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A la carte: Crab, wine, beer and more

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Crab, Wine & Beer Festival kicks off: Mendocino's Crab, Wine & Beer Festival comes to a rolling boil this weekend with fishing trips and train excursions, crab feeds and a crab-cake cook-off.

Here are a few of the festival's highlights:

A Cioppino Dinner will be served at 4:30, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at the historic Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg. Tickets are $35 adults, $15 kids 12 to 6, to benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics.

The signature event — the Crab Cake Cook-off and Wine Tasting Competition — will take place under a big, white tent from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Main and Spruce streets in Fort Bragg. Tickets are $85 adult, to benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics. mendocinocoastclinics.org.

The Skunk Train will depart Fort Bragg at 10 a.m. Saturday on a special Crab & Wine Express featuring local wines and an array of crab dishes. Tickets are $79 adults, $49 child. 964-6371 or skunktrain.com.

The Little River Inn will hold a crab feed at 6 p.m. Jan. 31, where you can rub elbows with local fishermen and hear all kinds of fish tales. Tickets are $50, to benefit MUSE (Mendocino Unified Schools Enrichment). Reservations: 937-5942.

For a complete list of events, go to mendocino.com.


Sustainable farming talk coming to SRJC: Local pioneers in the field of sustainable agriculture will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Santa Rosa Junior College's main campus as part of the Inov8 speaker series.

The TED-inspired talk, held at Newman Auditorium, will feature Bloomfield Farms manager Nick Papadopoulos, co-founder of CropMobster; cheesemaker Jennifer Lynn Bice of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery in Sebastopol; winemaker Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines in Santa Rosa; and Chris Benziger, a partner in the Benizger Family Winery of Glen Ellen.

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