Rio Vista

Slow Food festival returns to Rio Vista

By From page A3 | June 15, 2014

RIO VISTA — Caring, cultivating and connecting are the key words for the third annual Slow Food Rio Vista event, which returns June 21.

Those who attend will be able to sip local wine, sample local food and listen to live music and speakers, peruse an art exhibit and watch food exhibitions.

“Approximately 3½ years ago, a community focus group and I began meeting to find ways to improve the community of Rio Vista,” said Janith Norman, a co-founder of the Slow Food chapter in Rio Vista. “We decided that a festival highlighting the foods raised and grown here and in the Delta would be a good start.”

Participating wineries are Carvalho Winery, California Natural Wine, Dancing Coyote Winery, Domaine Carneros, Flora Springs Winery, Lucas Winery, Michael David Winery and Sutter Home Winery.

Rio Vista chefs will serve up Jamaican curry goat, barbecue lamb ribs, lamb and chicken kabobs, chicken Vesuvio, brisket, rice pilaf, rosemary cannellini beans, gazpacho, barbecue corn and yalanchi, which is vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, plus a variety of salads and desserts.

“The slow food principles are to care, cultivate and connect people to the land and each other through local projects, educational events and shared meals,” Norman said.

The Slow Food chapter in Rio Vista is part of the national organization, Slow Food USA, which is part of an international organization. Norman has been selected to be a U.S. delegate in Italy this year at the world meeting for Slow Food.

“This is a big deal for Rio Vista,” Norman said. “During the world meeting . . . our small town will be highlighted and connected on a global level.”

Slow Food Rio Vista is an “official charitable organization” under the Slow Food USA umbrella. Its first year, it made enough money to donate to the local food bank and “seed” the next year’s festival.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 45 Main St. For tickets and information, call 374-6118 or go to www.SlowFoodRioVista.org.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

Schedule of events June 21

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Floating appetizers

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Lunch


11 a.m. to noon: Denny James

Noon to 2:30 p.m.: Lee Howard’s Musical Universe

2:30 to 4 p.m.: Little Motel


11:30 a.m.: Al Medvits, Farming and the effects of the drought

12:30 p.m.: Sara Helmers, Organic wines, processing and tasting

2:30 p.m.: Food demonstration


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