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APTOS

Farmer’s market celebrates anniversary

The Monterey Bay Farmers Markets, which includes 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, allowing the market to celebrate for the first time. On Saturday from 8am to 12pm, the Aptos Farmers Market is open as usual with some special treats: there are free cakes as well as free eco-friendly mesh bags (while supplies last). Also, stop by the mid-level information desk if you’d like to purchase Work-The-Farm t-shirts and hats to support the market. Additionally, in May, the market launched a cookbook exchange, which they hope will be a popular place for customers to “share their favorite cookbooks and recipes in good condition with the community in a one-to-one exchange.” Leave a cookbook and get a new one to try!” The exchange bookshelves are next to the information desk. Visit montereybayfarmers.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Sandwiches are back at Charlie Hong Kong

Charlie Hong Kong’s popular sandwiches are back on the menu. All are served on Kelly’s French Bakery buns with pickled organic carrots and radishes, jalapenos, cilantro, mint, and vegan mayonnaise. Choices of filling include green curried 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.

SOQUEL

Art and wine at Bargetto

The 33rd Annual Art & Wine Festival takes place Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm at Bargetto Winery (3535 N. Main St., 831-475-2258, bargetto.com). There is free entry. Attendees can sample five Bargetto wines for $20 (including a souvenir festival glass) while browsing outdoor stalls featuring local artists’ produce. Items for sale include jewellery, jams and mustards in small batches (Twins Kitchen), handmade toffee (Goose’s Goodies), art and products from The Rollin’ Scone. Pizza is available at Fired Up Fresh (Saturday) and Sleight of Hand (Sunday). Live music from 2-4pm comes from Alex Lucero (Saturday) and Paperback Ryders (Sunday).

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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 breweries, Uncle Dave’s IPA and Shimmer Pils. Both beers have been on tap at Discretion since the brewery opened in 2013. Uncle Dave’s IPA was awarded Gold in the English IPA category and Shimmer Pils was awarded Silver in the German Lager/Pilsner category. Uncle Dave won gold in the same category last year. In the 2022 competition, the jurors examined more than 9,000 brewery entries.

SCOTTS VALLEY

Food trucks at Skypark Friday

The monthly Scotts Valley Food Truck Friday series continues Friday from 5pm to 8pm at Skypark (361 Kings Village Roadd). Participating food trucks include 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 Scotts Valley schools. Local band The Gravity will perform and there will be face painting. Dogs kept on a leash are welcome. There are a few picnic tables available for seating, or participants can bring deckchairs and/or blankets. Visit facebook.com/events/721576009129304.

SANTA CRUZ

Oaxaca cooking demonstration

Senderos (SCSenderos.org) will be hosting a cooking demonstration of traditional Oaxacan foods Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Midtown parking lot at the corner of Soquel and Cayuga. The focus is on traditional mole and tejate drinks with small tastings. The event will conclude with a film about Oaxaqueño food stories. This event, part of a Senderos series of pop-up cultural events in Oaxaca, 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 September 17 Mexican Independence Day celebration in downtown Santa Cruz. For more information, call 831-854-7740 or contact info@scsenderos.org.

SCOTTS VALLEY

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 Festival 2022 on August 20-21. Admission is free. You can buy discounted drink tickets on svartfestival.com until August 19th. The event is hosted by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.

CAPITAL

Live music at Gayle’s Bakery

Jazz band Hot Club Pacific now plays live music on the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Gayle’s Bakery (504 Bay Ave., 831-462-1200, gaylesbakery.com). They perform on the closed terrace; the next performances are on July 21st and August 4th.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Yummy Fish & Chips popups coming soon

Scrumptious Fish & Chips has a few upcoming appearances. These include 1-6pm Wednesday at the Farmers Market in downtown SC and the same times on July 27, 4-8:30pm Thursday at Humble Sea Brewing Co. and the same times on July 28 and 1-6pm on July 26th at the Felton Farmers’ Market. Additionally, the food truck will be in Humble Sea on both Saturdays and Sundays for the next two weekends. Visit scrumptiousfc.com for the full schedule.

SANTA CRUZ

Tap takeover party at Cruz Kitchen and Taps

There will be a Sofria launch party Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cruz Kitchen and Taps (145 Laurel St., 831-713-5173, cruzkitchenandtaps.com). The event includes a DJ, car show, hourly raffle prizes, a Buena Vista Brewing Co. tap takeover and Cruz food and beverage specialties.

Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly edition of Santa Cruz County dining, food and beverage news. Submit articles to sentinelfood@gmail.com (Sunday 7pm deadline for this week’s column). Want the latest local food and drink news? Follow the Sentinel food crew on Twitter @santacruzfood.

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