10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vendor Fair
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — The Commons Farm Kitchen open
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — The Corner Store open
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Live music by “Group Therapy”
Noon to 4 p.m. — Live music at The Rustic BBQ by “Jon Emery Dodds & the Unconventionals” and “Mike & the Mooncats”
1 to 1:30 p.m. — Almond Festival Queen Court visit to Guinda Grange Hall
Guinda, which is Spanish for “cherry,” was named by Southern Pacific Railroad officials after a cherry tree. The town’s post office came to be in 1889 (espartoregionalchamber.com).
The Commons Farm Kitchen & Bar (thecommonsfarmkitchenbar.com) is a popular spot for lunch and dinner, and The Guinda Corner Store sells local produce and other necessities.
The Guinda Corner Store is older than the Almond Festival itself. Built in 1891 by Thomas Steele, it’s the longest, continuously open store in Yolo County.
The store offers a nice selection of Capay Valley goods including wine from Capay Valley Vineyards (capayvalleyvineyards.com), olive oil soap by Pasture 42 (pasture42.com), Grumpy Goats olive oil (grumpygoatsfarm.com), Blue Heron organic oranges (capayvalleyfarmshop.com), and seasonal produce and eggs from area farms such as Full Belly Farm (fullbellyfarm.com) and Riverdog Farm (riverdogfarm.com).
The 22-acre Vernon A. Nichols County Park with creek swimming, beach areas, playground, picnic tables, baseball field and fishing is nearby. Visitors can also pursue the half-care Will Baker Memorial Garden (yolocounty.org).
Chili, cornbread and beverages will be available for purchase.
Guinda’s Volunteer Fire Department will be selling their popular barbecue oysters, grilled french bread and other barbecue treats.
For dessert, try Grammy Wyatt’s Famous Almond Rocha, or the homemade almond (chocolate, vanilla and almond rocha) ice cream on offer.
A vendor fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with wares including leather crafts and ironworks, jewelry, embroidery, quilts, handmade glass, specialty soaps, bat and bird houses, hand-screened bandanas and lavender goods.
There will be a silent auction.
Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, and various displays of farming equipment and machinery.
The Commons Farm Kitchen and The Corner Store will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Guinda Park at the Guinda Bridge is always open and has two restrooms.