By Allen Pierleoni
Food festivals and cook-offs abound in Northern California, from garlic in Gilroy and clam chowder in Santa Cruz, to asparagus in Stockton and seafood in Bodega Bay.
If you missed those this year, make plans for the annual Lamb Festival at Lambtown USA, coming in October to nearby Dixon. There will be plenty of lamb dishes to taste, of course, along with cooking demonstrations by local chefs, wine-tasting, music, activities for children, arts and crafts, wool vendors, wool-spinning lessons and sheep dog trials.
One crowd-pleaser is the lamb cook-off, with a first-place prize of $500 (last year, lamb-and-cucumber wraps was the winning dish). Sort of related to that is the lamb-eating contest, with a $300 top prize.
The Lamb Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds, 655 S. First Street, Dixon. For more information: (707) 678-8917, www.lambtown.com.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.