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November 1-10, 2019
San Diego Beer Week
San Diego, California
SDBW is a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego's breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

November 2, 2019  Escondido Tamale Festival - Escondido, California
The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and other great Latin foods. It's a reminder of the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers and a show of appreciation for the traditions that have become part of our culture today. Mark your calendars and come to Escondido in North San Diego County for some traditional fun and the best tamales in Southern California!

November 2, 2019  San Diego Beer Guild Fest - San Diego, California
Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for Guild Fest, taking place at a new location — Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. This annual event celebrates SD Beer Week and the independent brewing community that makes it all possible. The official kick-off party to San Diego Beer Week, Guild Fest will showcase new, exciting features, including delicious craft beer from San Diego and beyond, a pre-party harbor cruise and more!

November 2, 2019  Madera Pomegranate, Fruit, and Nut Festival
Madera, California
Pomegranate themed festival.  Vendors range from makeup, beauty salons, women’s wear to toy makers, business banks and nuts, jellies and pomegranate products. Free parking and entrance to the event. Free children’s art center hosted by Madera County Arts Council and fun activities by the City Parks and Community Services. Art show, Master Gardeners representing the Pomegranate, and music. Wine, beer and food vendors. (also: )

November 2-3, 2019  A Wine & Food Affair - Sonoma County, California
Join us for a weekend of wine and food pairing. All of the wineries participating will have a favorite winery recipe in the cookbook, which they will prepare both days for you to sample, along with the perfect wine.


November 3, 2019
James Beard Foundation's Taste America
San Francisco, California
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

November 6-8, 2019 - 21st Annual Worlds of Flavor
Napa Valley, California
Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival, considered to be the premier professional event on global cuisines and flavor trends in the country.

November 7-9, 2019  The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
Big Sur, California
A weekend of culinary and wine events in Big Sur, combining Hiking with Stemware, wine maker dinners, a Grand Tasting with a local cookbook and wine book signings and the chance to meet some of California's best wine makers.

November 16-17, 2019 - The Nourished Festival - San Mateo, California
The Largest Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival in the United States.  Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

November 28, 2019 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.


Food Festivals, Wine & Beer Festivals
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November 2-11, 2018  Feast Mendocino! - Mendocino County, California
Join the festivities this year at FEAST MENDOCINO as we roll out the red carpet for a panoply of events that will entice your tastebuds to sample savouries and sweets, make you want to swish and swirl our liquid assets by the glass, get you to unplug and learn to forage for fun and fungi, and stay a night or two, or more, in some of the most unique lodging properties in Northern California!  Come and savour the Mendocino County experience and eat, play, and learn.


November 3, 2018
Annual Pistachio Festival
Newberry Springs, California
Old fashioned family oriented festival, one day event, free admission & parking, featuring live music, food, merchandise vendors, lots of food and of course pistachios!  Annual event always held the first Saturday in November.

November 3, 2018  14th Annual Pinot Days Grand Festival
San Francisco, California
Our original city, Pinot Days San Francisco launched a decade of seriously fun events featuring pinot noir and the passionate, fascinating winemakers who craft it. Now our biggest event, Pinot Days San Francisco has become the largest single gathering of pinot noir producers in the world, with scores of small, thematic, intimate events around the Bay leading up to our Grand Festival at the Bespoke at Westfield. Love pinot? There is no better place to immerse yourself in it than Pinot Days San Francisco – a must, a labor of love for us, and the place and time for pinot noir to sit on its much-deserved pedestal.

November 4-16, 2018 - Taste of Yosemite
Yosemite National Park, California
America’s most renowned chefs come together at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel to share their cuisine at an exceptional event. Capturing the flavors of traditional American favorites infused with each chef’s unique twists—from modern cosmopolitan flair, to bold Asian flavors to delightful French influences—each dish complements the next.  During the event, you'll enjoy cooking demonstrations, a reception where you'll mix and mingle with the chefs, and a fabulous five-course dinner paired with wine.

November 8, 2018 - Latino Farmers Conference - Palm Desert, California
Bringing Spanish-speaking farmers & ranchers together to share, learn and grow.

November 8, 2018 - Taste of Anderson Valley - California
Taste world-class Pinot Noirs, Sparkling Wines, Alsace-style Aromatic White wines, delicious Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and more.  Meet the winemakers and make connections with winegrowers from this unique appellation.  Buy wines directly from participating wineries on-site, and/or place orders to fulfill after the event.  Bid on silent auction lots featuring large format hand-signed bottles from our participating wine producers.

November 8, 2018 - Spain's Great Match - Los Angeles, California
Wines from Spain is pleased to host the Annual Spain’s Great Match, an annual event organized by the Trade Commission of Spain in which American importers and distributors of wines present the latest vintages of the Spanish wines in their portfolio to wine industry professionals and consumers. For wine novices and connoisseurs alike, discover Spain’s wine, food, and design at Spain’s Great Match. Trade & Press 12 pm; Public 6:30 pm.

November 8, 2018  Autumn Armenian Food Bazaar
Fresno, California
No Website.
California’s oldest Armenian Congregation will mark the silver anniversary of a congregational cookbook at its annual harvest season community luncheon.  The 121st annual gathering will feature lunch at $15 per person.  Photographs, paintings, and artifacts depicting 121 years of Central California ministry will be on display during the culinary event.  Meals will be available to guests for dine-in, take-out, or drive through.  More information is available by calling (559) 237-6638, faxing (559) 237-9526, or e-mailing [email protected]

November 8, 2018  121st Annual Merchants' Lunch and Country Store
Fresno, California
The First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 at the Church Campus, 430 South First Street at Historic Huntington Boulevard, near Downtown Fresno.  The event will feature lunch at $15 per person, with seasoned beef filet kebab or garlic chicken kebab, rice pilaf, cheese boureg, garden salad, pickled tourshee, fresh peda bread, paklava, among the offerings.  Meals will be available to guests for dine-in, take-out, or drive through.  An all-new offering of family-style takeout portions will be available for larger group gatherings by calling (559) 237-6638 a day in advance of the event.  The drive-through lane will be located on the Raisina Street side of the Church Campus, one block west of First Street between Huntington Boulevard and Balch Avenue.  More information is available by calling (559) 237-6638, faxing (559) 237-9526, or e-mailing [email protected]

November 9, 2018  16th Annual Holiday Stroll - Los Altos, California
Join the Los Altos Village Association for the Annual Holiday Stroll through Downtown Los Altos. Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers, shopping specials and fun at more than 50 Downtown Los Altos shops. Enjoy a complimentary carriage ride to see the first night of our holiday tree lights. End or begin your festive evening with dinner at one of our many fine restaurants.

November 9-10, 2018 - ¡Latin Food Fest! - Orange County, California
America’s largest most attended annual Latin culinary celebration takes place at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, featuring tastings, contests, workshop, live music and food., featuring tastings, a chef’s dinner, parties and workshops.  The ¡Latin Food Fest! signature event, Gran Tasting, is an all-inclusive tasting festival where guests pay one price to enter and indulge in a variety of local and international Latin food, wine, beer and spirits; meet acclaimed chefs who will conduct demos, and you will not want to miss the Best of Fest Awards – the fest’s showcase of culinary excellence.

November 9-11, 2018  8th Annual Garagiste Festival
Paso Robles, California
Celebrating the Artisan Winemaker.  Welcome to Garagiste, a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production winemaking with no rules.  Garagistes:  A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Syn: Rule-breakers, pioneers, renegades, mavericks, driven by passion.

November 11-18, 2018  Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
San Diego, California
The Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods.  The Festival is a week of epicurean experiences, featuring wine-tasting seminars, cooking classes led by award-winning chefs, wine and food tastings and more! More than 10,000 food aficionados from across the nation indulge in Southern California’s largest food and wine celebration. The Festival benefits culinary arts and oenology scholarships awarded by Fast Forward Futures, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and Women’s Wine Alliance.

November 12-14, 2018  Sustainable Ag Expo
San Luis Obispo, California
Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo. The Sustainable Ag Expo curates an innovative and educational conference that highlights the latest scientific and technical information to growers, pest control advisors, and other agricultural professionals interested in and committed to sustainable farming across a range of crops. The informative content of the expo is designed to foster conversations on the most pressing issues in the field including pests and diseases, natural resource conservation, technology adoption, and regulatory compliance.

November 14, 2018 - Food Tank Summit - San Diego, California
Food Tank, the Berry Good Food Foundation, and University of California - San Diego are excited to announce the inaugural San Diego Food Tank Summit! The theme for the Summit is Growing the Food Movement. This exciting event will feature more than 30 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels, fireside chats, and farmer spotlights.

November 14-16, 2018  SommCon - San Diego, California
Held annually, this four-day Sommelier Conference brings together industry professionals of all levels to discuss, develop, and lead the conversation on the business of wine. SommCon’s education is built by Sommeliers for trade professionals and serious enthusiasts who have a passion for wine and spirits and an unyielding quest for knowledge. Attendees learn and taste their way through keynote sessions and educational classes, complete with a trade-only tasting and expo.

November 15, 2018  Russian River Valley Single Vineyard Night
San Francisco, California
Join Russian River Valley Winegrowers for an amazing tasting experience of Russian River Valley single vineyard wines, plus food, music, and silent auction. Nearly 30 wineries will be pouring small-lot, single vineyard wines from the Russian River Valley, including premier Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Guests will dine on delicious small bites, passed hors d’oeuvres and tasty street tacos.

November 16, 2018  The Whisky Extravaganza - Los Angeles, California
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.

November 16-18, 2018  25th Annual Mandarin Festival
Auburn, California
Celebrates the new crop of locally grown Mandarin oranges, a Mandarin Recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, AGRO Art, local farmers selling freshly harvested Mandarin oranges, crafts and activities, free children’s area, live music and entertainment. Always held the weekend before Thanksgiving.

November 16-18, 2018 - Pomona Fall Home Show
Pomona, California

November 17, 2018 - Burbank Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair
Burbank, California
The Social Event Of The Year is coming to Downtown Burbank! The Burbank Winter Wine Walk will be a great kickoff to the Holiday Season with a Tree Lighting, Live Entertainment and Snow Fall At The Main Stage All FREE to the Public!

November 17, 2018  Brew in LQ - La Quinta, California
La Quinta’s very own Craft Beer Festival is back - New location, same great experience, Brew In LQ will push the boundaries of your senses as we unify Brew, Nature, Music, Food, Games, and Art. Enjoy craft beer from a wide variety of local and regional breweries as you treat your taste buds to some of the best eats from the Coachella Valley. Brew In LQ has joined forces with Buzzbox to take your palate on a journey through their unique collection of premium cocktails.

November 18, 2018  Taco TKO - San Diego, California
It’s the Taco’ the Town and our city’s signature flavor of awesome…it’s the San Diego Taco. Ever wonder who makes the best taco in the city? Find out in the ultimate showdown to be named San Diego’s MOST AWESOME TACO. Chow down and vote for your favorite in this winner takes all competition between the most celebrated taco makers in the country! Your ticket to this Sunday throw down includes live music, tequila, beer, and of course…tacos!

November 23-24, 2018 - San Rafael 39th Annual Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland - San Rafael, California
A Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area.  It enjoys a very “local” feel and is known as a great destination for people of all ages. The event starts at noon with free snow sledding and kids’ activities, a Holiday Marketplace and the Parade begins at 5:30 PM.  Following the Parade, Santa, Ms. Claus and other costumed characters arrive with the Mayor of San Rafael to the center of town in the City Plaza to light the official Holiday Tree. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa and friends are available for a meet and greet with the kids.  The entire event is free to the public and occurs the day after Thanksgiving, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

November 23-25, 2018  44th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft & Music Festival - Sonora, California
This highly regarded festival features over 150 great quality craft artists, up tempo and varied music, street performers, costumed elves and twinkle trees, carolers, a wide selection of home-cooking style festival kitchens and bake shops, all in festive, brightly colored craft halls. The “Spirit of Christmas” is definitely present here! Also, don’t miss the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Sonora on Friday

November 23-Dec 21, 2018  Annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas Celebration - Grass Valley, California
The spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley. Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors. Retail stores are open for your holiday purchases as well. Nov 23 & 30; Dec 7, 14 and 21.

November 24, 2018  Country Christmas in Julian - Julian, California
Christmas Tree Lighting. You can enjoy Julian’s holiday ambiance from Thanksgiving weekend through early January. Following are some scheduled activities that will add joy to your experience.  You can greet Santa a couple of times during the season, indulge in a Victorian Christmas tea, sing Christmas carols with costumed holiday carolers, sip a cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider. And you can watch the annual Living Nativity tableau, cuddle under a blanket while riding down Main Street in a carriage, take in a performance of The Christmas Carol starring Julian kids, stay in a cozy bed an breakfast that’s all decked out in holiday finery, or even stroll down a quiet country lane.

November 25-December 7, 2018  Grand Grape Celebration
Yosemite National Park, California
Prominent winemakers showcase their vintages at Yosemite National Park, with wine tastings, seminars and gala dinners.  Nov 25-28; Nov 28-30; Dec 2-5; Dec 5-7, 2018.

November 29, 2018  Candlelight Christmas Parade - Madera, California
Downtown Madera’s Annual Christmas Parade, where spectators can view the parade and wander through business establishments, tasting wines, or having hot beverages. Co-sponsored by the Madera Kiwanis Club and the Madera Downtown Association.

November 30, 2018  PIER 39 Winter Wine Pour
San Francisco, California
Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, light bites, exclusive discounts, and live music and entertainment from 4 – 8 PM. Don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner following the event at one of PIER 39’s restaurants!

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events waiting for new dates

November 2, 2017 - Taste of Fremont - Fremont, California
The inaugural Taste of Fremont as several Livermore Valley Wineries showcase, present and offer tastings on their marvelous wines at Campo di Bocce Fremont. This is a very special event because each attendant will have the unique opportunity to buy their favorite Livermore Valley Wines at a special Taste of Fremont price. It’s a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday parties and gifts. Food will be provided by Campo di Bocce of Fremont.

November 11, 2017  13th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco Grand Festival - San Francisco, California
Our original city, Pinot Days San Francisco launched a decade of seriously fun events featuring pinot noir and the passionate, fascinating winemakers who craft it. Now our biggest event, Pinot Days San Francisco has become the largest single gathering of pinot noir producers in the world, with scores of small, thematic, intimate events around the Bay leading up to our Grand Festival at the Bespoke at Westfield. Love pinot? There is no better place to immerse yourself in it than Pinot Days San Francisco – a must, a labor of love for us, and the place and time for pinot noir to sit on its much-deserved pedestal.

November 11-12, 2017 - Green Festival Expo - San Francisco, California
Green Festival Expo is thrilled to announce our new downtown venue for our 2016 San Francisco show - Pier 35, just next to Fisherman's Wharf and in the heart of San Francisco! At Green Festival®, we offer something for everyone who is interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life.


events still waiting for new dates

November 12-13, 2016  6th Annual Italian Festival
La Quinta, California
A community event to celebrate the Italian heritage and culture! With this event, Desert Arc is acknowledging the generous donation of land for our current campus from the Western Italian Golf Association in 1983…and the Italian heritage of Richard Balocco, Desert Arc President & CEO.  This event will have different types of vendors, performers, and a Family Fun Zone.

November 19, 2016  Fried Crab Festival - Richmond, California


events still waiting for new dates

November 15, 2015  Menudo & Pozole Food Festival
Los Angeles, California



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