They can’t call it Goatchella, because the famed music festival’s attorneys gave them a cease-and-desist a few years back, but CUESA once again brings its Goat Festival back to the Ferry Building on the same weekend as all your influencer friends will be gathered at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio to listen to some music: Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CUESA — the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture — cohosts the 10th annual festival with Turlock goat-milk producer Meyenberg. As in years past, there will be plenty of adorable baby goats with their soft fur and slightly freaky horizontal pupils, with plenty of other activities like Angora goat-wool spinning and make-your-own-goat-horns in case you’re a Knight Templar and you want your own Baphomet. While the festival itself runs for six full hours, the goats are only there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Toluma Farms wants to make sure they don’t get too stressed out — and you have to buy tickets for the petting zoo, which go on sale this Friday, March 29, at 2 p.m.
However, you can always just take a look at them from a distance. And some people clearly get a little dedicated with the “caprine” costumes (meaning goat-like, as in Capricorn). Beyond a $7 goat cheese-tasting flight and “goat totes,” you can also sit in on a goat-cheese cooking demo with chef Kim Alter of Nightbird in Hayes Valley. Because it’s the Ferry Building, plenty of vendors will be on hand selling tasty goat-milk-derived delights, such as The Farmer’s Wife (honey lavender bacon, avocado, farm eggs, chevre, and pepper-sauce grilled cheese sandwich) or Far West Fungi (stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese, pesto, collard greens, and pine nuts). See the full list here.
If there’s a better reason to go to Coachella for weekend one, we haven’t heard about it. Except for seeing Solange and Tame Impala before everybody else does, that is.
CUESA’s 10th Annual Goat Festival, Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m.-2p.m, at the Ferry Building Farmers Market, tickets for the goat petting zoo on sale Friday, March 29, 2 p.m., cuesa.org.