How does scratching a dairy cow’s ears while sipping a merlot sound?
Or maybe rewarding yourself with a glass of chardonnay after running a 5K?
You can do both of these at two unusual events in the Valley next weekend – but sign up for both soon.
The Booze and Moos evening wine walk is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Organic Pastures Dairy southwest of Fresno. The Wicked Wine Run’s 5-kilometer race and 1-kilometer wine-tasting walk is Saturday evening, May 14 at Engelmann Cellars winery in Fresno.
First, the cows.
There are cows literally right there. Their heads pop through the fence and everything.
Kaleigh Lutz, Organic Pastures
Organic Pastures is the dairy that sells raw – nonpasteurized and not homogenized – milk about 25 minutes southwest of Fresno.
The event is free and family-friendly. Visitors are asked to bring their drinks, chairs, blankets, footballs, Frisbees, etc. The farm will provide cheese made from raw milk.
“Bring your own booze. We will provide the moos,” says Kaleigh Lutz, Organic Pastures marketing manager and part of the family that owns the farm.
The cows will be behind a fence, but the curious girls always want in on the action and will pop their heads through the fence.
“They are very social animals. These girls just want to be part of the group. They want to be what’s going on,” Lutz says. “People are going to be petting them, taking selfies with them.”
Musician Theodore Christopher Nunes will be providing the live music.
Visitors must RSVP by Monday, May 9, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or calling 1-877-RAW-MILK.
The dairy is at 7221 S. Jameson Ave. in Fresno.
Wicked Wine Run
If you’re into running or just strolling with a glass of wine – or maybe getting crazy with some costumes, the Wicked Wine Run is Saturday, May 14.
The wine run has a 5K at 5 p.m. and a 1K “fun walk” with three wine-tasting stations that starts at 6:30 p.m.
You’re rewarded with wine after the run.
Sean Tenny, Wicked Wine Run
A portion of the ticket sales will go toward the Fresno Bully Rescue group, and Bee readers get a special discount code.
The 5K winds through Englemann Cellars vineyards and a nearby almond orchard that’s the “prettiest part of the run,” says race director Sean Tenny.
“In lieu of a medal, you get wine glass and glass of wine at the end,” he says. “It’s not a college fraternity run where you’re drinking every mile or something like that.”
Some runners choose to stick around for the 1K.
Fresno-based 1980s tribute band Max Headroom will perform.
Some people like to dress in costume for the events and the organizers are betting there will be some ’80s costumes.
Costume and dance contests, and shopping from various vendors, are also a part of the event.
Tickets cost $45 for either the 5K or the 1K and $70 for both. Bee readers get a 20 percent discount by entering the code Bee20 when registering online.
To register, visit www.wickedwinerun.com.