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Nov 25-Dec 7, 2018  Grand Grape Celebration - Yosemite National Park, California


December 1, 2018
Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair
Ventura, California
World's Largest Wine Walk is Back! The Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair will once again return to beautiful Downtown Ventura! The Most Magical day in Ventura will kick off with the Holiday Street Fair starting from 12pm-8pm on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street with vendors and live entertainment. Shop artists, crafters, non-profit organizations, commercial and food vendors. The street fair and entertainment is FREE and open to the public starting at Noon!

December 1-2, 2018  Holidays in the Vineyards - Livermore, California
Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music, special wines, and more.

December 3-5, 2018 - NLS Food Quality Symposium
San Diego, California
The Annual Food Quality Symposium, features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level  Executives in Safety, Quality Assurance (Q & A) and many other related fields within the food industry. Be a part of the Industry's Must Attend Event featuring thought leaders from the world’s leading food manufacturers, discussing the key issues affecting the current and future growth of your business.

December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.

December 10-22, 2018  The Bracebridge Dinner
Yosemite National Park, California
Celebrated annually since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Old English-era hall filled with Christmas festivities. The inspiration for this incredible Yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving's Sketch Book about Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period. More than 100 cast members portray the Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, and minstrels.


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December 1, 2017
Christmas at the Ranch
Camarillo, California
Enjoy an elegant evening at the Camarillo Ranch. This invitation only event includes cocktail hour inside the historical Victorian Mansion, heavy appetizers in the red barn, and live holiday music.

December 1, 2017 - PIER 39 Winter Wine Pour
San Francisco, California
Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, light bites, exclusive discounts, and live music and entertainment from 4 – 8 PM. Don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner following the event at one of PIER 39’s restaurants!

December 2, 2017  Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival
Oxnard, California
Get the tastiest tamales in town - from sweet to savory, traditional to gourmet. Learn tamale making with live demos. Enjoy the tamale eating contest, holiday crafts fair, kids activities, and music.  FREE admission.

December 2, 2017  Oxnard Christmas Parade - Oxnard, California
The Oxnard Christmas Parade is one of the largest parades in Ventura County and attracts thousands of spectators to the heart of Downtown. The Parade features nearly 100 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more! The Parade is followed by the Oxnard Tamale Festival at Plaza Park.

December 2-3, 2017 - Taste Of Tamales Food Festival
Los Angeles, California
FREE entrance to the public. More than 50,000 people from all nationalities will taste a full variety of Tamales (a holiday tradition) offered by Food Vendors and Restaurants of Los Angeles area. Attendants can also get other type of foods and enjoy Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Carnival Rides & Games, 20,000 free toys for children, Commercial Products, free health screenings, services and information provided by all type of exhibitor companies.  Attendance: 50,000.


December 2-3, 2017  Indio International Tamale Festival
Indio, California
It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association.  The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success.  Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!    Attendance: 120,000.

December 3, 2017  21st Annual Mill Valley WinterFest
Mill Valley, California
One of this community's iconic annual events. Celebrating its 21st Anniversary this year, this event has blossomed into a celebration that features snow sliding, a day-long program of entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus, an antique fire truck, food from local restaurants and food vendors, and culminates with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony.

December 8, 2017
Fillmore Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy.

December 9, 2017
7th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier
Redondo Beach, California

December 9, 2017 - 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
Sausalito, California

December 9-31, 2017 - Holiday Tours & 8th Annual Gingerbread House Contest - Oxnard, California
Heritage Square.  Costumed docents present guided tours of elegantly decorated Victorian homes. Admire the imagination and artistry of handmade gingerbread houses inside the Heritage Hall.

December 10, 2017 - Holiday on the Hill - Simi Valley, California
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Celebrate this magical season with your family and friends at our  Annual Holiday on the Hill event. This spectacular evening of wonderful holiday performers, magnificent music, and delectable gourmet food is a much anticipated gathering every year! Enjoy special performances by Oak Park High School, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, and other local groups and entertainment.

December 14, 2017 - 2nd Annual North Beach Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout North Beach on Grant Ave, Columbus Ave, Vallejo Street and Green Street.

December 31, 2017  Grape Drop - Temecula, California
Welcome in 2017 at the annual New Year’s Eve Grape Drop. Live music, vendors, kid’s activities and an East Coast (9pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown make this the place to be on New Year’s Eve. It’s a Family First for the Holidays celebration.

December 31, 2017  New Years' Eve Celebration
Simi Valley, California
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library.  Celebrate the arrival of 2017 at our 8th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration under the wings of Air Force One!  Enjoy an elaborate night of celebration, extensive hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight with all of the party essentials hats, horns, streamers and more! Dance to live music played by the top notch dance band, The Platinum Groove. Enjoy the classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and 50’s through the 90’s top hits played by our fabulous DJ.

events still waiting for new dates

December 1, 2016 - 6th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
The Noe Valley Merchants Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC. are hosting the 5th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The tasting event will be located throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and will include merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats.  Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales locations are at the 3865 24th St. parking lot between Sanchez & Vicksburg and in front of Walgreens on Castro and 24th. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event are "Cash Only."

CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

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December 19, 2010  6th Independence Fruitcake Festival
Independence, California
Talent show with fruit judging in categories including oldest, travelled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges” award.



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