Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jam your June with foodie fun

Pick your own lavender at New Oak Ranch
Looking for a family outing? You can pick your own lavender at New Oak Ranch in Ojai. Take a picnic and enjoy a little escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. U-Pick Lavender begins the weekend of June 19th and runs through the weekend of August 28th. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To visit during the week, or anytime throughout the year, please call (805) 640-1189. Admission to the Ranch is free but there is a $5.00 per bunch cutting fee. New Oak Ranch is located below the Ojai Foundation at 9599 Ojai-Santa Paula Road – just 6 miles east of Ojai and 12 miles west of Santa Paula.

Ojai Valley Lavender Festival
And for a day packed with the magic of lavender, mark the calendar for the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival on Saturday, June 26th in Ojai’s Libbey Park. There’ll be nearly 100 vendors boasting lavender products and Mediterranean-inspired merchandise, speakers to stimulate and educate your thirst for lavender and music to put you in a festive summer mood.

Oxnard Salsa Festival
The Oxnard Salsa Festival will take place on June 24th and 25th from 11am-7pm. The festival is a FREE community event presented by the Oxnard Downtowners to bring people downtown for a great experience. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and some of the best salsa you've ever tasted.

Check out Boccali's 24th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday June 5th, from 5:00-8:30pm. Tickets are $25.00 and include dinner, show, tip, and tax. Dinner is all-you-can-eat pasta, pizza, and tri-tip buffet, and includes non-alcoholic beverages.

Edible Celebration
A celebration for the publication of Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods will take place at Treasure Beach & Café (928 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai; 805-640-0611) on Sunday, June 20th from 2-4 PM. Authors and Edible Communities, Inc. co-founders, Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian will be available to sign books and answer questions about this important, fast-growing movement and community of publishers that began in 2002 with the publication of Edible Ojai magazine.

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