Hot rods return
Chilly Billy Hot Rod, Motorcycle & Swap Meet is back for its 13th year at the Petaluma Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 pm. and is free to all. A fun run ride, starting at the Harley dealership in Cotati, will end at the fairgrounds with great food, including barbecue chicken, beer and desserts from Sax’s Joint for purchase. There will also be plenty of activities, with live music, face painting for the kids, vendor booths and raffles. You do not need to be a rider in order to enjoy this great event and help support the Polly Klaas Foundation and Vet Connect.
101 North Brewing Co. hosts Michaan’s Auctions of Alameda for an Antique Roadshow-style event on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experts from Michaan’s will be on hand to appraiser your hidden treasures, antiques and collectibles, from fine art to furniture to jewelry. Even if you don’t have anything to appraise, you can enjoy great food from F.A. Nino’s Catering and beer from 101 North. The event is free, with food and drink for purchase. Pay $20 to get five items evaluated. There will also be raffles and giveaways. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Petaluma’s Secret Santa Event. 101 North is an all-ages venue, but ID is required to drink and all sellers/consignees must be 18 years or older. 101northbeer.com
Every so often Charley’s Wine Country Deli fires up their smoker and offers a special evening of ribs and burnt ends, which is the holy grail of barbecue meats. Thursday, Oct. 11, is Charley’s next night of special barbecue so either grab some to go, or stick around and enjoy a beer on tap or from their well-stocked coolers, either in their speakeasy bar or outdoor patio.
Wind & Rye of Penngrove still has a few tickets left for their first Fall Harvest Dinner and Farm Tour, held on Sunday, Oct. 14. The tour starts at 4 p.m. with a tour of Coyote Family Farms, where guests will meet owners Sonya and Alex Perrotti to learn about their farming practices and how it plays into the local ecosystem. While sipping cocktails, guests can watch Backyard Restaurant’s (Forestville) chef Daniel Kedan create the evening’s meal. The dinner will include four courses, plus dessert prepared by Wind & Rye’s owner and pastry expert, Laci Sandoval.
Wind & Rye Kitchen also offers three classes in October, including Kids Cake Decorating (Oct. 20), Homemade Hallow Treats for Kids (Oct. 24),\ and Nourishing The Family (Oct. 25), which is a class aimed at creating delicious and healthy meals for the whole family, from grandbabies to grandmas, and everyone in between. windandrye.com
The Sonoma County Farm Trails self-guided tour is Oct. 13 and 14. Whether you want to shop for farm fresh produce, pick pumpkins, learn about beekeeping or how cheese is made, this is the best way to meet our local farmers, vintners and food purveyors. It’s a chance to learn about their contribution to the great food culture for which Petaluma, and Sonoma County, is known the world over. Most stops are free so all you need is the online program and map, and don’t forget a cooler to keep your purchases fresh. When you register at farmtrails.org, you will receive a link that reveals which locations are part of this year’s tour, several of which are here in Petaluma, including McClelland’s Dairy, Garden Valley Ranch, LaLa’s Jam Bar, Wind & Rye Kitchen and Bodega Oyster Company.