Festival celebrates bountiful harvest
September 20, 2013
The North Yuba Harvest Festival celebrates its eighth anniversary Sept. 28-29 at the Alcouffe Community Center in Oregon House.
The festival is a showcase for the North Yuba region's premium wines and olive oils. More than 50 vendors will offer fresh local produce, specialty foods by local chefs, a beer garden, arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry and collectibles.
This year's event will offer children's games; pedal-tractor rides; bounce houses; and beloved magician/juggler William Galvin, a European-trained street performer. Hot dogs and pizza will fit the family budget. Admission to the festival is free.
Live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days will feature the Steve Williams trio and the Tune Weavers, a break-out group from Rough and Ready's famed Fruit Jar Pickers.
The wine tasting is only $10, which includes a souvenir wine glass. Participating Yuba County wineries include Lucero, Renaissance, Grant-Eddie and Cante ao Vinho.
North Yuba has received international recognition as a premium wine and olive oil region, garnering coveted medals at major state, national and international competitions.
Wine grapes and olive trees have been grown in North Yuba since the 19th century. It has its own recognized American Viticultural Area, North Yuba AVA, and it is also within the much larger Sierra Foothills AVA.
Sponsors and supporters of this year's festival are Gold Country Bank, High Sierra Beef, Apollo Olive Oil, General Jim's Burgers, Sierra Nevada Brewery and three local wineries: Lucero, Renaissance and Grant-Eddie.
Entry is free, with $5 a suggested parking donation. Wine-tasting and souvenir glasses are $10.
The festival is at Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House.
For more details, call 530-692-2476 and visit alcouffecenter.org and northyubagrown.org.