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This year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is Oct. 5th,  6th and 7th, and beer lovers and foodies of all stripes are in luck with some new features  in store.

There’s going to be a “Cheesy Beer School” pairing five microbrews with local cheeses. The Harvest Fair has tapped the expertise of Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma to lead the beer quest.

The class will run for 20 minutes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5th and on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6th and 7th, the class will be offered at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For beer-lovers who want an even broader tasting experience, Lagunitas will be sponsoring  a beer tasting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6th.

Yet other new features that will appeal to the Wine Country foodie and cut-throat competitor are the cooking competitions.

On Friday, Oct. 5th students from Sonoma County high schools that have a culinary program will be competing in an “Iron Chef” of sorts contest. Contenders will all be given the same ingredients and will come up with their own gastronomic masterpieces.

And on Saturday, Oct. 6th professionals and amateurs will be competing to see who can create the best grilled cheese sandwich.  Only Sonoma County products can be used in this cook-off.

Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 7th professionals and amateurs will face off in their quest to come up with the best quesadilla in the county, again, relying only on local ingredients.

If your palate craves more information about these tasty new features, check out  www.harvestfair.org .

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