U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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October 1, 2016 12th Suisun City Art, Wine and Chocolate Festival
Suisun City, California
Celebrate the Suisun City waterfront by sampling top wines from local and regional wineries coupled with fine chocolate candy, cupcakes, fudge and other chocolate culinary delicacies. The Festival also features dozens of artisans displaying hand-crafted items, live music and fine Festival foods . Grab a friend and enjoy the ambiance of Suisun City’s historic waterfront, less than one hour from San Francisco.
October 2, 2016 18th Annual Arts & Olive Festival 2016
Redwood City, California
The celebration brings together more than 80 vendors consisting of some of the olive industry’s top experts to provide the community with olive education, olive and olive oil tasting, olive related products, and an abundance of quality art works and gifts. The event benefits student scholarships.
October 6, 2016 7th Annual Union Street Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
Sixth Annual Union Street Wine Walk. The Tasting program will run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Tasting event will be located throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard and will include restaurants and merchants offering hors d'oeuvres and wine samples. The entire event is free to the public. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $30 or advance tickets for $25 via the website. The on-site tickets sales location is 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater). 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."
October 16, 2016 Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ - San Francisco, California
Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their passion for global BBQ grilling traditions and old world cooking techniques. Chefs have 7 days to prepare one whole pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” consisting of 6 dishes scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner in each city will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” and takes home more than $3,000 in prizes. In addition to sampling the competitor’s dishes, the all-inclusive ticket includes “BBQ Traditions”, a tasting inside the event where 10 notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite BBQ culture in non-competitive spirit. If you love global flavors and star-studded culinary events, this educational event is like a top chef classroom.
October 22, 2016 San Francisco’s Wharf Fest - San Francisco, California
Wharf Fest, a free Fisherman’s Wharf festival, returns to San Francisco’s iconic neighborhood for the second year. The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district and invite Bay Area locals to visit the district after the tourist season has ended and before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, maritime themed activities, a bike decorating contest, and a “trashy” fashion show. The day will be topped off with a screening of the "Best of the Fest" animated films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and a spectacular fireworks show at PIER 39.
October 2-4, 2015
29th Annual California Avocado Festival
Three days of Peace, Love & Guacamole. The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.
October 2-4, 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Santa Rosa, California
A celebration of harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, chef demonstrations, microbrew tasting (Saturday only), farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, continuous live jazz, an art show, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more.
October 3, 2015 Wine, Rhythm & Brews - Sierra Madre, California
2nd Annual Wine, Rhythm & Brews presented by The Spero Foundation. Enjoy a fun-filled night of beer and wine tastings, delicious bites of food, and live music as you walk down the streets and into the local businesses. The San Gabriel Mustang Club will have some of their cars available for your viewing pleasure. There will also be a silent auction with plenty of amazing items that you will be able to bid on and hopefully win! The Spero Foundation is a non-profit organization and all proceeds from this event will go to Arcadia Methodist of Southern California's Positive Image Center and Cancer Education Programs, as well as local philanthropies we support.
October 3, 2015 34th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival
Morro Bay, California
Food, Wine, Chowder Contest, Albacore Kabobs, Beer, Live Entertainment, and more. Taste the freshest seafood straight off the boat at the popular Commercial Fishermen’s BBQ and sample wine and beer from many of our local wineries and breweries in our incredible Wine -N- Beer Court. Bring the kids and be delighted by entertainment throughout the Festival grounds and watch the amazement in their eyes in the free Maritime exhibits.
October 3, 2015 Los Banos Tomato Festival - Los Banos, California
This festival is a celebration of tomatoes with Celebrity Chefs, Heritage cooking demonstrations, Tomato Alley, The Tomato Patch kids area, entertainment, ag displays that show the role of tomatoes in the local agricultural community and much more! Vendor spaces available.
October 3, 2015 22nd Calaveras Grape Stomp - Murphys, California
25 pounds of wine grapes freshly picked, a half wine barrel fitted with a spout, a partner and you. More than 100 teams throughout the state and beyond compete each year to vie for the prestigious 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. Stomp competitions take place every half hour. The team, comprised of one stomper and one mucker (the juice collector), have three minutes to extract as much juice from 25 pounds of wine grapes as possible. And of course… lots of Award Winning Calaveras Wine and delicious foods!
October 3, 2015 Loomis Eggplant Festival - Loomis, California
The annual festival will offer music, games, refreshments, arts & crafts, and eggplant! Try unique eggplant dishes and enter the recipe contest.
October 3, 2015 Oktoberfest Lakeport - Lakeport, California
Featuring local brewers, terrific German music all day and some of the best vendors around. Test your mettle at stein holding, pretzel eating and more.
October 3, 2015 Cultivate L.A. - Los Angeles, California
Join local chefs and vintners to support local foster kids, while enjoying an unforgettable evening of elegance and style under the stars at one of L.A.'s most historic and scenic private homes. Sample the finest tastes from the region's favorite restaurants, vintners, breweries, and artisanal food producers.
October 3-4, 2015
Sustainable Foods Celebration: Make It Sustainable Weekend
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Calif.
This weekend of food events, tastings and cooking demonstrations throughout the Aquarium for the whole family will emphasize making ocean-friendly seafood choices during October, National Seafood Month. Activities will connect our choices of the foods we eat with the health of the soil, water and ocean.
October 3-4, 2015 World Veg Festival - San Francisco, California
San Francisco World Veg Festival, Children’s Corner, Green Lifestyle Film Festival, Healthy Food Demos with Recipes & Samples, International Speakers & Workshops, Live Entertainment, Vegan Cuisine to sample or buy, Urban Gardening.
October 3-4, 2015 21st Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival
Elk Grove, California
Elk Grove Regional Park. Highlights will include weigh-off, entertainment, recipe contest, scarecrow contest and pumpkin boat race. First weekend in October. Attendance: 40,000.
October 3-4, 2015 29th Annual Lambtown Festival - Dixon, California
For your enjoyment, you will find craft and fiber booths, carnival rides for kids, competitions, and as always, a variety of great food celebrating the lamb industry and the rich agricultural heritage of the region. This year's live entertainment will feature great bands and dance routines. National Lamb Ribs Eating Contest, Lamb Barbecue Cook-off, Fiber Fair, Sheepdog Trials, Shearing Competition, Mutton Bustin', Fiber and Open Sheep Shows.
October 3-4, 2015 Amador Vintners Big Crush Harvest Festival
Amador County, California
50 member wineries of the Amador Vintners will host the annual Harvest Wine Festival. For two days during the heart of the grape harvest season, Amador aficionados can partake of great wine, food, music and other harvest festivities.
October 3-4, 2015 Annual Mission San Jose Olive Festival
Fun for the whole family! The Olive Festival features food, live music, wine tasting, arts & crafts, entertainment, kids' games, drawings, prizes and much more.
October 3-4, 2015 Vegan Oktoberfest - Santa Monica, California
Vegan Oktoberfest is a traditional Oktoberfest celebration featuring great vegan food and beer! Join us in Downtown LA for: Unlimited pours of over 50 different beers! Over 30 different food vendors! Live Oompah music, stein holding contests, and more! Get your tickets today before they sell out!
October 9-10, 2015 Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival
Rio Vista, California
It's a fisherman's dream come true. The oldest Bass Derby on the West Coast will once again be highlighted at the Rio Vista Bass Festival. This year, anglers are able to choose between two fishing contests on the same ticket. Target lengths will be drawn at the start of the Derby early Friday morning for both Striped Bass and Sturgeon. Kids Derby: This is a family event and we welcome young anglers, up to but not including 16 years of age. Kids will be fishing for catfish and striped bass. The Beer Garden stage will light up with sounds from all genres including Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul, Pop, and Country Strong . We invite you to pull up a hay bale, sing , dance, eat, drink and have a good time partying with Rio Vista!
October 9-12, 2015 Celebration of Harvest Weekend
Santa Barbara County, California
Our annual celebration of the year's bounty, where vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ranging from winemaker dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. (also: www.sbcountywines.com )
October 10, 2015 San Francisco Magazine’s FallFest
San Francisco, California
A celebration of the Bay Area’s best in food and wine. Leading restaurateurs, winemakers, mixologists, and epicurean artisans join together for an inspiring day of premier wine and food tasting, chef demonstrations, cocktail competitions, and panel discussions that focus on “Eat Local” to highlight the greater Bay Area’s bounty and bring greater awareness to the benefits of eating and drinking local.
October 10-11, 2015 Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
The Riverbank Rotary Club invites you to enjoy the many offerings of more than 200 arts & crafts, antiques and food vendors. Attend this event, and let the award winning cheeses and wines tantalize your taste buds.
October 10-11, 2015 10th Annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend - Butte County, California
Experience the bounty of Butte County along the Sierra Oro Farm Trail on this self-guided tour of farms and wineries during peak harvest season. Sample farm-fresh food and award-winning wines, tour the farms & meet our local food & wine producers, enjoy live music and more!
October 10-11, 2015 Calabash Gourd Festival - San Martin, California
4th annual Calabash Gourd Festival. Again this year, the Festival will be held at Uesugi Farms, in con-junction with their annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. Our hours will be 9am to 5pm both days — plenty of time to visit, shop and learn.
October 10-11, 2015 Oakhurst Fall Festival - Oakhurst, California
Local restaurants will be serving up samples and appetizers from their fabulous menus in the Taste of the Mountains food tasting pavillion. Taste wine and chocolates together in the wine tent. Entertainment geared towards children makes this a family outing you won't want to miss. Corvette show on Saturday.
October 11, 2015 6th Annual Taste of the Pier & Waterfront
Redondo Beach, California
Sample over 50 restaurants and businesses along the Redondo Beach Waterfront while you tour the pier, international boardwalk and King Harbor on Saturday and Sunday,
October 11, 2015 Little Italy FESTA - San Diego, California
Hip and Historic Little Italy welcomes over 120,000 attendees with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture. A full palette of Italian cuisine is complemented by traditional and modern Italian music, arts and crafts.
October 12, 2015 42nd Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off - Half Moon Bay, California
The World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their astounding, mind-boggling, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record at the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs”—in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. This year, event organizers are offering a special $30,000 mega-prize for the world record at Half Moon Bay. To receive the $30,000 mega-prize, the grower must break and hold the world record at the conclusion of the Half Moon Bay weigh-off. If two or more growers happen to break the world record at Half Moon Bay, the prize money would go to the grower of the heaviest pumpkin. The current world record is 2,323 pounds.
October 12-16, 2015 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
October 16-18, 2015 Los Angeles Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, California
Food, beer, and music.
October 16-18, 2015 Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, California
Love wine, but not all the fuss that sometimes goes along with it? In Paso Robles Wine Country, you'll discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension. Try a taste for yourself during Harvest Wine Weekend! Explore more than 140 weekend activities, including winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, artisanal food pairings, live music and so much more!
October 17, 2015 San Benito Olive Festival - Tres Pinos, California
The annual San Benito Olive Festival at Bolado Park, 9000 Airline Highway, in Tres Pinos, CA (nearby Hollister). The gourmet celebration is a welcoming affair for guests to enjoy award-winning olive oils paired with a wide array of regionally produced delicious gems.
October 17, 2015 18th Annual Dairyland Orchard Festival
Los Molinos, California
A Celebration of Local Agriculture. Free Admission & Parking, Live Entertainment & Music, Unique Arts & Crafts & Children's Activities, Bulk & Packaged Nuts & Fruits, Tri-Tip BBQ and Authentic Carnitas.
October 17, 2015 10th Annual Taste of Soul - Los Angeles, California
Each year, the one-day urban festival features the best in soul food cuisine and live entertainment. Billed as Los Angeles’ largest street festival. Attendance: 105,000.
October 17, 2015 California Beer and Wine Festival
Yuba City, California
The Annual California Beer and Wine Festival. Tickets are $25/person when purchased online and $30/person on the day of the event. Tastings are UNLIMITED! Proceeds benefit Yuba/Sutter Non-Profits.
October 17-18, 2015 Olive & Wine Faire - Cherry Valley, California
Highland Springs Resort. Olive Pressing Demonstration & Lectures, Tours, Festive Food, Wine Tasting, Farmer's Market, Children's Games, etc.
October 17-18, 2015 21st Annual Oktoberfest - Campbell, California
Oktoberfest will be held along the main streets in Historic Downtown Campbell. Parking and admission is free. The festival features the best in German entertainment, savory food and beverages and more than 125 fine artists from around the Bay Area. Attendance: 40,000.
October 17-18, 2015 35th Annual Springville Apple Festival
The annual event will include entertainment, crafts, the Apple Run, a mountain bike race, and apples! Attendance: 20,000.
October 17-18, 2015 Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay, California
Festivalgoers will be mesmerized by the remarkable Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers sculpting and shaping a monster 1,000+ pound pumpkin, a special display of massive weigh-off champion pumpkins, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone's favorite home-spun parade, harvest-inspired crafts, the tastiest pumpkin pie on earth, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, and the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin waiting to be picked at one of the rustic pumpkin patches dotting the coast.
October 18, 2015 Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
Spring Valley, California
A community event benefiting the Los Toros Youth Football & Cheer Organization. Amateur BBQ Competition featuring Tri-Tip, Chicken, Pork Ribs and Best Tailgate Team Decorations. Block Party with cool gear, collectibles and much more for sale, Kids Fun Zone, Live Music and NFL Sunday Football.
October 24, 2015 Taste: A New Culinary Experience
After 20 years of putting inspiration back on the menu with Girls Inc.’s Women of Taste, we bring you the best of our collective experience: Taste. Come celebrate the roots of our signature fundraising event, featuring teams of top women chefs from our new hometown Oakland and beyond. Inspiration moves to a new level with the 5-star, 4-course gastronomic imaginings of these culinary stars. Guests will experience a cocktail reception, exclusive center tours, delectable dining, featured entertainment and so much more, all under the auspices of supporting Girls Inc. of Alameda County.
October 24, 2015 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Santa Cruz, California
Join the fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk when both professional and amateur teams cook-off to determine who cooks the best chili. Categories include both traditional red chili (con carne) and vegetarian.
October 24-25, 2015 Borrego Days Desert Festival
San Diego, California
Borrego Springs, San Diego, CA - 50th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival. A spectacular weekend filled with family entertainment in honor of one of the most beloved long term residents. This FREE festival is the perfect way to make long lasting memories with your family and friends while enjoying the picturesque California's Secret Desert (TM). "Where the Desert Meets the Sky."
October 30, 2015 Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Dinner
Santa Cruz, California
Join us for Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 8th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning in June and continues through October 2015! Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef, Kirsten Ponza and her team. Sip on Central Coast wines as you talk with Chef Kirsten, as well as featured farmers and vintners who will join you for dinner to answer any questions you may have about the carefully sourced and crafted meals. Dinners take place on the Sunset Terrace or Courtyard Terrace, boasting unsurpassed views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay. A reception with wine and passed hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:00 pm followed by a full dinner and endless wine at 6:30 pm.
October 2, 2014 Sunset & Dine - Hollywood, California
A food and wine festival sponsored by the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District at Academy Hollywood, the new outdoor movie theater and event space from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition to the fabulous food and drinks, this year will also include a movie screening and more!
October 4, 2014 WINE FEST! - Monterey, California
Combining interesting, reasonably priced local and international wines, great craft beer, music from local bands and a DJ, gourmet food trucks 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.
October 5, 2014 17th Annual Arts & Olive Festival
Redwood City, California
There will be no event in 2015. Next event is October 2, 2016.
October 7-10, 2014
Big Western Regional Barista Competition & Brewers Cup 2014
Rancho Mirage, California
An event presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Barista Guild of America. Watch as Baristas and Brewers Cup competitors battle it out for the regional titles. The stakes are hight, which means that competitors train months in advance of competing by taking great care in selecting their coffees, brewing devices, music selection and perfecting their speeches in hopes of impressing the judges and securing the regional title. Come out and support your local baristas. Get an insider’s look into what it takes to prepare coffee and come learn more about specialty coffee.
October 9, 2014 Totally Local VC Dinner at the Series
Ventura County, 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. See website for details.
October 10-12, 2014 Pomona Home Improvement & Garden Show
October 27, 2013 Taste of the Central Coast
Santa Barbara, California
Taste of the Central Coast is an elegant fine food and wine tasting event showcasing local talent while raising funds to support the foster and high-needs children and families served by the Family Care Network. The event features top savory and pastry chefs and vintners on the Central Coast. In addition, the Taste of the Central Coast includes a silent and live auction offering weekend getaways and unique experiences.
October 14, 2012 5th Annual Field to the Fork - Temecula, California
The Premier Wine, Craft Beer and Food Pairing Event in the Temecula Valley! ENJOY delicious food from some of the region’s finest chefs. TREAT yourself to wine and beer tastings from our local wineries and breweries. LEARN about farming, viticulture, gardening, water conservation and more. GATHER for an inspired afternoon of local cuisine, premium wines, cold beer, and friendship.
October 15, 2012 The Chemistry of Cuisine - Santa Barbara, California
A panel discussion with Professor Miriam Rossi of Vassar College with four special guests at the Granada Theater's Founders Room in Santa Barbara.
October 27, 2012 Monterey Bay Sardine Festival - Monterey, California
(domain expired: www.montereybaysardinefestival.org )
Celebration of the history of the sardine and those came to fish them and families that still do. Sardine Cook-0ffs by Local Chefs, featuring all local Monterey Food and Beverages. Held in the historic Monterey Custom Plaza at the historic Fisherman's Wharf.. Free Event. Plenty of Parking. All day entertainment.
October 1, 2011 6th Annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-Off
This year, participants will enjoy live bands, 50/50 drawing, equine demonstrations, military displays and much more. Additionally, there will be games for all ages, and, of course, plentiful chili and other delicacies.
October 8-9, 2011 The Gourmet Experience - San Diego, California
(website no longer exists) The Gourmet Experience has been POSTPONED and we are currently looking for dates in 2013. Once a date has been selected, we will be making the announcement on our website.
October 16-22, 2011 Dine Out for Farms Week - Modesto, California
American Farmland Trust's inaugural Dine Out for Farms is a national, week-long event that will bring together restaurants and customers to support a sustainable future for America's farms. Restaurants across the country will raise funds and awareness for American Farmland Trust's programs that support farms and help save the land that sustains us.
October 20, 2011 3rd Annual Wine & Gourmet Food Experience
Simi Valley, California
Enjoy and incredible evening of food and wine paring, featuring 14 selected wines and incredible small plate dinner menu, featuring artisan cheeses, locally grown produce and fine chocolates. Meet the wine makers and dance under the wings of Air Force One! Tours of the Ronald Reagan Library are included and guests will receive a commemorative wine glass.
October 7, 2010
Morton's & the Mondavi Families: Celebrating the Legendary Blend
Napa Valley, California
A toast to the past, present and future. Join Morton's and the Mondavi Families during this extraordinary event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. For the first time, the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Mondavi Family will come together to host an unforgettable wine dinner. Broadcast live to 53 Morton's The Steakhouse private dining rooms.
October 16, 2010 20th Annual Return of the Salmon Festival
The Coleman National Fish Hatchery will host over 40 exhibitors and will showcase its salmon spawning operations. A street fair in downtown Anderson will run in conjunction with the festival and will offer a traditional salmon bake.
October 27, 2010 White House Tea and Tour - Simi Valley, California
Traditional tea featuring scones, finger sandwiched and tea cakes that are elegantly presented by professional wait staff. Following the tea guests will receive a docent led tour of the Museum. Tea at the Reagan Library is truly and exceptional experience!
October 10, 2009 9th Annual Candy Festival and Fall Craft Fair
CANCELLED FOR 2010. With up to 30 candy companies, Texas street will be covered with arts and crafts, candy samples, magic shows, face painting, music and more.
October 29, 2009 California Wine & Gourmet Food Experience
Simi Valley, California
First annual food and wine pairing event at the Reagan Library. A small plate progressive dinner paired with 10 wines from California wineries. There will be live music and dancing under the wings of Air Force One. This is Ventura County’s wine and food event of the season. Bring your family and friends for a memorable evening at the Reagan Library.
Oct 2-5, 2008 Loose Goose Wine Festival
Santa Clarita Valley, California
Southern California’s largest wine encounter, the Loose Goose Wine Festival presents two extraordinary days of wine tasting from up to 100 domestic and international wineries, an array of luxury-related vendors, fantastic food, brilliant music and entertainment, celebrity guests and amazing wine-focused demonstrations.
October 7, 2008 International Symposium on Living with Potatoes
The objective of the ISLP'08 is to provide an international forum for sharing and exchanging information amongst the growers, associations, academicians, researchers, students, practitioners, and government who are interested in promoting the sustainability of potatoes–one of the top three staple foods.
October 18, 2008 Suds on the Green East Bay - Fremont, California
A unique beer Festival Unlimited Beer Tasting of over 30 different breweries, but with a twist. The complete brewfest is located directly on the final hole of the National Golf League's Regional Tournament.
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