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October 6-8, 2017
The Ontario Home  Show
Ontario, California

October 9-13, 2017
National School Lunch Week
Nationwide

October 26-28, 2017
NAMA Annual Meeting
Laguna Beach, California
The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industries. Member companies operate mills in 38 states and Canada, representing more than 90 percent of total industry production capacity.
 

 

2016 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2016
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
events still waiting for new dates

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 1, 2016  The EAT Show - Los Angeles, California
Tasting events like these have become really popular in LA but often come with huge crowds and long lines. Our idea was to host a show that was more exclusive with limited ticketing.  It takes place at the REEF in DTLA.  EAT Show is a brand new tasting event for real food enthusiasts.  This isn't a festival, its a celebration of culinary excellence.  We've limited to 1,000 tickets per session to avoid the crazy lines.  One ticket gives you access to all of our 50+ amazing vendors- This equates to less than $1 per restaurant!  See website for complete details.

October 1, 2016  8th 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.

October 1, 2016  Cooking for Solutions - Monterey Bay Aquarium, Calif.
Monterey Bay Aquarium.  7–11:30 p.m.  Ages 21 and up.  Join us for a night of eating, drinking and dancing at the Aquarium! Savor ocean-friendly food and drink by more than 50 restaurants, wineries and breweries until 10 p.m. while exploring the Aquarium's award-winning exhibits. After that, the Marine Mammal Gallery turns into an underwater nightclub with dancing and a cash bar.  $100 Aquarium members/$125 general public.  Tickets go on sale to Aquarium members June 20, and to the general public June 27.  For more information, please call (831) 644-1055 or e-mail specialevents@mbayaq.org

October 1, 2016  23rd 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 1, 2016  Cooking For Solutions: The Party
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Join us for an ocean-healthy lifestyle celebration featuring more than 60 restaurants, wineries and breweries until 10 p.m. Then enjoy the Aquarium as it turns into an underwater nightclub with dancing and a cash bar. Dance the night away under the (sea) stars with entertainment by Peet Project and Jazmin Ghent, and groove to the infectious music of The Joint Chiefs and the premier mixes of San Francisco's DJ Magic Matt.

October 1, 2016  35th 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 1, 2016  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 1, 2016  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 1-2, 2016  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 1-2, 2016  30th 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 1-2, 2016  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 1-2, 2016  Annual Mission San Jose Olive Festival
Fremont, California
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 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 3, 2016  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 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 6, 2016  FERN Talks & Eats - San Carlos, California
FERN Talks & Eats is about digging into the most important issues facing our food system today. Join us with some of the brightest minds currently participating in these emerging markets for a provocative and enlightening discussion-and delicious food. Don't miss these thoughtful panels of entrepreneurs and investors who will consider how sustainability can become more than just a buzzword for the "new food" and ag tech businesses of tomorrow.

October 6-7, 2016  Calabash Gourd Festival - San Martin, California
5th 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 7, 2016  Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Dinner
Santa Cruz, California
Join us for Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 9th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning in June and continues through October 2016! Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef, Nicholas Church and his team. Sip on Central Coast wines as you talk with Chef Church, 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 7-8, 2016  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 7-9, 2016  The Original Murrieta Lobster Festival
Murrieta, California
Three day upscale dining, dancing and drinking festival in Murrieta. Live music, tons of Fresh Live Maine Lobsters steamed to mouth-watering perfection in the world's largest lobster steamers, giant food court, dance floor, arts & crafts, delicious desserts, beer & wine gardens, live sports tent, children's area, FREE e-Souvenir digital photos and more.

October 7-9, 2016  30th Annual California Avocado Festival
Carpinteria, California
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 7-10, 2016  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 8, 2016  Dana Point BBQ Championships and Craft Brew Fest
Dana Point, California
Sea Terrace Park.  The Dana Point BBQ Championships and Craft Brew Fest is the largest BBQ competition on the West Coast with over 100 BBQ Teams competing for the title.  In addition to BBQ samples, there will be several Food Trucks and dozens of Craft Beers to taste.  Please join us for a day of BBQ delights.

October 8-9, 2016  11th 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 8-9, 2016  Gourd Festival and Gourd Art Competition
San Martin, California
Calabash Club of Silicon Valley and California Gourd Society.

October 8-9, 2016  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 8-9, 2016  Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
Riverbank, California
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 8-9, 2016  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 8-9, 2016  American Lebanese & Middle Eastern Festival
Carmichael, California
Experience Mediterranean cuisine made with love. Lebanese cuisine has a long history of fresh, organic ingredients. The Lebanese culture is known for its warm hospitality and joys of sharing one’s food with others. “Sahtein” is an expression often used by Middle Easterners. The literal translation is wishing someone to have twice their health. “Sahtein” is an expression of welcoming the sharing of a meal. Listen for this expression at the Festival. The rich food and dessert menu will be served all day while enjoying the music and performances.

October 9, 2016  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 9, 2016  7th 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 10, 2016  43rd 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 14-16, 2016  Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, California
It's time to be happy! A year's hard work is rewarded with another great harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country! Join the celebration and toast to the 2016 vintage during Harvest Wine Weekend. Explore more than 140 harvest activities, including laid-back barbecues, ceremonial grape stomps, exclusive barrel tastings, mouth-watering food and wine pairings, live music and so much more.

October 15, 2016  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 15, 2016 - Dana Point Oktoberfest and German Food Fest
Dana Point, California
Sea Terrace Park.  Chicken Dance your Wings Off as you enjoy German Sausage, Struddle, Sauerkraut and Potatoe Salad and a dozen famous German Biers will fill your belly when you participate in our 3rd annual  Dana Point Oktoberfest and German Food Fest.  Come to the beach to enjoy games, German Music, and a fun filled German Day.  Sponsored by Spaten Bier, the #1 Bier of the Germany Oktoberfest, this event is a packed day of cultural and whacky activities.

October 15, 2016  19th 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 15, 2016  Taste: A New Culinary Experience
Oakland, California
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 15, 2016  11th 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 15-16, 2016  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 15-16, 2016  36th Annual Springville Apple Festival
Springville, California
The annual event will include entertainment, crafts, the Apple Run, a mountain bike race, and apples!  Attendance: 20,000.

October 15-16, 2016  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 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 16, 2016  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 21-22, 2016  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 21-23, 2016  Los Angeles Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, California
Food, beer, and music.

October 21-23, 2016  Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend
San Diego, California
The most delicious race EVER lands in San Diego with a huge lineup including three-days of events that get your mouth-watering and your heart pumping. Calories Burned = Calories Earned, right?!  Hit the ground running (or walking) on Saturday at the scenic 5K Race in Embarcadero Marina Park South. After burning those calories, step into the new John Hancock Vitality Village and be welcomed with back-to-back cooking demonstrations by Celebrity Chefs and editors of Cooking Light, fitness demonstrations on the John Hancock Vitality Fitness Stage by fitness pros and editors of Health, opportunities to meet elite athletes, and more!  Still hungry? Kick off the weekend on Friday, October 21, 2016 with a pre-race kickoff party with artisan cocktails (just go easy, you want to be race-day-ready), and a post-race Sweat Session on Sunday.

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 22, 2016  Wine & Wishes 2016 - San Diego, California
Join us for an evening featuring extraordinary chefs, boutique winemakers and local indie craft breweries; a special blend of flavor, presentation, service, and style.  The event will include silent and live auctions, luxury opportunity raffles, and live entertainment, along with remarks from a local wish family and attending wish Kid ambassadors…all benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego.

October 22, 2016  7th 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 29-30, 2016  7th Annual Olive Festival
Cherry Valley, California
Highland Springs Ranch & Inn.  11 am - 5 pm  A Festival Celebrating Olive-Inspired Dishes,  Local Wines, Cheeses, Farm Activities & Olive Oil.  Admission Fee: Adults $5 (18-64 Years Old) - Seniors $3 (65+ Years Old) - Students $3 (13-17 Years Old) - Children Free (0-12 Years Old)
 

 

2015 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2015
CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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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  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 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 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  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.
 

 

2014 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

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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.
 

 

2013 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2013
CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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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.
 

 

2012 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2012
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

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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.
 

 

2011 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2011
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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October 1, 2011  6th Annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-Off
Castaic, California
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.
 

 

CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2010
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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
Anderson, California
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!
 

 

2009 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2009
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

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October 10, 2009  9th Annual Candy Festival and Fall Craft Fair
Fairfield, California
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.
 

 

2008 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2008
Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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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
Fresno, California
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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