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April 3, 2016  Cochon555 - San Francisco, California
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause.  The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.


April 14-16, 2016
Hospice du Rhôn 2016
Paso Robles, California
Celebrate the exceptional 22 Rhône varieties at the next installment of Hospice du Rhône.  Three-days in the late spring have been reserved for an exclusive weekend surrounding all things Rhône. A palate provoking weekend embracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the Twenty-two Rhône varieties. Throughout the weekend, tip your glass with worldly Rhône wine producers, journey through the largest international collection of Rhône variety wines and savor Rhône exceptional cuisine all while taking in the inspiring and spirited Rhône community.

April 22, 2016  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. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 22-24, 2016  The South Bay Spring Home & Garden Show
Long Beach, California
Our shows always feature displays and exhibits of the latest ideas in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating and landscaping. In addition, we provide educational and informative seminars and demonstrations designed to help homeowners enhance the beauty and the value of their homes.  Our shows combine high quality products and services with family entertainment, including top name musical acts, along with sample product give-aways, special appearances by many of California's best known radio and television personalities.

April 23, 2016  4th Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
Agua Dulce, California
Noon to 4 p.m. at Reyes Winery, 10262 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce, California.  VIP entry at 11 a.m. Attendees will receive: Specialty event glass, event plate, swag gift bag, wine and food sampling and free parking. Sample wine and food from more than 80 vendors. This event will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Purchase before April 10 and prepaid general admission tickets are $75 each and VIP $100 (if still available – only 100 tickets are available). April 10-April 23, prepaid and “at the door” general admission tickets will increase to $85 each. Designated driver tickets are $40 each.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

April 4, 2015  World Cup of Beer Homebrew Competition Finals
Oakland, California
Presented by the Bay Area Mashers, the competition is open to everyone in all styles and sub-styles of beer, mead, and cider.


April 5, 2015  Union Street's 24th Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
San Francisco, California
Celebrates and showcases the diverse community of San Francisco and features some of Union Street's best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro setting.  A variety of children's and family activities including; large inflatable bounces, kids' rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children's activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area's best musicians.  Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco. The event is not your average Street Fair or formal Parade. It can best be described as wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous, with everything from roller-blading cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars. A special event for the entire family. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Parade Begins at 2:00 PM.

April 9-12, 2015  8th 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 10-11, 2015  3rd Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival
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 11, 2015  A Celebration of Mendocino Sparkling Wines
Hopland, California
A stellar wine and food event celebrating Mendocino County's renowned bubblies. This  gathering will be taking place at Terra Savia winery in Hopland, set against the picturesque vineyards and hills of the Russian River's Sanel Valley.  Local foods specially chosen to match the different types of wines on hand. The North Coast climates of Mendocino County are known for producing wonderful Sparkling Wines, so don't wait to get your tickets!  Advance tickets are $55, $65 at the door and there are a limited amount of tickets available.

April 11, 2015  SoulFood Festival Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
Warning: Auto-playing music with no stop or mute.  The Soul Food Festival is an inviting event that highlights the aroma of traditional soul food cooking in the air while bringing together families and friends in an outdoor social setting for a day of reunion, information and Award Winning entertainment.

April 11-12 & 18-19, 2015  24th Annual El Dorado Passport
Placerville, California
Join us for our 24th Annual El Dorado Passport.  Wine, Food pairings and Music.  Friday April 10 and April 17 you can participate in the Winemaker Dinner.

April 11-12 & 18-19, 2015  24th Annual Passport Wine Event
El Dorado, California
Wine Lovers agree...'Best Wine Tasting Event of the Year'  Weekend pass for only $60.00, check out the website for all the details!

April 11-12 & 18-19, 2015  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 16, 2015
19th 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 16-19, 2015  Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend
Santa Barbara, California
Join the celebration of Santa Barbara County’s best chefs, artisans, winemakers and farmers. Now in its second year, the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend showcases the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of the region while also bringing cutting-edge culinary talent from across the country to Santa Barbara.  The weekend is inspired by Julia Child’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and mission to further gastronomy. It’s designed to marry entertainment and inspiration, celebration with learning.  Event proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation.

April 17-18, 2015  California Wine Festival Orange County 2015
Dana Point, California
Wine, food, music, sun and sea. Experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of California's finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples and lively music. Discover new wines at every Festival, find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisan breads, cheeses, olive oils and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited fun, food and music - at the biggest wine festival under the sun!

pril 17-19, 2015  San Joaquin Asparagus Festival - Stockton, California
San Joaquin Asparagus Festival offers everything from food to fun. Bring your family and friends and enjoy Asparagus Alley, Health & Wellness Fair, Color Run, the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival Parade, Car Show, Asparagus Eating Competition, Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion, Kids Zone with carnival rides and games, Petting Zoo and so much more!  Join us at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California for the BIGGEST Asparagus Festival in the West!

April 17-19, 2015  Earth Day Food & Wine Festival
San Luis Obispo County, California
Cultivate your roots and join us for the 8th Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend in San Luis Obispo County, California. You’ll be able to get the low down on all of our favorite award-winning wines and get the dirt on all of our favorite local producers.  On Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive Farm-to-Fork event at one of the region’s historic vineyard properties. Saturday’s Main Event in Paso Robles, California will celebrate the roots of our local food and wine scene, and Sunday will allow you to “Wine Down” with a few more intimate events. All in all, it’s a weekend of truly authentic experiences, so if you wanna learn more, just do a little clicking over there on the left!

April 17-19, 2015  23rd 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 18, 2015  Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival - Sacramento, California
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival is a fundraiser for The Sacramento Artists Council and raises money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt a school art programs for Sacramento regional schools. Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival features a chili cook off competition (industry and individual) and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries. Bike parking will be available along the fence and dogs are welcome.

April 18, 2015  3rd Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
Riverside, California
Join us for our 3rd annual Riverside Tamale Festival celebrating family hertitage. Enter our best homemade tamale contest or our tamale eating contest. Bring your chairs or blankets and spend the day eating delicious food and listening to good music.

April 18, 2015  California Nut Festival - 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 18, 2015  Taste of Brews Inland Empire - Corona, California
Taste of Brews is returning to the Inland Empire for its 4th anniversary celebration in 2015.  Held at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona/Eastvale, the festival showcases unlimited tastes from more than three dozen craft breweries, gourmet food trucks, a mix of vendors and live musical entertainment.  The event is limited to ages 21 and above.  Taste of Brews has evolved into a massive celebration of the Inland Empire’s ever-growing and influential craft beer industry.  The unusual venue, home to the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival, adds a layer of excitement and intrigue with its eclectic buildings, statues, shops and assorted pathways, many of which host a “sampling” station.

April 18, 2015  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 18-19, 2015  18th 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 18-19, 2015  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 19, 2015  29th Annual 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 19, 2015  Los Angeles Avocado Food Festival
Los Angeles, California
Taste of the Avocados - Live entertainment, Exhibitors, Food Booths, Vendors, Arts & Crafts, Games, Gifts give-a-way

April 22, 2015  Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow - Santa Rosa, California
The Sonoma County Lodging Association, 16th 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 22-24, 2015  16th Annual Worlds of Flavor 2015
Napa Valley, California
Asia and the Theater of World Menus.  Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival, considered to be the premier professional event on global cuisines and flavor trends in the country.

April 23, 2015  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 23-26, 2015  Santa Barbara County Vintners' Spring Weekend 2015
Buellton, California
The annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to attend wine maker lunches and dinners, educational wine-focused seminars, winery and tasting room open houses, vineyard walks, a golf tournament, a Farm-to-Table picnic and concert event, and the annual Vintners Festival Grand Tasting where every one of our 100+ member wineries gather to present and sell their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves.

April 25, 2015  27th Annual Winter Wine & Food Fest
Sacramento, California
Benefitting Make-A-Wish. Considered the premier wine and food event in the region, this year’s WWFF will feature more than 120 wineries, breweries and restaurants. General admission guests will also enjoy a silent auction from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. and from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., VIP guests will enjoy a sit down dinner, live auction and experienced a live wish reveal for a local child.

April 25, 2015  34th 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 25, 2015  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 25, 2015  SactoMoFo 8 - Sacramento, California
Sacramento Mobile Food Festival (SactoMoFo) Mobile food festival with 30+ truck & cart vendors from all over California, live music & more.

April 25, 2015  6th 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 25-26, 2015  KHTS Home & Garden Show - Santa Clarita, California
Free to the public and feature over two hundred local vendors. Most are local businesses involved in our valley for many years. They have a commitment to making certain you get the best possible advice and guidance. We urge you to take advantage of their expertise and eagerness to assist. Discover the latest in solar energy, pool and backyard design, kitchen remodeling and other home improvements.

April 25-26, 2015
The Union's 30th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Grass Valley, California
The Union's annual Spring Home & Garden Show is Nevada County's LARGEST and ONLY Home Expo, featuring more than 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden.  Drawing more than 8,000 attendees on an annual basis, this show features all your home improvement needs at discounted show rates, plus entertainment for the whole family. FREE ADMISSION, wonderful local food & beverage choices, and prizes.

April 26, 2015  27th 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 26, 2015  30th 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 26, 2015  CCC 8th Annual Food & Wine Event - San Pablo, California
Join us for our Annual Food & Wine Event. All proceeds directly benefit student of the Contra Costa College Culinary Arts Management Program.

April 26, 2015  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 29-May 3, 2015  36th Annual Selma Raisin Festival
Selma, California
Celebrating in Selma, "Raisin Capital of the World" with a carnival, entertainment, pageant, crafts, and competitions in art, baking, floriculture, photography and poetry.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

April 12, 2014  Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational
Los Angeles, California
The Last Grilled Cheese Invitational takes place on April 12th, 2014 from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

April 18, 2014  Blind Childrens Center Beeping Egg Hunt
Los Angeles, California
Free Event.  Be a Good Egg and sponsor a beeping egg designed for egg hunts for blind or partially sighted children through a tax-deductible gift to the Blind Childrens Center. Support the children at our annual event. Every child should be able to participate in an Egg Hunt!

April 19, 2014  Taste of Brews - Riverside, California
A summer festival at White Park, a three-acre urban oasis amidst the sprawling inland empire, featuring dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews and entertainment.

April 30-May 7, 2014  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.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

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 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


Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 21, 2012  Wine & Dine: Prohibition - San Diego, California
Take a trip back in time to the roaring 1920s at Prohibition: Wine & Dine.  Join guys and dolls at San Diego’s hottest new joint for the year’s most talked about event.  Non-stop dance floor, indulge in tastings from premium wine and food purveyors and bid on items at the silent auction.  Enjoy specially handcrafted prohibition era cocktails and try out your luck on the casino game floor. Proceeds from the event enables ElderHelp, a San Diego-based non-profit, to provide support services to seniors to help them remain independent in their own homes.

April 29, 2012  4th Annual Jewish Food Festival
Santa Clarita, California
The 2012 Jewish Food & Cultural Festival is THE place to find great Jewish foods, shopping, live Jewish entertainment, and arts and crafts.  A variety of activities for both children and adults make this a wonderful day for the entire family. Non-perishable food donations brought to the festival will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry and all monetary proceeds go toward supporting the Jewish Food & Cultural Festivals of the future.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

April 26, 2008  Wineries Of Santa Clara Valley Spring BBQ
Gilroy, California     (no website)
Meet your local winemakers. Wine Education Booth with scents of wine, barrel making, barrel tastes, etc. Enjoy new releases & Barrel Tastings. Savor a New York Steak, Pasta con Pesto, Green Salad and Garlic Bread. Tickets are available for $50/per person from any of the participating wineries. Call 800-548-3813 or 408-842-6436 for more information.



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