Capay Valley Almond Festival activities set for Feb. 23

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Rumsey Rumsey activities include a Passport Location at the historic Rumsey Hall. Events include blue grass music, Food & Drinks including the very popular wood fired pizza (10 a.m.–4 p.m.), pulled-pork sliders & slaw (served from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.), home baked goods, notably almond petal ice cream, silent auction (including a dinner for eight at a local farm), lavender products, an art show featuring paintings, sculptures & photos from local artists, a children’s play area and local grain grinding equipment. The Local Craft beer booth is open Noon–4 p.m. Craft Vendors and the Farmer’s Market is 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Come and taste the different almonds, honey & olive oils of the Capay Valley. Guinda Guinda activities include a Passport Location at the Guinda Community Grange Hall. Enjoy music by the Capay Valley Chorus & various instrumentalists & vocalists, Grammy Wyatt’s Famous Almond Rocha, Nona’s Walnut Rocha, and homemade Almond (chocolate, vanilla & almond rocha) ice cream. Lunch & beverages will be available for purchase with gluten free options. Enjoy the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) tasting, children’s petting zoo & pony rides, various displays of farming equipment & machinery, bat & bird houses, leather crafts & ironworks, jewelry, embroidery, quilts, handmade glass, specialty soaps, hand screened bandanas, lavender, a silent art auction and more The Vendor Fair is 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Group Therapy Band will be playing music from the 80’s 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The Guinda Park at the Guinda Bridge is always open and has two restrooms. The Commons Farm Kitchen and The Corner Store will be open for business from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The Commons will be featuring music from John Emery Dodds & the Unconventionals and Mike & the Mooncats (Noon–4 p.m). The Guinda Volunteer Fire Department will be selling their very popular BBQ Oysters, sausages & other special BBQ treats with various beverages. Brooks Brooks activities include a Passport location at the Seka Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room, Hours are 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Featuring live music by Whiskey Rock ‘n Rollers (10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m), Artisanal Vendors (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) and Almond Blossom Farm Tours (Noon–2 p.m.). Capay Capay activities include a Passport location at The Road Trip Café and The Honey Store across the street. The Road Trip Café will have live music provided by the Fryed Brothers (Noon–4 p.m.), and Native American dancing. All in addition to their menu of delicious food and drink. Esparto Esparto activities include a Passport location at The Esparto Regional Chamber of Commerce tent. Stop by the Chamber’s tent to get information on the entire day’s activities. Other activities Esparto High School Cafeteria: The Future Farmers of America (FFA) Breakfast is 7 a.m.–11 a.m. and open to people of all ages. Books in Bloom Book Sale at the Esparto Regional Library is Noon–4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Esparto Park: Activities including 70 vendors, carnival rides, fun & games for kids, and The Car Show sponsored by the Madison Fire Department. The Vendor time is 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Master Gardeners will be providing Bee Education on Pollination. 2020 Almond Festival Queen Court Schedule of Events 9 a.m.: Attend EHS FFA Breakfast 9:30–9:45 a.m.: Visit Esparto on the Park activities 10:30 a.m.: Queen & Court introduced on Esparto on the Park stage 11:10–11:30 a.m.: Visit Road Trip Bar & Grill Noon–12:45 p.m.: Visit Rumsey Hall 1–1:30 p.m.: Visit Guinda Grange Hall. Music in Esparto on the Park: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Desert Dan, Tim Slaven, introduction of Almond Festival Queen and her Court, as well as a guest guitarist. 1:30–4:30 p.m.: Jessica Malone Come on by and enjoy the music. The Ravine at Sixteen will have the Niteliters hosting their music from Noon–4 p.m. The Esparto Volunteer Fire Department will have Tri-Tip sandwiches & beverages for purchase. Food Trucks will be open for business between the Esparto Park & El Toro Mercado. Additionally, the Countryside Community Church’s Country Store will hold the Annual Giant Quilt raffle and have various vendors for crafts & food. Lastly, The Ravine, El Toro Mercado, the Wygold Cafe and Hog Canyon will be open for business. The Madison Fire Department will be sponsoring The Car Show to be held near the Esparto Fire Department, just south of the Scout Cabin on S. Grafton Street. The Almond Festival is a gathering place for various motorcycle groups and car clubs from the surrounding region. You will be treated to a wide range of tricked-out and souped-up vehicles throughout the valley. To find out more about the Almond Festival activities, call 530-787-3242 or visit www.espartoregionalchamber.com.]]>

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