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January 27-February 2, 2019  Dine Out Escondido! - Escondido, California


February 1-10, 2019
72nd Annual Holtville Carrot Festival
Holtville, California
'Our Carrots Make the U.S.A. Grate'  Fun for everyone--parade, carnival, food, and cooking contest, Chuck Wagon cooking contest, student art show, parade, in the 'Carrot Capital of the World'.

February 2-3, 2019  LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show
Los Angeles, California
The West Coast’s largest baking and sweets expo. 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.  Attendance: 10,000.

February 5, 2019  36th 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 5-7, 2019  54th Annual Colusa Farm Show - Colusa, California
For more then 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 7-10, 2019  Nevada County's Sustainable Food and Farm Conference - Grass Valley, California
Nevada County's Sustainable Food and Farm Conference will once again bring together a diverse panel of speakers, farming related businesses and organizations, for a weekend full of informative lectures, a food and farming exposition, plus numerous workshops for all levels of farming and ranching.


February 9-10, 2019
The Nourished Festival
San Diego, California
The Largest Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival in the United States.  Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

February 9-10, 2019  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 12-13, 2019  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 12-14, 2019 - World Ag Expo 2019 - Tulare, California
International Agri-Center.  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.  Attendance: 100,000.

February 14, 2019 - 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 15-24, 2019  73rd 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 16, 2019  San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting - San Francisco, California
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 16-17, 2019
Annual 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

February 16-23, 2019
National FFA Week
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

February 17-20, 2019
RFA 39th Annual Conference & Exhibition
Huntington Beach, California
To successfully position your company in today’s marketplace, it is imperative to stay abreast of current market trends, food safety regulations, and technical procedures.  Attend the Refrigerated Foods Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition as we work toward “Advancing & Safeguarding the Refrigerated Foods Industry.”

February 19-22, 2019
15th Annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
Meadowood, Napa Valley, California
Open to published editorial wine writers, wine/food writers, wine/travel writers and editors.

February 22-March 3, 2019 - Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
Santa Barbara, California
Guests are invited to make a reservation at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, and in turn, will pay a discounted rate for a 3-course menu. With an abundant amount of restaurants to choose from in Santa Barbara, the possibilities are endless for exceptional dining experiences from prime steak to fresh local seafood, from classic American fare to international cuisine.

February 23, 2019 - Crab Feed and Concert - Citrus Heights, California
By Bella Vista Band Boosters. This crab feed is a fundraiser for the Bella Vista High School Band & Auxiliary Programs, whose students perform in support of community events throughout the Sacramento region. Choose from a crab or beef dinner, including salad, pasta, rolls, a dessert auction and a no-host bar. There will also be performance by the BV Concert Band, Jazz, Winter Percussion, Drumline and Dance throughout the evening. In addition, there will be a raffle and auctions.

February 23, 2019  Santa Anita Chili Cook Off - Arcadia, California
ICS and Non-ICS Divisions.  Santa Anita Park – Trackside – Arcadia, CA.  Benefiting Foothill Unity Center

February 23, 2019  Hops and Shops Beer Festival - Redding, California
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.

February 23-24, 2019 - 38th 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 ($10) to sample five different chowders.

February 23-24, 2019  Anderson Valley White Wine Weekend
Anderson Valley, California
Previously the International Alsace Varietals Festival, Same Festival - New Name.  The winegrowers of Anderson Valley share their passion for aromatic white wines.

February 23-24, 2019  123 Farm Cultured Food Festival
Cherry Valley, California
Highland Springs Ranch & Inn.  Join us for our First Annual Fermentation Festival. Learn about the health benefits of fermented foods, taste the wide ranging types of fermented foods and learn how to make your own at home with hands on classes.

February 23-26, 2019  AFFI-CON 2019 - San Diego, California
The premier event for frozen food and beverage makers, industry suppliers, and logistical partners. It brings together over 500 companies and 1,600+ attendees in a single location, allowing them to meet one-on-one to discuss current and future opportunities. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the national trade association that promotes interests of all segments of the frozen food industry.

February 24-27, 2019  National Grocers Association Show
San Diego, California
For years the NGA has been the only industry association devoted exclusively to the needs of the independent sector. The show provides you with an opportunity to network, learn and advance your company.  (also: )

Food Festivals, Wine & Beer Festivals

February 8, 2020  BlendFest on the Coast - Paso Robles, California
The Only Event Dedicated To Blends.  Paso Robles’ winemakers love to blend, mixing varieties to craft something unique and delicious. BlendFest celebrates these rule-breaking, unconventional wines throughout the weekend on the beautiful California Coast.

Food Festivals, Wine & Beer Festivals
events still waiting for new dates

February 3-4, 2018 - CoffeeCon LA - Los Angeles, California
CoffeeCon is the world’s first all-consumer coffee festival that features tasting the best coffees, hands-on trying the best brewing gear and onsite classes to improve your prowess as an at-home barista.

February 9, 2018 - Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk - San Francisco, California
The 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 24, 2018  Winter Brew Fest 2018 - 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).


events still waiting for new dates

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


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.

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, California
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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