Weekend Tidbits

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No plans for this weekend? Here’s three ideas that will please your inner foodie.

Immerse yourself in all things Polynesian
Feast on Polynesian crab salad and chow mein (really!) at the Third annual Polynesian Festival. Hawaiian, Fijian, Tongan and Samoan culture will be highlighted at this festive event, which also features native music, dancing, and even a magic show for the little ones.
When: Saturday, May 2; 11am to 4pm
Location: Centennial United Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento
Cost: Free admission ($12 for plate lunches)
For more information, call: (916) 452-4477

Listen to jazz, drink fine wine and support college kids
Check out Cosumnes River College’s “Gala 2009” on Saturday from 5:00-8:30pm at the Fountain Stage Quad (on the college campus). The evening features appetizers prepared by CRC Culinary Management students, wine tasting from “the best local vintners,” a silent auction and entertainment by four jazz bands, including the Garrett Perkins Project, The Bay Area All-Stars, the CSUS Latin Jazz group and CRC’s own Wendell Fishman quartet. According to the college, “100% of each and every dollar raised will go to support student programs.”
When: Saturday, May 2;   5pm to 8:30pm
Advance ticket prices: $25. Tickets purchased at the door are $35.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.crc.losrios.edu. Click on the “Gala 2009” button.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (early)
Why wait until Tuesday? Visit Centro Cocina Mexicana for the restaurant’s fantastic guacamole and wildly popular (and very tasty) Tequila “infusions” – flavors might include coconut-passionfruit-banana, pineapple-red Fresno chili and (yum) blueberry-mango. (2730 J Street, Sacramento, (916) 442-2552; www.centrococina.com); and if you want “real” Mexican food, sink your molars into a buche (fried pork stomach) taco or a flor de calabaza (gourd flower) quesadilla at friendly Lalo’s Restaurant. Don’t forget to take some handmade tamales home for the rest of the family (5063 24th Street, Sacramento, (916) 736-2389).