Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival

Yes this is off my normal beat but the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival is one of my favorite festivals ever. If you enjoy small town festivals, great music, good food, exceptional wine and beer AND friendly people you owe it to yourself to hop into your favorite ride and head to Bodega (not Bodega Bay), California.

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Tomas Leiblein


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bodega schoolhouse  

 
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kid watching show

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Margot Duane
Banner collage by Margot Duane and Alexis Kestler

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 & 28, 2011
10-6 SATURDAY  10-5 SUNDAY
16855 BODEGA HIGHWAY, BODEGA CALIFORNIA 
 The 17th annual  
Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival  

Hello Festival Fans and Followers!
This is the second newsletter of the season so there are some updates and additions here. The big news is we finally have our on-line ticket sales available! The Home Page of our website has a link, but for your convenience you can use the link right here:


Another fun bit of news is we now have a great little ad, which can be seen on movie screens various locations in Sonoma County. Here it is:

Below you will find all the latest information about the
2011 show. 

Thanks to everyone and see you at the festival!
  
THE FESTIVAL TASTING THIS YEAR... 

a toast 
 


Here is the list of festival wineries and breweries for 2011. What a wonderful line-up of old friends and new, boutique companies!
Alexander Valley Vineyards
BR Cohn Winery
Barefoot Wines and Bubbly
Battaglini
Ca' Momi
Cline Cellars
Crane Brothers Winery
CT Cellars
Deerfield Ranch Winery
DeNovo Vineyards
Draxton Wines 
Fogline
Frey Vineyards
Greater Purpose
Handley Cellars
Jacuzzi Vineyards
James Family Cellars
Jigar Wines
KB Cellars
Kelley & Young
Kenwood Vineyards
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Long Gamma Wines
Lucas and Lewellen Vineyard
Martin Ray
Old World Winery
Reynoso
Robert Rue
Russian River Vineyards
Sandole
Trentadue Winery
  
Anderson Valley Brewing Co
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Black Diamond Brewing Co
Faultline Brewing Co
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Iron Springs Brewery
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Lost Coast Brewing Co
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co
Third Street Aleworks 
INCREDIBLE ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE! 
 As organizers of this event we are aware of creating a balance at the festival to please everyone. But our hearts lie with the artists most of all, if we were to be honest, as that is the world we come from. This year the festival has even a broader range of stellar exhibitors: some who have been coming for years, and some who are coming from across the state, and across the country!

Here are some beautiful examples...

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Brian Goldenberg

polly podolsky
Polly Poldolsky

carla aimes
Carla Arimes

lori o'neill  
Lori O'Neill

pam wood
Pam Wood 

Click here to see the work of many more on our website. 


PERFORMANCES 2011 

As usual, our line-up combines great jazz, blues, Latin, flamenco, traditional and world, as well as hilarious non-musical performers. Both days are stellar! Come to dance on our dance floor or just sit on the haybales and enjoy!


SATURDAY  AUGUST 27   MAIN STAGE

11:00 - 12:00  Kevin Fitzsimons Quartet
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The Kevin Fitzsimons quartet is made up of top local artists, well known in jazz circles. Members have toured or recorded with Art Blakey, George Shearing and Russell Ferrante to name a few. They are featured in this year's Healdsburg Jazz Festival and are very popular performing at local resorts and wineries.


12:45 - 2:00  California Honeydrops   CALIF HONEYDROPS

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing and singing along.


2:45 - 4:00  Lava

Steeped in Latin rhythms Lava covers such artists as Santana, Malo, Poncho Sanchez and War. Lava also plays a number of standards that have been in the top 40 over the past 30 years. Lava has had the privilege of opening for headliners Sapo, Malo, Pete Escovedo, and former lead vocalist of Tower of Power, Lenny Williams.


4:45 - 6:00  Volker Strifler Band  VOLKER STRIFLER

The Volker Strifler Band, a popular Northern California based tour-de-force of musical talent, has become a rising musical phenomenon garnering local, regional and national recognition for excellent blues. VSB is fronted by their namesake and founder, Volker Strifler, whose remarkable talents as singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist extraordinaire are helping propel both him and the entire band toward world-wide recognition.


SATURDAY AUGUST 27 WINE STAGE

11:15- 2:00, 12:15-12:45, 2:00-2:45, 4:00-4:45  Oscar Reynolds
OSCAR REYNOLDS 

Oscar Reynolds is an accomplished composer, internationally-acclaimed Andean flute master, guitarist, flute-maker, recording engineer, and lawyer from the Andes Mountains of La Paz, perhaps best recognized for playing the Bolivian pan flutes and guitar simultaneously. With a professional career of over 40 years in music, he has recently received honors from the Bolivian government for his lifetime achievement in music and dedication in developing, performing, and promoting Bolivian music in Bolivia and around the world.  


 1:00 - 1:45, 3:00 - 3:45 Kevin Fitzsimon Quartet

The Kevin Fitzsimons quartet is made up of top local artists, well known in jazz circles. Members have toured or recorded with Art BlakeyGeorge Shearing and Russell Ferrante to name a few. They are featured in this year's Healdsburg Jazz Festival and are very popular performing at local resorts and wineries.


SUNDAY  AUGUST 28  MAIN STAGE

11:00 - 12:15  David Correa and Cascada
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Entertaining audiences since 1999 with its passionate and distinctive blend of instrumental Latin Guitar World Fusion. Blending the Spanish guitar with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms from Old Mexico & Central America with a hint of middle-eastern influenced melodies.




1:00 - 2:15 Big B and the Snakeoil Saviors
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Whether uptown swing or downtown boogie is your thing, Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors are just what the doctor ordered. The 8 piece band is inspired by the classic swing and jump bands of the 40's and 50's with their dancer-friendly party music that became the bridge between the eras of the big band and rock and roll. The sound of the swing and shuffle beats, the horn section, the hot boogie-woogie piano, all combined with the western/Hawaiian steel guitar are what gives Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors their uniquely West Coast sound.


3:00 - 5:00  Pride & Joy
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There are no other performers that creates the joyful, ecstatic, excitement at our festival that this group brings. Covering music from the 70's 80's and beyond, Pride and Joy are the ultimate good time band to see.


SUNDAY AUGUST 28 WINE STAGE

11- 11:45 12:00 - 12:45  2:00 - 2:45  4:00 - 4:45 Spark & Whisper
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Original folk with gorgeous harmonies is the trademark of this local trio. Originally 3 at Last, who played at the festival in recent years, we brought them back to wow our audiences for another year.


1- 1:45  3:00 - 3:45  David Correa and Cascada

Entertaining audiences since 1999 with its passionate and distinctive blend of instrumental Latin Guitar World Fusion. Blending the Spanish guitar with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms from Old Mexico & Central America with a hint of middle-eastern influenced melodies.



SATURDAY AUGUST 27 AND SUNDAY AUGUST 28
ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

11:00-11:45, 1:00-1:45, 3:45-4:30  Karen Quest, Cowgirl tricks
KAREN QUEST 
Hold your horses!
A unique fun-filled Vaudeville-style Western Comedy Act complete with Trick Roping, Whip Cracking, Music and Lots of Surprises!   Karen also performs on stilts as "Lucky Starr" - an eight-foot tall cowgirl - as she engages audiences with her special brand of Western humor.



12: 00 - 12:45, 2: 45 - 3:30, 4:45 - 5:30  Captain Jack Spareribs
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We had to bring this amazing performer back to our stage! Professional actor, magician,  juggler, ventriloquist, puppeteer, prop comic and all around scallywag sort of fellow, Captain Jack Spareribs will delight every person who has the good fortune to see his show.


 SEBASTOPOL BALLET SCHOOL
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Each year we bring back this most lovely group of young dancers and their presence brings grace to our stage. 


INCREDIBLE FOOD! 

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There is no question that this festival has a stellar food selection, and you do not need to be a seafood lover to enjoy the offerings here, so many options are available.


BIG BOY'S BARBEQUE

BBQ OYSTERS
CRAB CAKES
FISH TACOS
CEVICHE AND CHIPS
COCONUT PRAWNS
PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
  
THE CHOWDER HUT

CORN CHOWDER
CRABCAKE TACOS 
CEVICHE & CHIPS


HOT PANINI

SPICY HEIRLOOM TOMATO GAZPACHO W/DUNGENESS CRAB
GRILLED CALAMARI PO'BOY
OYSTER BRUCSHETTA
HALIBUT PANINI WRAP

GOURMET FAIRE

KEY LIME CALAMARI
TURKEY AND VEGETARIAN CORN DOGS
BEER BATTERED GARLIC FRIES

NOINA'S THAI FOOD

CURRIED CHICKEN W/ RICE
CRAB RANGOON IN RICE PAPER
PAD THAI W/TOFU AND CHICKEN
THAI SPRING ROLL
THAI SHRIMP FRIED RICE

ULTRA CREPES

SEAFOOD CREPE W/SHRIMP, FISH, SCALLOPS, MUSHROOMS IN BECHEMEL SAUCE
SMOKED SALMON CREPE W/SPINACH, PARMESAN, CHIVES, LEMON, CRÈME FRAICHE
ULTRA CREPE W/ AHM, TURKEY, MOZZERELLA CHEESE, EGG, SAUTEED MUSHROOMS, CARMELIZED ONIONS, CRÈME FRAICHE
VEGETARIAN CREPE W/ GRUYERE CHEESE, SAUTEED MUSHROOMS, CARMELIZED ONIONS, GREENS, FRESH CREAM
NUTELLA CREPE W/CRUSHED PLAZMA BISCUITS, WALNUTS & WHIPPED CREAM
FRUIT EXPLOSION CREPE W/ BANANAS, STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, LA LECHERA, WHIPPED CREAM

SONOMA TERIYAKI

FISH & CHIPS
TERIYAKI CHICKEN ON A SKEWER
PRAWNS AND GARLIC FRIES
DEEP FRIED ARTICHOKE HEARTS W/FRESH CRAB AND SHRIMP
DEEP FRIED ZUCHINNI
GARLIC FRIES

HULA HUT

SALMON BOWL
LUMPIA
BBQ KABOBS
HAWAIIAN BBQ BOWLS
KIELBASA SANDWICH W/FRIES
BRISKET SANDWICHES
PANCIT
CHICKEN ADOBO

MARY'S PIZZA

PIZZA BY THE SLICE
MEATBALLS AND SAUCE
PENNE PASTA W.MEAT SAUCE
PENNE PASTA W/PESTO SAUCE
CAESAR SALAD

CARRIBEAN SPICES

SHRIMP CREOLE /SWEET POTATO FRIES AND HAITIAN COLE SLAW
CREOLE CONCH W/NATIONAL RICE, SALAD AND FRIED PLANTAIN
SEAFOOD GUMBO CREOLE
CHICKEN CREOLE W/CASHEWS OVER FREID PLANTAINS W/ SPICY COLE SLAW
  

THE LITTLE HOFBRAU

BODEGA BOUNTY SEAFOOD STEW 
SALMON BURGERS
BRATWURST
GARLIC CHICKEN SAUSAGE 
POLISH SAUSAGES 
HOT DOGS 
SAUERKRAUT
POTATO SALAD 
  


FUNNEL CAKES
SMOOTHIES
ESPRESSOS
CHOCOLATE COVERED FRUIT FANTASIES 
WHO'S IN CHARGE?
Michael and Janet
The Festival Organizers
If you have been to the festival you have probably seen one or both of us running around with walkie-talkies and worried looks.

We are Michael Ecton, professional photographer, and myself, Janet Ciel, former craftsperson and now promoting not only this event but also the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market.

In creating Bodega Festival 17 years ago, we were looking to create a unique, high-quality festival in the county. We are so proud of this event and thankful to all of you for making it a success!  

Our Beneficiaries
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A portion of the festival proceeds benefits two very wonderful organizations:  
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods which is the non-profit working with the California State Parks in the Russian River region, and the  
festival overview
In the next month we will send out one more newsletter with all the final information, so look for it. Below this newsletter is a link to send it anyone you think might want to see it. Help us spread the word! 

Thanks so much for being part of our festival family and we hope you'll be out there this year!

Meanwhile stay in touch via our website:

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