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Petaluma Perspectives by Houston Porter

Eat and Drink Your Way
Through Petaluma

Aug 31, 2017
by Houston Porter


In case you missed my recent Petaluma Ice Cream Guide article in the Petaluma Argus-CourierMariposa Ice Creamery came in as one of the top favorites, not only for their creaminess, but also for their great flavors, like Spiced Mexican Chocolate, Coffee Caramel Crunch, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and their spectacular Strawberry ice cream. Focused on wholesale and catering, Mariposa will hold one of their rare warehouse sales on Sept 1 & 2 at their commercial kitchen, located behind the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

Petaluma is very excited to be the new home of the Sonoma County Fermentation Festival, hosted at the Petaluma Fairgrounds on Sat, Sept 2, from 11am – 5pm. Yours truly will be volunteering, because I want to get an inside look at what promises to be an incredibly informative and delicious festival about everything from pickles and kimchi to bread, cheese, cider, and beer.

Along with a huge market place, with a plethora of free samples, there is a healthy list of hands-on classes and professional presentation relating to everything from making your own kefir to the ins and outs of cider. Visit for more info. The VIP ticket gets you into the Libation Lounge, where guests will find all the region’s best cideries, meaderies, and breweries.

September 16, 2017 marks the first big fall festival day, with at least three great events. One of my favorite events of the year is the Petaluma River Clean-up, which is schedule for Sat, Sept 16, in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. A collaboration between the Friends of the Petaluma RiverSonoma Regional Conservation District (RCD), and multiple community sponsors this is an opportunity to educate the public about our inland waterways. I highly encourage you bring the kids because this event will give them a whole new perspective on our town, our waterways, and what it means to be part of a community like Petaluma.

The clean-up begins at Steamer Landing Park (D & Copeland St.), at 9am, where teams will be dispatched to remove trash and debris from 14 waterways throughout our watershed. Bring a water bottle, hat, gloves, shoes that can get muddy, and an enthusiasm for the stewardship of our Petaluma watershed. At 1pm volunteers will be treated to a BBQ lunch for a job well done. 

After the River Clean-up, head over to the Petaluma Fairgrounds on Sat, Sept 16 from 12-6pm for the fourth annual Agrarian Games. Put on by the Farmers Guild, this event is “an interactive festival celebrating sustainable agriculture, local food and family farms! From wheelbarrow relays to watermelon seed-spitting, whether you’re a farmer or an eater, a country bumpkin or a city-slicker, join us for an afternoon of local food, live music and farm-themed games to test your strength and speed, your knowledge of soil types and your proficiency with a pitchfork.”

As if there wasn’t already enough to do on Sat, Sept 16, the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival will run from 1-5pm, hosting 23 local breweries along one historic waterfront. Tasting tickets can be used for both beer and food, which will be proved by the likes ofF.A. Nino’s, Sax’s Joint, Bellyfull Dinners, Brasil BBQ, Palms Grill, Rosso, Twin Oaks, and last, but certainly not least,Charley’s Wine Country Deli, who knows how to grill up sandwiches with the best of them.

The Petaluma Poetry Walk will wind its way through downtown Petaluma onSept 17, beginning at 11am and concluding at 8pm. The venue changes on the hour, with multiple presenters at each location. For the first time, all surviving Sonoma County poets laureate will read, along with many other of the county’s finest poets. The walk with also celebrate the life and work of Sonoma County’s second poet laureate, David Bromige. This event is free to the

Even when we aren’t buying early holiday gifts or the perfect hallway rug, we thoroughly enjoy walking the closed downtown streets and visiting as many of the food vendors as we can at the fall Petaluma Antique Faire, held this year on Sun, Sept 24, from 8am – 4pm.


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