So raise your hand if you kinda thought for a sec the extreme heat was over.
I did. I admit it. Sometimes I’m stupidly optimistic like that.
As anyone living through this week knows, mild weather is not what we got. And that’s why we’re in desperate need of some CHILL.
Name sums up the vibe
CHILL is an event dedicated to desserts, shopping, beer, music, and food that takes place at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. It’s put on by the husband-and-wife duo of Mike and Tanya Osegueda.
If you recognize the name “Mike Oz,” you should; he’s the co-founder and/or organizer of events like Taco Truck Throwdown, FresYes Fest, and the monthly TB&J (Tacos, Brews & Jams) at Tioga-Sequoia (he also writes about tacos for FresYes on occasion). Tanya is the owner of Narativ PR, a public relations, marketing, social media, and events company.
Together, the Oseguedas created CHILL as a way to showcase local vendors and food trucks in a relaxed, cool setting.
“CHILL originally started when I had booked bands for two different nights, thinking they were both TB&J nights,” says Mike. “Rather than just scrapping one of them or doing a second TB&J night that month, I thought about what else the night could be. I was in the car with Tanya and I asked her, ‘What would you want to go to? What would your friends want to go to?’ That helped shape what CHILL would become.”
So far there have been three CHILL events. After Friday’s event, there will be one more this year.
“I love all the taco events that I do, but it’s nice to be able to work with some different local businesses and give them a little bit of a chance to shine,” says Mike. “I hope the vibe is chill—that’s why it’s named that. It’s why we have a DJ and not a band. It’s why you can get a massage there. There are a lot of events that have vendors and food trucks, but I wanted to create something that had more of a ‘treat yourself’ type vibe while still being communal.”
Here’s the rundown on what to look forward to at this Friday’s event.
DESSERTS: Ampersand ice cream, Pop’s Emporium popsicles, Sno Café sno cones, Rubia’s Gourmet Churros, Grandpa’s Popcorn and Sweets and baked goods from Delectable Edibles.
FOOD & DRINK: Two local food trucks will be on site serving dinner: WTF: Where’s the Food and Burgers & More Co.
VENDORS: Fashions and handmade goods from Believe Mobile Boutique, Dear Danger Mobile Boutique, Two Girls & A Truck, Peyton’s Attic, Buck Naturals, Lady Heather Soap Company, Sloppy Stitches, Velvet Blush, Metal Mouse, Studio Azucar, The Hammer, Celena Martin Art, In-Tension Productions, The Purple Pig, Fresno Gift Pic, Camille Cole, Felicia Wallace, Makeup4Men, Fly With Wings massage, and iPolish manicures.
MUSIC: The soundtrack of the night will be curated by DJs Omedj and Chiquidj.
Friday’s event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. and will feature food, dessert, a masseuse, a manicurist, DJs, and of course Tioga-Sequoia beer.
Admission is free and the event is all ages (though you must be 21 and over to drink). Kids and dogs are welcome. Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. is located at 745 Fulton St. in downtown Fresno.
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