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Santa Cruz & Monterey food & wine events this weekend

Wine from Comanche Cellars and bread from Carmel Valley Country Bread, featured at Terranova Saturday
Terranova Fine WInes

There are many food and wine events occurring this weekend in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Below are details for three programs on Saturday and/or Sunday, June 7-8, 2014.

Other events include:

  • First Friday Santa Cruz -- See firstfridaysantacruz.com for exhibits, and note there are usually several venues offering delicious refreshments to accompany art-viewing
  • Opening night of the Chaminade’s annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner series -- read schedule and details at www.chaminade.com/santacruz_restaurants/farmtotable

Santa Cruz Saturday: Strawberry Festival benefiting women’s center
At the Strawberry Festival June 7, which benefits the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, you can win dinner for 2 at 12 Santa Cruz restaurants. That’s the grand prize of the event’s raffle which has 100 prizes. It’s an annual festival for WAWC (Walnut Avenue Women’s Center), which has worked to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families for more than 75 years. Read more at the WAWC web site at wawc.org. The festival raises funds for youth development services including mentoring, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence awareness, educational workshops, and support groups.

Strawberry Festival 2014 will be held at 303 Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be food available for purchase including BBQ, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and strawberry lemonade. There will also be carnival games, a bounce house, and live music.

Monterey Saturday: Taste wine and cheer for a horse
Terranova Fine Wines welcomes wine and horse racing fans to watch the Belmont Stakes at its Cannery Row store from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:52 p.m., and Terranova invites guests to help cheer on California Chrome. There will be Comanche Cellars wine tasting, olive oil and balsamic tasting with The Quail & Olive, and bread samples from Carmel Valley Country Bread. The tasting fee will be $10 per person and includes a sample of each wine, along with cheese and bread pairings. A la carte glasses of wine will be $10 each. Samples of olive oils and balsamics are complimentary. Bread, bottles of wine, olive oils, and balsamics will be available for purchase. There will also be a drawing for a signed magnum of Comanche Cellars wine (must be present to win).
315 Calle Principal, Monterey, www.terranovafinewines.com

Santa Cruz Saturday & Sunday: Loma Prieta Winery event
Loma Prieta Winery is having a Pinotage Club Pick-Up Party all weekend, noon to 5 p.m. each day. There will be live guitar music, appetizers, and oysters from local favorite Bill The Oyster Man. Oysters will be $1 each; please bring cash. Painter Jude Bischoff will be exhibiting his nature portraits at the winery on Sun. June 8.
26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos, www.lomaprietawinery.com

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