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Upcoming Events

MFP program overview: 2020 

We're always adding new events to our lineup, so check back here regularly, and sign up for our email list to stay up-to-date!

COVID-19 update (as of August 30, 2020): all in-person public events are still canceled until further notice. (We leave the original listings below to provide an idea of our normal activities, in case you're interested.) 

BUT we are now offering online workshops! See below!

NEW: Virtual workshops in food preservation

Join our instructors from the comfort of your own kitchen! We are partnering with the San Mateo County Library system to offer you food preservation workshops by Zoom. All workshops are free!

Thursday, 9/10/20, 4-5pm: DIY Preserving Tomatoes and More!
Join our UC-certified Master Food Preservers for a one-hour workshop devoted to the tomato. Learn how to safely preserve your home-grown or farm-picked favorites through water-bath canning or pressure canning, dehydrating, and freezing. We will share information on varieties best suited to each process, tested recipes, and tips and tricks for making the process easier.
Thursday, 10/8/20, 4-5pm: Pickling and Fermenting
A perfectly tart and crispy pickle – whether lacto-fermented or quick-pickled – is easier to make than you think! All it takes is a little patience and the help of some vinegar or friendly microbes. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers to learn how – we’ll go over the art and science of pickling and fermenting vegetables at home.
Thursday, 11/12/20, 4-5pm: Holiday food gifts
Looking for tasty, easy DIY holiday gift ideas? Join San Mateo County Master Food Preservers for this fun and fast-paced “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen” workshop.  You’ll learn a variety of home food preservation techniques, and we’ll show you how to put them to use with some simple recipes that will make unique holiday gifts.  You’ll get plenty of recipes and ideas for making your gifts beautiful as well as delicious!

Special event: Rethink Recycling Days!

Saturday, November 7, 1-2pm: Jams and food waste prevention
register online in advance
What do fruit preserves and climate change have in common? Come find out at Rethink Recycling Days! The UCCE Master Food Preservers will host a live online demo on how to make two delicious and unusual-- but easy!-- kinds of fall fruit spreads, and at the same time we'll equip you with tips to combat food waste. This event is free and open to everyone; no advance preparation is needed. However, you do need to register in advance.

Rethink Recycling Days is hosted by Rethink Waste, and will take place online on November 7 and November 14. All events are virtual. See the full schedule at their website.

Our pre-COVID schedule of events (mostly cancelled) is below, just for reference.

Hands-on preserving workshops with our partner organizations

New Leaf Community Market, Half Moon Bay
Register in advance online (links below)
Saturday, 3/7/20, 10am-12pm: Fast, fresh refrigerator pickles
Sunday, 3/29/20, 10am-12pm: Sauerkraut fermentation - CANCELLED
Saturday, 4/11/20, 10am-12pm: Dehydration - CANCELLED

The Collective Roots Gardening Program, East Palo Alto
Contact Collective Roots to RSVP (details linked below)

3/7/20, 10am-12pm: Learn how to preserve your seasonal vegetable harvest by pickling!

Library talks and demos

All library events are free and open to the public-- no advance sign-up required! (However, some libraries have optional online registration for planning purposes, so please check their websites.) Visit this page for descriptions of each event.

Atherton library (Saturdays, 2-3pm) 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
5/23/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED
6/6/20: Dehydration - CANCELLED

Belmont library (Sundays, 2-3pm) 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
4/5/20: Dehydration - CANCELLED
5/31/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED

Brisbane library (Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm) 250 Visitacion Ave.
5/9/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED
6/20/20: Jams and Jellies - CANCELLED
7/18/20: Dehydration - CANCELLED
8/15/20: Fermentation - CANCELLED

East Palo Alto library (Saturdays, 1-2pm) 2415 University Ave.
4/11/20: Jams and Jellies - CANCELLED
5/16/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED

Foster City library (Saturdays, 2-3pm) 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd.
5/30/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED

Half Moon Bay library (Saturdays, 11am-12pm) 620 Correas St.
5/23/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED

Millbrae library (Saturdays, 2-3pm) 1 Library Ave.
5/16/20: Fermentation - CANCELLED

Pacifica-Sanchez library (Fridays, 3-4pm) 1111 Terra Nova Blvd.
6/12/20: Jams and Jellies - CANCELLED
6/26/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED
7/10/20: Dehydration - CANCELLED

Portola Valley library (Tuesdays, 1-2pm) 765 Portola Rd.
3/17/20: Food Preservation Basics - CANCELLED
4/28/20: Fermentation - CANCELLED

Woodside library (Saturdays, 1-2pm) 3140 Woodside Rd.
5/2/20: Jams and Jellies - CANCELLED
6/6/20: Fermentation - CANCELLED

Special events

The San Mateo County Fair - CANCELLED
Every year, the Master Food Preservers give a variety of food preservation demonstrations during the County Fair-- a new class every day, from salsa to ice cream! All demos are free with fair entry. 

Questions? email smsfpreservers@ucanr.edu

MFP San Mateo/ San Francisco calendar events by date
Event Name Date
MFP's Food Safety & Jamming: Rethink Recycling Days 11/7/2020
MFP's: Holiday Food Gifts 11/12/2020