Fall Festivities and Fun in Fort Bragg
Wednesday, October 31 is the night, and the streets of Mendocino (Lansing Street by Frankie’s Pizza) is the place for the eleventh annual Halloween Street Party featuring live performances by CircusMecca, with dance sets in between! Fun starts around 4:30 in the afternoon and goes until 9:00 p.m. at night. Don your favorite costume and and join the community for a delightful Hallows Eve. See other Halloween festivities here.
Speaking of Circuses, the world famous Zoppè Family Circus has been going strong for 160 years, since Napoline Zoppè set eyes on his future bride, a beautiful equestrian ballerina who captured hearts with her talent, grace, and showmanship. The Zoppè Family Circus has a brand new show. Giovanni Zoppè, a sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the clown, says the show touches every emotion—the audience will laugh, cry, and feel the emotions of the characters. Catch the show in a 500-seat tent at Todd’s Point in Fort Bragg Monday-Friday November 9-12. Tickets available here.
Fall Festivities and Fun: Noyo Food Forest Benefit Dinner
North Coast Brewing Sequoia Room is the place to be for a wonderful seasonal 4-course dinner and beer pairing to benefit Noyo Food Forest, featuring a salad of local farm greens and roots, Pennyroyal cheese with beet and champagne vinaigrette paired with Cranberry Quince Berliner Weisse, followed by penne pasta, pine forest pesto, and wild mushrooms paired with PranQster ale. The savory main course features a choice of roasted romanesco broccoli, chilis, and potatoes with cheddar cream or grilled eye of round, burnt onion jus, and crispy carrots paired with Old No. 38 Stout, and the finale: dessert of old stock bread pudding with Cowlick’s vanilla ice cream paired with Old Stock Ale. Tickets here.
Fall Festivities: Highlights from Feast Mendocino
Mushroom Walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will happen every Monday November 12 through December 17 at 1:30 p.m. The gardens are home to more than 150 species of mushrooms during the fall and winter. Normally hidden underground, the fruiting bodies of fungi lie dormant until the rainy season, when they sprout above the earth. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the U.S. to label the mushrooms with both scientific and common names. Enjoy an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with naturalist and mycologist, Mario Abreu. Mushroom Identification for Beginners is offered on three Saturdays, Nov 17, Dec 1, or Dec 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn the basic taxonomic identifying features that distinguish mushrooms from each other, where each unique mushroom species can be found, when they can be found, and the myths associated with them. This workshop consists of a lecture, hands-on look at mushrooms collected and displayed for each workshop, and a field walk to find the mushrooms! Get all the details here.
Fall Festivities and Fun: Freewheelin’ Fungi Fest , Cocktail Workshop and Wild Mushroom Dinner
Climb aboard the Skunk Train’s “Freewheelin’ Fungi Fest”. This promises to be a foraging foodie’s dream train ride, featuring a fungi-filled wild mushroom and Gruyère Galette along with Mendocino County specialty beers and wines to enjoy enroute . Trains depart from Fort Bragg on Saturday, November 3rd and 10th at 4:30 p.m. On Monday, November 5, the amazing people of Fog Eater Cafe will host a hands-on cocktail workshop marrying sherry with wild mushrooms. Cucina Verona will host a Mushroom and Beer Dinner featuring all kinds of mushroom dishes paired with Anderson Valley Wines. Among the dishes, enjoy a wild mushroom phyllo cup with balsamic glaze, a smoked duck breast with wild mushrooms and golden beets, beer-braised beef tenderloin and wild mushrooms served with baby carrots and turnips on fresh herbed-polenta, and chocolate croissant bread pudding with candy cap mushroom ice cream. Get your fill of wild mushrooms on Wednesday evening, November 7. More details right here. For details on all of these events check out VisitMendocino.