Livingston's Pick and Gather organic farm festival this weekend

The Pick and Gather event at Riverdance Farms and the Merced River Fair will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12230 Livingston Cressey Road in Livingston.

The event will include pick your own fruit with organic blueberries and cherries, gardening, food, health and nature workshops, poetry, local artisans, local produce, live music, children's activities, live animals, hay rides, farm tours, fishing lessons, wine and beer tasting, overnight camping and a Sunday morning local and organic breakfast prepared by Merced chef Marshall Bishop.

Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. will offer local and organic wines and bites of locally grown foods created by local chefs. Included will be an appearance of Joe Marchini's Italian wood-fired pizza oven and pizza chefs from DeAngelo's. The separate cost for this event is $30 at the gate after 4 p.m., or $25 for those with paid day entry.

For more information, call (209) 761-0081.

-- Carol Reiter