The Great Madera Chili Cook-off is back after more than a decade-long absence. The event at Madera District Fairgrounds runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It features, of course, a chili-making contest (and includes a special category for firefighters because apparently firefighters are really into making chili), a salsa-making contest, lots of food samples and fair food vendors. $5 for adults, children 12 and under free.
The Serbian Food Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Peter Serbian Orthodox Church on First Street. You can get Serbian food for lunch or dinner for $15, plus buy all sorts of Russian and Serbian baked goods. A few years back I visited with the ladies who made rostule — a pastry made from paper-thin dough, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar — and other pastries for the event. I remember the rostule being ridiculously delicious. Admission is free.
Men Who Cook is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fresno Art Museum. Over 30 men do the cooking for this popular fundraiser. Beer, wine and sangria will be available too. Live music and entry to the art museum are included in the ticket price, which is $20 beforehand, $25 the day of.
Nibbles & Bits of Old Town is a walking tour of Clovis with visits to historic buildings and “tastes” of local restaurants. The tour starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tarpey Depot and costs $70.
And don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day, which means you could take dad out to any number of restaurants and avoid cooking that way too.
Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp is having a Father’s Day barbecue that involves “macho salads” and a “mountain man grill” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for an affordable option, the High Sierra Grill House is having Father’s Day specials all weekend, including a “Big Daddy Country Brunch” for $10.99 and “Meaty Big Daddy Plate” for $14.99.