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Flowers for Foodies

Interested in going from garden to table? This event will get you started.


Got a green thumb and a gourmet tongue? Then you might want to check out the 26th annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Event Center. This year, the show has added cooking demonstrations with top Bay Area chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, in addition to spectacular garden installations, garden-supply vendors, and seminars on composting and flower-arranging techniques.

Among the highlights: Attend cooking demonstrations by Waters; Esquire magazine’s 2010 Chef of the Year, Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley; and other top-notch Bay Area chefs. Learn to make beer and jam in the edible garden, which features fruit trees and a chicken coop topped with a garden. Sip wine from the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association, including selections from Wente Vineyards. And admire 20 full-size garden installations from top local designers, including a 5,000-square-foot aesthetic edible garden by Oakland’s Star Apple Edible Gardens.

For kids, there’s Sproutopia, offering hands-on activities and displays of children’s container gardens. Need more than one day to take it all in? Purchase a multiday pass for $25.

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, March 23–26, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; March 27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo, tickets $15–$25, sfgardenshow.com

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