Otsuchi Cultural Exchange First Friday
One thing I love about living here in Fort Bragg is that so many of our local events are not just fun, entertaining, delicious, and varied, they also have a larger purpose: to benefit local agencies that support our community in important ways. We’ve got four great examples of this Fort Bragg phenomenon coming up in October. Friday, October 7, you can enjoy a taste of Japanese culture and cuisine to celebrate Fort Bragg’s sister city, Otsuchi. The event starts at 6:30 p.m with Japanese delicacies like somen noodles, senbei, inari, Japanese popcorn, and green tea. At 7:30 a Japanese comedy, The Handsome Suit will be screened (English subtitles).
This event benefits the Student Cultural Exchange Program and our sister city, a small remote coastal village in Japan which suffered devastating effects of the 2011 Tsunami. Advance tickets are $10, available at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg or at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ABALONE COOK-OFF and FESTIVAL
This popular event, sponsored by Mendocino Area Parks Association, which showcases the skills of various chefs who prepare abalone in a variety of interesting ways, takes place Saturday, October 8, 2016 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Noyo Harbor.
Beer, Bison and Bluegrass
The 4th Annual Beer, Bison, and Bluegrass event benefits Parents and Friends, an organization that has served the developmentally disabled members of our community since 1955. So stroll on in to Eagles Hall from noon to 4:00 p.m on Saturday, October 8 and feast on healthy Bison burgers (or veggie burgers), sample local brews, and enjoy the bluegrass sounds of the Mendocino Quartet with talented musicians David Hayes who played with the Van Morrison Band for decades, Gene Parsons of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers fame, along with popular songwriter and vocalist Gwyneth Moreland and Steven Bates, a local celebrity favorite.
You can also enjoy the slightly edgy comedy band Green Fields. With this music and ample samples of beer, you’re sure to be ready to party the afternoon away! There will be a silent auction and raffle, too. Tickets available locally at Paul Bunyan Thrift Store, Harvest Market, Out of this World, or online at Brownpapertickets
Fifth Annual Soup and Chili Cook-Off
This fall event has already become a Fort Bragg favorite. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 22, at 5:00 p.m. at Pentecost Hall. When the weather gets cool outside, it’s time to line up for steaming bowls of hot chili, and plenty of warming soups, like Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Choco-Bean Soup, Split Pea and Ham, Butternut Squash, and Crab Chowder. You never know what new combinations will regale your nostrils and delight your taste buds as you enter the hall.
Local restaurants like The Ravens (so you know there will be a creative and delicious vegan soup!), Dolphin Isle Cafe, Homestyle Cafe, Little River Inn, Harvest Market, Maccallum House, and Rhody’s Cafe from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens have already signed up, along with amateur chefs who make a mean chili or fabulous soup. There will be a no-host bar, door prizes and a silent auction, all to benefit the Fort Bragg Food Bank. Tickets at the Fort Bragg Food Bank, Harvest Market, and at the door. If you’ve got the perfect soup or chili recipe, there’s still time to enter the cook-off. Get your application here. If it’s fantastic food and great company you’re looking for, it’s all happening here in Fort Bragg this October.