Kendall-Jackson's Harvest Celebration, Sept. 30, 2018

Fun activities, great food, and fantastic wines will be on hand at Kendall-Jackson’s Harvest Celebration, Sept. 30.

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Kendall-Jackson's Harvest Celebration, Sept. 30, 2018

As this year's Kendall-Jackson's Harvest Celebration ramps up for Sept. 30, 2018 at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens in Santa Rosa, there are all kinds of farm and food activities in the works.

Harvest season in Sonoma County is always a busy affair, not just for winemakers and grape growers, but for farmers of all kinds, who are busy with the autumn bounty of greens, pumpkins, apples, late summer tomatoes, and more.

Kendall-Jackson, Santa Rosa, California

For the second year, Kendall-Jackson is expanding past what used to be its long-standing tomato festival to showcase the many agricultural gifts Sonoma County is blessed with, too. Of course, there will be still be plenty of tomatoes on hand, with samples of the nearly 175 different heirloom varieties Kendall-Jackson grows on its estate farms.

It's never too early to start planning for the full day of fun (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with tickets on sale now. This year, the juicy line-up includes produce straight from the winery's expansive culinary garden, live cooking demonstrations and small bites from top chefs, live music, and what was the hit of last year's festival, outdoor portrait painting sessions.

Kendall-Jackson, Santa Rosa, California

You'll want to sign up for the interactive educational seminars and demonstrations, too, on topics ranging from wine blending to truffle hunting, and barrel making to mozzarella stretching.

A few highlights include:  

  • Live cooking demonstrations from two top two-Michelin-star Healdsburg chefs, Kyle Connaughton of Single Thread and James Beard Award-winner Douglas Keane.
  • Terrific food from some 20 restaurants including Stark Reality Restaurants, Rocker Oysterfeller's, Jackson's Bar and Oven, Valette Healdsburg, Backyard, Boon Eat + Drink, The Farmer's Wife, CHEVOO, Epicurean Connection, and Kendall-Jackson's own executive chef Justin Wangler and chef Tracey Shepos Cenami, authors of the upcoming 'Season' cookbook. Be sure to come hungry – the chefs pull out all the stops with elaborate dishes.
  • Gardening demonstrations with Kendall-Jackson's master gardener Tucker Taylor.
  • Wine seminars led by Kendall-Jackson's winemaster Randy Ullom and master sommelier Larry O'Brien. You can learn how wines are made, and how to drink them (hint: any way you like!).
  • Plenty of wine to sample and savor.

You'll cheer for a good cause, too. Proceeds benefit the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County's population.

Details: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here

Carey Sweet