore Books 3885A Cesar Chavez St SF)
10/6 2-3:45pm Berkeley Public Library
Joel Pickford discusses his book, Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora.
From the reviews, it sounds like this book touches on Hmong food and agriculture, among other things.
"From the rice harvests and funerals of remote Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos to the shamanic ceremonies and overflowing apartment-complex vegetable gardens of Hmong Americans living in Fresno,"
10/10 7pm Oakland - Dishcrawl
Eating at 3 Uptown Oakland restaurants/bars combined with Korean-pop Gangnam jockey-style dancing. See the first link below for video of a similar event in San Jose:
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Celebrating the Sonoma County harvest with the World Championship Grape Stomp, Giant Pumpkin contest, harvest themed exhibits, crafting workshops, fine art show and sale, crafters pavilion, farm animals, plus hands-on activities and fun daily contests for children and adults. Enjoy three full days of wine tasting (150+ wineries), continuous jazz, cooking demonstrations, and a gourmet marketplace featuring award winning wines and locally produced gourmet food products..
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
10/24 6pm Oakland - "24th on 24th" New Parkway Theatre 474 24th Street near Telegraph Ave
New Parkway is set to open next November (with a diner-style restaurant in the lobby) but in the meantime is organizing a street fair on 24th St with food from Kitchener, Sweet Bar Bakery, etc. and free movies:
10/13 - BBQ Fundraiser at the Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma
10/13 - San Francisco Magazine's Fall Fest
10/13 - Autumn Fest, Marin Country Mart
10/13 - SF Craft Sprits Carnival
10/13 - Outer Noriega Street Fair, SF
10/13 & 14 - Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
10/14 - Wa Sung's 12th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Festival, Oakland
10/14 - Lunafest Wine Country, Santa Rosa
10/14 - Rethinking School Lunch in Oakland, Oliveto
10/20 - Soul Food Farm Stone Soup Soiree, Vacaville
10/21 - Hometown Hero Harvest Festival, Santa Rosa
The Berkeley Sunday Streets thing today had some good food. A section of Vine St. in front of Vintage Berkeley was cordoned off and they were selling wine, and The Local Butcher Shop had a stand there selling really good sausage sandwiches. The Cheese Board was selling ricotta fritters from their to-go window.
10/26, and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday thereafter, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m Oakland - Savor Oakland
Walking food tours in Oakland starting with Jack London Square
10/11/2012 - 1/21/13 San Francisco - Contemporary Jewish Museum - NY's Photo League 1936-1951 Exhibit
A few extraordinarily interesting black-and-white food-related photos from around the '40's are in the exhibit which have more character and depth than what we are seeing nowadays. I've found several from the show online:
Weegee, Max Is Rushing in the Bagels to a Restaurant on Second Avenue for the Morning Trade, c. 1940
Bernard Cole, “Shoemaker’s Lunch” (1944
Berenice Abbott, Zito’s Bakery, 259 Bleecker Street, 1937
Ida Wyman, Spaghetti 25 Cents, New York, 1945
10/25 - Calif Artisan Cheese Guild Fundraiser, $35, San Francisco
10/28 - Dia de los Muertos, Fruitvale, Oakland