The new Flavor Festival combined established Mendocino County events, including Crab & Wine Days, The Wine and Mushroom Festival, and the 3rd Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival in Anderson Valley.
The Flavor Festival kicks off with a Cioppino Dinner in Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor on Friday, January 25. Then on Saturday February 26, the public is invited to the 9th Annual Crab Cake Cook off and wine tasting, featuring Mendocino County chefs serving crab cakes made with local Dungeness Crab, accompanied by Mendocino County wines. Guest are invited to judge crab cakes and their favorite wine for the People’s Choice Awards, while the celebrity judges choose the professional winners of the Taste Mendocino Festival.
In addition to wine and crab, the Regional Flavor Bounty offers tasting of locally grown and produced products including wild mushrooms, chocolate, and even seaweed. Seminars on mushroom collecting, food and wine pairing, cooking demonstrations at restaurants throughout the Festival.
It all ends with the 3rd Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival in beautiful Anderson Valley on the weekend of February 9-10. Wineries from around the world will participate in this annual festival celebrating Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and other noble Alsace varietals.
The 2008 Alsace Festival will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. The technical conference and grand tasting will be on Saturday, February 9, followed by an authentic Alsation Winemakers Dinner that evening. On Sunday, February 10, local wineries will host open houses with music, food, tasting and educational seminars.
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Presents our 2008 Crab & Wine Festival Events
Friday, January 25th — Cioppino Dinner
This 7th Annual event has open seating between 5pm – 8pm. Tickets purchased the day of the event have a cost of $30 per adult. This event includes dinner served family style, live entertainment and fun raffle prizes.
Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition and Razzle Dazzle Raffle & Silent And Live Auctions-Saturday January 26th
This 9th Annual event is open between 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Tickets are $60 each. This event offers a variety of local and regional winery presentations while enjoying the crab cake delicacies prepared by each contestant. All participants in this event, along with a selected celebrity panel of judges, will determine the winners of the wine and crab competition.
3rd Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival
· Technical Conference Saturday, February 9, 8:15-11am. Learn all about how the professionals make your favorite aromatic white wines. $35
· Alsace Varietals Grand Tasting, Saturday, February 9, Noon to 3 pm. Meet the winemakers and taste Alsace-style white wines from around the world.
· Authentic Alsace Winemakers Dinner: Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 pm
· Winery Open Houses: Sunday February 10, For this all day event.