Come early September, summer's bounty is more than ample--plums are tumbling to the ground with juicy thuds, squash has almost been reclassified an invasive species and heirloom tomatoes are so plump, Sir Mix-a-Lot is penning odes to them.
And that means the time is ripe for harvest dinners. The Capital City Public Market will host its annual fundraiser, the Harvest Moon Dinner, Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6-10 p.m. The sold-out, five-course meal will feature all local wine and grub, including lamb tagine from Richard Langston from Cafe Vicino.
Boise Urban Garden School is mixing it up this year with its food truck rally themed Harvest Dinner and silent auction. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-10 p.m. at 4821 Franklin Road and feature items like pork sliders, tacos, salads and cake balls, all served from wooden food truck facades handcrafted by BUGS students. Tickets cost $60 per person and can be purchased at boiseurbangardenschool.org.
And speaking of plump tomatoes, Earthly Delights Farm is hosting an Heirloom Tomato Tasting and Salsa Contest Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at 3516 Hawthorne Drive. Attendees should bring $5 or plenty of heirloom, open-pollinated (not hybrid) tomatoes to share. The event hopes to sample at least 100 locally grown varieties to showcase genetic diversity in the area. There will also be a salsa contest with mild, medium and hot divisions, along with tomato seed-saving and processing demos and live music.
Moving from plump to funk, Bittercreek Ale House is hosting a three-day Funk Fest from Thursday, Sept. 6-Saturday, Sept. 8. The fest will feature wild ales, sours and other assortments of funky beers from breweries like Brasserie Fantome, 21st Amendment, Epic, New Belgium, Odell and Payette.
Thursday, Sept. 6, there will be two blending symposium sessions, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar. Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., Boise Beardsmen will host a Funky Facial Hair Contest. And Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a funky brunch paired with beers at Bittercreek beginning at 10 a.m. Later that evening, there will be a wrap party with taster-board and food specials. For more info on Funk Fest, visit Bittercreek's Facebook page.