In the land of Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and Tyler Florence, foodies take their palates seriously. This weekend, get the kids training to be connoisseurs of the freshest, finest bites the Bay Area has to offer. Grab some bites off Broadway, try their hand at pie-making during a kiddo-friendly crash course, or make the trek to one of the best foodie festivals around. If nosh isn’t on the family entertainment menu, check out some other super awesome events going down this weekend.


San Francisco

Red Tricycle Exclusive Play Date Featuring Moxie Jean
Check out the coolest kids’ fashions at a private Moxie Jean Trunk Show, while kids explore the imaginative playspace of Peekadoodle. Plus, enjoy complimentary food and drinks thanks to friends at LolaBee’s Harvest! This free event is brought to you by Moxie Jean, a place for clothes with an exit strategy. Find great kids’ clothes from your favorite brands and when done, Moxie Jean helps pass them on to another family. Space is limited. Fri., 9:30 am – 11:30 am. San Francisco. Free. Ages 0-4. Event Details.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Presents: An American Tale
The tale of Fievel the Mouse and his journey to find his parents in America is an old fave. Now, kids of a new generation can fall in love with the adorable little guy and cheer as he triumphs over cats! Join the SF Jewish Film Festival for a screening of this classic animated tale. Sun., 10:00 am. San Francisco. $12/General Admission. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Bites Off Broadway
Food loving families will have a ball at this low-key food truck meet up. From Tina Tamale to Blue Saigon Truck, Fist of Flour Pizza Company and more, there are tasty treats for every palate. Throw a blanket down on the lawn space, enjoy hula hooping, face painting and even a movie at dusk. TGIF! Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Follow your nose and head for Gilroy, it’s a foodie fest like no other! The Garlic Festival is known for it’s fantastic dishes, aromas and entertainment so make the drive and be delighted. The children’s area includes bubble fun, spin art, face painting and more! Check out the family stage for musical acts like Cotton Candy Music Express, Amy Meyers Music and get ready for Jack and the Beanstalk during the puppet show. Sat., & Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Gilroy. $17/General Admission. $8/Kids & Seniors. Kids 6 and Under are free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Peach Pie Baking Demonstration With Three Babes Bakeshop
With summer in full swing and stone fruit at its peak ripeness, it’s time to make some pie for family and friends. Learn the ropes with Three Babes Bakeshop, make a classic peach lattice pie with organic tree ripened peaches from Frog Hollow Farms. And afterwards? Tasting time of course! Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

International Cooking Class With The Culinary Dude
Kids will travel around the world with taste buds and become international connoisseurs of global cuisines. This is a hands-on cooking class where kids will learn to create awesome foods from Japan: Okonomiyaki, Japanese Cabbage Pizza or Pancakes, Gyoza, Japanese Onion Soup, Green Tea and Coconut Cake. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sausalito. Ages 4-7. Event Details.

South Bay

Day Out With Thomas®: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013
Head for the island of Sodor! Little engineers and their families can have the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. Kids will meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities at the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables and coloring sheets, just for starters. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Felton. Ages 2 and Up. $15-$19/General Admission. Event Details.

Shiny Side Up Bicycle Day
It’s a super cool bicycle show for everyone who loves to ride on wheels! Check out low-riders, BMX bikes, vintage styles, maybe even a trike or two. There will be a swap meet, a stunt show, a kids zone and more! Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Jose. $3/General Admission, $5/Bike Entry. Kids 5 and Under are Free. $6/City Parking. All Ages. Event Details.

What will tempt your family this weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

Photo by Colin Creitz via flickr