10/05/2012 12:00:00 PM

SF Weekend Planner: Sake Day, Cheese Fest and Lots of Vino

But wait, there's more!; photo ABC7 News
As that ABC7 News infographic that’s been going viral suggests, San Francisco is going to be a little bit busy this weekend. We’ve already told you about the various Fleet Week and America’s Cup activities, the best things to eat the Hardly Bluegrass Festival and where to spread your picnic blanket. But if you’re still looking for something to do this weekend, we’ve compiled a few more options.


Moderno Italian Festival: A free three-day festival celebrating contemporary Italian design, food, and film will be held in Emerville. In addition to “Mangia Bevi Mercato” which features free tastings of Bacci chocolate, Peroni beer, Fra’ Mani salumi and Italian wines (do you really need anything else?), highlights include free Fiat 500 test drives (available on a first come, first serve basis on Friday) and free movies at shown on the makeshift outdoor, bike-in theaters being set up in the parking lot at the Public Market Emeryville and at Fremont Park in Midtown. Picnic provisions including Panini, antipasti and affogato will be for sale. (Friday-Sunday, free admission, complete details online.)

Sake Day: So you already know to steer clear of hot sake, but those who want to dive deeper into the who, what where of sake should head to Japantown for this educational sake event, produced by Nombe and True Sake, that will feature over 100 imported sakes, sake-and-food pairings, izakaya fare and live Okinawan music. (Saturday 5- 8 PM at the the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, tickets are $75 in advance, $80 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, get ticket and event details online.)

Cheeses of France: Over 20 different French cheeses (stinky and not) will be available for tasting for FREE at this pop-up cheese cafe commandeering 111 Mina Gallery, hawking complementary samples of fromage and French wines and a cheese hors d’ouevres demo presented by Jason Fox (Commonwealth). They’ll even send you home with a DIY curds kit. (Saturday from 10 AM- 5 PM, event details online.)

LoCa Uncorked: Napa, Sonoma, and even Paso Robles get all the love, but at the wineries of California’s Lodi region will be in the spotlight at this wine tasting event being held on Treasure Island on Saturday. More than 45 wineries will be pouring over 200 wines, complemented by small bites and heck, you can even catch the Fleet Week aerial shows and America’s Cup action from the event sans the city crowds and with free parking. (Saturday 1- 5 PM on Treasure Island, 291 Ave of the Palms, tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the door, and can be purchased online.)

The Napa Valley Wine Wave: Napa Valley will be trying to wrestle the Guinness World Record for the longest sequential relay wine toast, which is currently held by China at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena and you can still join the team. (Sunday from 11:30 AM, $100 to participate, $35 to be a spectator, which includes food, wine and live music, ticket and more info available online.)

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