At the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, guests can belly up to 10 gourmet food trucks and sample toothsome fare in between stomping musical performances and competitive games of bocce ball duked out on 12 professional-grade courts. 30 minutes of court rental is covered with admission (teams can sign up at the festival), and 24 teams of four have the option to compete in the single-elimination tournament, vying for the $500 prize and the chance for a photo op with the nation's oldest bocce ball. Each team must pay a fee of $125 for entry into the tournament and the VIP lounge. Elsewhere at the jubilee, the grounds of Limoneira Ranch are speckled with meals on wheels, including sushi truck Temaki and Lickety Split's, a converted yellow school bus that vends frozen yogurt, iced coffee, and chocolate-coated detention slips. Although this Groupon does not cover food or drinks, festival-goers can purchase succulent, Texas–style smoked tri-tip from the It's In the Sauce BBQ food truck or wash back a frozen pomegranate lemonade from Del's.
Matilija Nursery yields seasonal crops of plants native to the Golden State and farther-flung environs—a stroll through the nursery’s rolling fields reveals such nonindigenous offerings as bearded irises that bloom in both spring and fall. Though the nursery has supplied Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties with flora since 1992, its in-house botanical specialists began to hybridize Pacific Coast irises only recently, and the resulting varieties have proven as colorful as a sailor's vocabulary. Befitting of those who work so close to the earth, the nursery’s staff supports eco-friendly practices and populates the gardens with noninvasive, low-water plants. Customers can browse an online plant-availability database that regularly features botanicals such as matilija poppies, manzanitas, and hummingbird sages capable of luring their hovering namesakes in for a long drink of nectar.
The owners of Cycle Dynamics opened their shop in an effort to reduce their carbon footprints and the carbon footprints of their neighbors—they also just really like to cycle. The staff lends an expert hand to bikes in need of a tune-up or a complete overhaul. They also shell out cycling-related products from brands such as Continental, Odyssey, Lizard Skins, and Redline.
Bobalu has been growing and shipping expertly grown strawberries for almost 50 years. Its network of family-owned strawberry ranches raises ripe fruits to pair with a variety of gourmet suitors in hand-dipped chocolate matrimony. The assortment of 12 chocolate strawberries features nut-infused, coconut-covered, chocolate-laden delights freshly picked to order. Surprise a family member or loved one with this attractive treat or use it to tempt a rogue shadow into returning to your side.