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Hoes Down Harvest Fest

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is dedicated to honoring and promoting the knowledge of agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through inspiration and education. Our goals extend beyond the weekend of fun and education.

Every year, for 30 years, the Hoes Down has generated valuable resources for local and statewide organizations working on projects which benefit sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

Please note that all tickets will be pre-sale this year. There will be no ticket sales at the gate. Our volunteers are updating the Hoes Down web site. Please check there for more information.

Fall Garden Market – UC Master Gardeners

The UC Master Gardener Fall Garden Market plant sale offers a bounty of winter vegetable and flower seedlings plus beautiful low-water succulents. They all thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Come get inspired! Arrive early for best selection.

UC Master Gardeners will be hosting educational talks, children’s activities, a Green Elephant sale, and an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Star Chefs – Fundraiser for Silicon Valley Foster Youth

Star Chefs is a great pairing of a love for incredible culinary flair and the belief that every child deserves an opportunity to live a healthy and happy life!  Twelve culinary artists compete to support foster youth at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Everybody wins! Each chef will be preparing their culinary best paired with their favorite beverage. The evening will feature a chef competition, raffle, live auction with vacation packages, unique culinary experiences, and much more!

Food Worth Celebrating

Join Hidden Villa as we learn from and honor the people and processes contributing to a more resilient, just, and thriving regional food system. This year’s event will take attendees on an experiential journey through the principles of regenerative agriculture and its impact on our environmental and social landscape:

  • Sip handcrafted cocktails from Shoots & Roots Bitters while unpacking soil health in our Educational Garden and Greenhouse Field
  • Investigate the intersections of animal welfare and ecological resilience in our pasture with Hidden Villa’s animal husbandry team and other partner farmers
  • Savor the outcome of a life well-lived with a selection of local cheeses and wines courtesy of Whole Foods
  • Uncover the links between strong, diverse communities and healthy, diversified agriculture with Marsha Habib of Oya Organics, and learn about what it means to cultivate an equitable and inclusive food system
  • Test out our tomatoes, enjoy live music from Handsome Hound over a spot of locally made ice cream, and get your hands on unique Hidden Villa goods at our silent auction
  • Digest it all over a feast of roasted Hidden Villa chicken and pork loin, vegetarian-friendly portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese and fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables, and summer tomato salad served up by Roadside Rotisserie

There is room for everyone at the table, including the littlest eaters among us! Kid-friendly activities and farm animal visits will run throughout the evening

Come taste Hidden Villa’s mission to inspire a more just and sustainable future!

* We have so many great things happening during the evening, we extended the program to ensure folks have time to enjoy it all!

Beer Fridays: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer at Devils Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos.  Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. Proceeds from each pint sold at Beer Friday goes to a different charity every month through their “Cheers for Charity” program.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden – Annual Fall Plant Sale

Over 130 species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials will be available, many of which are uncommon in the nursery trade. These plants are native to temperate Asia and are descended from plants grown from wild-collected seeds. They include species of magnolias, maples, hydrangeas, and irises, plus rare plants such as Styra obassia and Desmodium elegans.

Summer Soiree with Farmers Guild and CAFF

Join the Farmers Guild and CAFF at beautiful Five Springs Farm for an afternoon of local food, drinks, live music and sweeping views of the North Bay, all to help lift up the voice of sustainable agriculture, family farms and local food systems. Hear farmer stories direct from the field and empower our 41-year legacy advocating for our land stewards and the future of regenerative agriculture here in California.

Grab a cocktail, check out the silent auction, tour the historic retrofitted solar-powered farmstead, visit the lambs, wander the gardens and even try your hand at the lasso! Then enjoy a seasonal feast cooked up by some of our finest local chefs. Your support on this day enables our organization to continue pushing for initiatives like bringing more locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias, promoting climate smart farming practices and ensuring support for socially disadvantaged farmers.

A Garden Party Evening of Memories & Mysteries

The Los Altos History Museum’s Board of Directors invites you to experience a special fundraising evening, to enjoy live music, wine & beer tasting, a signature cocktail, exquisite hors d’oeuvres, dancing, Sarah Winchester stories, and mysteries among the gardens of  the oldest occupied residence in Los Altos. In 1888, Sarah Winchester purchased this farmhouse built in 1844 and the 140 acres surrounding it for her sister Isabelle Merriman and family. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate and share in its provenance with you.

Featuring:

  • Blue Heron Catering, Continental Caterers, Karen Bevels Custom Catering, Ginger Cafe, Pacific Catch, and Rustic House Catering
  • Signature Cocktail, ‘The Los Altan’ by The Post restaurant
  • Beer Tasting by ThrowOneBack
  • Wine Tasting: Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Kings Mountain Vineyards, Neely Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside Vineyards
  • Music by the Kirk Abe Jazz Trio
  • Vintage cars on display: 1923 Clasic Ford Model T Speedster, 1924 Model T, 1937 Packard

*Note: the party will take place in the gardens, replete with dance floor and professional lighting created for the event. The inside of the home will not be on tour.

60th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

Come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable! California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in the Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply comes from California and nearly two-thirds of that is still grown in Castroville. The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival started in 1959 as a way to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became the primary source of funding for local 501(c)(3) non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability. Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. Since then, the annual festival has continued to grow, appealing to visitors from Castroville, Salinas, Monterey, San Francisco and other cities and states.

Early bird tickets on sale now!

Silicon Valley Wine Auction Grand Tasting

Sip, sample and bid! Meander Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, enjoy an individual picnic lunch as you taste over 150 wines from 40+ Santa Cruz Mountains vintners, and bid on over 200 wine lots in the silent auction.  Launched in 2015 by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction showcases the diversity of the valley – from a long a storied history of pioneering vintners of making local wine – to a social innovation ethos that champions transformative education. Now in its 5th successful year, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction has raised over $3.7 M to support innovative programs, initiatives, and activities benefiting children in our community.