In the World's Pumpkin Capital -- our own Half Moon Bay -- they're roasting pumpkins, rolling out dough and brewing ale in anticipation of the 150,000 people who will descend upon this coastal community Saturday and Sunday for the 42nd annual Art & Pumpkin Festival.

For food lovers, it's an opportunity to savor pumpkin in both sweet and savory variations all day long. If you arrive in town early, you can start off with pumpkin pancakes at the annual fundraiser for the high school's basketball team (7 to 11 a.m. both days, Mac Dutra Park).

Then it's off to the festival for pumpkin smoothies, cookies or cheesecake (note we said "or," not "and") before grabbing a chicken pumpkin sausage and some pumpkin ale for lunch. You may feel peckish after a few strenuous hours of arts-and-crafts shopping, pumpkin-carving and music-listening. If so, there are more options: pumpkin churros, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie. Dinner might have to be macaroni and cheese with toasted pumpkin seeds or pumpkin-spiced pepperoni pizza.

Traditional festival fare and other coastal favorites, such as Brussels sprouts, artichoke hearts and clam chowder, will round out the offerings.

Admission is free, and festival proceeds will benefit the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and many other local nonprofits. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce streets. For details, call 650-726-9652 or go to www.miramarevents.com.