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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Southern Humboldt Feast

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 8:59 PM

This past weekend was a celebration of Southern Humboldt bounty in Garberville, with the Feast of Fields hosted by Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau. After Friday's Meet the Farmers Dinner at the Historic Benbow Inn, participants strolled Southern Humboldt Community Park on Saturday, sampling local produce, foods and beverages. The fruits of the region were represented via barbecue, locally made wine and beer, fruits and vegetables, oysters, sushi and more. The Garberville Rotary was on hand for drink sales.

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Cannabis farmers, too, showed off their crops, with some earning trophies at the inaugural Feast of Flowers Cup sponsored by Country Club Cannabis. Winners included Canyon Farms' Orangeade for Best Sativa, Humboldt's Finest's Sour Diesel x Lemon Kush for Best Hybrid and Greenlight Farms' Ice Cream Cake for Best Indica.

Those wanting to learn a little something about how local growing conditions affect cannabis got a lesson at the International Cannabis Farmers-sponsored Taste of Terroir event.  See the slideshow below of Journal See the slideshow below for highlights from Saturday.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Photos from the 57th Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Given the last few years of wildfire smoke-filled skies, it was a relief for a large crowd of attendees to only smell smoke from the traditional salmon fire pit at the 57th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. This year's theme was "Skue’n ‘Owook, Can’t Wait for Tomorrow," which linked Yurok Tribe plans for the removal of the Klamath River dams and the reintroduction of the California condor in Northwestern California. (See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.)
The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Photos from Oyster Fest 2019

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass.

The 29th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival managed to pack the Arcata Plaza with thousands of attendees on Saturday, despite some unusual drama in the days before the event. First there was the local beer controversy and then the last-minute health crisis — oops, a math error, no crisis — regarding the safety of the 130,000+plus local oysters from Humboldt Bay to be eaten at the event, which is organized by Arcata Main Street as its primary fundraiser.

The early morning foggy overcast burned off in early afternoon for the usual event line up of live music, an oyster-calling contest for children and adults, and the Shuck & Swallow oyster-eating contest, as well as the food and beer venues. See more about winners of the Best Oyster contest here, and a slideshow of the day's highlights below.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hayrides and Apple Harvest at Clendenen's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 4:07 PM

A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard.

Bushels of fun were had this past weekend at Fortuna's annual Apple Harvest Festival. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed pies and cider, a street fair, arts and craft vendors and live music throughout the weekend. And down at Clendenen's Cider Works, apple-cheeked kids and adults alike sampled pressed cider and climbed aboard hayrides through the orchard. Photographer Mark McKenna captured some highlights from Sunday's festivities in the slideshow below. Savor the sweetness at your leisure.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Photos from the 56th Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 7:06 PM

In a Gensaw family tradition, Sam and Donovan Gensaw helped their grandfather Danny Gensaw cook fresh salmon over an open fire for the Salmon Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • In a Gensaw family tradition, Sam and Donovan Gensaw helped their grandfather Danny Gensaw cook fresh salmon over an open fire for the Salmon Festival.

The tasty smell of fresh Klamath River salmon cooking the traditional way over an open fire mingled with the tangy smell of smoke from wildfires at the Yurok Tribe's 56th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Sunday. The Yurok tribe had canceled serving salmon in 2016 and 2017 due to low fish runs.

The event's annual parade featured two grand marshals who are military veterans, Joe Pitt (89) of Klamath, and Irving Wilder, of Weitchpec.

In a new addition to Sunday's usual family fun, live music, car show and a wide array of vendors and information booths, seven expert traditional basket weavers from different local tribes worked in a tent area filled with different types of ceremonial regalia, basketry and other cultural objects. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hollywood Star for Mayor of Flavortown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced its "Class of 2019" inductees and among the stars of film, TV, stage and music to receive a star on the Walk of Fame is — holy moly, stromboli — one Guy Fieri of Ferndale.

No dedication ceremony dates have been announced yet but expect the host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (it filmed in Humboldt once, you might have heard about it), Guy's Grocery Games and Rachel vs. Guy: Kids' Cook-off  (shama-lama ding-dong, when does he sleep?) to unveil his polished pink star sometime next year. Righteous.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fish Fest Faves

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy.

The city of Trinidad turned into a giant parking lot on a beautiful calm Sunday morning to handle the large crowd of attendees at the 61st annual Trinidad Fish Festival. Street corners and lawns were filled with yard sales, while the main attraction was the coho salmon from Alaska being barbecued for lunch next to the school.

Trinity Street was filled with live music and the usual booths of arts and crafts vendors and a number of community organizations. The walk up Trinidad head to tour the old light house attracted a lot of hikers, as did the open house at the Humboldt State University Marine Lab. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photos from the Oyster Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM

McKinley's festival look. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • McKinley's festival look.

Thousands of attendees consumed tens of thousands of oysters at the 28th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on Saturday. The traditional event featured the usual long lines at the favorite award-winning oyster vendors and added a number of new entertainment features, including the Mermaid Lounge and silent disco, to the usual line up of oyster calling, live music and art. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Oyster Fest Winners

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Best in Show shooters from Sushi Spot.

By 10:15 a.m., parking was scarce, revelers were flowing onto the plaza and the first entries for Best Raw Oyster at the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival were teetering toward the judges on an ice-packed tray. By noon, the staff was tallying ballots, and by 1:40 p.m., the winners were on the books and volunteer coordinator Sydney Marrone was sprinting across the plaza to make the announcement.

Out of a mere five entries this year, there was still stiff competition, and Hog Island Oyster Co. took the title for Best Raw with a sweet corn mignonette, micro cilantro and a drizzle of urfa chili oil.
Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Hog Island’s corn mignonette won Best Raw.
Best Cooked went to Blue Lake Casino for its grilled oyster with miso dill butter sauce and rice cracker caviar, which beat out six other contestants. It’s not yet on the menu at Alice’s but the staff on the plaza said it may be soon, depending on how it sells today. The win might add motivation there.
Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Blue Lake’s Best Cooked oyster with rice cracker crispies.

Best in Show shocked no one with frequent winner Sushi Spot claiming the prize for its Goose Point oyster shooter with spicy yuzu citrus pepper sauce, jalapeño, lime and a teeny cherry tomato that some poor soul had to peel. (We see you, hardworking tomato peeler.)

And Pizza Gago snagged Best Non-oyster with a wagyu beef and chimichurri pizza, though it’s worth noting the mobile pizza joint very nearly took Best Cooked Oyster with its garlicky pizza topped with lemon and coconut cream sauce, bacon, spinach and oysters.
Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Steak pizza won Pizza Gago Best Non-oyster.

The sun’s still shining, the music is still playing and you can still line up for the winners if you hurry. 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tomo's Back

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Sushi chef Josh Hand is back behind the counter at Tomo Japanese Restaurant. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Sushi chef Josh Hand is back behind the counter at Tomo Japanese Restaurant.

Out of the ashes — well, mostly smoke damage — of a Jan. 27 fire, comes Tomo Japanese Restaurant in Arcata, having reopened Monday night for dinner service. According to the restaurant's General Manager Josh Hand, the fire, which started by the aquarium (check your fish, folks), did plenty of damage, leaving a path of destruction into the kitchen, where the range hoods pulled the smoke, and dining room. Insurance "took a while to come through," he says, but covered the rehab. That included new carpets, paint, repairing shoji screens, replacing part of the sushi counter, cleaning out sushi counter refrigeration units and a new range, floors and other equipment in the kitchen.

Hand, who started out washing dishes at Tomo as a teenager 16 years ago and is now the head sushi chef, spent the downtime helping with the cleanup. Most of the old staff is back, though management had to hire a new sushi maker, a cook and a pair of dishwashers. For now the Arcata institution is only open for dinner starting at 4 p.m., but Hand is hopeful it'll be back on for lunch over the next few months.  
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