Looking for a food-related day trip, or just other culinary stuff to do? Check out this round-up:
Sunday: Ever had a hankering to learn about making wine at home? Attend a class, hosted by the Italian Center (6821 Fair Oaks Blvd. Carmichael), which will show you how ordinary grape juice can be transformed into wine. The class also includes antipasti and dessert, with instructions and recipes to take home. $25. For more information: 916-482-5900.
Oct. 3: Do you love beer? Do you love wine, too? Well shoot, they've got all your bases covered at the California Beer & Wine Festival in Yuba City. Tickets run $25 online at www.californiabeerandwinefestival.com or $30 at the door. Look for suds from Lost Coast Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company (hope they're pouring the Brother Thelonious ale), Rubicon and many more.
Oct. 10 - 11: Take a stroll down the Sierra Oro Farm Trail in Butte County, where farm-to-table food and wine awaits you on "Passport Weekend." Participating wineries include Gale Vineyards, Long Creek Winery, Grey Fox Vineyards and more. "Passport Weekend" runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 - 11 and tickets cost $25 online @ www.sierraoro.org.
Oct. 17: Whew, it's feeling a little chili out there. And on Oct. 17, Woodbridge Winery (5950 East Woodbridge Rd., Acampo) will be hosting the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) California State Championship Chili Cook-off. Think you've got the best chili in the Golden State? Call (209) 365-8139 or visit www.woodbridgewines.com for entry information. The event runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and also includes a car show and plenty of food/drink for sale. Rolaids not included.