Community pig roasting and historic celebration in Bonneville kick off a weekend at Anderson Valley Wineries "Tedrick"

Community pig roasting and historic celebration in Bonneville kick off a weekend at Anderson Valley Wineries “Tedrick”

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Weekend festivities include Harvest-inspired wine events and Cinema in the Vineyard

Bonneville, California, September 1, 2022 – For many years, Anderson Valley wineries have celebrated the abundance of great wine with two very popular weekend events, White Wine Weekend in February and Pinot Noir Festival in May. This year, the Anderson Valley Winegrower Association is proud to add a new event, the Harvest Tidrick Festival this weekend from October 21-23. The weekend will kick off with the Boucherie Pig Roast dinner on Friday night, at Redwood Grove at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.

Chef Scott Bird, co-founder of Pig & Punch, will be setting up a Pig Roast Feast in Boucherie to celebrate the deep farming roots and abundance of this picturesque valley. There will be a selection of delicious side dishes and a vegetarian option. (See the list below.) Dozens of other wineries and community members will join the festivities including Anderson Valley Brewing, Mendocino Spirits, and Gowan’s Cider. Live music from DGIIN, voted one of the best bands in North Bay, will also be part of the fun. In addition, wineries will donate items to a raffle and the proceeds will go to the Anderson Valley Museum of History.

Tidrick, Frattey, and Bahl Gorms: A Tribute to Anderson Valley History

Anderson Valley is a unique wine destination where the tasting rooms are intimate and friendly, and the wine itself is second to none. Even the history of this charming region is fascinating and unusual. Which brings us to the obvious question: What does “tidrick” mean? Over a hundred years ago, when Anderson Valley was more isolated than it is now, local farmers and ranchers created their own language, called Boontling. They used Boontling to entertain each other and confuse the “bright lighters” (Boontling for city folk). “Tidrick” is the Boontling word for celebration or party, so at Harvest Tidrick Pig Roast, and throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of “bahl gorms” (good eats) and delicious “frattey” (wine). For those who really want to get into the spirit, there will be a Boontling game to play and guests who can speak the Boontling sentence will get a free raffle ticket.

Saturday and Sunday: the celebration continues

With over 27 local wineries participating, the weekend pass will provide visitors with wine tastings in the valley, great food and even some education. In addition to harvest-inspired tastings and pairings, many wineries will create exclusive and interesting VIP experiences. On Saturday night, the Mendocino Film Festival will host Cinema in the Vineyard at Pennyroyal Farm, with a short Boontling-inspired opening in the evening. Wine and harvest fare will be available for purchase at the winery. Also on Saturday night, Bee Hunter hosts “Ali’s Tea Party in Wonderland Tidrick”. Follow bees, bunnies, puppies and winemakers down the rabbit hole to SoBo (south of Boonville) where lots of fun awaits! An assortment of teas, wines, and finger foods paired perfectly with the winemaker will flow.

“The traditional Boucherie festival in France celebrates the heavy agricultural work done in summer and fall, and by late October everyone is ready to finish the harvest and enjoy the bounty!” says Courtney Degraaf, executive director of the Anderson Valley Wine Growing Association.

Here’s our Friday night Boucherie Pig Roast menu:

appetizers

  • Hock and head pate and pickles
  • Dauphinod sausage
  • Pennyroyal lychee cheese

the Maine plate

  • Whole roast pig
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Gourmet Ratatouille with
    • Shallots cooked with brown butter and Dijon vinegar, Navarro verjus
    • Local apple and cabbage salad
    • Rancho Gordo Tobacco Cereals, Toasted Bread Crumbs, Chives

Desert

  • Mayer Family Port Brownies

Tickets are now available on the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association website www.avwines.com.

About the Anderson Valley Wine Growers Association

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) was founded in 1983, the same year as the naming. The non-profit organization is made up of 24 vineyards, 54 wineries, and 63 participating members with the goal of supporting the region’s leading grape growers and wineries, as well as promoting the region’s premium wines. In addition to serving as a resource for its members, the association aims to improve its community by donating money each year to local non-profit organizations.

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