Sausage Fest to Sizzle at Highland Springs Ranch

Brews, too, will play a role at the free-to-enter Cherry Valley happening.

THE END OF THE SUMMER SEASON... starts to show up, in small ways, when the second half of August debuts. It might be a mailer for your favorite tavern, announcing Oktoberfest, or a friend's suggestion that you should both do a leaf-peeping weekend in a month or two. And when the sausage shows up, as the main star of a main event? You're likely standing in that space where summer is flowing into Labor Day Weekend, and into that golden pre-autumn time. Highland Springs Ranch & Inn in Cherry Valley is well-acquainted with the seasons — this is the spot, after all, to soak up lavender loveliness in June, and chili heat in July — and to celebrate that second-half-a-tude of August, there shall be sausage sizzling at the ranch, and lots of it. It's the...

SAUSAGE AND BEER FESTIVAL, and the grills'll be going on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19. Admission to the all-ages grub-good gathering? It's totally free, but, yep, you'll want to eat, so show with a way to pay (and a designated driver, if you'll be partaking in the suds). The meat line-up is, well, meaty: Look for housemade sausages including Grand Oak bratwurst and European sausages like spicy Hungarian sausage, but there are several more to tempt the savory side of your appetite. Coachella Valley Brewing Co., Eel River Organic Brewing, Common Cider Co., and several other suds-oriented pros'll show. Chicken dancing and a stein holding contest also summon the early and spunky spirit of Oktoberfest. Times, directions, more sausages, more suds, more everything? Find what you need to know regarding your Highland Springs Ranch & Inn sausage-scented getaway now.

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