Quick bites | Farmers Market Celebrates Anniversary – Santa Cruz Sentinel


The farmers market celebrates its anniversary

The Monterey Bay Farmers Markets, which include the weekly Saturday Market at Cabrillo College, celebrate their 46th anniversary this month. In 2021, the 45th anniversary event was canceled due to the pandemic, so this is the first time the market can celebrate. From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the Aptos Farmer’s Market will be open as usual with some special treats: there will be free cakes and free eco-friendly mesh produce bags (while supplies last). Also stop by the information table on the middle level if you want to purchase Work-The-Farm t-shirts and hats to support the market. Separately, in May, the market launched a cookbook exchange, which it hopes will be a popular place for customers to “share their favorite cookbooks and recipes in mint condition with the community in the on a one-to-one exchange. Leave a cookbook and grab a new one to try! The trading shelves are next to the information table. Visit montereybayfarmers.org.


Sandwiches are back at Charlie Hong Kong

Charlie Hong Kong’s popular sandwiches are back on the menu. All are served on buns from Kelly’s French Bakery with pickled organic carrots and daikon, jalapenos, cilantro, mint, and vegan mayonnaise. Topping choices are green curry chicken, hoisin pork, teriyaki chicken or salmon, spicy mushrooms, or tofu (sweet or spicy). Visit the restaurant (831-426-5664, charliehongkong.com) at 1141 Soquel Ave.


Art and wine at Bargetto

The 33rd annual Art & Wine Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bargetto Winery (3535 N. Main St., 831-475-2258, bargetto.com). Free entry. Attendees can sample five Bargetto wines for $20 (includes a souvenir festival glass) as they browse outdoor booths featuring products from local artists. Items for sale will include jewelry, small-batch jams and mustards (Twins Kitchen), artisan toffee (Goose’s Goodies), art and merchandise from The Rollin’ Scone. The pizza will be available for purchase at Fired Up Fresh (Saturday) and Sleight of Hand (Sunday). Live music from 2-4pm is by Alex Lucero (Saturday) and Paperback Ryders (Sunday).


Discretion Brewing Wins Awards

Discretion Brewing (2703 41st Ave., discretionbrewing.com) recently won two awards at the 2022 US Open Beer Championship for its flagship beers, Uncle Dave’s IPA & Shimmer Pils. Both beers have been on tap at Discretion since the brewery opened in 2013. Uncle Dave’s IPA was awarded a gold medal in the English IPA category and the Shimmer Pils a silver medal in the German Lager/Pilsner category. Uncle Dave’s won gold in the same category last year. In the 2022 competition, judges sampled over 9,000 brewery entries.


Food trucks at Skypark Friday

The Scotts Valley Food Truck Friday monthly series continues from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Skypark (361 Kings Village Roadd). Participating food trucks will be Pana, Scrumptious Fish & Chips, Kuki’s Bowls, Mattia Pizza, Cracked Cookies and Aunt LaLi’s. The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation is hosting a beer/wine garden to raise money for schools in Scotts Valley. Local band The Gravity will perform and there will be face painting. Dogs on a leash are welcome. For seating, there are picnic tables where participants can bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Visit facebook.com/events/721576009129304.


Oaxacan Cooking Demonstration

Senderos (SCSenderos.org) is doing a cooking demonstration on traditional Oaxacan foods from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Midtown parking lot at the corner of Soquel and Cayuga. The focus will be on traditional mole and tejate drinks, with small tastings available. The event will conclude with a film of culinary stories from Oaxaqueño. This event, part of a Senderos series of pop-up Oaxaca cultural events, is made possible by a grant from the City Arts Recovery Design Program of the City of Santa Cruz Department of Economic Development. Upcoming events include a Mexican Independence Day celebration on Sept. 17 in downtown Santa Cruz. For more information, call 831-854-7740 or contact [email protected]


Save the date for art, wine, beer festival

After changing locations last year, the annual Scotts Valley Arts, Wine and Beer Festival (svartfestival.com) returns to Skypark for the 2022 festival, taking place August 20-21. Free entry. Until August 19, you can buy discounted drink tickets at svartfestival.com. The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event.


Live music at Gayle’s Bakery

Jazz band Hot Club Pacific now plays live music from 5-7:15 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Gayle’s Bakery (504 Bay Ave., 831-462-1200, gaylesbakery.com). They perform on the closed terrace; the next performances will take place on July 21 and August 4.


Upcoming Scrumptious Fish & Chips Popups

Scrumptious Fish & Chips has a few upcoming appearances. These include 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at the SC Downtown Farmers’ Market and the same hours July 27, 4-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Humble Sea Brewing Co. and the same hours July 28 and 1 to 6 p.m. July 26 at the Felton Farmer’s Market. Additionally, the food truck will be at Humble Sea Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends. See the full schedule at scrumptiousfc.com.


Tap takeover, party at Cruz Kitchen and Taps

There’s a Sofria launch party from 4-9 p.m. Friday at Cruz Kitchen and Taps (145 Laurel St., 831-713-5173, cruzkitchenandtaps.com). The event features a DJ, car show, hourly raffle prizes, a tap takeover by Buena Vista Brewing Co., and Cruz food and drink specials.

Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly serving of Santa Cruz County restaurant, food and drink news. Send articles to [email protected] (Sunday 7:00 p.m. deadline for this week’s column). Want local food and drink news as it happens? Follow Sentinel’s catering team on Twitter @santacruzfood.

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