Los Angeles residents aiming to celebrate Earth Day 2011 might want to gas up the whip and spew noxious emissions up the coast for the 5th annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival. From April 15th through the 17th, growers, winemakers, and chefs will gather to celebrate sustainably produce food and wine.
On Friday the 15th, Thomas Hill Farms' owners will give a tour of the operation's beds, orchards, and vines and offer a lunch at the celebrated Thomas Hill Organics restaurant. On the same day, Cass Valley Winery in Creston will present "The Ultimate Tax Relief Dinner," or "Cooking With Booze," in which beer-battered bar snacks will come slathered in Bloody Mary "ketchup" and smoked drunken chicken will stumble onto a plate with whiskey-braised mushrooms. On Saturday, the 16th, Pomar Junction Winery will host an epic bash featuring over 200 area food and wine stars handing out samples of their wares. One will be able to back-slap farmers, gobble until walking proves difficult, pass out in a muddy heap, face soiled with pinot, and leap back to life at the sound of live music.
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For tickets (events appear to have different price-tags), get thee to the Internet. Since this is an Earth Day-related event, we're going to assume that, unlike most large-scale food-oriented celebrations, there won't be an inordinate amount of waste spoiling the natural splendor--empty wine cups, paper plates, half-eaten nettle flatbreads, and so forth--and that all cutlery will be the made-from-spuds sort you can snap into like a chip.