Picks of the Week
By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 10/04/2012
PIER UNDER THE STARS Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. The 19th annual benefit for the historic Ventura pier. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits provided by more than 50 area businesses. Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music and dancing by the MiniDriver Band and bid on silent auction items — all to benefit the city’s 139-year-old pier. General admission is $55. Beachfront Promenade near the Ventura pier. For more information and tickets, visit www.pierintothefuture.org
GOURMET FOOD TRUCK AND BOCCE BALL FESTIVAL Sunday, Oct. 7, noon-5 p.m. Guests will enjoy gourmet food trucks, a bocce ball tournament and three live bands. The family-friendly event will benefit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation and the National Association of Catering Executives. The Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival takes place at Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children or $50 for VIP tickets, which includes festival entry and access to special tastings in the VIP tent. Four-person bocce ball teams may enter into the tournament for a $150 entry fee. For ticketing, directions and a complete lineup of gourmet food trucks and musical acts, visit http://www.boccefestival.com/#anchor.
VENTURA HARVEST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Sunday, Oct. 7. Indulge in the ultimate shopping and entertainment experience at the Ventura Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show at Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds with more than 24,000 handcrafted originals — many by talented local artisans such as Pam Amputh who makes “Forkadelic” jewelry from forks and knives (pictured) — live music, culinary chef demonstrations, a pumpkin patch Kidzone with Halloween crafts, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods and more. 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Information and tickets are available at www.harvestfestival.com or call (800) 346-1212.