In 1969, it was all about Woodstock, uniting the world in peace and music. In 2011, we’ve evolved, with Rootstock, bringing love and joy to Santa Rosa in a fantastic festival on July 16.
Peace? Naturally. Music? Absolutely, performed live on-stage, as well as street musicians doing their very lyrical best to spread a little sunshine.
But it gets even groovier, baby, with fine wine, an array of delicious gourmet street food vendors and chefs, and what can be considered the official grand opening celebration of the North Bay’s hippest new wine community: Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square.
With the new Wineyard, this “Winemakers Tasting Room Collaboration,” operates in a most unexpected, decidedly industrial area at Cleveland and Ridgway avenues, within spitting distance of the 101 Freeway. It’s currently home to a quartet of ambitious urban winemakers including D’Argenzio Winery, Sheldon Wines, Krutz Family Cellars and MJ Lords Wine Cellars. For this party, they have invited their grape geek friends to join in, too.
And so we shout it out: come gather oh flower children, to celebrate the most beautiful bud of all, a grape vine bud, with Rootstock bringing together some 30 cutting edge North Coast wineries pouring samples.
Join in the culinary action with a Best Bites Invitational Competition, showcasing tempting goodies from local artisan purveyors. Local celebrity judges will, well, judge, and guests will indulge, in coolio eats from coolio vendors like Mateo Granados, Bay Laurel Culinary, the Le Truc “bustaurant,” Street-Eatz, Dim Sum Charlie’s, La Texanita, BBQ Smokehouse Bistro, and WOW.
All day, music will rock the lot, with Hotel Café Tour artists such as Jim Bianco, Erin McLaughlin, Brian Wright, The Milk Carton Kids, Holly Conlan, and Ladies Gun Club. Toss those love beads in the air, and dance!
Chef, author and TV personality Bob Blumer (aka Surreal Gourmet) from the Food Network’s “Glutton for Punishment” will host a “TasteLive” broadcast pairing wines with his recipes from his new cookbook, “Glutton for Pleasure.”
On the drinks side, Alan Kropf, editor-in-chief of Mutineer magazine will tape a live webisode of the beverage magazine’s new online show called “Beverage Late Night.” Ok, Rootstock is a day party, but organizers say they plan on filming him in a dimly lit wine cellar to fit the after-hours mood.
Because it’s a festival, tickets are involved, but in the spirit of humanity, Inside Sonoma is giving some away. Free.
Answer the following questions correctly and you will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets. Post your answers in the Comment Section below (comments won’t be approved until we pick a winner so don’t be surprised if you don’t see your entry). The winner will be announced Thursday June 30th .
But don’t fry your brain. If you don’t know the answers, you can just look them up, since we’ve done the selfless thing and posted them right on the Rootstock website. Or actually, if you read this article closely, you’ll find the deets right here.
- Question: Chef, Author & TV Personality Bob Blumer from TV Food Network’s “Glutton for Punishment” and author of his most recent cookbook “Glutton for Pleasure” is also know by what nom de plume?
- Question: What famous music venue and tour for singer-songwriters is routing their musical artists through the Rootstock Festival?
- Question: What do you call a school bus that’s been turned into a traveling restaurant?
- Question: What venue is hosting Rootstock Festival 2011?
Congrats to Shane C., our winner of two tickets to Rootstock. Thanks for entering everyone. We will also be giving away two tickets on KSRO during “The Drive with Steve Jaxon” Thursday July 7.
Details: Rootstock, Saturday July 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Wineyard at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square, 1305-A Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 at the door), purchase at rootstockfestival.com.