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JULY 4, 2015 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list.

July 16-18, 2015  California Wine Festival 2015 - Santa Barbara, Calif
Don't miss our 12th annual California Wine Festival, in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state! This beautiful city is the original home of the CWF, a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun at the beach! A true world-class resort city, Santa Barbara attracts sophisticated visitors from around the world many of whom spend a few days by the beach tasting great California wines. A hip crowd of thousands of wine lovers flock to our three-day Festival, making this one of the most desirable wine consumer events of the year.


July 17-19, 2015  The Ontario Home & Garden Show
Ontario, California

July 25-26, 2015  22nd 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!


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

July 5, 2014  Big Bite Bacon Fest - San Diego, California
A San Diego County Fair event.  The Big Bite Bacon Fest brings all the best bacon foods to one location in celebration of the world's most beloved protein! What better way than to wash it down with over 40 of San Diego's favorite craft brews!  The Big Bite Bacon Fest is a fun-filled, tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from the best chefs and competitive cooks from San Diego and beyond.  Indulge in mouth watering bacon-y deliciousness ranging from appetizers to desserts to everything in between to be washed down with samples of ice cold craft beers.

July 10-13, 2014  30th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic
San Luis Obispo, California
Experience the beauty and diversity of California's Central Coast! Participate in the Central Coast Wine Classic!

July 11-12, 2014  Mammoth Food & Wine Experience
Mammoth Lakes, California
Live music, wine tasting, regional fare and more.

July 11-27, 2014  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 12, 2014  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 12, 2014
Wine Country Big Q
Santa Rosa, California
Join us at the 4thannual Wine Country Big Q Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned competition at our NEW location, Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, California.  Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best Pit Masters will be here to serve you up a slice.   Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great rock and blues music.   Bring all of your senses to life as you wander amongst the teams see, smell and taste mouthwatering barbecue. What is your favorite flavor? Sweet, savory, spicy…. YOU be the judge!

July 12, 2014  14th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival - San Francisco, Calif
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 12-13, 2014  35th 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 12-13, 2014  26th 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 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 18-19, 2014  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. July 18-19; August 15-16 & September 12-13, 2014.

July 18-19, 2014  Marysville Peach Fest - Marysville, California
The 15th 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 18-20, 2014  47th 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 19, 2014  6th Annual Roll Out the Barrel - San Diego, California
A wine and food festival - highlights extraordinary chefs, winemakers and craft breweries at San Diego’s destination location, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. It's a 5-star Make-A-Wish event whose collective funds raised have been used to fulfill hundreds of wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in the San Diego and Imperial Counties.

July 19, 2014  Tehachapi Mountain Brew & Grill Fest
Tehachapi, California
A festival for beer lovers to enjoy great California beer and BBQ lovers to try some of the best BBQ in the state.  California brewers will also be competing in the inaugural Central California Craft Beer Competition, a sanctioned AHA/BJCP event and top BBQ Chefs will compete for cash and prizes in a judged competition with an extra “People’s Choice” award.  The event will feature great live music, vendor booths and limited RV parking for the night. Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and small pop-ups to enjoy the festivities.

July 19-20, 2014  53rd Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival
Sunland-Tujunga, California
Seed spitting contests ongoing throughout the fest. Greased melon relay race, watermelon carving display, music and marketplace. Enjoy free watermelon--a healthy treat!

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 20, 2014  Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival
San Rafael, California
The Great American Blues & Barbecue Festival returns to the heart of downtown San Rafael. This soulful and finger licking good festival celebrates Marin and America's outstanding heritage of American roots and Blues music with performances by local and national blues artists on multiple stages. Food concessions and "King of the Q" competition focuses on the great American original, Barbecue, in all its tasty glory. Blues and Barbeque, there isn't a better combo to be found.

July 22-25, 2014  17th Annual NBJ Summit - Dana Point, California
Network with the nutrition industry's top CEOs and senior executives at The 2014 NBJ Summit.

July 23, 2014  Hop-Con 2.0 - San Diego, California
The w00tstout Launch Festival.  Thespian and renaissance man Wil Wheaton, online news guru Drew Curtis and multi-talented actress and comedian Aisha Tyler collaborated on Stone w00tstout 2.0, a massive yet seductive imperial stout brewed with wheat, flaked rye, pecans and stoneground chocolate, then partially aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. To share it with the world in style befitting such a special beer, the trio will converge to meet, greet, revel and imbibe with fans of the beer, as well as the passion and originality w00tstout represents. This won’t be about awkward handshakes, high-fives, selfies and autographs—just general and rampant merriment and celebrating all things geeky in a relaxed festive atmosphere with great food and awesome craft beer.   Admission to the celebratory fest is $62.06 (including service fee)

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 24-27, 2014  Taste Our Terroir - Livermore Valley, California
Livermore Valley's premier food and wine affair spans four delectable days. Annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence has 18 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 eight food and wine events including cooking classes, wine seminars, vineyard tours & more.

July 25-26, 2014  Rotary Club Kansas City BBQ Event - Montague, Calif
Sponsored by the Montague Rotary Club, the BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society.

July 25-27, 2014  36th 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 & $10 million raised for local charity. The 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.  Garlic Bowl on Friday. 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 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.

July 26-27, 2014  A Taste Of Camarillo - Camarillo, California
Wine Auction Gala Dinner and Wine & Food Festival.  Presented by Meadowlark Service League, this special event is held on the grounds of the historic Adolfo Camarillo Ranch House. 
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July 27, 2014  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 29-Aug 1, 2014  2014 ACS Conference - Sacramento, California
Join us in Sacramento for ACS 2014: Celebrating the American Cheese Plate! Sacramento holds the title of “Farm to Fork Capital” of the United States. As a central location for the state’s agriculture and food production, the city is in a unique position to celebrate the incredible bounty of a vast variety of specialty foods and beverages – including produce, wine, craft beer, and cheese, all produced in or near the central valley of California.  The 2014 ACS Conference will enhance the idea of local, to reflect the excitement and growth of the artisan and specialty cheese community throughout North America. Just as a good cheese plate brings together a variety of tastes, textures, and experiences, so too will the ACS Conference. Nearly 1,000 industry leaders will come together in Sacramento to celebrate, collaborate, learn from one another, and sample great products.

July 30-August 10, 2014  Ventura County Fair - Ventura, California
The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II. The tradition continues with the 139th Ventura County Fair, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air”.  We look forward to making lasting memories with you and your family.

July 31-Aug 3, 2014  19th Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth's Festival of Beers features more than 70 of the country's best microbreweries. Along with the beer and blues, a "Blues-style" BBQ and plenty of other food will satisfy the heartiest of appetites and keep the party going. Don't forget the Sunday Morning Hangover Party.


Food Festivals, Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

July 12-14, 2013  Brentwood Cornfest 2013 - Brentwood, California
CANCELLED FOR 2014.  Due to a decline in revenue over the last few  years, the festival has unfortunately been cancelled for 2014. However, there are many other festivals in the State of California to consider.

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.


Food Festivals, Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

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.


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.



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