California: Spring food events worth a nibble
Food and wine are ideal ingredients for an easy California getaway. Here are five foodie events and festivals that offer a chance to try something different, from artisan olive-oil tasting to date-flavored gelato. Dig in!
-- Mary Forgione
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Feb. 23: Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off( Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off )
This cook-off on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk rewards those who make a mean clam chowder, Boston (creamy) or Manhattan (brothy) style. Competitors are known to come dressed up as scuba divers, mermaids or the Clam Fairy. And $9 gets you free samples of five chowders and a chance to vote for a People's Choice winner. Proceeds benefit the city's parks department. Info: Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival, (831) 420-5273