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The produce is the star at National Heirloom Exposition

September 07, 2012|By Caitlin Keller
  • The National Heirloom Expo takes place next week in Santa Rosa, Calif.
The National Heirloom Expo takes place next week in Santa Rosa, Calif. (The National Heirloom Exposition )

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sonoma County plays host to the second annual National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, Calif. The not-for-profit event draws folks from far and wide to talk and gawk at the country's largest exhibit of heirloom produce.

More than 70 food enthusiasts will be speaking at the midweek expo, including Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food; Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden"; and Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Attendees can also watch screenings of the latest food-related films as well as take home produce, plants and seeds, garden and nursery supplies, among many more offerings, from more than 300 participating vendors.

Other happenings at this year's exposition include a giant pumpkin contest, chef and homestead demos and the festival of fruit.

Buy tickets online: Tickets cost $10 per person to attend one day or $25 for all three days of the expo.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, theheirloomexpo.com.

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