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Sipping in the Sun

Upcoming food events of note in the North Bay Compiled

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Oysters & Jambalaya: Music & Wine July 27. While viewing a backdrop of valleys and vineyards, enjoy a pairing of wine from Little Vineyards with live music and food by chef Jeff Mall of Healdsburg's Zin Restaurant. Little Vineyards Family Winery, Glen Ellen. 4–8pm. $65–$75. 707.996.2750.

Uke-a-Palooza Aug. 2. Oxbow Public Market, along with Judd and Holly Finkelstein of Judd's Hill Winery, present a special Polynesian evening, which includes a performance by the Maikai Gents. Guests are encouraged to bring their own ukulele and perform. Oxbow Public Market, Napa. 6–9pm. Free. 707.226.6529.

Lobster Luau Wine Fest Aug. 3. Featuring an extravagant amount of food and wine, the mouth-watering menu includes fresh baguette with drawn butter and whole head garlic, prawns, corn, artichokes, red potatoes, yellow onions and, of course—fresh Maine lobsters!. Judd's Hill Winery, Napa. 5–8pm. $135. 707.255.2332.

'Eggs on the River' Eggfest Aug. 3. Big Green Egg barbecue enthusiasts unite for this egg-tastic event where up to 20 barbecues will be fired up and cooking a variety of food. Guests choose to be a cook or a sampler in the barbecue competition. Stumptown Brewery, Guerneville. 10am–4pm. $20–$35; cooks free. 707.546.3749.

Napa Chili Cook-Off Aug. 3. A benefit for the Napa Food Bank, this fifth annual event allows contestants to showcase their best chili recipe and vie for the winning award of $1,500 in cash and prizes. Margaritas, too, yum. First and Main streets, Napa. Noon–4pm. Free–$20. 707.738.8261.

Seventh Annual Food & Wine Festival Aug. 10. At the historic Falkirk Cultural Center, a 17-room Queen Anne Victorian with a beautiful view of Mt. Tamalpais, guests enjoy food from local restaurants, sample wines from 25 of the region's wineries and view a chef demonstration area. Smooth jazz and classical music is provided by local musicians. Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael. 1–5pm. Free; sampling, $25–$30. 800.310.6563.


Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug. 10–11. The fair continues its rich history in Sonoma County this year with a fun-filled two days of music, great food, arts and crafts booths, pony rides and don't forget the contests! An Apple Pie Baking, Pie Eating Contest, Applesauce Drinking Contest and Apple Juggling Contest dominate, with non-apple foods and drinks on hand too. Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol. Sat. 10am–6pm. Sun. 10am–5pm. $5–$12. 707.823.7262.

'Short Haul Shanty' Aug. 13. In this themed dinner, chef Damon Little partners with fisherman Kirk Lombard to prepare a seafood feast of various fish, such as halibut and monkey-faced eel, all caught by Lombard himself within 25 miles of the Golden Gate Bridge and served to the sounds of sea shanties performed by the fisherman and his wife. Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito. 6:30–9:30pm. $35–$45. 415.331.2787.


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