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JULY 4, 2014 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 17-19, 2014  California Wine Festival 2014 - Santa Barbara, Calif
After a decade of wine, food and music, the California Wine Festival is celebrating their anniversary with three days of wine events in their home base - Santa Barbara, CA. 

July 17-20, 2014  USPCA National Conference - Long Beach, California
This is the biggest gathering of Personal Chefs anywhere and the perfect time to connect, network, learn, and refresh before returning home motivated to take your business to new heights. The 2014 conference will build on the success of prior years with speakers who will engage your senses, enhance your skills, and more importantly, improve your Personal Chef business!


July 19-20, 2014  22nd Annual Catalan Festival - Sonoma, California
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards' 22nd annual Catalan Festival  Join us for a day of Spanish food, wine and entertainment with lively classical guitar, passionate flamenco dancing, a festive grape stomp and traditional folklore surprises. We invite you to share the multi-faceted experience that tantalizes the senses. Stroll and enjoy savory tapas and Paella, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars as you sip our acclaimed Carneros Sparkling and Estate wines.

July 24, 2014  Fresno Food Expo - Fresno, California
Americas #1 agricultural community! Meet the people behind one of the most productive and distinctive food producing regions in the world. California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to thousands of growers, food producers, manufacturers, processors, winemakers and brewers reflecting the rich diversity of our region.

July 25-27, 2014  PMA Foodservice Conference & Exposition
Monterey, California
Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference is the one event focused on fresh produce and foodservice.


Food Festivals, Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

July 6-7, 2013  626 Night Market - Arcadia, California
The 626 Night Market is the largest Asian night market in the U.S. featuring over 150 local restaurants, food vendors, entrepreneurs, merchandise vendors, artists, musicians, and non-profit groups. Night markets are a staple in Asian societies with the primary focus on hundreds of different Asian street food and merchandise vendors. The 626 Night Market brings the energy and spirit of Asian night markets to Los Angeles. June 8-9; July 6-7 & August 3-4, 2013.

July 11-14, 2013  29th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic - San Luis Obispo, Calif
Experience the beauty and diversity of California's Central Coast! Participate in the Central Coast Wine Classic!

July 12-28, 2013  California State Fair - Sacramento, California
The 17-day fair is a robust celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity of its people. Among the highlights are  concerts, wine garden, midway rides, demonstration farm (with most crops grown in the state), livestock pavilion, fine arts competition, harness racing, and nightly fireworks. Tastes of the fair include exotic foods from around the world, plenty of healthy & nutritious options, as well as many deep-fried foods: zucchini, Twinkies, funnel cake, chicken, avacado, cheesecake, and more. Attendance: 940,000.


July 13, 2013  Long Beach Grand Cru -  Long Beach, California
The Long Beach Grand Cru is an international wine competition as well as a public food and wine tasting. It was created by the Long Beach office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to increase awareness and raise funds for legal services for low income people. The competition has grown in size and prestige, attracting wineries from around the world. The public wine tasting and culinary event attracts 1,200 - 1,400 guests.

July 13, 2013  12th Annual Taste of the Delta -  Stockton, California
Held at the Village West Marina, the event showcases wineries and restaurants in the California Delta region. Guests sample wines and foods, enjoy vendor booths, live music, and silent and live auctions.

July 13, 2013  Slice of Chico - Chico, California
Known throughout the community as a summertime tradition, downtown Chico's merchants invite the community for a day filled with great shopping and free slices of ice cold watermelon.

July 13, 2013  Wine Country Big Q - Santa Rosa, California
Join us at the 3rd annual Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Some of the best Pit Masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great barbecued meats, world class wines, and award-winning brews while enjoying great country and blues music.

July 13, 2013  5th Annual Roll Out the Barrel - San Diego, California
A fundraising event featuring food & wine sampling from artisan wineries from around the world, local restaurants, a silent and live auction, and live entertainment. We expect 400-500 guests at this exclusive event. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, which grants wishes for children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.

July 13, 2013  13th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival - San Francisco, California
One of Northern California's most prestigious tasting events. It is a day to help raise funds for non-profit health center, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, which supports economically challenged women in their fight against cancer.  Sample over 70 breweries, several cider houses and wineries, while getting your groove on to rock and roll party machine Wonderbread 5.  Menu includes chili, BBQ ribs, salad, sanwiches, garlic fries, fried pickles, Three Twins Ice Cream, Pop Chips and more. Ticket price includes live music, food, unlimited tasting and a Breastfest commemorative cup. Cheers to a good time for a good cause!

July 13-14, 2013  34th Annual Arts & Wine Festival - Los Altos, California
Join us in beautiful downtown Los Altos. The festival features the work of artists from across the Western U.S., wine from a half dozen of the region’s finest vintners and a wide variety of food. Free concerts throughout the day, rides and activities in the Kidzone.


July 13-14, 2013  Annual Santa Barbara French Festival - Santa Barbara, California
Oo la la! Where AMERICA celebrates FRANCE! Food, music, dance.  Dozens of chefs prepare everything from crepes to Cajun. Beer, wine. Non-stop entertainment on 3 stages.  Huge Eiffel Tower. Cancan. Poodle Parade. Free admission.
Attendance: 20,000.

July 18, 2013  Totally Local VC Dinner at the Series - Ventura, California
An Innovative Dinner Series to Promote Ventura’s World Class Agriculture and Cuisine.  Southern California foodies typically have a lot to look forward to as the seasons evolve, especially on the Gold Coast with our powerful agricultural legacy.  Three Innovative dining events that marry iconic Ventura County locations with some of the area’s top line chefs, preparing seasonal selections harvested from the region’s celebrated farms.  Dinner in the … Garden June 27th;  Dinner at the… At the City July 18th;   Dinner at the... Ranch October 10th. See website for details.

July 18-21, 2013  Wanderlust Festival - North Lake Tahoe, California
Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more -- all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty.  We're talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars.

July 18-21, 2013  Taste Our Terroir - Livermore Valley, California
Livermore Valley's premier food and wine affair spans four delectable days. On Thursday night, the annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence has 20 winemakers partnering with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Taste pairings and cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice award! Friday through Sunday wineries across the region host cooking classes, barrel seminars, vineyard tours and more. Saturday night, guests join winemakers for a varietal dinner in an elegant wine country setting.

July 19-20, 2013  Marysville Peach Fest - Marysville, California
The 14th Annual Marysville Peach Festival is going to be an exciting event with a wide variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors cooking for every taste bud, several delicious choices of peach related foods, and great entertainment for all ages! Attendance: 30,000.

July 19-21, 2013  46th Annual Citrus Festival - Santa Paula, California
Best known as the Citrus Capital of the World. Because of its expansive lemon and orange orchards, the City of Santa Paula celebrates the fruit of California every year with its popular Kiwanis Citrus Festival.

July 23-26, 2013  16th Annual NBJ Summit - Dana Point, California
Network with the nutrition industry's top CEOs and senior executives at The 2013 NBJ Summit.

July 26-28, 2013  35th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival - Gilroy, California
10 tons of beef … 4 tons of pasta … 4 tons of calamari … 2 tons of scampi …plus 2 tons of fresh Christopher Ranch garlic & $9.7 million raised for local charity. The 34th annual ‘Ultimate Summer Food Fair’; three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment. Great Garlic Cook-Off with a $5,000 1st Prize. The 35th Garlic Festival will introduce the GARLIC BOWL on Friday July 26. This intercollegiate cooking jamboree will match the Executive Chefs from the University of California, Berkeley; Fresno State University and San Jose State University in a head to head to head competition with a top prize of a $5,000 cash scholarship awarded to the victorious school.

July 27, 2013  WINE FEST! - Monterey, California
Combining interesting, reasonably priced local and international wines, great craft beer, music from local bands and a DJ, including six artists painting live graffiti & murals on 4 ft. by 8 ft. wooden planks, gourmet food trucks and a sunny California day, Wine Fest! attendees are sure to discover their new favorite wines.  Live, onsite graffiti artists will paint graffiti & murals, followed by a People’s Choice Graffiti & Mural Contest.People’s Choice Contest for favorite wine labels, favorite red wine & white wine, with an awards going to the wining wineries.  VIP ticket holders will get a souvenir cup along with all-day access to the VIP area, complete with additional restroom facilities, lounge area, food snacks, and of course more Wines!

July 27-28, 2013  26th Annual A Taste Of Camarillo - Camarillo, California
Held on the grounds of the historic Adolfo Camarillo Ranch House. Wine Auction Gala Dinner and Wine & Food Festival. (also: )

July 27-28, 2013  20th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival - Oxnard, California
Celebrating all things salsa - the food, the music, and the dance! Highlights include Salsa and Latin Jazz bands, a large salsa tasting tent, an eclectic vendor marketplace, international foods, kids korner attractions, a salsa recipe contest and much more.  Admission and parking are free!

July 28, 2013  Annual Pear Fair - Courtland, California
Celebrating Courtland as the "Bartlett Pear Capital of the World" with live music, Wines of the Delta Parade, fun run, children's area, classic car show, beer & wine garden and a variety of pear related foods.

July 28-Aug 4, 2013  SF Chefs 2013 - San Francisco, California
Highlighting local talent, regional ingredients and Northern Californian flair with tastings, classes, dinners, and events. During the weekend, a tented tasting pavilion will be housed on the historic Union Square, with culinary, wine and cocktail classes and events held at The Westin St. Francis Hotel.1500 per day.


Food Festivals, Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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July 7, 2012  Oakland A's Annual Beer Festival - Oakland, California
Baseball and Beer: two American Classics at the 16th Annual Oakland A's Beer Festival in the Eastside Club at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Enjoy over 30 different microbreweries, live music and other festivities.

July 13-15, 2012  Brentwood Cornfest '12 - Brentwood, California
Celebrating our agricultural heritage in a three-day weekend of fun, food and entertainment. Plenty of local grown corn and fun filled corn activities.
Attendance: 40,000.

July 21, 2012  9th Annual Castle Rock WineFest - Castle Rock, Colorado
This year the Castle Rock WineFest presents 25 of Colorado's top wineries showcasing their wine selections and spotlight today's winemakers who are revitalizing a Colorado tradition. Also, this year’s event will again see wine seminars & demonstrations, artisans/lifestyle vendors, entertainment and delicious cuisine, all included in the price of your ticket.

July 21, 2012  Extravaganza for the Senses -  Los Angeles, California
Taste delectable samples from 40 LA restaurants and smell the bouquet from hundreds of wines. Your support touches the lives of more than 22,000 people who call the Saban Free Clinic their medical home.

July 21, 2012  Smokin In The Oaks BBQ Festival - Penn Valley, California
The 4th annual festival will be a fun full day of music, championship BBQ and plenty of brews to sample. There will be four bands performing on the main pavilion stage starting at 11:00am with the main act kicking off 6:00 pm.

July 27-28, 2012  Siskiyou Beef Country Cook-off - Montague, California
Sponsored by the Montague Rotary Club, the BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Categories include beef brisket, pork, pork ribs, and chicken. Enjoy BBQ, a farmers market and live music in angus beef ranching country, located in the shadow of Mt. Shasta.

July 28-29, 2012  13th Annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival - Boulder, Colorado
A wonderful opportunity to learn in a hands-on atmosphere from some of the leading experts in the field! Classes include workshops about Exotic Teas, Cooking With Tea, Tea as a Healing Herb, Tea Leaf Reading, and more!


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

July 16, 2011  Munchathon - Orange County, California
First, save your appetite, grab your bib and get ready to munch your way through a food-themed obstacle course filled with all sorts of surprises. After the fun run you can join us in the park for a festival of gourmet food trucks, beverages, entertainment and lots more.

July 23-24, 2011  El Dorado Italian Festival - Placerville, California
The El Dorado County Italian Festival is a weekend event packed with fun and excitement for the entire family! Italian food, bocce, Italian entertainment, grape stomping, meatball putting contest, Italian treasures and of course more Italian food!


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 17, 2010  Big Bands & BBQ - Campbell, California
The 3rd annual BBQ festival will feature vendors from all over the state. Enjoy live music, dancing, vintage cars, gourmet food booths, BBQ demos, top grillers, carnival rides, and games in the heart of Downtown Campbell.

July 21, 2010  Hoag Movie Night & Restaurant Row - Newport Beach, California (website no longer active)
This summer tradition brings more than 20 of Orange County's finest restaurants to benefit the Hoag Cancer Center. Dinner kicks off at 5 p.m. followed by a private screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s eagerly anticipated film, Inception.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

July 17-19, 2008  Robert Mondavi Winery's Taste3 - Napa Valley, California
Join Robert & Margrit Mondavi and 400 chefs, sommeliers, artisans, authors, executives, journalists and thought leaders in wine, food and the arts for Robert Mondavi Winery's 3rd annual Taste3 Conference. Thought-provoking presentations and world-class hospitality for the ultimate networking opportunity for wine and food lovers.



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