[Susan Cornelis, Sebastopol] Sebastopol, California, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, is known for its excellent-for-pie-making Gravenstein apples. In the spring there’s a parade and Apple Blossom Festival and in August at harvest time, the Gravenstein Apple Festival.
There’s a bit of everything at the festival, folksy music, arts and crafts, farm animals and antique harvest machinery, apple delicacies, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations and more.
On August 13 there was plenty of shade under the oak trees at the Apple Stage to enjoy some excellent cowboy music and humor with Sourdough Slim and Robert. I squeezed onto the front row of hay bales between a guy who was guffawing at the jokes and singing along and an old lady who also seemed to know the cowboy songs by heart.
My eye caught the colorful display of fruits and vegetables on a table where a woman was doing a fascinating demonstration of Farm to Bottle Fermented hot sauce (something which I doubted I’d ever get around to making). As I listened and sketched I could almost taste the “symphony of flavors” she promised with this recipe.
And after seeing the arts and crafts exhibits, buying a new sunhat and eating a honey lavender bacon, cheese, and Gravenstein apple melted sandwich, I headed back for more music.
Susan Cornelis is an artist/teacher based in Sebastopol, California, USA. She is a member of the SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers. You can see more of Susan’s sketches on her blog.