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Earth Day Food and Wine Festival celebrates its 10th year 

Photography by Skye Ravy and Sarah King

Chef Charles Wayne of Catering by Chef Charlie serves us tasty bites to hungry crowds.

Chef Charles Wayne of Catering by Chef Charlie serves tasty bites to hungry crowds.

Chefs, farmers and winemakers serve up wide variety of sustainable fare

–The 10th annual Earth Day Food & Wine festival returned to Castoro Cellars on Saturday. The festival celebrates sustainability by championing locally grown and prepared food, beer and wine in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Mary Wootten and Kelly Breitmeyer of Ecluse Wines.

Mary Wootten and Kelly Breitmeyer of Ecluse Wines.

The festival was borne from the desire to “share sustainable wine and food with hungry eaters and caring connoisseurs.” Treats included seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, artisanal cheeses, local olive oils, and desserts such as homemade sorbet. The event was supported by over 100 volunteers.

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Max Udsen, son of Castoro Cellars owners Niels and Bimmer Udsen, pouring samples of the family’s latest project, Bethel Road Distillery. “We are always evolving,” said Max about the new project.

Proceeds from this event support Spanish-speaking workers in the local agricultural industry and their families in two ways:

  • Educational scholarships for vineyard workers’ relatives
  • Free Spanish language education for vineyard workers

 

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Sarah Ziegenbein and Ryan Reeber of Beewench Farms.

“We came to enjoy all that this festival has to offer,” said attendee Tom Dwyer, who has attended the festival multiple times. “Last year we were volunteers and worked really hard, so this year we decided to just come and enjoy,” said friend Korey Dudley.

Tom Dwyer and friend Korey Dudley both have attended the festival for many years.

Tom Dwyer and friend Korey Dudley both have attended the festival for many years.

Local band Captain Nasty provided the day’s entertainment, and crowds gathered around visiting birds of prey from local company Airstrike Bird Control, which offers Falconry-based bird abatement for agriculture, landfills, resorts and other situations with pest bird problems.

Airstrike bird control

Crowds gathered around visiting birds of prey from local company Airstrike Bird Control, which offers Falconry-based bird abatement for agriculture, landfills, resorts and other situations with pest bird problems.

 

Watch crowds boogie down to Captain Nasty in the video below:

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