This Weekend: Healthy Goodies, Big Bands and Fancy Olive Oil

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Looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Here’s five suggestions for food and wine (and music!) aficionados:

Take the Family to Pops in the Park
Pack up the big blanket and a picnic dinner and head out to East Sacramento’s Bertha Henschel Park for Pops in the Park, which will feature the George Bruno Big Band. A beloved East Sac institution, the Pops in the Park concert series always attracts a large crowd of music lovers who enjoy hanging out with their neighbors, snacking on good food (Burr’s Fountain, The Shack, Bogle Vineyards and Hoppy Brewing Company will all be on hand) and relaxing in some of the city’s most beautiful public parks. The concerts are on Saturday evenings in June, are free and open to the public, and begin at 6pm.
Bertha Henschel Park: 45th Street and Brand Way, Sacramento
For more information, visit http://eastsacpopsinthepark.com

Celebrate Wholesome Fare at Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is hosting a party in the store on Saturday to mark their six year anniversary of providing healthy food to Sacramentans. Called the “Local Country Faire,” the event features live music, local product sampling, cooking and grilling demonstrations, raffles, and “fun for kids of all ages.”
Time: 3pm to 7pm, Saturday, June 20th
4315 Arden Way, Sacramento
For more information, call (916) 488-2800

Nab Tickets Now for the Davis Village Feast
Now’s the time to purchase tickets for the very popular Davis Village Feast, a late summer celebration of Yolo County food, wine and agriculture that occurs annually in Davis Central Park. 300 people assemble around one (very) long table “under the shade of the Sycamore trees” and enjoy a farm-fresh meal together. This year’s Village Feast occurs on Saturday, August 22nd at 12 noon, and features an heirloom tomato salad, grilled lamb with fresh herbs, and roasted seasonal vegetables. The Village Feast is sponsored by Slow Food Yolo and the Davis Farm to School Connection, and benefits the Davis Farm-to-School Connection.
Tickets sell out quickly, and must be purchased in advance. The cost is $65 per person, ($55 for Slow Food Members) and tickets can be purchased from the Davis Food Co-op or through links to www.brownpapertickets.com at www.davisfarmtoschool.org and www.slowfoodyolo.com.

Savor a Sea of Wines at Enotria
Oenophiles, take note: Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting a “patio tasting and sales extravaganza” on Saturday the 20th from 2:30pm to 5pm. For $20 (including tax) attendees can taste more than 20 wines and chat with winery representatives from brands such as Jayson by Pahlmeyer, New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay and Frank Family Vineyards. If you like any of the wines you sample, they’re for sale at one day-only “special discount prices.”
For more information and to reserve a spot at the event, call 916 922-6792.
Enotria is located at 1431 Del Paso Boulevard (at Arden Way) in Sacramento.

Immerse Yourself in Olive Oil
There’s still time to purchase a very last-minute ticket to “Beyond Extra Virgin 2009,” a two-day international conference focusing on “excellence in olive oil.” The program will be held at both UC Davis and the Napa Valley campus of The Culinary Institute of America. Characterized (by event hosts) as the “top flavor discovery experience of the year,” the conference addresses the flavors and elements of quality and style found in the world’s top olive oils; and explores the Mediterranean-inspired food and culinary “platforms” that best showcase these oils. The program will be held June 21st to 23rd, and features an impressive international array of olive oil experts and top producers, chefs, sensory scientists, and food and cookbook writers.
For more information and to register visit www.olivecenter.ucdavis.edu
Conference tuition is $495 for the 2 1/2 day program, which includes several meals.