Passport Weekend

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Announces Ticket Sales for 10th Annual Passport Weekend – October 10 & 11!

Visit 31 Wineries & Specialty Farms Including Five New Locations!

CHICO, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2015) – Tickets for the 10th Annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail map will go on pre-sale Monday, Aug, 31 at, 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 10 & 11, 2015 (Columbus Day Weekend).

2015 Passport Weekend continues with the theme: “Tour. Taste. Toast!” and debuts a newly redesigned 10th annual map and farm-fresh logo commemorating the 10 year milestone.

“It’s inspiring to see how the map has grown in the last 10 years. Our signature ‘farm-to-fork’ passport event provides a special opportunity to celebrate the bounty produced by farms in Butte County,” said Jamie Johansson of Lodestar Farms, who co-founded the map with Heather Quilici of Quilici Vineyards in 2005. “If you haven’t experienced Passport Weekend, we have five new farms this year. Come out and connect with your local farmers and winemakers and discover some new culinary favorites, too.”

New additions to this year’s map include:

Bangor Ranch Winery and Vineyard - Nestled in the rolling foothills of the northern Sierra, Bangor Ranch specializes in small lots of hand-crafted wines that express intense character, complexity and depth. Gary Paul Fox, owner and winemaker, carefully crafts each wine to embody the distinct qualities of the grapes and terroir. The estate wines reflect the unique hillside position and ideal exposure of our decomposed granite soils. Fox also produces extra virgin olive oil from century-old Mission olive trees.

Harrison's California Chestnuts - A family-owned and operated chestnut orchard in Gridley, California, this is the first time the farm trail has included a stop in Gridley. The Harrison’s grow Colossal Chestnuts, a premium varietal prized for exceptional flavor and size. Chestnuts have been described as the ultimate, healthy gourmet food, Low in Fat-High in Fiber-Gluten Free. Sweet, fresh chestnuts will be available for sampling and purchase. For those new to the chestnut experience, you will have an opportunity to learn about how to cook chestnuts and see the farm in full harvest.

Hodge's Nursery & Gifts - Hodge’s Nursery & Gifts is a "throwback" nursery. Owner Ken Hodges grows most of the plants & trees they sell. For Passport Weekend, Hodge will be giving one of the nursery's favorite tours and he will show you how to keep your fruit trees just 5 feet tall & produce bushels of fruit. With 5 acres of plants & trees and a Gift Shop, Hodge's is a great place to visit for the farming aficionado.

Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese - This farm, while located in Orland, is the only dairy and cheese producer on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail and returns to the map in 2015. The Pedrozos have developed their own style and their cheeses are true California originals. Their commitment to sustainable agriculture and responsible stewardship has remained as strong as ever. Their cows have year-round access to the outdoors and graze on natural grasses as long as the pastures are in bloom. The health of their cows and their natural diet come through in the robust flavors of their raw milk cheeses.

Welty Mandarins - For more than 50 years Welty Mandarins has produced tree ripened Satsuma Mandarins. The orchard rests on a knoll surrounded by open fields, offering the visitor nearly panoramic views of the Sierras. The vintage packing house still uses packing boxes and machinery from the last century to process and pack nearly 60 tons mandarin oranges.

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 $25 per person and include a 2015 map and free commemorative wine glass for each ticket purchased. Advanced online pre-sale for tickets begins Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at 8a.m. Tickets will also be available Tuesday, September 8th 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 $30 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 or call the Chico Chamber of Commerce at 530-891-5556 (800-852-8570).

PRESS CONTACT: Nicole Johansson
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Passport Weekend Quick Overview


October (Columbus Day Weekend)


Nearly 31 participating wineries and specialty farms located throughout Butte County


$25 in advance or $30 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.

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