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January 29-February 7, 2016  69th Annual Holtville Carrot Festival - Holtville, Calif.

February 2-4, 2016  51st Annual Colusa Farm Show
Colusa, California
For 50 years, our show has meant one-stop shopping for all farm services. The purpose of this showcase is to acquaint agriculturalists with the latest in modern farming equipment and techniques.  Year-in, year-out, we're attended by farmers and suppliers from all over the world.

February 6, 2016 - The Essence of Petite Sirah - Alameda, California
The preeminent, Petite Sirah annual event in all of the world, held by PS I Love You, Inc. Important California wineries pour their Petites, some very rare, older vintage.  Over 30 fine food restaurants, specialty food producers, and caterers join us.


February 6-7, 2016
LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show
Los Angeles, California
The West Coast’s largest baking and sweets expo, is returning for its second year in 2016. After a sold out event in 2015, the show is expanding to the Los Angeles Convention Center to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With over 10,000 guests expected, sweets-enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 125 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite TV stars and watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops in cookie and cake decorating. The Kids Zone will offer free face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games and more, compliments of Mommy Nearest, Urban Sitter and Baking with Melissa.  Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..  Cost: $21/adult and $10/child for a one-day pass OR $35/adult and $15/child for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available. 100% of the proceeds from the sugar art and baking competitions will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

February 9, 2016  32nd 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.

February 9-11, 2016  World Ag Expo 2016 - Tulare, California
2nd week of Feb each year. The show is the world's largest agricultural exposition, with 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space, over 1,500 exhibitors, and over 100,000 attendees.

February 11, 2016
Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
The 6th Annual Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk.  Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard in San Francisco 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard.  Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $30 or advance tickets for $25 via the website. The on-site tickets sales location is 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater).

February 12-21, 2016  70th Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival - Indio, California
Families and people of all ages enjoy the camel & ostrich races, the nightly musical pageant and the history of dates as well as the many attractions and interesting exhibits unique to the Fair.


February 13, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
San Francisco, California
Now in its 16th year, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, will host the Public Tasting with thousands of patrons from around the nation. Each year, wine lovers experience exciting new award winning wines at what has become an annual tradition for many friends and families to gather and enjoy a delightful day on the Bay with amazing wines and delicious food. Tasting the best from over six-thousand entries of the country’s finest wines judged by the top professional wine judges. This popular event encourages guests to taste, learn and enjoy. Raise a glass and cheer to an exciting new wine experience.

February 13-14, 2016  Wine & Chocolate Weekend - Madera, California
Sample a wide variety of local wines, as you visit each participating winery on the Madera Wine Trail. On this special weekend, you will also enjoy chocolate pairings, live music, local art and delicious food!  Designated Drivers are always welcome on the Madera Wine Trail, and they are always free of charge! Please notify the check-in table at your first stop on the Trail to receive your complimentary pass.

February 14, 2016  VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 15-18, 2016  22nd Annual FSMA Top2Top Conference
San Diego, California
Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association annual conference.

February 16-19, 2016  Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
Meadowood, Napa Valley, California
Open to published editorial wine writers, wine/food writers, wine/travel writers and editors.

February 17-18, 2016  Food Processing Expo - Sacramento, California
California League of Food Processing. The Expo is a perfect venue for food industry members to gather and discuss a wide range of subjects including productivity, health and safety, regulatory issues, energy, innovation and new technologies. Industry recognized experts, a great variety of exhibiting suppliers and educational sessions represent valuable resources for your food business.

February 19-20, 2016  Winter Brew Fest - San Diego, California
The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA).

February 19-21, 2016  Pomona Spring Home & Garden Show
Pomona, 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.

February 19-21, 2016  Paso BlendFest on the Coast
Paso Robles, California
BlendFest is back, this time behind the locked gates of the Hearst Property in Old San Simeon Village!  The annual event will bring 30 renowned wineries of Paso Robles to the coast, each showcasing three distinct blends. Guests will enjoy spectacular wines, only surpassed by the stunning ocean views. Stay in Cambria or San Simeon and SAVE $10+ on each ticket to Saturday's event. Kick off your weekend at a Winemaker Dinner at Robin's Restaurant in Cambria with four Paso Robles winemakers. After tasting blends at Saturday's Grand Tasting, try your hand at blending wine during Sunday's Blending Seminar at Harmony Cellars. It's a full weekend of fun in store! Visit for tickets and more details.

February 20, 2016  Winter Wine Classic 2016
Santa Barbara, California
Tasting nearly 100 classic California wines of this legendary stature at one event is truly a rare chance for fine wine lovers to taste the very best all in one place. The event will include famous names from the wine world like Bernardus, Charles Krug, Lieff Wines and Whitehall Lane  as well as artisan gold-medal producers such as Ahnfeldt, Beckmen, Tablas Creek and Westerly who will pour their ultra-premium wines and delight of the hundreds of oenophiles in attendance.

February 20, 2016  35th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival - Santa Cruz, California
Join the fun and excitement as talented chefs from throughout Northern California compete for the glory of the Best Clam Chowder! More than just a culinary competition, the fun event has featured participants dressed as scuba divers, mermaids, and even as a Clam Fairy. The Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off is a popular "rain or shine" event.  The competition features two divisions: Individual and Professional.  Top awards include cash prizes, round-trip tickets courtesy of United Airlines, and more. Plaques will be awarded in each division for Best Clam Chowder in both Boston and Manhattan categories as well as the People's Choice and Most Original Team.  Admission is free; visitors may purchase Tasting Kits ($9) to sample five different chowders

February 20, 2016  Hops and Shops Beer Festival - Redding, California
Wildcard Brewing Company and Viva Downtown Redding have partnered up in the creation of this uniquely structured brewfest. The goal of this festival is to highlight the many outstanding local businesses in downtown Redding by partnering up with craft breweries within our region and featuring their ales inside various local downtown establishments; all within walking distance.  Participants will receive a tasting glass, walking map of participating businesses downtown and tasting tickets. Each beer will be poured by someone from the brewery and they will be available to speak to each beer and the brewery in general. Expect to try various craft ales not ordinarily found in this area. Event also to feature live music, brewing demonstration and offerings from various food trucks. Tickets will become available after the first of the year through Viva Downtown Redding. They will be $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event.

February 20-21, 2016  11th Annual Int’l Alsace Varietals Festival
Anderson Valley, California
The winegrowers of Anderson Valley share their passion for aromatic white wines at the International Alsace Varietals Festival.  The annual Festival will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds and throughout Anderson Valley, CA.  Saturday events include an educational session, chef’s demo, grand tasting and winemaker dinner. Visit winery open houses on Sunday. Truly an event to brighten even the darkest winter’s day!

February 20-21, 2016  Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
San Diego, California
The Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US.

February 20-24, 2016  AFFI-CON 2016 - Anaheim, California
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the national trade association that promotes the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry.

February 25, 2016  Sacramento Brewers Showcase
Sacramento, California
Raise your glass of local craft beer to toast the opening event of Sacramento Beer Week. The Sacramento Brewers Showcase presents over 30 local breweries, all under one roof at the Cal Expo. Join your beer-loving friends to get your first taste of a number of beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week.

February 25-27, 2016  Zinfandel Experience - San Francisco, California
Attending Zinfandel Experience is more than going to a fun and lively wine tasting event. It's also about making deeper connections with others who love Zinfandel as much as you do. It's about introducing your friends to a meaningful part of your life. And it's about discovering new ways of bringing Zinfandel's magic into the world.   Set at both the historic Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the iconic Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Zinfandel Experience is the largest single varietal tasting of its kind that brings together top winemakers and wine enthusiasts to celebrate America’s grape.  (also:

February 25-March 6, 2016  Sacramento Beer Week
Sacramento, California
Sacramento Beer Week (SBW) celebrates our rich Sacramento beer culture with hundreds of beer events throughout Sacramento! Dozens of new craft beer focused bars and restaurants have opened in Sacramento, while existing ones added new taps, new bottles and embraced the craft beer wave. If you are a beer fan, this is your week to explore a cornucopia of fine food and beverages. If you are beer curious, you have an overwhelming number of options to wet your palate and try something new every day. Local breweries, brewpubs, alehouses, restaurants, grocers and homebrew stores are waiting for you to come in and enjoy yourself!

February 27, 2016  18th Annual Spam Festival - Isleton, California
Cooking Contest, Spam Toss, Spam Eating, Music. Fun-Fun-Fun! Prizes!

February 27, 2016  Bacon and Beer Classic - Santa Clara, California
The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside baseball parks and stadiums across America. It is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Music will get people dancing, interactive games will bring out their inner kid, and the cooking demos and beer schools will teach everyone – from the expert to the novice – a thing or two about bacon and beer.  All of our events are all inclusive! From the moment you walk into the park, it's all about the experience, and not about opening up your wallet.

February 27-28, 2016  11th Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
Los Angeles, California
We are excited you’ve found the LA Travel & Adventure Shows – the ONLY travel show in Los Angeles and the largest travel show in the Nation!  It is THE place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations.  You’ll be inspired and get ideas on where to go, what to do and the latest travel information to keep you in the know— along with a bona fide list of reputable companies that have been serving our attendees for years.



events still waiting for new dates

February 19-21, 2015  NAFEM Show 2015 - Anaheim, California
North American Association of Food Equipment Manfacturers.



events still waiting for new dates

February 1, 2014  Let It Shine - St. Helena, California
The Sun and Stars Montessori School’s  Annual Fundraiser. Over 180 attendees will saddle up and enjoy a delicious chuckwagon dinner, Napa Valley wines, and plenty of boot scootin’ and foot stompin saddle songs. Live auction, with an amazing roundup of lots.



events still waiting for new dates

February 25-26, 2013  Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour
San Diego, 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.

February 27-28, 2013  Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour
Los Angeles, 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.


Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

February 4, 2012  8th Annual Golden Glass - San Francisco, California
The Golden Glass is a fundraising event for Slow Food San Francisco and it’s programs.

February 9, 2012  Italian Wine Masters - San Francisco, California
You are invited to a rare trade-only tasting of the finest selections from more than 100 wine producers from four pre-eminent DOCG regions of Italy.

February 23-26, 2012  Coachella Wine Festival - La Quinta, California
Enjoy tasting boutique wines from some of California's and beyond best wineries, sampling culinary delights from some of the areas top restaurants and chefs, grooving to lively music and the Winemaker & Chef Golf Tournament.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events waiting for new dates

February 4-6, 2011  71st Annual Sportsman & Tomato Festival
Niland, California
There will be games, food, entertainment, Queen Contest, tomato packing contest, parade, pancake breakfast, live music, dancing and much more.

February 7, 2011  9th Annual Celebrity Crab Festival
San Francisco, California
A fundraiser for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. San Francisco 49ers team up with Local Chefs for Crab Cracking Contest. Food, Beer and Wine Tastings

February 21, 2011  A Celebration of Food and Wine - St. Helena, Calif.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to mingle with noted winemakers, famous chefs, and wine-loving celebrities, while supporting the future of wine education in America. You are invited to join U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, chairman, and the members of the Vitners Hall of Fame Board of Stewards for the 5th Annual Celebration of California Wine & Food and the Induction of the Vitners Hall of Fame Class of 2011: Richard Gradd, Joel Peterson, August Sebatiani, Vernon Singleton, & Bob Trinchero.




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