ATTENTION:We are working on improving our ticket distribution with online ticketing. This means you would not receive a physical passport in the mail, you would check in with your phone and your (Passport) ticket will now be on your phone. In the event that we need to mail something you, please make sure you enter a physical mailing address at checkout.
Fans of farm to fork can now plan their food and wine weekend getaway to beautiful Butte County with an all new e-Passport for the 15th annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend on October 12th-13th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
An e-Passport opens the doors to a food and wine extravaganza where local specialty farms and wineries host visitors and celebrate agriculture. Some of the highlights include tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts and award-winning wines and the opportunity to meet the local farmers and winemakers. Participants can set their own pace as they explore a variety of more than 30 farms and wineries along the 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 Passport Weekend features a return of the Lavender Ranch, adding to the allure of the southwest side of south Butte County.
Due to the popularity of Passport Weekend, an early sell-out is expected. Passports cost $30 per person and include a 2018 map and free commemorative wine glass for each ticket purchased.
“The upgrade to an e-Passport means guests will not receive a physical passport in the mail. Instead, once a purchase is made, we will email a ticket which can be printed or shown on a mobile device to check-in at any one of the designated Sierra Oro Farm Trail Check-in Locations,” said Nicole Johansson, farm trail organizer.
Guests will receive a paper passport and new multi-day wristband once they’ve checked in. These items will identify each guest as part of the farm trail and grant access to all locations for passport weekend. Tri Counties Bank will sell paper passports starting after Labor Day for locals. Guests who purchase a paper ticket will need to check-in. A passport is good for one or both days, there is not a one-day ticket purchase option.
This year on the farm trail, you'll designate a check in location when you buy your passport online and you will stop there first. YOU ONLY HAVE TO CHECK IN ONCE at your first stop. Once checked in, you're good to go for the rest of the weekend. At check in you'll receive a new 2-day bracelet that identifies you as part of the tour. You'll also get a wine glass and a passport that can be stamped.
North County Check-In Locations
South County Check-In Locations
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. There will not be any pre-sold lunches, however, food stops will be designated so that guests can plan to eat along the way.
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. It's a fundraiser... everyone who's planning to attend needs to buy a ticket. With the new electronic ticketing, you will need to have your ticket/confirmation number on your phone to check in to the farm trail. More information will be coming about this easy, user-friendly process.
All attendees, including designated drivers, need to have a passport in order to take part of the activities.Please be prepared that all wineries and some farm locations will charge $5 for tasting at each location if guests don't have a passport.
Reserve your overnight accommodations at explorebuttecounty.com/stay
2580 Feather River Blvd, Oroville, CA 95965
Passport Weekend is sponsored by Butte County Farm Bureau, Chico Chamber of Commerce, Explore Butte County and Tri Counties Bank. Participating farms and wineries include the following: Almendra Winery & Distillery, Book Family Farm, Butte View Olive Company, Calolea Olive Oil, Dog Creek Cellars, Earthworm Soil Factory, Harrison’s California Chestnuts, Hickman Family Vineyards, Hodges Nursery & Gifts, LaRocca Vineyards, Live Vine Wines, Llano Seco Rancho, Long Creek Winery & Ranch, Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Richvale Natural Foods, Milk & Honey 1860, Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch, Nesceré Vineyards, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Noble Orchards, Odyssey Winery, Patrick Ranch Museum, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Company, Purple Line Urban Winery, Quilici Vineyards, Sohnrey Family Foods, Spencer Shirey Wines, TJ Farms, Tri-L Mandarin Ranch and Wagon Wheel Market.