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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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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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