Tasting Under the Redwoods was a fantastic charity event, sponsored by the Valley Churches United Missions at Roaring Camp Railroads in Santa Cruz, where a conglomeration of confectioners, private vintners, and breweries will surprise you with their specialties.
The non-profit Valley Churches United Missions has been serving the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding communities for over 30 years, providing supplemental food to low-income households throughout the year.
This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awe-struck soul;
For here we sense life’s proper goal.
To be like these, straight, true and fine,
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine;
Sink down, O traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.
~Joseph B. Strauss, from “The Redwoods,” 1932
Personally speaking, this event was incredible! The quality of service, energy of the crowd, and overall environment was so unique that I would definitely go again next time. Having attended a friend's wedding just months ago and seeing the ceremony held under the protection of majestic sequoias, there's no better place to find peace and charm.
Unsurprisingly, there's quite a long history here. The venue was established in the 1830s by mountain man, Isaaac Graham, as a saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately, the "Big Trees here were spared the woodman's axe, and 25 years later became the first virgin stand of coastal redwoods to be protected from logging."
Enjoy and make plans to visit - you won't regret it.