This Weekend: Shakespeare in the Park, Delta Fare and New Eats

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Looking for some foodie fun this weekend? Here’s a few suggestions:

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy a Play
Join other theater lovers at William Land Park this weekend for the 24th season of the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, held outside in the park’s William A. Carroll Amphitheatre. “Robin Hood” will be presented tonight and Saturday evening; and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be presented on Sunday evening. Most folks bring a picnic dinner and spend a couple hours socializing before the performance begins. Note: Don’t forget your (low) lawn chair and a blanket – it can get chilly.
The festival season runs through August 2, 2009
For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.sacramentoshakespeare.net
Box office opens at 6:00 pm
Gates open at 6:30 pm
Performances begin at 8:00 pm
General Admission: $18.00
(There is special pricing for students, seniors, SARTA members, persons with disabilities and children ages 6-12. See website for details).

Try a Taste of the Delta
Spend an indulgent day at The Windmill Cove Resort and Marina in Stockton on Saturday, and sample the finest food and wine the California Delta region has to offer. Created as a fundraiser for the California Delta Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau, this event will showcase a number of the region’s wineries and restaurants. Participants include Carvalho Family Winery (www.carvalhowines.com), Dancing Coyote Wines (www.dancingcoyotewines.com), LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards (www.langetwins.com), and an exciting selection of food to sample, from Mexican and delicatessen fare to seafood.
Date: Saturday, July 11th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tickets: $25 if purchased in advance on-line; $30 at the door
For more information visit www.tasteofthedelta.com or call (916) 777-5203

Be Adventurous and Visit a New Restaurant
It’s easy to get into a rut with our restaurant choices. How often do you find yourself going to the same establishments and eating the same dishes? Be bold and try something new this weekend. My suggestions include Auburn’s Le Bilig Kitchen, a wonderful establishment offering sophisticated cuisine crafted from Placer County agricultural products; tiny, friendly Quan Nem Ninh Hoa for the kitchen’s spectacular banh xeo, a traditional Vietnamese omelet prepared from rice flour and coconut milk, stuffed with bean sprouts, pork and shrimp; and Lalo’s Restaurant for their delicious hongo (mushroom) quesadillas and grilled pork tacos.
Le Bilig Kitchen, 11750 Atwood Road, Auburn, (530) 888-1491
Quan Nem Ninh Hoa, 6450 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, (916) 428-3748
Lalo’s Restaurant, 5063 24th Street, Sacramento, (916) 736-2389