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Redding Fire Festival

Redding Fire Festival
Redding Fire Festival

Something magical is happening in Redding on Saturday, May 23rd. Those who heed the siren’s song and make their way to the lawn at Caldwell Park’s Carter House Art Gallery between 12:30 pm-9:30 pm will find themselves whisked away on a high seas adventure full of myth and lore. Prepare to encounter majestic merfolk, pilfering pirates and victorious Vikings, but be warned, fair adventurer: Here be dragons! Sea dragons, that is.

This is the 5th Bi-Annual Redding Fire Festival, brought to you by Adrionah “Desert Flower” Hodges, Joshua “Jasmine Mullet” Hottel, and Vendors On the Go. This enchanting event is a local tradition that turns Caldwell Park into a mythic backdrop for a festival full of cirque performances, fire dancing, arts and crafts, food, workshops and more. Children’s activities are provided, and families are encouraged to come and join in on the fun.

Sea of Dragons

Each Redding Fire Festival has a unique theme, and the theme of their spring festival is “Sea of Dragons!” As the weather begins heating up in Redding, many of us are longing for ocean breezes. The festival is nautically-themed with sea dragons, mermaids, Vikings and pirates dominating the scene. Come aboard and refresh your senses!

During the daylight hours, the festival’s focus is centered around non-fire entertainment such as contortionists, musical acts, dancers, and a variety of vendor booths. There will be tasty eats provided by Subarama, Rico’s Tacos, Hawaiian Ice Cream Truck, Kahuna’s Mongolian BBQ and others. Grab a bite to eat and then stroll the open air market populated by unique and vibrant vendors. It’s a medieval bazaar with lots to see! Belly dance and fire dance workshops are also provided, each mythic and mysterious.

When darkness falls, fire reigns. The fire dancers light up the night with their flaming spins and swirls. These professionals use fire with skill and precision, wowing people of all ages with the dazzling display.

Why Fire Dancing?

There is something truly magical about watching a fire dancer at work, twirling and spinning flames in artful patterns and shapes. Fire dancing is a creative outlet for the brave. These artists are willing to get burned every once in a while in order to express what’s in their soul.

To be a fire dancer, one must demonstrate dedication and focus. If the mind drifts during the dance, the result is feeling the heat. In addition to laser focus, a fire dancer must practice long hours in order to build up the coordination and strength needed to go through an entire flow routine. Fire dancers exude a self-confident vibe and stay cool under pressure because they know what they’re capable of, and they’ve mastered the art of becoming one with the flow.

Everyone should have a creative outlet, and for some people, the adrenaline-pumping act of literally playing with fire is where it’s at. Mastering a primal element, dancing in flames and connecting with an audience are cornerstones of fire culture. Responsibility is also a recurring theme of a fire dancer’s life, with fire safety being a top priority in their day-to-day existence.

Fire Dancer Desert Flower

Adrionah Hodges, AKA Desert Flower, embodies the fire culture lifestyle. She travels extensively, bringing her special brand of fire dancing to venues all over the country. When she’s not performing, she calls Redding, California her home. After seeing the positive impact fire dancing can have on people, she decided to share some of the magic with her home community. Thus, the Redding Fire Festival was born.

The Redding Fire Festival has become a local tradition that showcases cirque and fire culture, giving the local community an opportunity to witness these amazing artforms firsthand. Some audience members go on to take up spinning themselves, having been bitten by the fire bug during the festival (although lessons and proper fire safety protocols are heavily encouraged). Adrionah and the various Redding Fire Festival instructors offer lessons to those who are interested, always with a strong focus on fire safety and artistry.

Adrionah is community-minded, with a strong desire to inspire her hometown with stunning displays of radical art. Her festival is a colorful, dazzling gift to our community, and an invite to play with fire every once in a while.

This is entertainment that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Woodys Brewing CO Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes

Woodys Brewing CO
Okay, so this has nothing to do with comparing a pancake smothered with peanut butter to one of the Best Of The North State microbreweries, Woodys Brewing Company.  A quick overview of microbreweries first.

California Craft Beer Exploding
Microbrewery growth especially in California has boomed. Who would have thought that out of all the states California is the number one American crafts beer capital with Washington being second and Colorado being third?

As of 2014, there were 3,418 craft brewers in the U.S., an increase of nearly 20% over the year before.  Craft beer production rose 42% last year, and for the first time ever, craft brews accounted for more than 10% of all beer sales in America.   Woodys Brewing CO was in that 3,418.

Why Woodys Brewing Company Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes?
Had a friend tell me about this place several months ago and was anxious to do a shout out about it especially since I’m a serious foodie guy that loves writing about the food, drink and entertainment industry.  You could say I’m La Cafe News.
When a musician friend from Sacramento and I pulled up we were amazed at all the vehicles parked in front of the establishment.  “This is good a good sign” I said out loud.  When walking in we were greeted with the soothing sound of chatting people.

When seated we noticed how simple and streamline the menu was designed, the video explains this.  Decided to order the Fish & Chips or should say Fish & Tater Tots.  When taking the first bite of the lightly battered fish you knew this was no frozen fish, we’re talking extremely fresh. The crispy freshness was matched with a bite out of the tater tot; I have to say, this by far are the best tater tots I have ever had in my life.  The tots are made from scratch and the outside of the golden brown crunchy skin is garnished with medium fresh garlic, kaboom baby!

Fresh Real Fresh
Scott one of the owners out of three and the hostess explained that everything is made from scratch and the chefs work together to achieve the ultimate foodie experience.  Could go on about the whole foodie experience and ambiance at Woodys Brewing Co but drinking their sampler of micro brews was a real pleasure.  How can you say one was better than the other when they were all good?  I compared my dire straights like playing that Chucky Cheese game beating the gophers over the head as they randomly popped their head up through the holes and you tried to bang them with that bulky soft mallet, which one which one?

Redding Reviews and Best Of The North State will be doing another shout out on this amazing local business in the near future and their vision.  Writing about their vision and goals is another editorial in itself but have to say the residents of Redding CA and NorCal are in for a big surprise.

Until next time, hold the peanut butter on those pancakes!

How Nostradamus Predicted Shameless O’Lerry’s Success. No, Really!

How Nostradamus Predicted Shameless O’Lerry’s a Success. No, Really!
Shameless Olerrys Success predicted by Nostradamus
Some believe Shameless O’leery’s is one of the biggest success hits in NorCal. Rightly so, they have an Irish themed sports bar and restaurant that is second to none. Okay, maybe the Nostradamus prediction might be pushing it but when it comes to celebrating St Patty’s day there are only a handful of places that seem that was created for this yearly religious and cultural celebration, Shameless being one of the things to do in Redding CA.
Nostradamus Predicts Shameless Olerrys Success
What is St. Patty’s day? One of the, worldwide religious and cultural celebrations done every 17th of March: St. Patrick’s Day or St. Patty’s Day. Celebration of this day has become a tradition for many countries including the United States. This is to celebrate the most acknowledged patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, whose death is known to be this day.

St. Patrick is said to be from Roman Britain, born from a wealthy family. Most of what’s known about him is derived from the Declaration. It is believed that St. Patrick himself wrote the Declaration. He became a slave to Gaelic Ireland when he was 16 and spent six years as a shepherd. According to the Declaration, God told him to go to the coast and a ship will take him home. He became a priest after making his way back to his home and eventually returned to Ireland to convert pagans to Christianity. It is also believed that he banished snakes from Ireland after being attacked while he was fasting. St. Patrick’s Day became an official feast day for Christians in the early seventeenth century.

The Catholic, Lutheran Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Communion churches observe this feast yearly. The United States started its participation in celebrating this feast in 1737. Participants of this tradition, including restaurants and pubs in the United States, wear shamrocks which are believed to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity.

Green clothing and accessories are also worn during this feast. Bagpipers are also a common view during this celebration since Ireland is known for its great bagpipers.
And because this feast celebrates Irish traditions, pubs and restaurants in Redding CA offer green colored beverages and celebrate merrily with bagpipers. Restaurants also participate by having green as their color for the day and join the parade for St. Patty’s Day. And since this is an Irish tradition, restaurants in Redding California offer traditional and Irish inspired menus and drinks which you can savor with your family and friends.

Here are just some of the hot spots to visit on St. Patty’s day.

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Steve Mcgrath Flair Bartending @ The Castle Lounge

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California Brewing Company Hot NorCal Micro Brewery

Secret NorCal Gem  
Have you ever came across something that you wanted to shout to the world about, something so good that you just couldn’t keep quiet about it?

Best Of The North State and Redding Reviews have found a secret brewing company that needs to be revealed to north state residence and to the world as far as that matters.

California Brewing Company
When we were covering the Viva Downtown 2014 Beer and Wine Festival we came across the a handcraft brewing company that will make you setup and take notice.
California Brewing Company located at 9348 Deschutes Road Palo Cedro, CA 96073 were serving chilled handcrafted beers with a smile.
California Brewing CompanySix Beers
California Brewing Company offers six types of beers, Blond, Pale. IPA, Wheat, Brown and a Stout.
This NorCal micro brewery is a serious contender for one of the best beer breweries in northern California.
These amazing beers are all handcrafted right on the premises here in Palo Cedro.  Their label motto is “Fresh Brewed Attitude” when tasting these amazing beers you will see why the motto is so fitting.

To Be Continued
Best Of The North State & Redding Reviews are so jazzed about this little brew gem that we will be doing a more detailed editorial write up on California Brewing Company in the near future.

Cheers Mate

Jason Stovall
Chief Editor

Chief Editor @ReddingReviews
Chief Editor @ ReddingReviews.com & BestOfTheNorthState.com

Market Street Steak House Served Amazing Samples At Beer & Wine Festival

Big shout out goes to Market Street Steak House for being at the 2014 Beer and Wine Festival and serving up great samples.

Kenny Breedlove himself was serving it up at this awesome 2014 NorCal event.
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Kenny Breedlove and Wes Matthews co-owners of the amazing Market Street Steak House established a high end eatery in Redding California in 2006 .  Served up samples here at the Viva Downtown 2014 Beer and Wine Festival.  Best OF The North State and Redding  Reviews were there to enjoy the festivities.

Market St. Steakhouse proudly serves U.S.D.A. Prime and Reserve Choice beef. These two grades make up the top 8 percent of all beef served in the U.S. Their thick-cut, Mid-Western, corn-fed beef is aged at least 21 days for maximum flavor and tenderness.

However, perfect steaks fill just one page of the Market Street Steakhouse menu. With dishes such as: Stuffed chicken breast, maple glazed pork tenderloin, gourmet salads and daily fresh fish specials there is a little something for everyone. For those of you with smaller appetites Market Street Steakhouse features any array of appetizers that you can enjoy at the bar or at your table.

The bar is fully stocked with some of the finest tequila’s, single malt scotches and Cognacs aged up to 100 years. The wine list boasts a selection of 75 unique wines, from the best regions in the world.

Redding Reviews Gives Viva Downtown 2014 Beer & Wine Festival Five Stars!

Can you say WOW!…what a great time that Joe the events coordinator of viva downtown and sponsors put on to make this event one for the books for sure.
Viva Downtown
As the evening unfolded in this social gathering of this size  it was evident that there was a spirit of unity bringing together the people of the north state.  My photo journalist and I truly enjoyed the people as much as the food, beer and wine when the two came together it made a memorable experience.
Best Of The North State Beer & Wine Festival
It was a wonderful event filled with great conversation, laughter and the cultivating of new friendships throughout the event while partaking of some of the finest food, wine and some of the best micro brews that I have personally have the privileged of trying.
Many of these vendors have poured their heart and soul into their craft.  The food vendors that were present created culinary flavors and textures that brought me to a place of knowing I was eating comfort food made with love.
California Brewing Company
It was very inspiring to joke, laugh and be enlightened by many of these vendors that honed their crafts in the beverage and food arts.  They were very professional, smiled with and a sense of pride of knowing they were personally giving their best to the people of the north state.
Redding Reviews  With Friends
In all my travels in  reviewing many events similar to the Redding Beer & Wine Festival I know this to be true.  We the people of the north state know how to bring together the finest food, wines and micro beers in a social atmosphere which was by far was regal filled with panache.
Jason with Friends
All in all I look forward to returning to this event again next year.  Kudos goes out to Joe and his team and all the sponsors that participated in making the 2014 Redding Beer And Wine Festival a smashing hit.
Viva Downtown 2014 Beer & wine Festival

Viva Downtown Kicks Off Redding’s 18th Annual Beer & Wine Festival Saturday 20th 4pm-8pm

Viva Downtown Redding is doing it again, organizing and sponsoring the Beer and Wine festival in Redding California.  This is one of the premier events held in the north state.  Tickets can be purchased at Raley’s super market in Redding and Red Bluff must be 21 and older.

Beers & Breweries
There will be a variety of micro breweries and wineries.  Beers will include craft, domestic and imported beers from Fall River Brewing, Wild Card Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Rogues Ales, Bear Republic, Brewing.

Wines & Wineries 
Wines and Wineries will be represented bye, Mt Tehama, Anselmo, Carmenet, Haraszthy Family Cellars, Raley’s, Vintage Wine Bar, Anselmo Vineyards, Copa Di Vino Wines, Mosley Family Cellars, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Classic Wines of California, New Barefoot Refreshed, Westside Wines, Downtown Market, Cost Plus World Market, Tehama Oaks Winery, Merlo Family Vineyards, Mack & Schuhle, Robert Hall Winery and Niner Wine Estates.
Redding's Beer & Wine Fetival
Food Samples
There will be great food samples from twenty different local restaurants dishing out anything from bbq’s, deli’s, variety of cheeses & bread’s, meats, pizza, java and much more.

Sponsors & Co
Below is a list of sponsors that invested in a variety of ways, money, time and marketing & advertising just to name a few things to make this all happen.   Mega shout out to Promenade Marketing Street and all the sponsors below that made this possible.
Kudos go to Snow Mountain for providing water, Soft Drinks from Coca-Cola-Scout Coffee & Roots Juice Bar, Radio Sponsors are Charter Cable, Q-97 FM, Power 94 FM, Red 103.1 and 93.3 FM, 96.1 XS Sports and 10701 Bob FM and the Record Searchlight for being the press sponsor.

Festival Sponsors
Liquor Barn
Raley’s
US Bank
KRCR TV
Redding Bank of Commerce
Win-River Resort & Casino
Market Street Promenade
Shameless O’Leery’s
Tops Market
Nor Cal Vape
Promenade Marketing Street

Redding Reviews.com and Best Of The North State.com would like to thank Joe of Viva Downtown, Shasta County Arts Council, Promenade Marketing Street and his awesome team, members for working with vendors and sponsors to make this awesome event happen once again here in the north state.