Blending jazz and poetry in an intimate setting, the Davis Jazz & Beat Festival is back for its tenth year, bringing artists and musicians together to create and perform in downtown Davis on October 14th from 1 to 10 p.m. more
Explore Yolo County’s vibrant local art scene! Take a stroll through one of our excellent art galleries or museums to view top-quality artwork made both by internationally and nationally recognized artists, and artists living and working in Yolo County. Get creative and participate in an interactive workshop, class or educational program at the Davis Art Center or Pence Gallery. Or, bring your friends and family along to a fun-filled art event, like one of our monthly ArtWalks held in Davis, Woodland, and at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. To explore the local arts on your own, take a charming self-guided tour using the Transmedia ArtWalk and Outdoor Sculpture guides. Whether you’re a long-time art enthusiast or just getting into the local art scene, our art galleries, museums and events truly have something for everyone.
Get ready to eat and drink your way through Downtown Woodland as the inaugural Beer Week kicks off August 27th – September 3rd. Woodland will play host to a ton of exciting events including a Brewer’s Dinner at Mojo’s/Kitchen428, beer movie night, taco tuesday, tap takeovers, Yolo Brewfest and more! Wrap up the week with the “Post Brewfest Hangover Brunch” offered at Father Paddy’s, Mojo’s/Kitchen428 and Savory Cafe. more
March winds sweep across lowlands to undulating hills and valleys, where deep grasses rush like waves to an imaginary Mediterranean shore. In olive orchards, silvery white and green leaves shimmer on the zephyr and on warm autumn days, rich fruit dangles as precious jewels. Throughout Yolo County, they promise a bountiful treasure of liquid gold.
As in ancient times, the ripened fruit delivers a heavenly elixir. Among the oldest cultivated trees in the world, olives spread from Asia Minor (Turkey) to the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Mission varietal brought to Mexico as cuttings by Jesuit missionaries was first planted at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá in 1769.
Eventually growing as far north as San Francisco Solano de Sonoma (Sonoma Mission), these same Mission olives made their way to John Wolfskill’s ranch along Putah Creek in what is now Winters, California. Thanks in part to Wolfskill’s horticultural expertise, California’s olive industry flourished. Over time, supply exceeded demand, olive prices fell and so did the olive oil industry. Only in the past few years have producers and consumers renewed their love affair for California olive oil. And today, Yolo County olive oil is gaining a reputation as among the best in the country. It’s time to discover it for yourself. more
In a striking sandstone building that was constructed in 1903 as the Yolo County Savings Bank, there is an old-style Irish pub. With its weathered wood paneling and comfy stuffed chairs, it appears to have always been there. In fact, Father Paddy’s Public House on Woodland’s historic Main Street is less than a year old, having opened in May of 2016 to almost immediate success.
Proud owner Patrick Redmond says he labored to make it feel like the traditional community gathering place that Irish pubs have always been, going so far as to attack the spacious room with power tools to create the illusion of wear. The result is truly impressive. Somehow, the majestic turn-of-the-century bank interior meshes perfectly with the lovingly built pub. Everything from the scuffed wood floor to the Irish blessings on the walls evokes the kind of place where people meet and tell stories while sipping a pint. more
To say that Clarksburg is off the beaten path is both a correct and an incorrect statement. A winding drive alongside the Sacramento River seems to take you back in time as you drive past the sleepy old mom-and-pop stores surrounded by the vineyards that produce most of Yolo County’s wine. But to get there, it takes just 30 minutes by car from the heart of Yolo County, and a scant 15 minutes from Sacramento.
These aspects make Clarksburg perhaps one of the best destinations in the area for a day trip, especially during the Valentine’s Day season, where lovers can forget about all the stress and troubles of everyday life at the annual Annual Port Weekend. more
Hot Italian in Davis is not just another pizza joint in the heart of a college town with more than its share of pizza joints. Hot Italian actually has something of an original idea: emphasize interesting (both expected and unusual) fresh ingredients and traditional pie-making methods in a fast-casual setting.
“We want our pizza to stand out, to be delicious, to be memorable,” says co-founder Andrea Lepore, who with co-founder and Maestro Pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore opened the Davis location in 2015. (They have earlier incarnations in Sacramento and Emeryville.) They share a belief that anything is possible—“Tutto e possibile” as they say—and that meant building a place where, “pizza brings people together to celebrate Italy’s new generation of art, music, design, sport, food and wine.” more
We sent Sacramento writer Barbara L. Steinberg to check out the dining scene in Woodland for Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week – here is her enthusiastic report.
In California, every season is splendiferous and bountiful along back roads of Yolo County. Part of the Central Valley, this agricultural heartland is situated between coastal foothills and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rolling hills, verdant valleys and mountains overflow with a profusion of vineyards, orchards, pastured livestock and row crops. All the best, the finest and most delicious ingredients take center stage during Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week, January 22-28, 2017. more
We’re kicking off Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week January 22nd – 28th! Restaurant Week is your opportunity to sample some of the very best cuisine that our leading chefs have to offer. During the week of of January 22nd-28th, each of our participating restaurants will be featuring a signature dish highlighting the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Yolo County farms and ranches are famous for their outstanding quality, and that truth shines brightly on every special plate of food you order. So take a look at the farm-to-table dishes our restaurants have to offer and enjoy the remarkable cuisine of Yolo County. Eat where it grows! more