Break out those picnic blankets and baskets!
Picnic in the Park returned to the Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday, March 19. The event runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday in Central Park at Third and C streets in downtown Davis.
The Davis Food Co-op sponsors live music from local bands every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to dark through Oct. 29. Weekly visitors will enjoy an eclectic mix of music, including bluegrass, Americana, rock and roll, blues, Dixieland, Big Band, rockabilly, dance music, rhythm and blues, world music and Latin fusion.
Visitors are invited to shop the farmers market, buy dinner from local food vendors, visit the Davis Soroptimists’ beer and wine garden and entertain the kids with family fun. Children’s activities include the park’s bicycle-powered carousel, Rocknasium’s climbing structure, bounce houses, face-painting, pony rides by Greenich’s Acres and balloon creations from Dilly Dally the Clown.
The food fair offers picnickers a wide array of dinner specialties to tantalize worldly palates. New food vendors this year include the Davis Food Co-op, Montoya’s Tamales, Our House and Village Bakery. They join old favorites The Buckhorn, Ciocolat, Davis Creamery, East-West Gourmet, The Hotdogger, Kathmandu Kitchen, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, Raja’s Tandoor, Thai Recipes, Upper Crust Bakery and Kettlepop.
The Co-op will offer family-friendly fare, including two seasonal deli salads, turkey wraps and vegetable wraps, macaroni and cheese, milk and coconut water. Montoya’s Tamales — a popular vendor at the Saturday and winter Wednesday markets — will serve a variety of tamales, tacos, burritos and dinner plates.
Our House will offer up grilled artichokes with rosemary aioli, root beer pork sliders with horseradish slaw, grilled boneless chicken thigh skewers with jerk or chipotle sauce and Caesar salad bowls (plain or topped with a chicken skewer). Village Bakery rounds out the new food offerings with its “Best of Davis” thin-crust pizzas by the slice.
“The market is transitioning toward food vendors who source some of their ingredients from the market each week,” said manager Randii MacNear. “This supports our commitment to offer farm-fresh, local food from farmers as well as local restaurants and food vendors who sell at Picnic in the Park.”
The market is packed with organic and conventional spring produce — strawberries, asparagus, snap peas, greens, lettuces and more. Craft booths are at the north end of the market. For more information, call 530-756-1695 or visit www.davisfarmersmarket.org.
April 2: Peter Franklin Band: classic rock
April 9: Guitar Mac & the Blues Express: blues
April 16: The Road Crew: folk rock
April 23: The Notorious Shank Brothers: bluegrass
April 30: Tha’ Dirt Feeling: hip-hop and rock and roll
May 7: Sticky Vikki & the Pinecones: rockabilly
May 14: Sidetracked: eclectic folk
May 21: Papa Hip: rock and R&B
May 28: Avalanche and Cal Aggie Band-uh: bluegrass and Picnic Pops
June 4: High Strung: bluegrass
June 11: Hardwater: pop/rock/folk/blues
June 18: Frankie & the Fabletones: rock and roll oldies
June 25: Odd Man Out: folk and ’60s and ’70s rock
July 2: Over Forté: Dixieland
July 9: Acoustic S & M: 50 Years of folk/rock
July 16: The Hucklebucks: blues
July 23: Lincoln Highway Band: country/rockabilly
July 30: Julie & the Jukes: blues
Aug. 6: The Plainfield Pickers: Western swing/bluegrass
Aug. 13: Cold Shot: dance music
Aug. 20: Anderson-Gram Duo: folk/Americana
Aug. 27: Yolo Mambo: world music
Sept. 3: It’s About Time: Big Band/swing
Sept. 10: The Undulations: post-modern swing
Sept. 17: Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies: bluegrass
Sept. 24: Catfish & the Crawdaddies: American roots
Oct. 1: Pleasant Valley Boys: bluegrass
Oct. 8: Reegal Beezers: jazz and Beatles
Oct. 15: The Sharks: ’60s rock instrumentals
Oct. 22: Walkin’ the Dawg: rock and roll
Oct. 29: Red Union Blues: rock/pop/folk/country