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Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - October, 2012

zippo Sep 29, 2012 08:06 PM

East Bay

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




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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: zippo Oct 5, 2012 10:04 AM

    Armenian food festival at St. Vartan's in Oakland, from 5:30 tonight and from noon tomorrow.


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      zippo RE: zippo Oct 5, 2012 03:29 PM

      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:



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        zippo RE: zippo Oct 5, 2012 04:27 PM


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        jackiecat RE: zippo Oct 5, 2012 04:20 PM

        Sonoma County Harvest Fair
        Oct. 5-7

        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


        1. Cynsa RE: zippo Oct 6, 2012 07:26 AM

          SRJC Shone Farm Fall Festival today 10 am to 3 pm

          1. majordanby RE: zippo Oct 6, 2012 08:26 AM

            grand opening weekend for peralta junction


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              Glencora RE: majordanby Oct 6, 2012 11:21 AM

              My husband wondered why circus tents had appeared in that rather bleak area.

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                Glencora RE: majordanby Oct 7, 2012 01:14 PM

                Kind of cool, but don't go for the food -- at least not yet. I only saw pupusas and vegan donuts. Some coffee would've been nice.

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                  majordanby RE: Glencora Oct 7, 2012 04:17 PM

                  there was a coffee cart/truck yesterday, along with two food trucks (along with the pupusa vendor, pepples donuts, and angel cakes). im glad theyre trying to add something positive to that area, so hopefully things will pick up as it gets more publicity.

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                zippo RE: zippo Oct 9, 2012 06:28 AM

                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:




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                  zippo RE: zippo Oct 11, 2012 06:46 AM

                  10/20 Noon-10pm - Moraga
                  Serbian Food Festival
                  Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church 1700 School Street, Moraga
                  serving sarma, kobasice, cevapcici, rostule and live Serbian music. Free admission.


                  1. Melanie Wong RE: zippo Oct 13, 2012 01:42 AM

                    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

                    1. Robert Lauriston RE: zippo Oct 14, 2012 06:00 PM

                      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.

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                        zippo RE: zippo Oct 16, 2012 10:21 PM

                        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



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                          zippo RE: zippo Oct 16, 2012 11:09 PM

                          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

                          Museum info:

                          1. hhc RE: zippo Oct 18, 2012 11:08 PM

                            20th Annual Korean Cultural Festival, Union Square, SF
                            Sat 10/20/12 from 10-5
                            Geary & Powell


                            1. Melanie Wong RE: zippo Oct 24, 2012 12:53 AM

                              10/25 - Calif Artisan Cheese Guild Fundraiser, $35, San Francisco

                              10/28 - Dia de los Muertos, Fruitvale, Oakland

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                                foodeye RE: zippo Oct 24, 2012 09:24 AM

                                Kermit Lynch's Wine Shop's 40th Anniversary Party on Saturday, Oct. 27. http://www.berkeleyside.com/2012/10/1...

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