2013 CALIFORNIA APRIL 2013
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
waiting for new dates
April 3, 2013 17th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference
Los Angeles, California
Professionals attending this highly regarded conference include approximately 350 restaurant operating companies, owners, C-level executives, lenders, private equity investors, investment bankers, suppliers, and professional advisors.
April 4-7, 2013 6th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Pebble Beach, California
75 celebrity chefs and 250 wineries assemble to bring you the culinary experience of a lifetime. Enjoy lunches, dinners and wine tastings. Educate yourself with cooking demonstrations. Experience the most legendary grand tasting the California coast has ever seen.
April 6, 2013 VinDiego - San Diego, California
Wine connoisseurs can delight in over 75 of California's award-winning wineries, 300+ selections of wine. VinDiego showcases San Diego's notable restaurants under one roof, offering samples to please every palate. Enjoy classes with vintners, silent wine auction featuring collectible fine wines, big bottle private tasting parties, vacation packages, VIP winery tours, and other wine related items perfect for the wine and food enthusiast. Proceeds from the silent auction benefits Freedom Station.
April 6, 2013 Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival - Sacramento, California
Live music, competitive chili cook-off, beer tasting and a home brewing competition. Proceeds will be donated to art programs for at-risk children and children of homeless families in Sacramento. Additionally, donations will help fund the Adopt a School Art Program for Sacramento regional schools. The festival's live music will be provided by local musicians and the chili cook-off will have four competitive categories: Individual, Industry, Vegetarian and People’s Choice’s. Unlimited beer tasting will be provided by local and regional brewers. The festival will also have a bike valet and a Kids Zone with crafts and face painting.
April 6-9, 2013 IACP 35th Annual Conference - San Francisco, California
International Association of Culinary Professionals 35th Annual Conference. 'Dirt to Digital: Real Food in a Virtual World' Culinarians from around the globe gather to unite, inspire, and celebrate. Come to network, come to share your knowledge.
April 7, 2013 Simply diVine: Food - Wine - Spirits - Los Angeles, California
A celebration of fine food, wine and spirits along the cobblestone path at Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Sip, sample and savor food from many of L.A.'s hottest restaurants and wine from premium vintners.( also: www.simplydivinela.org )
April 10-11, 2013 Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour - San Francisco, California
This event brings the winemakers and principals out of the cellars, vineyards and tasting rooms to your neighborhood for these special market visits. Some wine events have local representatives or distributors pouring, not at a Paso Robles Grand Tasting where we bring more than just the wine to your town. Look for winemaker dinners at your favorite restaurant, tastings at your local bottleshop, or gather your friends for a walk-around tasting that can bring more than 30 Paso Robles wineries under one roof at a unique venue space in your town.
April 11, 2013 Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow - Santa Rosa, California
The Sonoma County Lodging Association, 14th Annual Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow fundraiser. This entertaining night of great food, local wines, silent and live auction raises funds for local high school culinary arts program. Bid on great auction lots including trips, wine and excursions.
April 13-14 & 20-21, 2013 Passport 2013: Wine Tour of Fame - El Dorado, California
Don't miss this once a year, all-access pass to wine-and-food pairings, music and friendship in our region-wide party. During two glorious spring weekends each year, 32 El Dorado wineries host the region's annual wine and food event. Wine Tour of Fame feature plenty of luscious wine and food pairings, barrel tastings, enjoyable art and music, and fun-loving participants. Warm weather and green surroundings along the wine trail add to the excitement of this springtime event.
April 13-14 & 20-21, 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
San Francisco, California
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms. Throughout the two weekends, the streets of Japantown becomes a live stage where you will have the opportunity to see Japanese dancing, singing, martial arts demonstrations, as well as taste traditional and nontraditional Japanese delicacies.
April 18, 2013 Annual Grape Day - Temecula, California
Grape Day is a one day conference featuring in-depth seminars on the latest advances and developments in viticulture and vineyard management.
April 18-21, 2013 2013 La Habra Spring Citrus Fair - La Habra, California
The 'Good Times' themed fair is four fun-filled days,jam packed with thrilling rides, exciting stage shows, delicious food and fabulous merchandise. Times are 4/18 from 5-10pm, 4/19 from 5pm to midnight, 4/20 from 2pm to midnight and 4/21 from 2-9pm. So come join the fun.
April 19, 2013 Smoking & Curing Fish as a Food Preservative - Techniques & Methods
Palo Alto, California
This training on preserving fish will discuss fish smoking and curing techniques, the methods and its benefits. It covers health risks and HACCP requirements for smoking and curing fish commercially. It will also cover packaging, storage and transportation requirements for mass produced cured fish.
April 19-21, 2013 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival - San Luis Obispo County, California
A weekend celebration of award-winning food and wine grown on California's scenic Central Coast. Barrel tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and vineyard tours throughout the weekend. The feature event is Saturday afternoon at scenic Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery where over 200 growers, vintners, and chefs come together to serve out-of-this-world pairings of award-winning wines with one-of-a-kind dishes made with locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils, chocolates, and more.
April 19-21, 2013 21st Annual California Antique Farm Equipment Show - Tulare, California
One of California's largest gatherings of antique farm equipment with more than 900 antique trucks, tractors and farm equipment exhibits. Tractor Pull, Antique Auction, Parade, & Kids Events.
April 19-22, 2013 Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend - Los Olivos, Calif
31st annual Vintners' Festival. Time to taste the new vintage as we herald the arrival of spring! All 100+ winery members of the association will be pouring tastes of their wine as attendees also taste a delectable array of culinary delights from area chefs, specialty food purveyors, live music.
April 20, 2013 Taste of Hillcrest - San Diego, California
Bring your appetite, because this self-guided walking tour will feature samples from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants.
April 20, 2013 California Nut Festival 2013 - Chico, California
The vibrant and entertaining one-day festival pays tribute to Chico's rich agricultural heritage with a bounty of farm-fresh food sampling, cooking demonstrations, live music on two stages, an art show and, of course, lots of sampling of wonderful delights, wine and beer! Proceeds benefit the Historic Patrick Ranch Museum, a restored mansion and working farm managed by the Far West Heritage Association.
April 20, 2013 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational - Los Angeles, California
A Grilled Cheese Sammich cooking competition. You cook. The judges vote. Everybody wins! Costume Contest. Cheese Calling Contest.
April 20, 2013 2013 Vintners' Festival - Sovang, California
Taste the Diversity of our wine country! Experience many of the Santa Barbara County Wine Region's 50+ varietals interpreted by 100+ award-winning, world-acclaimed wineries while savoring morsels prepared by the area's finest restaurants & food purveyors showcasing locally produced ingredients. $75/pp in advance or, $85/pp at the door for the entire wine & food tasting afternoon!
April 20-21, 2013 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival - Monterey Park, California
Planned and coordinated by community volunteers, the Cherry Blossom Festival strives to provide a cultural arts event that offers a forum for learning, entertainment, fun, and support of community. So take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair. Other highlights of the Festival include games & crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays.
April 20-21, 2013 California Poppy Festival - Lancaster, California
The California Poppy Festival kicks off spring in the Antelope Valley with a glorious array of celebrated performers, unrivaled events, and mouth-watering delicacies designed to delight, enchant, and amuse people of all ages.
April 20-24, 2013 92nd Annual WAFC Convention - Palm Desert, California
The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) Convention is highly regarded throughout the Industry as the “best event of the year.” Advancing the Food Industry Through Education and Leadership.
April 21, 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival - Fallbrook, California
Charming setting in Historic Downtown, 350 booths, 2 covered beer gardens with live bands, community stage, contests, avocado everything, pony rides, free parking, free shuttles, free admittance, 2 food courts, Farmer's Market with local produce and natives, avocado trees for sale, avocado education.
April 21, 2013 CCC 6th Annual Food & Wine Event - San Pablo, California
Join us for our 6th Annual Food & Wine Event. All proceeds directly benefit student of the Contra Costa College Culinary Arts Management Program.
April 22, 2013 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
April 24, 2013 Wine Spectator's Grand Tour - San Francisco, California
More than two hundred of the world's finest wineries will pour one of their best wines. All wines Are Wine Spectator's top-scoring selections. Meet and mingle with many winery owners and/or winemakers. Taste wines are that hard to find—discover new favorites. Enjoy a light buffet to complement your evening. A souvenir Riedel tasting glass is included. (San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas).
April 24-May 1, 2013 Silicon Valley Spring Restaurant Week - San Jose, California
Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is a coordinated fixed price offering by Silicon Valley restaurateurs. Participating restaurants offer a discounted three-course fixed price dinner menu each night
April 26-28, 2013 Stockton Asparagus Festival - Stockton, California
California's largest charitable festival. Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Competition, Celebrity Kitchen, Recipe Contest, etc.
April 27, 2013 4th Annual Hall Cabernet Cookoff - St. Helena, California
Professional chef teams and amateur home cooks will serve up dishes paired perfectly with HALL Cabernet Sauvignon and compete to win money for their favorite Napa Valley non-profits. Taste each dish, vote for your favorites and enjoy incredible wines!
April 27, 2013 30th Annual San Francisco International Beer Festival
San Francisco, California
Sample hundreds of incredible beers from some of the best craft brewers in the world. Taste a delicious variety of offerings from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.
April 27, 2013 SactoMoFo 6 - Sacramento, California
Sacramento Mobile Food Festival (SactoMoFo) Mobile food festival with 27+ truck & cart vendors from all over CA, live music & more.
April 27, 2013 32nd Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Day - Petaluma, California
Celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country. Together with The Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900’s. The event typically draws over 25,000 attendees.
April 27, 2013 Annual Ice Cream Social - Perris, California
Perris Community Services will be having a free ice cream social give away. So come on down to Monument Ranch Park and share this tasty treat with your community. Bring your friends and family, everyone is invited! While you’re there, see what upcoming events and activities we have to offer. What’s better than ice cream on a warm day?
April 28, 2013 Taste of Huntington Beach- Huntington Beach, California
Imagine, sun and fun in Surf City, USA. Join us for the Taste that features over 40 speciality food purveyors paired with not only some of California's best wines but international wines also. Siip on craft brews, visit our silent auction and raffle and enjoy live entertainment on a wonderful hilltop setting
April 28, 2013 28th Annual For Our Children Food & Wine Festival - Torrance, California
Proceeds this year will benefit TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation and Sandpipers philanthropic programs. Gourmet foods and fine wines from over 90 restaurants and wineries. The spectacular silent and live auctions feature unique gift items, sports tickets and memorabilia, dining, entertainment and exciting travel packages.
April 28, 2013 2013 Chili Cookoff & Classic Car Show - Thousand Oaks, California
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, the event includes the ICS sanctioned chili cook off and a classic car show with music and entertainment throughout the day.
April 28, 2013 25th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza
Beverly Hills, California
The Barristers of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation. Established in 1988, the event has grown in size and prestige featuring hors d’oeuvres by the area’s top chefs and pouring by California’s premium wineries accompanied by live entertainment and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event support the charitable causes of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation including pro bono programs that focus on community outreach, legal education and access to the justice system.
April 28, 2013 Top Chef Pig Roast - Santa Monica, California
Chef Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire Restaurant hosts a gathering of Los Angeles’ Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Just Desserts contestants for a backyard pig roast at Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica benefiting Share our Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles and helping to end childhood hunger in the United States
April 30, 2013 30th Annual Dinner a la Heart - San Francisco, California
Enjoy an evening of dining at the Bay Area's finest restaurants. Presented by the Institute on Aging, the event benefits low-income seniors.