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Two Santa Cruz food events this weekend: Truck Stop tacos & Sausagefest

Fran Grayson at Branch Out Farm

Fran Grayson at Branch Out Farm

I want to share the news about two food events occurring this weekend: The Truck Stop’s farm taco dinner Friday night and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s Sausagefest Saturday afternoon. More details are below; remember Saturday morning and/or afternoon you can head to the festival “A Taste of Soquel.” Read details in this article.

The Truck Stop’s Fish Taco Friday
The absolutely delicious and innovative Santa Cruz mobile food truck The Truck Stop now gets produce fresh from a local farm in Soquel called Branch Out Farm. Owner and chef Fran Grayson is throwing a fun picnic dinner this Friday at the farm; advance tickets are required. Buy tickets and get address of farm here. Grayson promises “legendary fish tacos with seasonal sweet and savory salsas straight from the garden.” For $25, you get lots of tacos, some snacks to start, and lemon-basil cooler to drink. Kids are charged $5 for “kidsadillas” (veggie quesadillas). You’re encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating.

Saturday Sausagefest from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is hosting the seventh annual Sausagefest which includes sausage from vendors including el Salchichero, Freedom Meats and Corralitos Market, and homemade sauerkrauts, relishes, pickles, and mustards. There will also be Bavarian pretzels, caramel apples, ice cream from The Penny Ice Creamery, and lots of organic ale. San Francisco punk/polka band Polkacide is performing.

The festival, from 4-7pm, has an admission fee of $5 for adults (includes souvenir glass) and it’s free for kids. Beer and sausages will be for sale; event proceeds will benefit Friends of Santa Cruz Parks. Doors open at 3:30pm and the event is at the location of the Westside Farmers Market at the corner of Mission Street Extension and Western Drive.

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2013 Scotts Valley Hop N’ Barley Fest with food, beer, and kids’ activities


2012 Hop N' Barley Fest at Skypark in Scotts Valley

2012 Hop N’ Barley Fest at Skypark in Scotts Valley

On June 29, Sky Park in Scotts Valley hosts the 4th annual Hop N’ Barley beer and bbq festival with lots of beer selections plus food and kids’ activities. Hop N’ Barley benefits the non-profit Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. The organization is “…dedicated to providing a broad range of housing opportunities, with emphasis on ownership, that will remain affordable in perpetuity to very low, low and moderate-income residents of Santa Cruz County.”


There are approximately 60 breweries participating, including local Santa Cruz Ale Works, Discretion Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Corralitos Brewing, and Seabright Brewery. Others include Sierra Nevada, Big Sky Brewing Co., and Alaskan Brewing Co. Last year’s event drew 4,500 people!


There will be a kids area, free parking, a skate park, and bands including The Harmed Brothers (11:30 a.m.), Extra Large, Wooster (4 p.m.), and The Joint Chiefs performing live music on two stages. Also, it’s a dog-friendly event. Food will be available to purchase from various restaurants and vendors. Festival organizers recommend bringing hats and sunscreen as there is not a lot of shade at the event.


Gates open at 10 a.m. for “early wristbanders,” and tasting is noon to 5 p.m. For those drinking beer, admission is $39 in advance/$45 at the door and includes a souvenir glass. The event has free admission for kids, designated drivers, and anyone else not drinking alcohol. Buy tickets online.


Skypark is located at 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, 95066


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The Super Bowl in Santa Cruz: food and drink specials and recommendations

Tacos at Santa Cruz’s Crow’s Nest, one of several restaurants with Super Bowl specials

This Sunday, several Santa Cruz area restaurants and bars are offering food and drink specials during the Super Bowl — here is a round-up. Super Bowl kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Bittersweet Bistro

The bar opens at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for the Super Bowl. For a $25 price, Bittersweet is offering a special Super Bowl buffet and viewing on its 110” TV in the back room. Buffet includes shaved prime rib, French dip with carmelized onion au jus, Bittersweet chili, Nathan’s hot dogs, sliders, nachos, chips and dipsm fruit salad, buffalo chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, tacos, black beans and Spanish rice, pizzettas, and taquitos. Or you can sit in the bar, watch the game on one of seven HD flatscreen TVs, and purchase food and drink off of the bar menu. There will be drink specials and prizes (chance to win Santa Cruz Warriors tickets, a mini Weber BBQ, and more).

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, (831) 662-9799.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is throwing a Super Bowl party. The microbrewery will set up TVs both inside the bar and on the deck outside, and offer its organic beers on tap plus Wing Ding wings.

402 Ingalls Street, Suite 27, Santa Cruz (831) 425-4900

Crow’s Nest

The oceanfront restaurant’s Super Bowl party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in the upstairs bar when happy hour prices begin. Crow’s Nest will serve half-price appetizers and well drinks, plus draft beer specials. The happy hour prices last all night – including after the live comedy show starts at 9 p.m.

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz (831) 476-4560

Woodstock’s Pizza

The pizzeria Woodstock’s is offering happy hour prices on drinks during the Super Bowl. Also, if you buy an extra-large pizza with 1 topping or more, you can purchase 12 wings for $5 (valid all day Feb. 3 for dine-in, take-out, or delivery; mention Super Bowl deal when ordering).

710 Front St, Santa Cruz (831) 427-4444

el Salchichero

It’s not a restaurant – but it’s a great butcher shop and retail store if you are having people over for the Super Bowl and have some last-minute shopping to do (or if you just want to cook for yourself). It’s open Sunday (and every Tues-Sun) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. el Salchichero recommends any or all of these items for Super Bowl treats: beer bacon, blood orange marinated chicken thighs, grass fed steaks, sausages for sandwiches or appetizers, cured meats for a charcuterie plate, Yucatan flat iron, and Mad Marge’s meatballs. If you’re in Live Oak and need last-minute Super Bowl meats, el Salchicero will be at the Live Oak Farmers Market from from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

402 Ingalls Street, Suite 25, Santa Cruz (831) 423-MEAT


Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room is offering $5 pupus all night on Super Bowl Sunday. Traditionally the $5 pupus are offered 4:30 – 6 p.m. seven days a week. I went to Hula’s the other night and can recommend these tasty pupus: Abalone Style Calamari (pan-fried calamari with lime-ginger-cream sauce and soy glaze), Sweet Potato Fries (addicting!), and Spicy Edamame.

221 Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz (831) 426-HULA


Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal is showing the Super Bowl on 10 big screen TVs. Game day specials include the following $5 appetizers: chicken wings, nachos, potato skins, garlic fries, calamari, and quesadillas. Happy Hour is from gametime through closing; drink specials include $3 domestic beers and $3 Cuervo margaritas.

106 Beach Street at the Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5271

Santa Cruz fests: 300 bottles of wine at Oktoberfest, food and drinks at Sausagefest

Sausage from Freedom Meat Lockers, a participant in Saturday’s Santa Cruz Sausagefest

The many food-related fun activities this weekend in Santa Cruz include two fests, Sausagefest on Saturday and Oktoberfest on Sunday, and each benefits a worthy local organization. And Oktoberfest includes the opportunity to bid on 300 bottles of wine!

Saturday’s Sausagefest details:
The event is Oct. 6 from 5-9 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Homeless Garden Project, and it’s recommended you go early as it’s likely to sell out. Also, you’re encouraged to bring “kids, dogs, blankets, and chairs.” There is a $5 entry fee (free for kids) and there will be live music. Expect handcrafted sausages from El Salchichero, Freedom Meat Locker, and Corralitos Meats, homemade sauerkraut, pickles, and mustards, sweet and savory treats from Penny Ice Creamery and Nut Kreations, and wine from folks including Odonata. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is hosting the sixth annual festival and there will be $5 draft beers from SCMB, Uncommon Brewers, and Sante Adarius. For more information call (831) 425-4900.

Location: The corner of Mission Street Extension and Western Drive (same site as the Westside Farmers Market which is earlier that day and every Saturday)

Sunday’s Oktoberfest details:

The event is Oct. 7 from 12-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Admission is free. Lunch is available for purchase from 12-2:30 p.m. Items include kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato salad, and apple strudel prepared by Five Star Catering. Beverages available will include soft drinks, beer, and wine.

The program includes live music and both silent and live auctions; the silent one is from 12-3 p.m. and the live one begins at 3:30 p.m. Also, tickets will be sold for a drawing with cash prizes (and you don’t need to be present to win). Auction items include vacations and weekend getaways to places such as Hawaii and San Francisco, the aforementioned 300 bottles of wine, sports and other event tickets, jewelry, artwork, and restaurant gift certificates. If bidding for prizes isn’t your cup of tea, you can peruse the “cash and carry” tables and purchase products including holiday items, and browse the large assortment of garden items such as flowering plants and ornamentals. For more info call (831) 430-3033.

Location: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street (off Graham Hill Road), Santa Cruz

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Eat pizza and drink beer to benefit Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s mascot hanging out at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Photo credit: Sandor Nagyszalanczy.

There are two upcoming occasions to eat pizza and drink beer to benefit Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC), a professional repertory theater company located at UC Santa Cruz.

On Monday, July 16, Woodstock’s Pizza is donating a percentage of its dinner sales (good for dine-in AND to-go) between 5-9 p.m. to SSC – but ONLY for the customers that bring in a special flyer. (click here to download)

Spread the word, because depending on how much money SSC fans spend at Woodstock’s that night, SSC – such a worthy non-profit! – will receive between 15% and 25% of these sales.

On Thursday, July 19, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is donating $1 from every pint sold to SSC as part of its Thank You Thursday program that benefits local community organizations. Every Thursday, the organic microbrewery contributes $1 of every pint sold during business hours (noon -10 p.m.). Seven flagship brews are always available, plus seasonal and specialty brews and hard cider. Non-alcoholic options include kombucha and draft root beer.

Interested in going to a SSC play? The main 2012 SSC season starts July 24 and lasts until August 26. This year’s plays are Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Henry IV, Part Two” plus “The Man in the Iron Mask” by Scott Wentworth. There is also a show that features SSC’s acting interns, always referred to as “The Fringe Show.” This year, they’re performing “The Mandrake” by Niccolo Machiavelli on August 21-22. All performances are on UCSC’s campus at the Mainstage Theatre and Festival Glen.
For more information or tickets visit shakespearesantacruz.org or call (831) 459-2159.

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The Details:

Woodstock’s Pizza, 740 Front St., Santa Cruz 95060 (831) 427-4444
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls Street (in Swift Street Courtyard), Santa Cruz, (831) 425-4900

Dinner Market at Kelly’s Bakery: a bounty of local restaurants & wineries gather for one night

Ceviche taco made by Nuevo Southwest Grill at a previous Dinner Market

Kelly’s French Bakery and the Swift Street Courtyard are hosting a community dinner market this Saturday, June 25, from 5:30-9pm, and several restaurants and wineries gather for a unique experience. This is the fourth Dinner Market; the first took place in June 2009.

Folks get to choose from a variety of foods and drinks at affordable prices, then sit outside at tables set up just for the occasion and enjoy their purchases plus live music (folk, jazz, and swing). Before selecting which food and drink to buy, each adult pays a $5 admission fee which benefits Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, which has worked since 1995 to raise money for organizations (such as Hospice of Santa Cruz County and WomenCARE) and fund new research. Kids 12 and under are free. With each ticket purchased, attendees receive a complimentary raffle ticket for prizes including a Ward Coffey surfboard and a $300 Southwest Airlines gift card. You can also buy extra raffle tickets if you want to increase your odds.

Restaurants, stores, caterers, and wineries will all have booths at the Dinner Market. The six wine vendors include Vine Hill Winery and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. The brewery Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing will be selling organic beer. Food vendors include Feast for a King Catering (Saturday’s choices include Pomegranate Chicken and Strawberry Lemonade), Cafe Ella (selections include Savory Bread Pudding), Nuevo Southwest Grill (Ceviche Tostada and more), and el Salchichero (Brisket Tacos is one offering). el Salchichero is Swift Street Courtyard’s newest retailer; read about the butcher shop that opened in February 2011.

For full list of vendors and selections, see Kelly’s Bakery web site. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own plates, utensils, and glasses from home – and cloth napkins if possible – to save on waste.

The Details:

June 25, 2011


Swift Street Courtyard parking lot (402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz)

$5 Admission; food and drinks for sale

For more info call (831) 423-9059 x102

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Santa Cruz Bike Week: Free breakfast, popsicles, and more

New Leaf Westside: one of many venues serving free breakfast to cyclists Thurs. May 12

For Santa Cruz Bike Week 2011, many businesses around town are offering bicyclists free breakfast and other food.

On Wednesday May 11 from 5-7pm, if you bike to Penny Ice Creamery you get a free popsicle (also read about Penny’s other promotions). Location: 913 Cedar Street

On Friday May 13 from 7-10am, bike to Samba Rock Café for free acai bowls and pastries. Location: 291 Water Street

And on Thursday May 12 it’s the big “Bike to Work/Bike to School” event with free breakfast at many spots around town for cyclists.

These include:

Jamba Juice (Pacific Avenue @ Water Street)

  • Free Smoothies and Oatmeal from Jamba Juice
  • Free Verve Coffee
  • Free Bike Maintenance From Spokesman Bicylces
  • Free Massages from Cypress Health Institute
  • Free Acupuncture/Acupressure from Dr. Mariposa Bernstein
  • Free Berry Samples from Freewheelin Farms

New Leaf Community Market (Fair Avenue and Ingalls Street)

  • Free Breakfast and Coffee from New Leaf
  • Free Bike Maintenance from Another Bicycle Shop
  • Free Massages from Cypress Health Institute
  • Free New Leaf Promotion
Cabrillo College (6550 Soquel Drive, in front of the Hawkshop Bookstore)
  • Free Breakfast From Local Businesses
  • Free Ugly Mug Coffee
  • Free Bicycle Maintenance from Cabrillo College Bike Coop

Here is the complete list of free breakfast sites. On Thursday May 12, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (402 Ingalls St.) is also donating $1 from every pint sold to the Bike to Work program.

For more events associated with the 24th Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week, click here. Also see yesterday’s article about Santa Cruz restaurant burger’s special promotion.

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