What: For the fifth year, the banana will be the star of its own gathering, with a bake-off, a Carmen Miranda hat contest and entertainment.
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: William Land Park, corner of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento
Cost: $5; children 5 and under free
Information: (916) 320-9573, www.sacbananafestival.com
Sample the Sierra
What: Local growers and chefs team up to make dishes that are paired with wines and beer as part of many food-focused events Labor Day weekend.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 31
Where: Bijou Community Park, 1201 Al Tahoe Dr., South Lake Tahoe
Feast at the Fort
What: This culinary experience will be held for the fifth time at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, with a menu showcasing cheese. The dinner, which benefits Friends of Sutter’s Fort, pairs wines and beers with foods created by local chefs.
When: 6:30-p.m. Sept. 20
Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento
Cost: $75 before Sept. 1 and $85 after
Information: (916) 323-7626 or visit www.suttersfort.org
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