Fort Ross Harvest Festival is Happening in October
Here's a great excuse to make a journey to Sonoma County's spectacular far northern coast: the annual Fort Ross Harvest Festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This exceptional event is always jam-packed with activities and adventures.
Here’s what's lined up for 2015:
- Eastern European harmonies from the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble.
- Song, dance and light apple harvesting in the historic orchard
- Horse & buggy ride
- Interpretive talks on the historic orchard; the 39-foot, log-framed replica windmill; and Alaskan marine history at Ross
- Working demonstration of the replica Russian-style windmill
- Food trucks with delicious seasonal fare for sale
- Russian House Kedry demonstrating old world Russian cooking (singing and dancing, too)
- Alaska Natives demonstrate their crafts
- Local samples of heirloom apples, apple cider, apple baked goods, Sonoma cheese, and more
- Historic Russian and Native American crafts, cannon firing, and communal dances
- Su-Nu-Nu-Shinal Kashia Pomo dancers
Two big events will also take place that require additional admission cost:
- The Grand Wine Tasting of Fort Ross-Seaview Wines (noon-4 p.m., $40/person): Meet the grapegrowers, wineries and winemakers who create viticultural magic from the steep ridges on this part of the coast. Wineries pouring include Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Fort Ross Vineyard, Kutch Wines, Martinelli Winery, Precious Mountain Vineyard, Raen Winery, Tin Barn Vineyards, Wayfarer, and Wild Hog Vineyard. The wine tasting includes a cheese sampling with Omar Mueller of Freestone Artisan Cheese and Sonoma County cheesemakers.
- The Grand Luncheon (1-3 p.m., $125/person, which includes entrance fee for Grand Tasting): This limited-seating 4-course lunch has a spectacular menu, with each course prepared by a well-known chef. You can see the menu here.
For more information about this event, visit www.fortross.org