2013 CALIFORNIA MAY 2013
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008)
April 24-May 1, 2013 Silicon Valley Spring Restaurant Week - San Jose, CA
May 1-5, 2013 34th Annual Selma Raisin Festival - Selma, Calif
Celebrating in Selma, "Raisin Capital of the World" with a carnival, entertainment, pageant, crafts, and competitions in art, baking, floriculture, photography and poetry.
May 1-31, 2013 Gilroy's Spring Wine Trail - Gilroy, California
A Gilroy Wine Trail ticket gives it's holder a discount at participating winners and businesses. Spring Wine Trail tickets are valid in May. A whole month to enjoy all participating wineries, taste your favorites and enjoy exclusive discounts!
May 2, 2013 1st Annual Uncorked on Fourth Wine Walk - Berkeley, California
The tasting event will be located throughout the Fourth Street Shops in Berkeley and will include restaurants and merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be "Cash Only." Don’t miss this unique and affordable event - experience the flavor of Fourth Street.
May 3-5, 2013 OC Spring Home & Garden Show - Anaheim, California
May 5, 2013 Taste of the Town - Santa Clarita, California
Join us for the 25th annual Taste of the Town! Voted Santa Clarita's Best Charity event two years in a row, over 2,000 attendees will enjoy tasty offerings from over 40 of Santa Clarita's best restaurants, caterers, and wine and beer purveyors, all in the beautiful garden setting of Mann Biomedical Park. All proceeds benefit Child & Family Center.
May 5, 2013 Flavors of Los Angeles - Santa Monica, California
Flavors of Los Angeles spotlights premier local restaurants and chefs to create a high-end, exclusive, gourmet experience. We are proud these renowned chefs are working with the American Liver Foundation in our fight to promote awareness and raise money to promote liver health, disease prevention, education and research.
May 9-12, 2013 BottleRock Napa Valley Music & Food Festival - Napa, California
The ultimate celebration of music, wine, food, comedy, and beer, bringing today's hottest talents to the heart of Downtown Napa. The lineup is filled with more than 60 artists and 12 top comedians. Dozens of Napa Valley restaurants and chefs will provide the ultimate variety of offerings for food lovers throughout the festival, and wine aficionados will enjoy samplings from over 40 top wineries in a region known for wine.
May 10, 2013 Forks, Corks & Kegs - Visalia, California
Foodie Fest presents Forks, Corks & Kegs an incredible "Foodie" event featuring the most delicious tastes of Central California's rich anagricultural produce and products. Decadent tastes and samples will be offered up for sipping, dipping and swirling! Fine cuisine, wines and crafted beers along with spirits of many flavors will be available at the event for your tasting enjoyment. Billed as 'California's Most Delicious Adventure', this years Forks, Corks and Kegs will showcase celebrity chefs in "Taste"cooking contests in Kitchen Stadium during the evening.
May 10-11, 2013 8th Annual Paradise Chocolate Festival - Paradise, California
Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. Chocolate Queen pageant, Chocolate Chase fun run, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge and more. A benefit for non-profit youth organizations on the ridge.
May 10-12, 2013 Gator By the Bay - San Diego, California
The Zydeco Blues and Crawfish Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary with a fantastic lineup of music, Taste of Louisiana cooking demos, 10,000 lbs. of crawfish and many other food delights in the French Quarter Food Court, as well as fun family activities.
May 11, 2013 Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, & Beer Tasting - Petaluma, California
16th Annual event. Feel the heat as restaurants, businesses, clubs and individuals compete for the top chili and beer honors in Northern California. Sample gourmet, homemade, and veggie chili recipes, and stay for outdoor music, dancing and world class beers. This event benefits Cinnabar Theater Youth Program.
May 11, 2013 Killed by Dessert - San Francisco, California
Join the country's top pastry chefs for an unforgettable evening of dessert to benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
May 11-12, 2013 BerryFest - Roseville, California
Celebrating the harvest of the Strawberry with great food, contests, exhibits and entertainment all Mothers Day weekend.
May 11-12, 2013 2013 Meet the Winemakers Weekend - Madera, California
Sample a wide variety of local wines from the winemakers themselves and their well-educated staff. We will also have indulgent food pairings, local art and live music.
May 14-16, 2013 United Fresh 2013 - San Diego, California
United Fresh Produce Association Show. Produce industry leaders will gather for our annual convention and exposition featuring our annual trade show, general sessions and market segment specific education. In addition, our trade show will feature innovative fresh produce marketers and industry leading tools and technology for the fresh produce processing and packing industries, as well as a food safety pavilion featuring industry salutations and our popular business suites for driving valuable conversations right on the show floor.
May 16, 2013 Sunset Sip & Shop - Livermore, California
Livermore Valley wineries will pour for guests as they shop the night away at our quarterly Sunset Sip and Shop at Livermore Premium Outlets.
May 17-19, 2013 Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival - Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles Wine Festival is the marquee tasting event held along California's Central Coast. Always the third weekend in May. The delicious wine of Paso Robles is complemented by local epicurean delights, featured throughout the weekend. Winemaker dinners, live music and open house festivities at area wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country.
May 17-19, 2013 9th Annual Lodi Zinfest - Lodi Lake Park, California
The signature tasting event in Lodi Wine Country.
May 17-19, 2013 Cooking for Solutions - Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Enjoy three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in North America. From our fabulous Friday Gala to small-group Food and Wine Adventures and the exciting Sustainable Seafood Challenge, you'll have a weekend of fun opportunities to enjoy great chefs, fine food and wine, and to discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time. More than 70 Chefs & 60 Wineries.
(also: www.cookingforsolutions.org/ )
May 17-19, 2013 16th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival - Philo, California
Taste Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from more than 40 vintners while enjoying gourmet small bites and music in the vineyards at Goldeneye Winery. Learn all about Pinot Noir at the technical conference on Friday (includes lunch). Join us for a casual BBQ at Scharffenberger Cellars Friday evening and dine with the winemakers at Saturday evening dinners held in Anderson Valley and on the Mendocino coast. On Sunday, visit the wineries during their open houses for special tastings, seminars, food pairings, and more. It's a weekend of food, wine and entertainment not to be missed!
May 17-19, 2013 OC Greek Food Festival - Anaheim, California
Celebrate the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace, expansive Kidz Zone, and tours of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
May 18, 2013 30th Annual Tiburon Wine Festival - San Francisco, California
Located in one of the most picturesque waterfront communities in the world, The Tiburon Wine Festival is San Francisco’s premier outdoor wine event. Breathtaking views, world class wines (vintages from over 60 premium wineries) savory food from over 20 restaurants and vendors, a giant silent auction, and live entertainment - this event is not to be missed.
May 18, 2013 Uncorked! 8th Annual Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival
San Francisco, California
Enjoy live music, wine seminars and chef demonstrations at this free event. Tickets must be purchased to participate in wine tasting. Proceeds benefit Save the Bay.
May 18, 2013 Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival - Santa Rosa, California
The 119th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival. The Parade's theme this year is "Rockin' Round The Roses" paying tribute to the Classics we love so much. After the parade, the Festival will include the "Stark Reality Battle of the High School Chefs" in Courthouse Square.
May 18, 2013 14th Annual West Coast Brew Fest - Sacramento, California
The West Coast Brew Fest is an brewer's festival designed for brew fest lovers, by brew fest lovers. With Tokenless (read ulimited) Beer Tasting of over 140 different beers, Great Food from local vendors, & Live Music along the beautiful Sacramento River, this event is is truly the best brew fest on the West Coast! Tickets are only $40 the day of event or $35 prepay on our website. Get your tickets early, they promise to be hard to get. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Urban League.
May 18, 2013 EGGfest - Smokin' It Socal Style - Upland, California
An event dedicated to the world's greatest smoker and grill, the Big Green Egg. Cooks come from all over to showcase their talents. There are demo Eggs available for people who wish to take an Egg for a test run.
May 18, 2013 24th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters
Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of the nation’s largest single-day charity wine auctions showcasing celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, winery owners and winemakers. Extraordinary silent and live auctions. The event will be held on the "Midwest Street" backlot at Warner Bros..
May 18, 2013 Keg, Cork & Fork - Red Bluff, California
The "Keg, Cork & Fork Fest" fundraiser will feature live music and fine wine, craft beer and gourmet food tasting provided by some of the most popular wineries, breweries and restaurants in the north state, spotlighting Tehama, Shasta and Butte counties. There is no charge for vendors to participate in the event and an on-site alcohol license will be covered by the Elk's Lodge. Electricity will also be provided. Those interested in vending are invited to call (530) 727-8080 or visit the website for additional details.
May 18, 2013 The Bull Burger Battle - San Marcos, California
The Bull Burger Battle is a great family event. Everyone who attends can enter to win great prizes like a trip to Las Vegas, a portable bar, a BBQ rubs and sauces gift kit and more. Bull BBQ Grill Master and Culinary Director Chef Jeff Parker will be giving free grilling classes and amazing us with his mastery of the grill. There will be a bounce house for the kids and a DJ providing great music. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, so even if you can't grill, you can have a great time at the event. Bring the family and enjoy the show.
May 18-19, 2013 Annual Boogie on the Bayou - Campbell, California
This popular Cajun-inspired celebration draws attendees from all over the Bay Area to enjoy the authentic food, live entertainment, unique arts and crafts and the enormous family fun zone. Attendance: 60,000.
May 18-19, 2013 54th Artichoke Festival - Castroville, California
Thistle Be Fun! Agro Art Competition, Parade, Live Music, Children's Activities. Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting, Farmer's Market, Arts & Crafts, Field Tours to the artichoke patch.
May 18-19, 2013 California Strawberry Festival - Oxnard, California
30th Annual. Ranked among the top Festivals in the nation, the weekend celebration annually the 3rd weekend in May offers a spectacle of strawberry fun for everyone. Award-winning attractions, interactive exhibits, gooey contests, the hottest names in entertainment, the largest collection of Fine Arts & Crafts with 200+ booths, and an unbelievable assortment of delicious strawberry foods and beverages. The Strawberry Promenade offers cooking demonstrations and presentations, Strawberryland For Kids boasts free rides, puppet shows, and more.
May 18-19, 2013 21st Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival - Oakdale, California
Ignight your palate with Chocolate samples and items for purchase on Chocolate Avenue. 200+ Quality and variety vendors in Arts & Crafts, Chocolate Avenue (fudges, truffles, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheese cake, etc.), a variety of Food to satisfy every pallet (giant onion rings, Lockeford Sausage, funnel cakes, smoothies, Chinese and the all American favorite hot dogs), and Specialty Merchandise & Services.. Amusement Park, Classic Car Show, and Western Show. Entertainment on: Chocolate Challenge Stage, Cowboy Cook'n Stage, and Main Stage. 3rd weekend in May.
May 18-19, 2013 18th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival - Galt, California
The Galt Strawberry Festival is now in it’s 18th year with attendance reaching over 25,000 and climbing annually. Each year we grow and change, add some new and refine the old. Our car show proved extremely successful last year and will be bigger and better this year. The Festival has become a destination throughout Northern California and the pride of Galt. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in this annual event.
May 19, 2013 California Jazz & Wine Fest - Thousand Oaks, California
Live jazz and gourmet food and wine tasting will highlight the 2nd Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest. Cool jazz, rock and R&B performed by top musicians will fill the air while festivalgoers enjoy sampling wines and freshly prepared foods from southern California's finest wineries, restaurants and caterers. Tickets: $55 per person ($80 VIP tickets include one-hour early admission and reserved seating near the performance stage).
May 19, 2013 Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation- Santa Barbara, California
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.
May 24-25, 2013 27th Annual California Festival of Beers - San Luis Obispo, California
CFOB is very excited to announce that the California Festival of Beers will be moving to the Alex Madonna Expo Center starting in 2012! The Madonna Expo Center is located in the heart of San Luis Obispo with easy access to hotels, restaurants, and our beautiful downtown area. Enjoy world class beers, and beautiful weather outside and high above SLO!
May 24-26, 2013 Newport Beach Wine Festival - Newport Beach, California
Acclaimed Winemakers, our celebrated chefs and Master Sommeliers will serve as the guides- captivating festival goers with educational seminars and wine events with endless tasting tables.
May 24-26, 2013 Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers - Angelus Oaks, California
Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers. Where foodies better their blogging, Camp Blogaway takes place in the sunny, peaceful San Bernardino Mountains. Non-stop blogging education and enlightenment, speaker panels, sponsored activities and swag.
May 24-27, 2013 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove, California
The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival celebrates its 55th year, making it not only one of the largest community festivals in the western US, but also one of the oldest.
May 24-27, 2013 Rock of VintAges - Oxnard, California
A one-of-a-kind four-day celebration of music and wine this Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy great wine from eight local wineries while listening to some of your favorite music. Buy your Passport to enjoy wine tastings from the wineries during the day; and buy concert tickets for live performances in the cellars of your choice at night.
May 25, 2013 72nd Happy Valley Strawberry Festival - Anderson, California
This year's festival is packed with things to see and do: arts & crafts, entertainment, Little Miss Strawberry pageant, car, truck & tractor displays, and generous servings of sweet fresh strawberry treats.
May 25, 2013 Taste of Brews - Riverside, California
A summer festival at White Park, a three-acre urban oasis amidst the sprawling inland empire, featuring dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews and entertainment.
May 25-26, 2013 30th Annual Strawberry Festival - Arroyo Grande, California
As one of California's largest festivals, this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds.
May 26, 2013 24th Annual Larkspur Flower & Food Festival - Larkspur, California
An exciting daylong schedule of colorful festivities surrounding the theme of flower related arts & crafts and gourmet food exhibitors. The event will feature the cooking demonstration stage showcasing Larkspur's renowned Chefs and Restaurants.
May 30-June 2, 2013 Auction Napa Valley - Napa Valley, California
Where wine lover and winemaker meet at the source of America's legendary wines to partake in and celebrate the best Napa Valley has to offer. Insider's access to the cool cellars and warm hospitality of renowned Napa Valley vintners. Your choice of dozens of parties, ranging from blue-jeans casual to wear-your-finest formal, each hosted by the people behind some of the world's most recognized wines. More than 250 auction lots, yours for the bidding - from a single case of wine to trips offering experiences not available anywhere else. Proceeds from this weekend support health and youth non-profit programs: to date, Auction Napa Valley has given over $110 million to dozens of these organizations.
May 31-June 2, 2013 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival - Temecula, California
Hot Air Balloons, Music, Food and Wine.
May 31-June 2, 2013 Pomona Home & Backyard Show - Pomona, California
May 31-June 16, 2013 Palm Springs Restaurant Week - Palm Springs, California
Restaurant Week is a culinary celebration featuring restaurants from the entire Valley from Palm Springs to Indio! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the desert has to offer. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious three-course meals for your dining pleasure at a fixed price.