If I had it my way, Santa Barbara would have a festival for sustainable, organic and local food every day of the year, much like the SOL Food Festival held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Even though my dream of yearlong foodie heaven is nowhere close to becoming a reality, we can all rest assured that the next month or so of events leading up to the SOL Food Festival will get us in the right mindset to make sure we relish that Saturday’s bounty. Check out these local events occurring in anticipation of the festival.
Saturday, August 25th, 2-4 p.m. ‘Beekeeping Seminar’ Whole Foods
Learn about the importance of honeybees and how to house your own bees in your backyard from Paul Cronshaw, President of the SB Beekeepers Association.
Wednesday, August 29th, 6-9 p.m. ‘Chocolate and Wine / Pickles and Beer’
Join Jessica Foster Confections, Carr Winery, Bon Dea and Telegraph Brewery for some local libations, artisanal foods, and live music.
Saturday, September 1st, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ‘Local Artist Market’ Whole Foods
Check out local artwork and enjoy live music by Ted Hoagland and The Hoagland Conspiracy. There will also be a BBQ Fundraiser for SOL Food from 12-2 p.m., so come hungry.
Saturday, September 1st, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ‘SOL Fit & Health Day of Wellness’
Enjoy back-to-back donation-based group classes such as Belly Dancing, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Hip Hop Cardio, Fit Over 50 and more! Don’t forget to get a complimentary Wellness Spinal Screening: Stress Assessment and Digital Postural Scan.
Thursday, September 6, 5-8 p.m. ‘Soul for SOL’ Warbler Records
Head to Warbler Records for an exhibit of thirty food-themed photos by Jeanine Brandi McLychok. Nurse a glass of Martian Vineyard wine while taking in some soul music on vinyl.
Tuesday, September 11th, 4-5 p.m. ‘Kids Club Gardening Workshop’ Whole Foods
Marciano “Rocky” Chan teaches participants hot to plant and harvest seasonally, decorate a pot and take hom their own plant. Sign up with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 15th, 2-3 p.m. ‘Farm to Table Cooking Class’ Whole Foods
Join Melissa Costello, famed culinary nutritionist, as she demonstrates how to pick the best produce and make delicious plant based dishes. Sign up with email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 18th, 6-8 p.m. ‘Green Drinks’ Lobero Theater
Enjoy appetizers and beverages from Alma Rosa Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company on the Lobero Theater patio. First beverage is free with entry fee, with additional beverage sales benefiting SOL Food.
Don’t wait til the end of September to get your SOL fix. For the full listings and information, visit the Whole Foods website.
-Taylor Micaela Davis