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SUMMER GUIDE

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Taylor Jones

BOSS HOGS Bacon festivals have a way of inspiring irrational happiness.

Feast Until the Fall

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UMMER MAY BE made for the outdoors—but then what? The sun shines down, the throat acquires premium parch and the stomach growls, as if to say: feed me, Seymour. Here’s a list of some of the best food and drink festivals to grab a bite and a beer, listen to live music while taking a stroll and a sip, or simply sit in the mud and devour food truck goodies while ascending to hog heaven.

Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll Stroll through beautiful downtown Gilroy while sipping on wine from more than 20 local wineries while perusing art from featured local artists of the Gilroy Center for the Arts. There will be live music, as well as some presentation booths. Special gifts will be handed out to designated drivers at most pour stations. Of course, all the local restaurants will be open should all

that walking and sipping work up an appetite. Early bird tickets $35, designated drivers free. May 20, 2pm-6pm; 7780 Monterey St, Gilroy; gilroywelcomecenter.org

SJ Earthquakes Beer Fest This inaugural event, hosted by Lagunitas, will take place before the May 27 game against the rival LA Galaxy. The fest will feature 14 breweries, 11 of which are local. For

$45 ($15 upgrade for season ticket holders) guests get a ticket to the game, four 4-ounce tastings and a commemorative tasting glass. Additional tastings can be purchased for $5 each. A portion of the proceeds go toward NorCal Special Olympics. The event starts two hours before gametime at 4:30 p.m., so there’s time to get properly lubricated and help our Quakes beat LA! May 27, 4:30pm; Avaya Stadium; sjearthquakes.com

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Taking place over Memorial Day weekend for the 38th consecutive year is the family-friendly arts and crafts festival celebrating the fungus among us. Educational booths and cooking demonstrations will teach you all you need to know about mushrooms. Despite the mycological theme, there will be plenty to do, including premium

wine tastings, live music, street performers and a Munchkinland for the kiddies. As with all good festivals, there’s tons of food, as well as wine booths and a beer garden. May 27, 10am-7pm; May 28, 10-am-6pm; Downtown Morgan Hill; mhmmg.org

Taco Festival of Innovation and Baconland Tacos and bacon are getting hitched in a Memorial Day weekend mashup brought together by the fine folks of Moveable Feast. First, The Taco Festival of Innovation will take center stage on Saturday, May 27, when 25-plus taco trucks from across the Bay Area will sling plates that cost no more than $6. General admission is $9.99, and an unlimited craft beer pass runs $34.99 pre-sale. Hog heaven will commence the following day, as Baconland takes over History Park on

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May 17-23, 2017

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