The 12th annual Taste of Petaluma will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. around downtown Petaluma. A culinary walking tour of the downtown, with non-downtown restaurants and caterers hosted at various galleries and shops, TOP has several new features this year.
Guests will be able to hop on and off a free trolley that will ferry partygoers between four stops around the downtown. Water Street will host this year’s Beer Garden, which will feature food, beer, and spirit tasting. The Petaluma Historic Library & Museum will again host the dedicated wine garden, with wine, cheese and chocolate.
Live entertainment will abound all around the event, along with kids activities, as well as chair massages at Theater Square. Local author Frances Rivetti will host a meet and greet at Hotel Petaluma, where she will be signing copies of her Fog Valley Crush and Fog Valley Winter books. If you follow my column, you know that I highly recommend these books, both for locals and visitors alike. In fact, this is a great opportunity to get a few books signed to send out to the foodie friends and relatives on your holiday list. Hotel Petaluma will also host the “Caterers Showcase” where guests can sample an array of local caterers.
Tickets are available at www.tasteofpetaluma.org for $40 apiece.
Carnival for a cure
Join the Walk to End Alzheimer folks for an evening of food, music, face painting, a photo booth, and carnival games, like the beer walk and the wine ring toss at Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All beer sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Music by the Pat Jordan Band. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.
Pedal 4 Polio
Rotary International’s Northern California District 5130, which includes the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Napa, are hosting a non-competitive 332-mile bike ride, starting in Crescent City on Aug. 14 and ending in Petaluma on Aug. 19. Participants are invited to ride whatever length they are comfortable, or to sponsor a rider if cycling isn’t your thing.
The final leg starts in Cloverdale on Saturday morning and after a relatively flat 50-mile ride through Sonoma County’s pastoral backdrop, ends at Lucchesi Park with festivities for all ages, including food available from two of my favorite food trucks – The Bodega CA, and Gator’s Rustic Burgers. If you can’t join one of the many Petalumans who will be riding the final leg, visit their website to learn how you can donate to the cause by sponsoring a rider. The world is 99.9 percent polio free and with your help, Rotary aims to make it 100 percent. For more info visit www.rotary5130.org/pedal-polio.
Barber Cellars tasting room and gallery will host two young Petaluma artists for an evening of wine and art on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Maxfield Bala is a renowned muralist whose graffiti influenced style has catapulted him to national awareness, while Alex Whitehurts is best known for his illustrations and paper art, “whose hand crafted, pop-culture influenced cut outs evoke a shared American experience with precision and style.”
This show is free, and will include wine tasting and bites. All art purchased at the show will be 10 percent off.