Calabash - A Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden

Gourd Art: “Garlic” by Linda Gamble • Photo: John Hershey

Sunday, October 2 1–5 pm
6550 Railroad Ave, Forestville

Food For Thought, in collaboration with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, present the 16th annual Calabash, Sonoma County’s most colorful and inspiring harvest event!

Calabash features a silent auction of fine gourd art, along with tours of Food For Thought’s beautiful organic gardens at their peak. Guests at Calabash enjoy a sumptuous array of fine food and wine from Sonoma County’s bountiful harvest, and live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. The event will also feature a sale of unique garden art and book art, and an exclusive selection from Food For Thought Antiques. Tickets can be purchased online here (please write "Calabash tickets" in the description), by phone at 707-887-1647, or in person at the Food Bank.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door.

Click here for a list of participating artists.

Sponsorship opportunities available:

  • $5,000 Presenting sponsor (tickets as requested)
  • $2,500 Basket gourd (tickets as requested)
  • $1,500 Dipper gourd (8 tickets)
  • $1,000 Swan gourd (6 tickets)
  • $500 Birdhouse gourd (4 tickets)
  • $300 Rattle gourd (2 tickets)

A list of all sponsors will be prominently displayed at the event, on our website, and in other promotional materials. Please contact Mary at (707) 887-1647 x107 or for further information.

Proceeds from Calabash will benefit Food For Thought, which provides comprehensive nutrition and other services—free of charge—to 800 men, women, and children affected by HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County.


We are pleased to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of Calabash:

Basket Gourd

Julie and Tom Atwood
Kaiser Permanente
Laurie Plant
Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery
Rubin Family of Wines

Swan Gourd

Lisa Clyde and Elsa Clyde-Garcia
Cara Widmer / Edward Jones
Barbara and Gary Gerber

Birdhouse Gourd

Anonymous (2)
Steven Bromer
Michelle Davey, D.O.
Yusuf Erskine, D.O.
Forestville Pharmacy
Greg Fritz and Bruce Westland
Mert Preston
Redwood Credit Union
Bill and Mary-Louise Reinking
Tim and Jackie Reuling
Estelle Rogers and Hal Kwalwasser
Sandy Younglove

Rattle Gourd

Paula Chiotti
Ina Chun and Jefferson Rice
Elizabeth and John Cotton
Gar Cross and George White
Rodney DeMartini and Frederick Kasl
Aleta Drummond
Andrea English and Tom Whiteman
George Harrington
Khysie Horn
Wally Krampf
Shirley Liberman and Margaret Livingston
Diana Lobush and Jim Penpraze
Merrysue Mosconi
Peace in Medicine
Larry Prager and Linda Myszak
Lou Rosenberger, Realtor
Jacques St. Dizier and Patrick Merriman
Ted and Elizabeth Theiss
Harold Torres and Jimmy Mallett
Peggy Tourje and Jane Krensky
Frank and Julie Zak