Passport Weekend

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Announces Ticket Sales for 11th Annual Passport Weekend – October 8th & 9th!

Visit 34 Wineries & Specialty Farms!

CHICO, Calif. – Tickets for the 11th Annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail map will go on pre-sale Monday, Aug, 31 at www.sierraoro.org, followed by ticket sales at Butte County-area Tri Counties Bank branches and local Chambers of Commerce on Tuesday, September 8. This annual sell-out event showcases more than 30 Butte County wineries and specialty farms, including five new locations that will be a part of the popular culinary adventure on October 8th & 9th, 2016 (Columbus Day Weekend).

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, a passport opens the doors to amazing specialty farms and local wineries where visitors will share samples of tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts, award-winning wines and much more. Prior to the Passport Weekend, interested passport holders can view all participating farms and wineries online to help pre-plan their route. Passport holders can set their own pace, take self-guided tours of the scenic agricultural trails, meet local farmers and winemakers and sample offerings at locally-owned wineries and specialty farms located throughout Butte County. Click Here For Tips For the Trail.

Due to the popularity of the Passport Weekend, an early sell-out is expected. Passports cost $28 per person and include a 2016 map and free commemorative wine glass for each ticket purchased. Advanced online pre-sale for tickets begins Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at 8a.m. Tickets will also be available Tuesday, September 5th at all Tri Counties Bank locations in Butte County and the Chico, Paradise and Oroville Chamber of Commerce locations (all online sales include a small per-ticket service fee). Early purchase is encouraged. Passports will cost $33 per person the day of the event, subject to availability.

All 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. The Sierra Oro Farm Trail is supported by the Butte County Ag Groups Foundation. More information about the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend is available by calling the Butte County Farm Bureau office at (530) 533-1473 or Chico Chamber of Commerce at (530) 891-5556.

Passport Weekend is sponsored by the Butte County Farm Bureau, Chico Chamber of Commerce, Quadco Printing and Tri Counties Bank. Participating farms and wineries include the following: Bangor Ranch Winery and Vineyard, Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards, Butte College Environmental Horticulture Nursery, Butte View Olive Company, Calolea Olive Oil, CSU Chico College of Agriculture, Dog Creek Cellars, Emerald “C” Vineyards, Gale Vineyards, Grey Fox Vineyards, Harrison’s California Chestnuts, Hickman Family Vineyards, Hodges Nursery & Gifts, Honey Run Winery, LaRocca Vineyards, Lavender Ranch, Llano Seco Rancho, Lodestar Farms, Long Creek Winery, Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Morse Farms, Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch, New Clairvaux Vineyards, Noble Orchards, Patrick Ranch Museum, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese, Quilici Vineyards, TJ Farms, Wagon Wheel Market, Welty Mandarin Ranch and The Worm Farm. For more information, email info@sierraoro.org or call the Chico Chamber of Commerce at 530-891-5556 (800-852-8570).

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

Passport Weekend Quick Overview

When

October (Columbus Day Weekend)

Where

Nearly 34 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 34 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

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