2015 CALIFORNIA JANUARY 2015
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2014 - 2012)
January 8-10, 2015 The Good Food Awards
San Francisco, California
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. Honoring the recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities. In its 4th year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in 10 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits and oil. Awards will be given to producers and their food communities from each of 5 regions of the US. The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
January 9-11, 2015 41st Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
Santa Cruz, California
The 41st annual event will be sponsored by the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, expanding the understanding and appreciation of mycology (study of mushrooms). The Fair is a popular event for the entire community.
January 9-11, 2015 Riverside Home & Garden Show 2015
January 10-11, 2015
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.
January 10-14, 2015 AFBF 96th Annual Convention 2015
San Diego, California
The American Farm Bureau Federation is the nations’ largest general farm organization with over 6 million member families in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The Annual Convention is an opportunity for members across the nation to come together for educational and networking opportunities. During this meeting our delegates will adopt policies for the coming year and elect leadership to guide these policies forward. The AFBF Annual Convention offers a preview into the future of agriculture. Through educational conferences, exhibitor seminars and technology, attendees will be given the opportunity to learn information that can be used in everyday life and experience what’s next in agriculture. Attending the AFBF Annual Convention provides unfettered access to Farm Bureau leaders, educational experts and corporate partners.
January 10-25, 2015 International Restaurant Week - Oxnard, California
Dine out and enjoy fabulous meals at restaurants you've been waiting to try during Oxnard's International Restaurant Week.
January 11-13, 2015 40th Winter Fancy Food Show
San Francisco, California
The Winter Fancy Food Show is the West Coast’s largest specialty food & beverage trade show, held annually in January. Discover 80,000 on-trend and best-in-class products including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more. Connect with 1,300 exhibitors representing the latest in specialty foods and beverages from across the U.S. and 35 countries and regions.
January 16-17, 2015 All About Truffles Seminar - Napa, California
Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar. For Prospective Truffle Growers. • Come and find out: • How truffles are 10x more profitable than grapes. • Why are many vineyards starting truffle orchards. • How do you train dogs to find truffles. • And much more…
January 16-19, 2015 Napa Truffle Festival - Napa, California
World class cuisine meets cutting edge truffle science! Featuring black truffles, cultivation and culinary programs, leading truffle scientists, a truffle orchard excursion and epicurean marketplace, fabulous food and wine pairings, and world-famous Michelin Star chefs.
January 16-25, 2015 16th annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival 2015
Mendocino County’s rugged coastline has been home to generations of fishermen who harvest the bounties of our cold, clear Pacific Ocean—and this includes delicious Dungeness crab. And, every January, Mendocino County celebrates this delightful crustacean and locally grown and produced wines and beers with a Festival that delights foodies, oenophiles, and beer lovers alike!
January 17, 2015 All About Truffles Seminar - Napa, California
Come learn all about truffles—the cuisine, the sex and the science! In this exciting, comprehensive primer about all things truffle, you will get tips on cooking with truffles from our Michelin star host chef Ken Frank who will discuss how to handle fresh truffles in the kitchen, as well as common myths and misconceptions about the various truffle species and “products.” You’ll also get a glimpse into the science of truffles (including “sex and truffles”!) with world-renowned truffle scientist Dr. Paul Thomas and truffle expert Robert Chang; plus why science plays a key role in how truffles are grown and harvested. To round up the truffle day, our Master Dog Trainer Alana McGee will guide you through the fascinating and fun world of training dogs to harvest truffles, complete with a demonstration at a real truffle orchard, located at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. You will be transported directly from the Westin to the fabulous Winery Truffle Lunch at Peju Province Winery, then on to the truffle orchard tour before returning to the Westin.
January 17-18, 2015 23rd Anniversary Winter Wineland 2015
Sonoma County, California
140+ wineries offer wine, art, and education. Some wineries will have food pairings and others will have tours.
January 17-18, 2015 34th Asian American Expo - Pomona, California
The largest Asian Trade Show. Celebrating the Lunar New Year festivities, building dialogue between the booming Asian and U.S. markets, offering joy, fun and happiness to all!
January 21-22, 2015 Sustainable Foods Summit
San Francisco, California
North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit. Focal themes of this new edition are food security & waste, marketing best-practices and new technologies. The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, etc. The aim of the Sustainable Foods Summit is to explore new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry by discussing key industry issues.
January 24, 2015 Winter Wine Classic 2015 - Santa Barbara, California
One of the largest gatherings ever of the California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters will assemble for the 4th annual “Winter Wine Classic” presented at the luxurious Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. 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, Heitz Wine Cellars, Chateau St. Jean, and Peju as well as artisan gold-medal producers such as Ahnfeldt, Beckmen, Grassini, and Tablas Creek who will pour their ultra-premium wines and delight of the hundreds of oenophiles in attendance. A wide variety of delectable wine-worthy gourmet morsels will be paired and offered by some of the region’s most notable chefs in this luxuriant wine and food celebration. Top Santa Barbara restaurants include Blush, The Lark, Cielito, Olio e Limone, Finch & Fork, Enterprise Fish Company and much more!
January 24, 2015 24th Annual Holtville Rib Cook-Off - Holtville, California
Hosted by the Holtville Athletic Club, this year”s event is scheduled one weekend prior to the Super Bowl and is expected to draw a crowd of 15,000 people.
January 25, 2015 34th Annual Wine Classic - Los Angeles, California
Loyola Marymount University 33rd Annual Wine Classic. Featuring more than 150 wines from 45 boutique California wineries. Silent auction includes specialty wines and products. Proceeds benefit LMU student scholarships.
January 25, 2015 Chocolate Infusion - Nevada City, California
Chocolate Infusion is an afternoon of chocolate, wine and jazz. Come sample delicious and decadent chocolate creations from chocolatiers and chefs, as well as wine from local vintners. Savory tastes with chocolate as an ingredient as well as non-chocolate samples available as well. All samples are included in your admission fee, as well as your souvenir wine glass for the first 400 attendees. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets available on the website or by calling 530-477-4241. Call for vendor information.
January 27-29, 2015 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
By combining a trade show with a broad spectrum of seminars, the Unified Symposium provides attendees direct access to all the latest information.
January 29-31, 2015 Zinfandel Experience 2015
San Francisco, California
Attending 2015 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. Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, Zinfandel Experience is celebrating its 24th anniversary, January 29-31, 2015 with three days of wine tasting featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles from renowned producers and emerging wineries. 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: http://www.zinfandel.org/)
January 30-Feb 8, 2015 68th Annual Holtville Carrot Festival
Fun for everyone--parade, carnival, food, and cooking contest in the 'Carrot Capital of the World'.