Construction equipment and road barriers on Lincoln Avenue couldn’t deter the joy of celebrating harvest in Calistoga over Harvest Table weekend that is morphing from a one-day dinner event to a three-day festival.
The first Harvest Table in 2013 organizers from the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event, said they were nervous about selling tickets. This year tickets were gone practically in a blink of an eye with almost 800 tickets selling in less than an hour.
The uber-popular event that sits those harvest celebrators at a 1,000-foot-long table down the center of Lincoln Avenue hasn’t gone off without a hitch in its four short years.
Two years ago the Valley Fire struck turning the Napa County Fairgrounds into a shelter the same weekend as Harvest Table. Lincoln Avenue doubles as Highway 29 and must remain open as an emergency route sending Harvest Table diners inside the restaurants instead of twilight dining in the center of town.
Last year, the Calistoga Winegrowers association jumped in on the festivities and created Calistoga Wine Experience – a wine tasting party with more than 40 wineries pouring, food and music in Pioneer Park – to give Harvest Table attendees a reason to come to Calistoga a day early – on Saturday — and apparently hundreds took them up on the idea. This year the non-profit group experimented with a new Friday event, Winemakers Roundtable, which was a fun, educational tasting and mix and mingle event, that went over with high marks, attendees said.