On July 26, The Half Moon Bay Coastside will celebrate its plethora of local farmers, fisherman and ranchers with two events hosted by the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau –The 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs followed by the First Annual Farm to Table Dinner.
“The Half Moon Bay Coastside is an oasis for farm fresh ingredients and we are so excited to showcase all that our region has to offer with the combination of Tour des Fleurs and our first Farm to Table Dinner,” says President of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau, Charise McHugh.
The 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs
Tour des Fleurs offers the public a once-a-year opportunity to tour the area’s nurseries/greenhouses, farms, and one of California’s last working harbors. Many of these businesses are not ordinarily open to the public, however during
Tour des Fleurs visitors will enjoy a “behind the scenes” tour of their facilities and operations. Some will discuss helpful tips to pruning and caring for flowers, others will explain their key to an efficient operation whether it’s a nursery or farm, while others will share their colorful and fascinating family history and how it shaped their businesses today.
Attendees will experience special flower gardens, calla lilies, oceans of roses and hydrangeas, organic herbs and field greens, California native plants, a working dairy farm, grass fed livestock, tours of the Coastside Farmers’ Market and Pillar Point Harbor, an abundance of potted plants of every variety, as well as an aquaponics farm.
Participants can choose from six tour packages, each consisting of three different nurseries. They will drive themselves to the three nurseries to enjoy one-hour guided tours at each. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; price per person: $20. For a description of tour packages and to purchase tickets, visit www.hmbchamber.com or call (650) 726-8380. Tickets are limited.
First Annual Farm to Table Dinner
Following Tour des Fleurs will be the First Annual Farm to Table Dinner, a celebration of the Half Moon Bay Coastside’s bounty of farm fresh ingredients and the Coastside’s farmers, fishermen and ranchers.
More than 100 people will gather for a seasonal feast at one long outdoor table stretching across the starlit fields of Farmer John’s Home Farm. Guests will be transported to the farm via a hayride wagon.* Presented and served by Harley Farms Goat Dairy, this 100% gluten-free five-course dinner will feature organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, virgin olive oil, honey, herbs, breads and artisanal cheeses provided by local farms and Duarte’s.
The meal will begin with delicious appetizers from area restaurants Pasta Moon, Sam’s Chowder House and It’s Italia. Wines will be provided by winery Trojak-Knier, located in Princeton-by-the-Sea. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Price per person: $250; includes a special commemorative basket filled with local produce.
*Guests must arrive at the farm via the hayride; parking at Farmer John’s Home Farm is not permitted. Board the hay wagon at the intersection of Miramontes & San Benito streets in Downtown Half Moon Bay; rides run from 6 – 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call (650) 726-8380 or visit www.hmbchamber.com. Tickets are extremely limited.