Passport Weekend

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY FOR 12th ANNUAL SIERRA ORO FARM TRAIL PASSPORT WEEKEND

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Tickets go on sale on July 20th

CONTACT: Nicole Johansson
530-990-0383 (cell) or nicole@lodestarfarms.com

CHICO, Calif. (July 18, 2017) – A passport and a tank of gas are all you need to enjoy a food and wine weekend getaway to beautiful Butte County. Guests wishing to purchase passports in person at local retail outlets will have to wait until after Labor Day; however, tickets for the 12th annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend are now for sale online only at www.sierraoro.org.

Tour, taste and toast your way through Butte County on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A passport opens the doors to amazing specialty farms and wineries where visitors will sample tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts and award-winning wines, all while getting to know local farmers and winemakers behind them. Participants can set their own pace as they explore a variety of the 34 farms and wineries along this year’s Farm Trail.

“Butte County is uniquely positioned with a diverse array of farms and wineries, making our annual passport event stand out for both wine and food enthusiasts,” said Jamie Johansson, owner and farmer at Lodestar Olive Oil and co-founder of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. “In addition to a gourmet tasting experience, guests get to meet generations of family farmers and winemakers. That personal relationship with the growers is what makes our tour so special.”

This year’s Farm Trail features three new stops: Book Family Farm, Live Vine Wines and Matson Rice, making a total of 14 wineries and 20 specialty farms where guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the scenic agricultural landscape, meet local farmers and winemakers, and sample the amazing bounty Butte County has to offer.

Two locations are offering boxed lunches for pre-sale online at sierraoro.org with passport ticket orders. Guests who purchase the pre-paid lunches can choose tri tip at Wagon Wheel in Oroville or pulled pork at Llano Seco Rancho in Chico. Lunch boxes, $10 each, include a side dish and drink. Lunches are available for purchase online ONLY. Date and location for picking up lunch must be pre-selected at time of purchase.

Due to the popularity of Passport Weekend, an early sell-out is expected. Passports cost $30 per person and include a 2017 map and free commemorative wine glass for each ticket purchased. Wine glasses will be picked up at the first winery you visit on the farm trail, where your passport will be punched and ID will be checked.

Proceeds from the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend benefit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association, dedicated to further developing agri-tourism in Butte County. Online tickets will go on sale July 20, 2017. For more information, visit www.sierraoro.org or call the Butte County Farm Bureau at (530) 533-1473.

Join the conversation on our social media channels: Facebook: www.facebook.com/SierraOroFarmTrail and Twitter: @FarmTrail

Passport Weekend is sponsored by the Butte County Farm Bureau, Chico Chamber of Commerce and Tri Counties Bank. Participating farms and wineries include the following: Almendra Winery & Distillery (Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards), Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Book Family Farm, Butte College Environmental Horticulture Nursery, Butte View Olive Company, Calolea Olive Oil, CSU Chico University Farm, Dog Creek Cellars, Gale Vineyards, Harrison’s California Chestnuts, Harvest Hill Farm, Hickman Family Vineyards, Hodges Nursery & Gifts, LaRocca Vineyards, Lavender Ranch, Live Vine Wines, Llano Seco Rancho, Lodestar Farms, Long Creek Winery & Ranch, Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Matson Rice, Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch, Nesseré Vineyards, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Noble Orchards, Patrick Ranch Museum, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Company, Purple Line Urban Winery, Quilici Vineyards, Sohnrey Family Foods, Spencer Shirey Wines, TJ Farms and Wagon Wheel Market.

PRESS CONTACT: Nicole Johansson
530.990.0383 or nicole@lodestarfarms.com

Passport Weekend Quick Overview

When

October (Columbus Day Weekend)

Where

Nearly 31 participating wineries and specialty farms located throughout Butte County

Cost

$30 in advance or $35 day of event* (if still available) - Ticket includes free tasting at nearly 31 venues and a commemorative wine glass.

No Refunds: Including in-person and online sales.

Online ticket sales have closed and are now only available at the following locations (through the week of 10/3): the tickets will be at Butte County Tri Counties Bank branches, Chico, Oroville and Paradise Chambers of Commerce and the Butte County Farm Bureau office.

If there are tickets left, they will be at these farms on the weekend of the event and the price will go up to $35:

Harvest Hill Farm - Oroville
Chico State Farm - Chico
Hodges Nursery - Durham
Noble Orchards - Paradise

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Common Questions

Designated Driver's need a ticket if they want to partake in the food tasting and other special non-alcohol related activities on Passport Weekend.

Sharing passports is not recommended. Wineries will charge $5 per extra tasting for individuals who don't have a passport.

Kids under 12 are free, we don't recommend patrons bring kids to wineries.

NEW! Lunch Stops! Pre-purchase a $10 lunch when you order your passport online. Lunch can be purchased for Saturday or Sunday.
North County - Lunches can be picked up at Maisie Janes, pulled pork sandwiches with a side and a drink for $10
South County - Lunches can be picked up at Wagon Wheel, tri tip with a side and a drink for $10