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Calendar of Events for The Monterey Peninsula.


  Big Sur Food and Wine   November 1-4, 2018  12:00pm-3:00pm  Big Sur     19th Annual International Documentary Film Festival   November 2-3, 2018  7:00pm  Golden State Theatre  Monterey Bay     20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival   November 3, 2018  11:15am  Monterey County Fairgrounds     Monterey Bay Half Marathon   November 10-11, 2018  6:50am  Downtown Monterey     TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational   November 12-18, 2018  Pebble Beach     Ice Skating by the Bay   November 21-January 6, 2018  11:00am-10:00pm, 12:00pm-8:00pm  Custom House Plaza  Monterey     Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting   November 23, 2018  5:00pm-9:00pm  Monterey     Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights   November 25, 2018  6:00pm  Downtown Salinas     Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting   November 26, 2018  5:30pm-6:30pm  Jewell Park Forest Avenue and Grand Avenue  Pacific Grove     17th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights   November 29, 2018  6:00pm-7:00pm  Main Street  Pacific Grove     Historic Downtown Monterey's Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting   November 30, 2018  5:00pm-6:00pm  Colton Hall  Monterey

Big Sur Food and Wine
November 1-4, 2018
12:00pm-3:00pm
Big Sur

19th Annual International Documentary Film Festival
November 2-3, 2018
7:00pm
Golden State Theatre
Monterey Bay

20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival
November 3, 2018
11:15am
Monterey County Fairgrounds

Monterey Bay Half Marathon
November 10-11, 2018
6:50am
Downtown Monterey

TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational
November 12-18, 2018
Pebble Beach

Ice Skating by the Bay
November 21-January 6, 2018
11:00am-10:00pm, 12:00pm-8:00pm
Custom House Plaza
Monterey

Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting
November 23, 2018
5:00pm-9:00pm
Monterey

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights
November 25, 2018
6:00pm
Downtown Salinas

Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26, 2018
5:30pm-6:30pm
Jewell Park Forest Avenue and Grand Avenue
Pacific Grove

17th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
November 29, 2018
6:00pm-7:00pm
Main Street
Pacific Grove

Historic Downtown Monterey's Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30, 2018
5:00pm-6:00pm
Colton Hall
Monterey

   Monday     Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market   3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter)  Grand Avenue and Central Avenue      Tuesday     Old Monterey Marketplace   4pm - 8pm (summer),  4pm - 7pm (winter)  Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street      Thursday     Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market   10am - 2pm  6th Street and Mission Street   Soledad Farmers' Market   4pm - 8pm (May - December)  Encinal Street      Friday     Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market   10am - 2pm  Monterey Peninsula College  930 Fremont St.   Carmel Valley Community Center   2:30-6:00pm      Saturday     Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market   9am - 2pm  Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets      Sunday     Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market   10am - 2pm  215 Reservation Road

Monday
Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter)
Grand Avenue and Central Avenue

Tuesday
Old Monterey Marketplace
4pm - 8pm (summer),
4pm - 7pm (winter)
Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street

Thursday
Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
6th Street and Mission Street
Soledad Farmers' Market
4pm - 8pm (May - December)
Encinal Street

Friday
Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
Monterey Peninsula College
930 Fremont St.
Carmel Valley Community Center
2:30-6:00pm

Saturday
Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market
9am - 2pm
Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets

Sunday
Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
215 Reservation Road

 This year, we're giving thanks for these simple Thanksgiving dinner menus. Build the best feast ever this year with these 10 easy Thanksgiving menus:     1) Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu   Believe it or not, you can make  almost every Thanksgiving course  in your trusty slow cooker. Save yourself time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.  Main Course:   Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels   Sides:   Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes    Slow Cooker Stuffing    Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole   Dessert:   Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding      2) Vegan Thanksgiving Menu   Guests who forgo all animal products can still enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving dinner. Our vegan menu makes going meat-, dairy-, and egg-free easy for everyone at the table.  Starters:   Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms    Thanksgiving Harvest Salad   Main Course:   Whole Roasted Cauliflower   Sides:   Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes    Vegan Mac and Cheese   Dessert:   Vegan Pumpkin Pie      3) Friendsgiving Menu   Host a laid-back feast with your small town community, like Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV's  Home Town . This BYOCACD ("Bring Your Own Chair and Covered Dish") party features lots of delicious sides that everyone can share.  Main Course:   Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey   Sides:   Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread    Grape Salad    Cheesy Rice    Roasted Brussels Sprouts    Squash Casserole    Braised Greens   Dessert:   Bourbon-Pecan Pie      4) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu   Who said you need turkey to have a delicious Thanksgiving?! Ditch the meat and opt for these classic meatless dishes instead.  Starters:   Corn Fritters    Ricotta and Strawberry Toast   Main Course:   Tofurkey Roast    Mushroom Herb Gravy   Sides:   Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter    Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese    Pepper Jack Corn Muffins    Ricotta Mashed Potatoes   Dessert:   Apple Blossom Tart    Fall Apple Cranberry Pie      5) Easy Thanksgiving Menu   This year, do yourself a favor with blessedly simple recipes that deliver on flavor while still allowing you time to, say, sneak a nip of bourbon with grandpa (don't forget the glassware and whiskey stones!). Woven placemats look elegant yet fuss-free. Roll out a runner, light some candlesticks, and add a bouquet to complete the quick and easy table setting.  Main Course:   Turkey Roulade Three Ways   Sides:   Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing    Brussels Sprouts Gratin    Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes    Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad   Desserts:   Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles    Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust    Grape Slab Pie      6) Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu   Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don't need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving.  Starters:   Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers    Rosemary-Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms   Main Course:   The Perfect Roast Turkey   Sides:   Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes    Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls    Green Bean Casserole    Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries   Desserts:   Pumpkin Roll    Maple Pumpkin Pie      7) Grandma's Thanksgiving Menu   Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a retro meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don't forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match.  Main Course:   Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey   Sides:   Apple-Walnut Stuffing    Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole    Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots    Rosemary-Port Cranberry Sauce   Desserts:   Chocolate Brown Sugar Butter Cake with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting    Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie      8) Rustic Thanksgiving Menu   This down-home gathering with a hint of Texas twang (deep-fried turkey! cranberry salsa!) is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Opt for simple dishes (serve the chili spoonbread straight out of the cast iron skillet!) and use wood slices instead of chargers.  Main Course:   Fried Turkey   Sides:   Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa    Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread    Baked Kale Gratin    Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes   Desserts:   Apple Crostata    Maple Granola Pecan Pie      9) Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Menu   A pioneer in California's farm-to table movement, chef (and author of   Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends  ) Cindy Pawlcyn's menu offers a touch of exotic to tried-and-true recipes.  Starter:   Avocado-Papaya Salad   Main Course:   Roast Turkey with a Pipian Sauce of Tomatoes, Chiles, and Sesame Seeds   Side Dishes:   Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Celery    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Scallions  Tangerine-Cranberry Jam      10) Traditional Thanksgiving Menu   When it comes to his Thanksgiving menu, Joe Randall—the coauthor of   A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine   in Savannah—doesn't mess with tradition.  Main Course:   Butter-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy   Side Dishes:   Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage    Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes    Sun-Dried Cranberry Salsa    Southern-Style Green Beans   Drink:  Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008

This year, we're giving thanks for these simple Thanksgiving dinner menus. Build the best feast ever this year with these 10 easy Thanksgiving menus:

1) Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu
Believe it or not, you can make almost every Thanksgiving course in your trusty slow cooker. Save yourself time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.

Main Course:
Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels

Sides:
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Dessert:
Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding

2) Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
Guests who forgo all animal products can still enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving dinner. Our vegan menu makes going meat-, dairy-, and egg-free easy for everyone at the table.

Starters:
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Thanksgiving Harvest Salad

Main Course:
Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sides:
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Mac and Cheese

Dessert:
Vegan Pumpkin Pie

3) Friendsgiving Menu
Host a laid-back feast with your small town community, like Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV's Home Town. This BYOCACD ("Bring Your Own Chair and Covered Dish") party features lots of delicious sides that everyone can share.

Main Course:
Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey

Sides:
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread
Grape Salad
Cheesy Rice
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Squash Casserole
Braised Greens

Dessert:
Bourbon-Pecan Pie

4) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
Who said you need turkey to have a delicious Thanksgiving?! Ditch the meat and opt for these classic meatless dishes instead.

Starters:
Corn Fritters
Ricotta and Strawberry Toast

Main Course:
Tofurkey Roast
Mushroom Herb Gravy

Sides:
Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter
Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese
Pepper Jack Corn Muffins
Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Dessert:
Apple Blossom Tart
Fall Apple Cranberry Pie

5) Easy Thanksgiving Menu
This year, do yourself a favor with blessedly simple recipes that deliver on flavor while still allowing you time to, say, sneak a nip of bourbon with grandpa (don't forget the glassware and whiskey stones!). Woven placemats look elegant yet fuss-free. Roll out a runner, light some candlesticks, and add a bouquet to complete the quick and easy table setting.

Main Course:
Turkey Roulade Three Ways

Sides:
Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad

Desserts:
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust
Grape Slab Pie

6) Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu
Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don't need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving.

Starters:
Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers
Rosemary-Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Main Course:
The Perfect Roast Turkey

Sides:
Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
Green Bean Casserole
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

Desserts:
Pumpkin Roll
Maple Pumpkin Pie

7) Grandma's Thanksgiving Menu
Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a retro meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don't forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match.

Main Course:
Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

Sides:
Apple-Walnut Stuffing
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots
Rosemary-Port Cranberry Sauce

Desserts:
Chocolate Brown Sugar Butter Cake with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

8) Rustic Thanksgiving Menu
This down-home gathering with a hint of Texas twang (deep-fried turkey! cranberry salsa!) is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Opt for simple dishes (serve the chili spoonbread straight out of the cast iron skillet!) and use wood slices instead of chargers.

Main Course:
Fried Turkey

Sides:
Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa
Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread
Baked Kale Gratin
Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Desserts:
Apple Crostata
Maple Granola Pecan Pie

9) Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Menu
A pioneer in California's farm-to table movement, chef (and author of Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends) Cindy Pawlcyn's menu offers a touch of exotic to tried-and-true recipes.

Starter:
Avocado-Papaya Salad

Main Course:
Roast Turkey with a Pipian Sauce of Tomatoes, Chiles, and Sesame Seeds

Side Dishes:
Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Celery
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Scallions
Tangerine-Cranberry Jam


10) Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
When it comes to his Thanksgiving menu, Joe Randall—the coauthor of A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine in Savannah—doesn't mess with tradition.

Main Course:
Butter-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy

Side Dishes:
Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage
Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sun-Dried Cranberry Salsa
Southern-Style Green Beans

Drink:
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008

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