Brews and food were plentiful at the Colusa County Farm Bureau’s annual “Local Bounty” fundraiser on Saturday.
More than 400 people attended the event at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, where people tasted dozens of concoctions prepared by Colusa County’s finest food and beverage providers.
The annual event raises money for the Farm Bureau to host the Ag Tour, provide scholarships to graduating seniors, and help with general operations of the Colusa office, said Farm Bureau Manager Melody Johnson.
“This is our only fundraiser,” she said.
The Colusa County Farm Bureau has hosted an annual fundraiser for decades, but Saturday’s event was the sixth year for Local Bounty in its current format.
“Melody and the Farm Bureau Board does a great job,” said Past President David Forster. “The food thing is so unique and so different. That’s what puts it over the top.”
Rather than sitting down for dinner, attendees made their rounds through the Main Exhibit building, sampling all sorts of food, beverages, and desserts from a variety of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
Vendors included Caffeinated, with hors d’oeuvres and a chocolate fountain; Colusa Casino and Resort, with hamburgers, Kobe beef and pulled pork sliders; The Raw Bar, with sushi; The Refuge, with chips and salsa and pork sliders; Market Street Grill, with teriyaki chicken and rice; Rocco’s, with barbecue ribs; Sweet Bean’s, with an assortment of desserts, including mini lemon pies, carrot cake, and cheesecake; Grindstone Winery and Vineyards, with an assortment of wine; and Farmers Brewing Co. and Sierra Brewing Co., with craft beers and ales.
Colusa County Young Farmers and Ranchers hosted the bar. Sauced, a popular new food truck in the Arbuckle area, made their debut at the event with clam chowder and sliders.
Williams City Councilman Sajit Singh, father Sarvan Singh, and girlfriend Colleen Beahan, attended the Local Bounty Fundraiser for the first time.
“It’s the first time for all of us, and I didn’t know what to expect,” Councilman Singh said. “It’s pretty comfortable and casual. It’s small enough to be intimate, and the food is really good.”
Of course, the menu was something of a challenge for Beahan, who is a vegetarian, but not challenge enough to spoil the event.
“Lots of desserts,” she said.
There were also plenty of raffles and silent auction prizes, including guns, a gun safe, and John Deere ride-on toys. The silent auction had large gifts baskets, photographs, bake goods, a chainsaw, and tools.
“The event works really well,” Johnson said. “The business owners get to see their clients. Attendees like it because they can see their friends, and they get to taste all the different food. It’s also great for new businesses because they get exposure, and they get to see how well their product is received. It just works well for everybody.” ■