Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mendocino Whale Festival

   March 5 & 6, 2011

MENDOCINO, Calif. — Wine tasting and whale watching will be the featured attractions of the 29th Annual Mendocino Whale Festival March 5th and 6th in Mendocino.

Many wineries will set up tasting stations in inns, galleries and shops throughout Mendocino Village and Little River, while the area’s top chefs produce their favorite seafood chowders in a tasting event. A marine mammal art exhibit, plein-air (live outdoor painting demonstrations) and docent-led walks are all part of the two-day festival.

With some 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.
Major events include:
  • Wine Tasting in Mendocino’s shops-Saturday only 12-4pm, $30. Register at Welcome Centers: Crown Hall-Main St, the Ford House-Main St. Event brochures, t-shirts and totes available. 21 & over only
    Barra of Mendocino  - Claudia Springs Winery  - Esterlina Vineyards  - Graziano Family of Wines  - Handley Cellars -  Husch Vineyards  - Jeriko Estate Winery  - McNab Ridge Winery  - Meyer Family Cellars  - Navarro Vineyards  - Philo Ridge Vineyards  - Simaine Cellars  - Weibel Winery

  • Chowder Tasting in Crown Hall, Saturday from 11am-till the chowder runs out, $10 allows you to taste each participant. Crown Hall located at 45285 Ukiah St., Mendocino. T-shirts and totes available during event. Music by Jamie Peters & Hugh Connolly
  • Whale Watching walks on the headlands and Gray Whale Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor’s Center, Saturday and Sunday. Call 937-5397 for more information and hours Ford House Visitor Center located on ocean side of Main Street, Mendocino.
  • Plein-air Artists in the Village Weather permitting! See local artists painting on the Mendocino Headlands, Saturday
  • Marine Wildlife Exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center, 10-4pm, Little Lake St., Mendocino. Call 937-5818
  • Whale Watching Cruises from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg all day both Saturday and Sunday, call Chamber of Commerce for charter boat referrals, 707-961-6300 between 9-5 on weekdays, 9-3 on Saturday
  • Whale Watching by Horseback, call Chamber of Commerce for referrals, 707-961-6300 between 9-5 on weekdays, 9-3 on Saturday.

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