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Saturday’s Taste of Soquel benefits Second Harvest

Bill and Dee Hongmanee of Sawasdee at a previous “A Taste of Soquel” event

The ninth annual “A Taste of Soquel,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, takes place in the courtyard of the Congregational Church of Soquel Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be lots of food, drinks and music at this family-friendly festival.

 

Attendees can enjoy food from restaurants and vendors HOME, The Kitchen at Discretion, El Chipotle Taqueria, Café Cruz, Bella Chi-Cha, Jeff Walls’ Family Honey, Aldo’s Italian Bakery, and Sawasdee Thai Cuisine. There will be fresh cider from Everett Family Farm, beer and wine from Discretion Brewing, Soquel Vineyards, Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, VinoCruz, Wargin Wines and Poetic Cellars.

See menu details  below.

 

There will be lots of live music, including The Carolyn Sills Combo and “members of the EXPENDABLES Unplugged.” Complimentary coffee will be served by The Ugly Mug, plus tea, lemonade, and more from The Bagelry, Driscoll’s and Donut Station. A kids’ area will feature free activities such as singing with Musical Me, face painting, drumming, art with CherryVale Art Farm, inflatable archery with Kennolyn Camp, and crafts with Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. More than 50 local businesses participate in the raffle, featuring prizes such as store and restaurant gift certificates.

 

Tickets are $25 for adults (includes music, food, wine) and $10 for youth 12-20 (includes music, food). Kids under 12 are free. Call 831-475-2867 for details. Advance tickets are available at the church or online www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

During the past eight years the event has raised over $62,000, providing 250,000 healthy meals to families in need in Santa Cruz County. The Congregational Church of Soquel and the Capitola/Soquel Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor A Taste of Soquel. Learn more at tasteofsoquel.org.

 

A few selections at Taste of Soquel 2017

Aldo’s: Tiramisu and Lemoncello Bites; Assorted cookies

Bella Chi-Cha: Pesto Sauce; Cheese Spread

The Kitchen at Discretion: Sourdough Crostini, Strawberry Gastrique, Fresh Herbed Ricotta, Pickled Red Onions

Sawasdee: Papaya Salad; Orange Chicken Thai

El Chipotle: Fresh Chips, Guacamole and Red Salsa

Jeff Walls’ Family Honey: Sample honeys from a variety of floral sources their bees have worked including Soquel-Wildflower, Sage, Buckwheat, Pumpkin-Squash, Lima Bean, Tocalote Thistle & Vanilla (infused) Sage while checking out the observation hive where you can see the inner workings of a hive.

 

Bargetto                        Merlot and Pino Grigio

Soquel Vineyards       Trinity Rosso & Trinity Bianco

Hunter Hill                      2014 Merlot & 2013 Chardonnay

Poetic Cellars                2012 Cab Sauvignon & 2010 Pinot Noir

Wargin Wines               Sangiovese & Pinot Gris

Everett Family Farm      Soquel Cider

 

Location: Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr., Soquel

 

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Santa Cruz area food events: A Taste of Soquel, Charlie Hong Kong kids festival

Charlie Hong Kong (used with permission)

Charlie Hong Kong
(used with permission)

I want to share the news about two fun food events tomorrow: A Taste of Soquel and Charlie Hong Kong’s Kids Food Festival. More details are below.

A Taste of Soquel: Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The seventh annual “A Taste of Soquel,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, takes place in the courtyard of the Congregational Church of Soquel (4951 Soquel Drive). For the past seven years the event has provided over 28,000 healthy meals to families in need. Tickets are $25 for adults (includes music, food, wine) and $10 for youth 12-20 (includes music, food). Kids under 12 are free. Call 831-475-2867 for details. Advance tickets are available at the church or online.

Attendees can enjoy food from restaurants and vendors such as Back Porch, Café Cruz, La Gioconda, Surf City Sandwich, Fogline Farm, Jeff Walls’ Family Honey, The Fish Lady, Aldo’s Bakery, and Sawasdee Thai Cuisine. There will be beer and wine from Discretion Brewing, Soquel Vineyards, Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, Vino Cruz, Wargin Wines and Poetic Cellars. There will be lots of live music, including Nina Gerber & Chris Webster and the B Movie Kings.

There will be coffee from the Ugly Mug, plus tea, lemonade, water, and more from The Bagelry and Donut Station. A kids’ area will feature free activities such as singing with Music Together, drumming with local musician Ibou, and crafts. More than 50 local businesses participate in the raffle, featuring prizes such as store and restaurant gift certificates.
Charlie Hong Kong Kids Fest: Saturday, Sept. 26, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Charlie Hong Kong is hosting a kids festival at its restaurant (1141 Soquel Ave.). There will be face painting, cooking, photo opportunities, music, art projects, jugglers, prizes, and a special buffet lunch. The cost is $5 and you have to be accompanied by a child in order to attend.

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Family-friendly A Taste of Soquel: Restaurants, wineries benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Attendees enjoying a previous Taste of Soquel

Attendees enjoying a previous Taste of Soquel

The fifth annual “A Taste of Soquel,” with delicious food from local restaurants plus local beer and wine, will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

The event is Saturday September 28 from 11a.m.-4p.m. at the Congregational Church of Soquel (the Church and the Capitola/Soquel Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsors). Local restaurants, wineries, breweries and musicians come together to throw a party for a very worthy cause. With a $25 admission, adults receive a souvenir glass as well as food and wine tastings at festival booths. Buy tickets online or at the event. Attendees ages 12-20 pay $10 and receive food booth tastings. Kids under 12 are free.

There will also be live music all day emceed by KPIG DJ Ralph Anybody—see schedule below—and a raffle with prizes from more than 60 local businesses. For more information see event web site.

Participating Soquel restaurants and food businesses are Aldo’s Bakery, Café Cruz, Carpo’s, Cherryvale Farms, D’Anna’s Deli, The Fish Lady, Fogline Farm, Jeff Wall’s Family Honey, Main Street Garden & Café, and Sawasdee. Participating local breweries and wineries are Discretion Brewing, Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, and Poetic Cellars.

There will be children’s activities such as miniature golf, other games, crafts, and dancing. A hospitality table is serving up complimentary coffee from Ugly Mug, tea, lemonade, ice water, and food from the Bagelry and Donut Station.

Music
11a.m. Farmers Market String Band
12:25p.m. Bryn Loosley and the Back Pages
1:40p.m. McCoy Tyler Band
3p.m. Flor de Caña

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The Details
A Taste of Soquel
Sat September 28, 2013 — 11am-4pm
Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr, Soquel, 95073 (in the courtyard – and there’s free parking)
$25 Adults, $10 Kids 12-20, under 12 free

Food and wine highlights at Skov and other wineries: this weekend’s Santa Cruz Mountains Passport event

The Santa Cruz Mountains Spring Passport day is Saturday, April 16 – and I’ve listed a few food and wine highlights below including food served at Skov and other wineries.

For those unfamiliar with the “Passport” program, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association offers this event four times a year, and Saturday is the Spring event (the other event days are on the third Saturday of January, July and November). Passport is an opportunity to meet the winemakers of SCM (the Santa Cruz Mountains), to see where and how they produce their wines, and — at selected wineries — the chance to try new releases or special barrel samples.

Skov Winery is serving wine and cheese on Saturday. Read my comprehensive article on Skov. Tabitha and her company Friend in Cheeses will take participants “on a culinary journey of Skov wines and foods from what the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation has to offer.” Tabitha says, “Spring is in the air and the goats are giving us amazing milk. Taste the terroir with a variety of goats milk cheeses from Cheddar to Chevre.” Skov winery will be offering samples of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Zinfandel. The $10 tasting fee per person includes cheese and wine tasting plus asouvenir wine glass. Complimentary tasting for Passport holders and Skov Wine Club members.  SCM Passports will be available for sale the day of the event for $40 each.

Location: 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley 95066.

Vine Hill Winery is serving a cheese and wine pairing on Saturday and Sunday featuring Triple Creams and Port Salut. The cost: free to Passport holders and Vine Hill Wine Club members, and $5 otherwise. Both Saturday and Sunday the winery will be open from noon to 5pm, and there will be box lunches available for purchase. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.

Location: 2300 Jarvis Road, Santa Cruz 95065.

Alfaro Winery offers live music and wine tasting plus complimentary snacks. Enjoy classical guitar from Salvador Magallon from 11am-1:30pm and Americana/blues from Mondo Blue from 1:30-5pm. Admission is free for Passport holders and Alfaro Wine Club members and $10 for others.

Location: 420 Hames Road, Corralitos 95076.

Burrell School Vineyards & Winery is hosting wine tasting, plus Truffle Gateau will be sampling its Belgian chocolate baked truffles. The winery will also hold a special “Bunny Hop: Jelly Belly & Wine Pairing” event on Sunday, April 17, in conjunction with the Summit to Sea Wineries, which also include Loma Prieta, MJA Cellars and Poetic Cellars, all of whom will offer gourmet jelly bean and wine pairings.

Location: 24060 Summit Road, Los Gatos 95033.

There are dozens of other wineries participating this weekend including Ahlgren, Bargetto, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Equinox, La Nebbia, Pelican Ranch, Ridge, Santa Cruz  Mountain, Silver Mountain, Sones Cellars, Testarossa, and Zayante.

Passports are available to purchase at any participating winery on passport day. Each Passport covers tasting room fees for one person at all participating wineries. At each winery you visit, a page of your Passport will be stamped.  You must have your Passport with you in order to participate in the tasting.  Passport benefits are good for one visit to each participating winery and are for use on designated Passport days only.  Passports do not expire until each winery has been visited once.

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