2014 CALIFORNIA MAY 2014
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012 - 2010 - 2009)
April 30-May 4, 2014 35th Raisin Festival - Selma, CA
April 30-May 7, 2014 Silicon Valley Spring Restaurant Week - San Jose, California
May 1-31, 2014 Gilroy's Spring Wine Trail
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 3, 2014
Annual Ice Cream Social
Perris Community Services will be having a free ice cream social give away. So come on down to Monument Ranch Park and share this tasty treat with your community. Bring your friends and family, everyone is invited! While you’re there, see what upcoming events and activities we have to offer. What’s better than ice cream on a warm day?
May 3-4, 2014 19th Annual Clayton Art & Wine Festival - Clayton, Calif
Stroll along historic Main Street enjoying luxury varietals from California's wineries and popular premium brewed beers. Browse among over 125 fine artisans and unique craft exhibits. Youngsters will love Kiddieland with lots of games and fun. Listen to non-stop live entertainment while you enjoy a wide selection of tempting dishes from the International Food Court. Take a few minutes to visit the fascinating Clayton Historical Society on Main Street. It's a fun day that the whole family can enjoy and the event is free.
May 3-4, 2014 Yosemite Grant Wine Celebration - Madera, California
Proudly honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite National Park grant, this NEW event is a celebration not to miss! Enjoy wine tasting at each participating winery, live music, delicious food and Yosemite themed activities, art and gift shopping! See below for activities happening at each winery.
May 4, 2014 Taste of the Town - Santa Clarita, California
Join us for the 26th 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 4, 2014 Flavors of Los Angeles - Los Angeles, 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 8, 2014 UC Cooperative Extension 100th Anniversary
UC Cooperative Extension launches its first crowd-sourced science project on May 8 to commemorate the organization's 100th anniversary. On May 8, 1914, the president signed an act of Congress to channel scientific advances from university research to everyday people working and living in the United States. On May 8, 2014, California residents will collaborate on a dataset that further connects public higher education with community. Everyone in California is invited to take part. To participate, go to http://beascientist.ucanr.edu and record your observations on three questions: • How many pollinators do you see? • How do you conserve water? • Where is food grown in your community?
May 8-11, 2014 Gator By the Bay - San Diego, California
The Zydeco Blues and Crawfish Festival celebrates its 13th 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 9-10, 2014 9th Annual Paradise Chocolate Festival - Paradise, Calif
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 9-11, 2014 OC Night Market - Costa Mesa, California
Continuing our mission statement to further provide a platform for small and local businesses, the 626 Night Market is going to the OC! Not sure what a night market is? In Asia the night markets are these huge, nocturnal phenomenons where hundreds of folks will gather for the sake of commerce and entertainment. What does this mean? It means a lot of retail therapy and eating. Oh yes. There will be food. The OC Night Market will be showcasing over 200 of Southern California's best food, merchandise, and talent. So don't be shy. Come on by.
May 10, 2014 The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, & Beer Tasting
17th 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 10-11, 2014 BerryFest - Roseville, California
Celebrating the harvest of the Strawberry with great food, contests, exhibits and entertainment all Mothers Day weekend.
May 13, 2014 18th UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference
Los Angeles, California
Professionals attending this highly regarded conference include approximately 350 restaurant operating companies, owners, C-level executives, lenders, private equity investors, investment bankers, suppliers, and professional advisors.
May 15-18, 2014 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 15-18, 2014 Calavaras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, California
The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is one of the longest running events in the State of California. It earliest roots date back to 1893, held that year in Copperopolis, the fair eventually found a permanent home outside of Angels Camp. In the spirit of the old movie classic "State Fair," the Calaveras County Fair is a blend of entertainment, exhibits, livestock, arena events, great food and our signature event, the Frog Jump.
May 16-18, 2014 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 16-18, 2014 10th Annual Lodi Zinfest - Lodi Lake Park, California
The signature tasting event in Lodi Wine Country.
May 16-18, 2014 Cooking for Solutions - Monterey Bay Aquarium, Calif
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.montereybayaquarium.org )
May 16-18, 2014 17th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
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 16-18, 2014 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 17, 2014 9th Annual Uncorked! Wine Festival - San Francisco, Calif
In partnership with a local non-profit organization, Uncorked is a public event which provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine from throughout Northern California. Activities for the event will take place throughout the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square as well as extend onto Beach Street adjacent to the Square. Beach Street will be closed to traffic for the event to provide room for wine and food purveyors. Tasting tickets for Uncorked are $50 and include a souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings. All other activities at Uncorked are free of charge for attendees. There is no admission fee to enter the event. Other activities include cooking demonstrations by renown Bay Area chefs, seminars such as “Wine 101” and “Chocolate & Wine Pairings.” The event will also have great musical entertainment. (also: www.ghirardellisq.com/events ) Attendance: 7,500.
May 17-18, 2014 California Strawberry Festival - Oxnard, California
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 17, 2014 Armenian Food Fair & Fest - Montebello, California
Great entertainment all day long! While you enjoy delicious Armenian Food & Pastry, enjoy hours of Music and Fun. A food extravaganza featuring mouthwatering Armenian Food and Pastry prepared by community chefs.
May 17, 2014 15th Annual West Coast Brew Fest - Sacramento, Calif
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 17, 2014 31st Annual Tiburon Wine Festival - San Francisco, Calif
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 17, 2014 Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival - Santa Rosa, Calif
The 120th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival. This year the Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival is celebrating with the theme of Heroes and Helpers honoring all of those people that have made a difference in our community. We encourage you to invite your hero or helper to be a part of your entry – add him or her to your float, ask them to march with your group, or invite them to join you at this year’s parade.
May 17, 2014 Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters
The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 17, 2014 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries. “Winemasters” has raised almost $26 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
May 17-18, 2014 22nd Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival
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 17-18, 2014 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 17-18, 2014 19th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival - Galt, California
The Galt Strawberry Festival is now in its 19th 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 18, 2014 California Jazz & Wine Fest - Thousand Oaks, California
Live jazz, gourmet food and wine tasting will highlight the 3rd Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest. Cool jazz, rock and R&B performed by top musicians including the progressive rock/jazz band Ambrosia will fill the air while festivalgoers enjoy sampling wine, beer and freshly prepared foods from southern California's finest wineries, breweries, restaurants and caterers. Presented by Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise, proceeds support Conejo Valley high school music programs. Tickets: $55 per person.
May 18, 2014 5th Annual Hall Cabernet Cookoff - St. Helena, California
Professional chef teams and amateur home cooks will serve up dishes paired perfectly with HALL Cabernet Sauvignon and compete to win money for their favorite Napa Valley non-profits. Taste each dish, vote for your favorites and enjoy incredible wines!
May 23-24, 2014 28th Annual California Festival of Beers
San Luis Obispo, California
The California Festival of Beers is one of the largest and oldest regional beer festivals in California. Each year attendees sample, learn, and enjoy beers from over six dozen breweries from around the world. Growing from a humble event in the back parking lot of a local pub in San Luis Obispo, the California Festival of Beers has become one of the largest and oldest festivals paying tribute to beer.
May 23-25, 2014 Newport Beach Wine Festival - Newport Beach, Calif
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 23-26, 2014 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove, Calif
The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival celebrates its 56th year, making it not only one of the largest community festivals in the western US, but also one of the oldest.
May 24, 2014 73rd Happy Valley Strawberry Festival - Anderson, Calif
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 24, 2014 31st Annual San Francisco International Beer Festival
San Francisco, California
Sample hundreds of incredible beers from some of the best craft brewers in the world. Taste a delicious variety of offerings from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.
May 24-25, 2014 31st Annual Strawberry Festival - Arroyo Grande, Calif
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 24-25, 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Classic
Russian River Valley, California
Celebrate the wonders of the Russian River Valley and the many special Pinots coming from an amazing collection of wineries. The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is pleased to introduce the Pinot Classic, taking place during Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrating the Russian River Valley AVA, this exciting new event includes seminars, Passport to Pinot, and the highly anticipated Paulée dinner. You’ll explore the wines reigning from this unique wine region in Sonoma County learn about the tradition and timely relevance of this bright and beautiful varietal.
May 25, 2014 25th Annual 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 29-31, 2014 World Tea Expo - Long Beach, California
World Tea Expo is the premier business-to-business event dedicated to specialty tea; it's the three days each year when industry members determine trends, optimize product lines, increase knowledge and network with peers.
May 30-June 1, 2014 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
Hot Air Balloons, Music, Food and Wine.
May 30-June 1, 2014 BottleRock Napa Valley Music & Food Festival
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 30-June 1, 2014 OC Spring Home & Garden Show
May 30-June 8, 2014 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.
May 31, 2014 6th Annual Southern California EGGfest - 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 31, 2014 Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival - Berkeley, California
Eat chocolate goodies and enjoy chalk art on the sidewalks along North Shattuck Avenue in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley.
May 31, 2014 Springfest Food and Wine Festival - Sylmar, California
Enjoy and experience the rich flavors of Latin America prepared by our award-winning Culinary Arts Institute. Los Angeles Mission College Foundation.
May 31-June 1, 2014 Arts and Wine Festival - Foster City, California
The 43rd annual festival will feature live entertainment, a talent show, arts & crafts, festival food, wine & beer and a carnival.
May 31-June 1, 2014 10th Annual Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms
Celebrate the Food, Farmers and Natural Beauty of the Central Valley. Pick organic blueberries and cherries. Enjoy and learn about the lower reaches of Yosemite's Merced River, gardening and alternative energy. Hands-on displays and workshops, music, animals, the river, local foods and guest chefs, kids' activities, hayrides both days. Saturday camping. Great for children and adults.
May 31-June 1, 2014 55th 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 31-June 1, 2014 33rd Annual Art & Wine Festival
Walnut Creek, California
The annual Art and Wine Festival in Walnut Creek has grown from humble beginnings to one of the East Bay’s greatest outdoor festivals, attracting over 100,000 visitors yearly. Free admission and shuttle! Over 100 Wines and beers, plus the popular craft beer garden is back! Two stages of live entertainment. And enjoy a Dixieland Jazz Band while strolling through 200 Arts and Crafts Booths, The kids will have a fantastic time in the Kid Zone. It’s the Walnut Creek Chamber Art and Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. The whole family is sure to have a great time. Attendance: 100,000
May 31-June 1, 2014 The LA WineFest - Los Angeles, California
With more than 130 wineries, spirits and thirst-quenching craft beers, great food, and educational seminars on saké, scotch, bourbon, cheese and more, this is a weekend you will not want to miss! This year will feature several notable restaurants from the Los Angeles area, where you can sample or purchase meals.