Friday, Sept. 7
Noon to 8 p.m. — Taste local treats while shopping at Bombshell, Ashland's newest vintage consignment boutique, 340 A St. No. 5, Ashland.5 to 8 p.m. — Boulton & Son Butchers First Friday grand-opening celebration barbecue with Thrive, parking lot next to 180 Lithia Way, Ashland.5 to 8 p.m. — Open house at Vitalist School of Herbology, 340 A St. No. 7, Ashland. Explore the region's medicinal and edible wild plants in an apothecary of more than 200 plant-based medicines.
Saturday, Sept. 8
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — 10th annual release in limited quantities of award-winning Rogue River Blue, along with tastings of local wines, available for purchase at 10-percent off, at the Rogue Creamery cheese shop, 311 N. Front St. Central Point.10 a.m. to noon — The Great Tomato Tasting features a variety of heirloom, cherry, paste and hybrid tomatoes at Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market, Oak Street, downtown Ashland.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Master Food Preservers demonstrate preserving tomatoes at Seven Oaks Farm, 5504 Rogue Valley Highway, Central Point.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Tasting of Mrs. Britt's Dips at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland.2 to 4 p.m. — "Complete Nutritional Juicing," a free class at The Right Plan, 706 Cardley Ave., Medford. Learn how to naturally boost energy and use leftover fruits and vegetables to make nutritious snacks. Stop by to sample and learn about different types of juicers.5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — David Correa and Cascada play music in the barn at Plaisance Ranch, 16955 Water Gap Road, Williams. Cover charge is $5; wine is available for purchase by the glass; free appetizers; dinner for purchase from Cocina 7.
Sunday, Sept. 9
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Tasting of a Branson's Chocolates fountain at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland.4 p.m. — Food for Thought Film Festival: "Chicken Palooza" and "Mad City Chickens" film screening at 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Join Thrive, Rogue Valley Farm to School, Grange Co-op and Ashland Chicken Cooperative for music, resources, snacks and a panel discussion about everything chicken. "Mad City Chickens" is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at people who keep chickens in their backyards.
Monday, Sept. 10
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Tasting with Hands On Grains at US Bank, 827 S. Central Ave., Medford (also planned for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 14-17).Noon to 2 p.m. — Tasting of local food products at Ashland Food Co-op, 237 N. First St., Ashland (also planned for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 14-17).
Tuesday, Sept. 11
10 to 11:30 a.m. — Demonstration with chef Chandra Corwin of Cucina Biazzi at Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland.10 a.m. to noon — The Great Tomato Tasting features a variety of heirloom, cherry, paste and hybrid tomatoes at Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market in Ashland.4 to 6 p.m. — "Grind & Bake" class of all-sized rolls with Hands On Grains at The Right Plan, 706 Cardley Ave., Medford. Cost is $15; preregister by calling 541-830-1975.4 p.m. — Meal Solutions tasting of local-ingredient recipes at Ashland Food Co-op's culinary kiosk, 237 N. First St., Ashland.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — "Choose My Plate" free nutrition class at Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. Call 541-776-7371 to register.5 to 7 p.m. — Tasting of a local dish inspired by harvest season at South Stage Cellars' tasting room, 125 Third St., Jacksonville. Reservations required; call 541-899-9120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org:30 p.m. — Food for Thought Film Festival: "Food Stamped" is an informative and humorous documentary following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food-stamp budget. Co-sponsored by ACCESS and Oregon Action at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford.
Eat Local Challenge events
Friday, Sept. 7