Healdsburg Weekend Planner, March 23-25

What to do, where to go, what to see, what do you know.


Spring has sprung – or at least the rain tells us that something has sprung all right, sprung  a leak. Last weekend was mostly drizzly, but we found plenty to do, didn’t we? (Think back, 6 am Saturday at the B&B – oh, right, you remember now.)

Friday March 23: The first day of , the annual upscale dining event at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Some of the best wines in the world will be poured in the Pinot Cup competition, with accompanying dishes from the chef including Guy Fieri (celebrity alert!) Michael Mina and more as well as Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette. It’s at DCK from 6:30 on.      

Not your thing? Enjoy an early evening vacation to Hawaii at the Healdsburg Yoga Center as Deb Wright and her return for a casual evening of music and dance. 7 pm, no cover, bring something to share.

Saturday, March 24: Day Two of the fest, including the Tournament of the Pig (10:30 am), Ultimate Pinot Smackdown (1 pm) and Pigs & Pinot Gala (7 pm). Serious food and wine lovers will abound throughout the day in the region of the Hotel Healdsburg.  

is the name of the serio-comic event at J. Keverson Winery (in the), a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. Ticket includes appetizers, event glass, and 1 glass of sparkling wine.  Additional glasses of wine $5.00. wines ranked highly in last year’s Harvest Fair, and the cause is just. 6:30 – 9 pm.

Also today is the first performance of the junior version, put on by the students of  at the .  Showtime is 7 pm, and there’s also a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  Note it’s one of two Dr. Seuss-related shows n town this weekend; the other one is the animated “Lorax” at the Raven Film Center.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25: If you love Syrah,Carignane, Cinsault, Grenache, Mouvedre, Marsanne or Roussane, red and white wines from the south of France (you know who you are), head over the Golden Gate Bridge for the .  Several local producers will be featured including Davis Family Vineyards, Quivira and Ridge, and blogger will doubtless be a persistent presence.

Opening Friday is the long-awaited “Hunger Games” (PG-13), which strives to be the next teen hit series, with Jennifer Lawrence (“Winters Bone”) stepping into the spotlight. Also find continuing “21 Jump Street” (R), “Dr Seuss’ The Lorax” (PG), “Albert Nobbs” (R) and “The Artist” (PG-13).  


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