After building its highly successful Ribs for Kids event over the past six years, the Petaluma Active 20-30 Club has relocated and added a chili competition to the mix with the additional space available at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds , which was renamed this event Ribs for Kids & Chili Cook Off. Many of you may remember that Petaluma hosted an annual favorite food event known as Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff. Well, for those who missed out on competing or those who always wanted to compete but didn’t have the opportunity, this is your chance as Active 20-30 revives this great competition! The event will be held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and you will again be an eager judge.
“The competition is open to everyone,” says Petaluma Active 20-30 member Matt Larrabure. “Over the years, we’ve brought in competitors who are showcasing their delicious home cooking for the first time, and returning competitors who continue to lure the crowd with their tastiest barbecue yet.”
Registration to enter the chili contest is $25 while the entry fee for the rib contest is $150 but includes the ribs. To register as an attendee (or to purchase tickets or make donations), visit ribsforkidspetaluma.com or call 707-559-8212.
Awards are presented by a panel of local celebrity judges as well as People’s Choice Awards, and alongside all the great food and drink, the celebrations include live music, raffle prizes and games for the whole family. And as with all local festivals, costumes are encouraged. All proceeds go to Petaluma Active 20-30’s biggest charity, the Kids Shopping Spree.
Barber Lee Spirit Awards
Not being a huge spirits drinker, probably due to drinking too much cheap alcohol in my underage years, it takes a lot to impress my palette once a drink is even slightly above the ABV of my beloved ports. One such spirit that impressed me from the first sip was Gravenstein Apple Brandy by Barber Lee Spirits. Maybe it’s a terroir thing, as I have a deep passion for Gravenstein apples that stretches back to my youth when my father drove around with several crates behind the seat in the work van just to snack. Whatever it is, when I drank a complimentary cocktail of Barber Lee’s Apple Brandy at a recent event, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, even going so far as to buy a few bottles as Christmas gifts for booze drinking friends.
Apparently I’m not alone in my love for Barber Lee’s Gravenstein Apple Brandy. It just won Double Gold – Best in Class at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious spirits competitions in the world. This brandy is made from fermented and double distilled local Gravenstein (and Fuji) apples and aged in heavily charred new American oak casks.
Sassy and grassy
That Transhumance Festival takes place this weekend and is “an annual celebration dedicated to reconnecting people with the land”. The festivals begin on Friday April 29th with a dinner at Tara company farmsfollowed by numerous festival activities on Saturday 30 April. Chef Brenda Anderson from Trade Secret promises some tasty treats served family style, including Indochina-inspired True Grass Farms slow-braised beef with coconut and caramelized shallots, Korean grilled short ribs from True Grass Farms beef, Rijsttafel (Golden Rice Tower), colorful bundles of local vegetables Bahji and AcaJawa (Japanese pickled local vegetables) followed by a dessert of cardamom fruit frangipane cake with ice cream. The evening begins at 5:30pm with an aperitif of smoked bread with Tierra vegetables, bean puree and broccolini and caper relish and mini pork balls from Tara Firma Farms with local pepper jelly icing, followed by a welcome from the Transhumance Festival Planning Committee and the opening the silent auction. Before dinner at 7pm there will be a short series of films and a Q&A with the filmmakers. Saturday’s festivities begin with breakfast from 10-11:15am Grand Central Cafefollowed by a walk with the goats too Steamer Landing Park. Lunch, drinks and live music will be served, followed by a panel discussion and then more live music. For more information, to purchase dinner tickets, and to view the silent auction items, please visit sassyandgrassy.com. (Saturday celebrations are free to the public and family-friendly).
Farm Trails The Blossom Bees & Barnyard Babies spring tours are taking place this weekend, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. This spring event is free to all, but registration is required and can be completed in the Events section of farmtrails.org. “Choose your own farming adventure from dozens of farms and producers to discover where your food, fiber and flowers come from. Cuddle with adorable baby farm animals,” the website reads.