The unusual rain in March for the bay area is hitting the end but yet has lots to offer in its last days. Start your weekend on Friday, March 30, with doing something different. Forget your regular Friday night hangouts at the local bar and take your significant other out for a date night couples cooking class in the Standards of Excellence – San Jose showroom kitchen.
Professional chefs will lead you through making a delicious meal you can cook together with your partner. The menu includes Spice Crusted Salmon Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Polpettini with Melted Fontina Cheese Centers and Cinnamon Churros with Hot Chocolate Dipping Sauce. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share. Tickets are $75 each and available online.
California is not the golden state without wine. Head over to Livermore on March 31 and April 1 for the 4th annual Barrel Tasting Weekend hosted by Livermore Valley Wine Country. Taste wines out of the barrel at 35 participating wineries, meet winemakers and have fun.
The tickets are available for purchase on the event website($30 advance, pre-sale ends at 12 pm Friday March 30) or on-site ($35) and include a glass with the Livermore Valley Wine Country logo, 2 days of barrel tasting and special wine discounts. You will have a great chance to pre-purchase wine before it is even bottled.
To learn more about wine-making attend the Pinot Paraside Technical Session “Pinot Noir: The Flavor Journey – From the Vineyard to the Bottle” in Campbell on April 1 from 9 am till noon.
Alison Crowe, a professional winemaker and the author of the Winemakers Answer Book, will discuss the process of flavor development Pinot Noir wines, followed by Dr. Keith Patterson’s presentation on the flavor development of the grapes in the vineyard. The event will also feature Santa Cruz mountains winemakers and Pinot Noir wine tasting. Tickets are $55 each and are available online.
For that special feel for music visit the 18th annual Ukulele Festival of Northern California. The fun will take place from 10 am till 5:30 on April 1 at Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward.
The festival is considered to be the longest running ukulele event on the mainland and attracts over 300 musicians from British Columbia and Hawaii as well as local talents. For the event details go to www.ukulelefestivalnorcal.org. Tickets at cost $15 will be on sale at the door. Come to enjoy arts&crafts, good food and try your luck entering raffles for a chance to win an air ticket to Hawaii from Hawaiian Airlines.
A movie event is happening this weekend at Fremont where Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The activities start at 11 am on April 1 and include a steam train ride through NIles Canyon, sidewalk procession and film presentation.
Come dressed up in a historical costume, join the film crew, or enjoy the brass band and antique autos – all at a low cost of $5-10. For more information go to the museum website.