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Gravenstein Apple Fair Set for Sebastopol

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TASTE News Service, July 17, 2019  –  Sonoma County Farm Trails celebrates its core mission as the theme for this year's beloved annual Gravenstein Apple Fair: Keeping Farms Forever in Sonoma County. 

This year's fair will take place August 17-18 at Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol and is expected to draw 15,000 adults and children throughout the weekend. The Fair is an annual fundraising event produced by the local non-profit Sonoma County Farm Trails.  All event proceeds support the goal of keeping farms forever in Sonoma County.  Advanced tickets and information are available at GravensteinAppleFair.com.

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This annual tradition is unlike any fair in the Bay Area. It is a down-home celebration of farm life and artisans that honor the history of the Gravenstein apple and farming in the region.  Taking part in hands-on activities that teach, savoring foods made by local chefs using local ingredients, sipping locally made beverages, all while tapping toes to live music make a great day for the whole family, or a group of friends.

Some of the highlights include:

    DIY Arena: Learn to make jams and jellies from actor and Emmy award-winning narrator, Peter Coyote.  Learn to make hard cider & cyser (a type of mead), build a backyard earthen oven, craft medicinal tinctures, dye silk and wool with plants, and more.

    Life on the Farm: Sheep shearing, cow milking, live beehive demo, spinning wool, farmer panel discussions, and tips on keeping backyard chickens and goats.

    Live Music: a diverse selection of Bay Area bands on two stages. 

    Old Fashioned Fun & Local Gifts: Apple pie eating contests, family games, jury-selected arts and craft vendors featuring jewelry, artisan products, and home and garden wares.

    Food & Libations: Locally produced gourmet foods, cider, wine, and microbrews. The Artisan Tasting Lounge ($20 supplemental ticket) offers a peaceful lounge atmosphere and samples of local cheeses, chef bites, artisan products, farm bounty, spirits, wine, microbrews and craft ciders.

    Children's activities: Meet farm animals, wander the hay maze, create art projects, chase giant bubbles, watch a puppet show or cowboy storyteller, and marvel at the wandering entertainers including stilt walkers, magicians and balloon and rope trick artists. 


About Sonoma County Farm Trails

With its mission to help ensure the continuing economic viability of Sonoma County agriculture by instilling an appreciation of agriculture as a vital part of the community and lifestyle, Farm Trails was established in 1973 by local Sonoma County farmers to create community among food producers and establish a stronger connection between farmers and the public. Farm Trails continues to serve as a local resource, producing Sonoma County's premier agricultural map and guide. The organization's primary annual fundraiser is the Gravenstein Apple Fair, celebrating the heirloom apple and Sonoma County's rural traditions. Signature events include farm-to-fork feasts, and seasonal farm tours like "Blossoms, Bees, & Barnyard Babies" in the spring, "Weekends Along the Farm Trails" in the fall, and "Holidays Along the Farm Trails" in the winter. For more information visit FarmTrails.org.

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