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October 1, 2022
39th Annual Tiburon Wine Festival
Tiburon, California
Located in one of the most picturesque waterfront communities in the world.  One of the Bay Area’s most popular wine events. Extraordinary Wines, Food and Live Music!  Featuring wines from both established and small production wineries. A rare opportunity to experience new wines and savor old favorites from Napa, Sonoma and as far afield as Italy and Hungary.  Great food from local restaurants and food purveyors!

October 23, 2022  7th Westside Food & Wine Festival
Los Angeles, California
Benefits the Westside Food Bank The festival will be returning to The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.  Festivities will take place both inside the museum providing you an opportunity for photos with many of the classic autos along with more activities and attractions outside. There will be a tasty fun blend of food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, and more. Food and alcohol will last as long as exhibitors have product.  This edition of the festival will showcase a variety of Southern California’s best culinary talent, finest wines, and spirit makers. An abundance of 25+ Restaurants/Caterers, Wine, Craft Spirits and Beers, and Non-alcoholic drink exhibitors will be serving delicious tastings.

October 28, 2022 - WhiskyFest San Francisco - San Francisco, California
WhiskyFest is the longest running whisky festival in the country.  WhiskyFest offers you the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 350 whiskies from around the world; many of them rare and exclusive. Meet the whisky makers at their booths to learn first-hand how the whiskies are made. Take some time to enjoy the never-ending gourmet buffet.

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October 1-3, 2021 - Big Crush Harvest Festival
Amador County, California
Amador Vintners Association.  Kick off your Big Crush weekend at the Big Crush BBQ and Grape Stomp held at the historic Amador County Fairgrounds! Join us for an evening of great local food, live entertainment and, of course, award-winning Amador County wine! For those brave enough to feel the squish, sign up to participate in the grape stomp competition!

October 1-3, 2021  35th 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 1-15, 2021  dine L.A. Restaurant Week
Los Angeles, California
dine L.A. Restaurant Week is a 15-day dining event that showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer.  Enjoy special lunch and dinner menus at more than 400 restaurants. There are no tickets or passes required. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant, ask for the dineL.A. Restaurant Week menu, and try a new dish or enjoy an old favorite. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

October 1-31, 2021 - Sierra Oro Farm Trail - Butte County, California
The Sierra Oro Farm Trail has expanded to a month long harvest celebration with the Farm & Wine Pass!  The new Sierra Oro Farm Trail Farm & Wine Pass, a collaboration between the Sierra Oro Farm Trail and Explore Butte County, opens the doors to amazing Butte County specialty farms and wineries where visitors can stroll through farms, pick fresh apples and pumpkins, sample tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts and award-winning wines, all while getting to know the dedicated local farmers and winemakers.

October 2, 2021  28th 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 120 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!  Attendance: 10,000+.

October 2, 2021  Annual 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 2-3, 2021 - 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 2-3, 2021  35th 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 2-3, 2021  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: 50,000.

October 2-3, 2021  7th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach Wine & Food is the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California. You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from a plethora of top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from a distinguished variety of wines, spirits and craft brews. VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses will all be offered throughout the weekend festivities.

October 8-9, 2021  Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Santa Rosa, California
Taste the Best of Sonoma County.  A celebration of harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 100+ 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 8-10, 2021  28th Annual 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 8-10, 2021  73rd Annual 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 8-10, 2021  Annual La Habra Corn Festival
La Habra, California
Food, Rides, Games, Music and Fun for the Whole Family. Meet Miss La Habra and her court when you purchase raffle tickets for a New Car or other great Prizes. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great Sandwiches, sweet warm Funnel Cakes and other Tasty Treats. Be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace.

October 9, 2021  The Whisky Extravaganza - San Jose, 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.

October 9, 2021  124th Annual Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Sonoma, California
The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. Since 1897 the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has been celebrating the Sonoma Valley’s bounty, community, and local culture. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition takes place the last full weekend of September in downtown Sonoma’s historic Plaza. The Festival benefits many Sonoma Valley community projects and non-profits.

October 11, 2021  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 2,624 pounds.

October 13-21, 2021  National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting
Sacramento, California
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a federal advisory committee established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and administered through AMS. The NOSB advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on aspects of the organic regulations.

October 14, 2021  Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival
Laguna Beach, California
Festival of the Arts Grounds.  Join us for a night of tasty bites and delicious drinks from Laguna's finest restaurants.  It's our favorite night of the year and we are kicking it up a notch this year! Stay tuned for more details. Contact Nia Evans for more information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunity [email protected]

October 15, 2021  The WhiskyX - Los Angeles, California
You’ll discover and taste some of the world’s most notable whiskies. Tastings, including some cocktails, are led by expert brand ambassadors and distillery representatives.

October 15-17, 2021  Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, California
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and celebration. The changing colors of the vines, crisp autumn air and the promise of a new vintage create a wine country experience not to be forgotten. 100+ events spanning three incredible days at participating wineries.

October 15-24, 2021  Eat Drink SF - San Francisco, California
Join us in supporting our local restaurant industry and celebrating San Francisco's vibrant culinary scene! Instead of a large indoor festival, we'll explore the great neighborhoods of our city through the following: • Restaurant Week style prix-fixe menus from participating restaurants throughout San Francisco  • Ticketed Dining Events  • Neighborhood Nights.

October 15-24, 2021  San Francisco Restaurant Week
San Francisco, California
SF Restaurant Week is a celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community. Nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco offer special prix-fixe menus to showcase their passion for sharing great food with diners.

October 16, 2021  Annual Return of the Salmon Festival
Anderson, California
On the 3rd Saturday in October each year Coleman National Fish Hatchery celebrates the annual Return of the Salmon Festival.  This festival has been celebrated at the hatchery since 1991 in an effort to increase outreach and visitor use; during this one day festival thousands of people visit the hatchery. This festival is free and has many booths from Federal, State and private exhibitors that provide a wide array of information related to natural resources.

October 16, 2021  Springville Fall Festival - Springville, California
Arts & Crafts; Apple goodies; Pumpkin Decorating and much more.

October 16, 2021  HMB Pumpkin Minifest - Half Moon Bay, California
Celebrate Gourd Times" at this year’s one-day scaled-down HMB Pumpkin Minifest 49.5 on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9am to 5pm along Main Street! Festival admission is free.

October 16, 2021  Annual Dairyville 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 16, 2021  Annual Taste of Soul - Los Angeles, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  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 16, 2021  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 16-17, 2021  Annual Springville Apple Festival
Springville, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  IN LIEU OF THE APPLE FESTIVAL PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE SPRINGVILLE FALL FESTIVAL.  The annual event will include entertainment, crafts, the Apple Run, a mountain bike race, and apples!  Attendance: 20,000.

October 16-17, 2021  Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  SEE HMB PUMPKIN MINIFEST Oct 16, 2021.  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 16-17, 2021  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 16-19, 2021  National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention
San Diego, California
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention is truly an industry event providing significant, tangible value. (also: )

October 18-Nov 30, 2021  Sustainable Ag Expo - Atascadero, California
Hybrid with Online & In Person Opportunities   Global Issues & Actionable Tips:  Discover the latest viticulture research and technology from the world's top experts to help you be competitive in the ever changing business landscape.  Since 2003, the Sustainable Ag Expo has been a leader in providing world-class educational content for farmers, researchers, and consultants. This year's virtual format gives you access to a greater diversity of topics and speakers.

October 23, 2021  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 23-24, 2021  Annual Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show
Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara Convention Center.  We are excited you’ve found the Travel & Adventure Shows – the largest series of travel shows in the United States.  It is THE place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations.  You’ll be inspired and get ideas on where to go, what to do and the latest travel information to keep you in the know— along with a bona fide list of reputable companies that have been serving our attendees for years.

October 23-24, 2021  Pacific Wine & Food Classic
Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach Dunes Waterfront Resort.  The annual Wine & Food Festival will feature more than 100 not-to-miss summer inspired experiences. A small sampling of what festival guests can enjoy include: A Summer Wine Garden, Celebrity Cruise Silent Disco, Taco & Beer Lounge, Paella and Sangria Lounge, Official “Pacific Burger”, “Off the Hook Seafood”, Fresh Baja Shellfish Bar, Gelato Bar, Live Broadcast of The Fork Report, US Foods Chef Lounge,Sommelier Wine & Food Journey, Melissa’s Produce Grilled Corn and so many more delicious happenings.  The Pacific Wine & Food Classic was recently acknowledged by the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association as the top ten food and wine festival in the world.  Early bird tickets have just been released, with prices ranging from $99 - $259. Early bird ticket prices are the lowest they will be and will increase soon!

October 23-24, 2021  55th Borrego Days Desert Festival
San Diego, California
Borrego Springs, San Diego, CA - 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 29, 2021  Girls Rise Gala - Oakland, California
Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s inaugural Girls Rise Gala will be an evening to remember! Join us for our biggest party of the year with a lively reception featuring music, garden-crafted cocktails, locally-sourced cuisine, and an inspirational program celebrating and power and impact of Girls Inc.

October 29, 2021  Treat Street - Chico, California
Treat Street 2021 will look a bit different this year but we've cooking up something safe & special and are pleased to announce.......Treat Street Drive-Thru Celebration around City Plaza.  Decorate your vehicles and drive by our 3 judges for a chance to win great prizes!  PLEASE Enter from the back lot on 6th street off Broadway. This way we keep traffic moving in one direction. where you will be handed a Treat Bag filled with prewrapped candy, toys, and fun.

October 29, 2021  Halloween Spook-tacular - Los Altos, California
Trick or Treating event for children at stores in Downtown Los Altos displaying an orange pumpkin. Halloween Fun & Games from 12pm to 4pm!

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October -, 2020 - Los Angeles Times' The Taste
Costa Mesa, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  Join the Los Angeles Times at The MET in Costa Mesa for 3 days of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. Dozens of hand-picked local restaurants at each day will showcase our region's rich and diverse culinary scene by serving you their best. Sip, savor, and celebrate Southern California's most inspired food and drink. 21 and over only.

October -, 2020  10th Annual Olive Festival - Cherry Valley, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  A Festival Celebrating Olive-Inspired Dishes,  Local Wines, Cheeses, Farm Activities & Olive Oil.  11 AM - 5 PM.  With over 750 olive trees growing on our farm, the Olive Festival is celebration of the olive fruit and an opportunity to learn about the health benefits.  Join us as we pick and press our own olive oil.  Adults $7   |   Seniors $5   |  Students $5  |  Children Free.  Highland Springs Ranch & Inn.

October , 2020  Fit Foodie Festival & 5K - San Diego, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy and active lifestyle as you eat your way to the finish line with bites along the course, then celebrate at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival. Save 15% on your registration with code: CACAL.  The Festival, rewards you for making healthy choices with tastes from local restaurants, beer and wine gardens, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, and more. Fit Foodie Festival & 5K registration includes: · Race registration and bib.· Bites along the course.· Finisher’s medal.· Delicious tasting stations.· Goody bag with gifts from top health and wellness brands.· Cash reward for top finishers.· Included donation to Official Fit Foodie Charity No Kid Hungry.  The Fit Foodie Run benefits No Kid Hungry in an effort to support its mission to end child hunger in America.

October 4, 2020  Flavors of San Diego - San Diego, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.


October 10, 2020
Annual Long Beach Oktoberfest
Long Beach, California
With a focus on Fall craft beers, Long Beach Oktoberfest highlights include unlimited tastes, 2 sessions, shorter lines & a new location. Enjoy both traditional and non-traditional Oktoberfest activities, food options & music.

October 10, 2020
Annual Taste of Italy
Los Angeles, California
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  Taste of Italy is Los Angeles' premier wine and food event, presented by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. For one evening, the heart of Downtown Los Angeles is transformed into a charming, Italian piazza. The event features the region's acclaimed Italian restaurants, authentic Italian products, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, world-class wines, and live entertainment in a historic setting.

October 11, 2020  Flavors of Orange County
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

October 12-16, 2020 - National School Lunch Week
Nationwide - School Nutrition Association.

October 16-18, 2020  Ukiah Country PumpkinFest
Mendocino County, California
The largest street fair in Mendocino County.  Along with a variety of delicious foods, the streets of Downtown Ukiah are filled with craft vendors, fine arts exhibits, and “Scarecrow City.” Enjoy live music, a haunted house, the Scout-o-Rama, pet costume contest, and the ever popular children’s carnival including many games and amusements. Compete in the 3-on-3 hoop tourney, enter into the Pumpkin Baking Contest or show off your green thumb by entering the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

October 17, 2020  Southern California Gourd Art Competition
Santa Ana, California
California Gourd Society.  Hosted by Orange County Gourd Society in collaboration with Orange County Carvers Guild.

October 18, 2020  James Beard Foundation's Taste America
San Francisco, California
THE 2020 EVENT WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT.  SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. 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.

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October 4-27, 2019 - Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Torrance, California
Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. Ours is the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers brewed by Warsteiner. We deliver an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest to you each and every year…and all within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches.

October 5-6, 2019 - Clayton Oktoberfest - Clayton, California
Set under beautiful Mt. Diablo, it evokes a feeling of Bavaria. Clayton Business & Community Association invites you to experience in picturesque Clayton, CA.  Continuous Live Music From The Internationals Traditional Biergarten Great German Food and Beer Premium California Wines  Large Arts and Crafts Show  Carnival  Street Performers.

October 5-6, 2019 - 38th 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 11-13, 2019  Pomona Fall Home Show - Pomona, California

October 12, 2019  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 12, 2019  Arroyo Grande Beer Feast - Arroyo Grande, California
Heritage Square Park, Rotary Bandstand.

October 12, 2019  Sebastopol Craft Brew Festival
Sebastopol, California
Regional Craft & Micro Breweries - Food Trucks - Entertainment:  The Rock & Roll Rhythm Revue.

October 12, 2019  10th Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival
San Francisco, California
The festival brings all of the best food (and music) in the Bay Area to one street, once a year, to celebrate the talent, the taste and the entrepreneurial spirit of people who make a living doing what they love to do.  This year at Forest City’s iconic Pier 70 location in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. From the site where the Transbay Tunnel was built, we invite you to join over 100 owner-operated food businesses representing the best of the Bay for a free-to-enter celebration of hard work, well-made food and the vibrant and inclusive food economy that we all dream of.

October 12-13, 2019  Weekend Along The Farm Trails
Sonoma County, California
Join local farmers for a weekend of tours, artisan foods, wine tasting, hands-on activities, cooking, pick-your-own, agricultural demonstrations, music and harvest. From hay rides to cheese-making, Weekend Along the Farm Trails offers a chance to experience Sonoma County's agricultural heritage.

October 12-13, 2019  Calabash Gourd Festival - San Martin, California
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 12-13, 2019  California Bay Area Gourd Competition
San Martin, California
California Gourd Society.  California Bay Area Gourd Competition - Hosted by the Calabash Club of Silicon Valley at the Uesugi Farms, San Martin, CA.

October 12-13, 2019  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 19, 2019 - 7th Annual 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 19, 2019  California Beer and Wine Festival
Yuba City, California
The Annual California Beer and Wine Festival. Tickets are $30/person when purchased online and $40/person on the day of the event. Tastings are UNLIMITED! Proceeds benefit Yuba/Sutter Non-Profits.

October 25, 2019 - Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series - Santa Cruz, California
October 25th Featuring Alfaro Family Vineyard & Winery.  Chaminade Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort, has announced the dates for its highly acclaimed Farm to Table Wine Dinner series that take place May through October.

October 27, 2019  10th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
Spring Valley, California
A community event benefiting local non-profit charity.  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.

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October 1, 2018 - FERN Talks & Eats - San Francisco, California
Join us for an engaging panel discussion that will delve into the #MeToo movement and issues of equity and inclusion in the restaurant business. Amanda Cohen, chef at Dirt Candy, wrote an essay about this in Esquire, highlighting the media’s neglect of women chefs until the current scandals. “Women may not have value as chefs, but as victims we’re finally interesting!” she wrote. We’ll hear about the ways that #MeToo intersects with race, gender, class and identity politics – ultimately influencing the food on our plates. We’ll hear personal stories, discuss the problematic past, and reimagine a future restaurant culture. It’s a discussion that’s nothing if not timely. We hope you’ll join us.

October 5, 2018 - 8th Annual Union Street Harvest Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
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.  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, 2018 - 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 12-13, 2018  James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Los Angeles, 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.

October 12-14, 2018 - 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: )

October 13-14, 2018  42nd Annual Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
Riverbank, California
The City of Riverbank 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, wines and craft beers tantalize your taste buds.

October 20, 2018 - Burbank Beer Festival - Burbank, California
A massive beerfest is on tap next fall in Downtown Burbank! The Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Fall Street Fair returns to beautiful Downtown Burbank from Noon- 7pm with TWO sessions of Craft Beer to choose from!

October 20-21, 2018  Downtown L.A. Oktoberfest
Los Angeles, California
Oktoberfest is coming to Pershing Square in Downtown LA this Fall! Spend the weekend living it up with us during this fun, cultural event. What will you find at Oktoberfest? Fun for all!

October 25, 2018  Whisky Live - Los Angeles, California
The very best whiskies of the world under one roof. Mingle with producers and distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors and meet the stars of the industry.

CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

October 7, 2017  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 8, 2017  Little Italy FESTA - San Diego, California
CANCELLED FOR 2017.  After 22 years of hosting San Diego’s Little Italy FESTA!, the Little Italy Association of San Diego (LIA) has created a brand new event, Solo Italiano (Only Italian), to supersede the annual FESTA!. Solo Italiano will launch in October of 2018 and the LIA will have a gap year in 2017, where no events will take place.

October 8-11, 2017  AACC International Annual Meeting
San Diego, California
Presented by the American Association of Cereal Chemists, the syposium brings together scientists, food engineers, crop producers, suppliers and industry experts to discuss the latest research and technological developments in the grain-based food industry.

October 13-14, 2017  Fine & Rare Wine Signature Auction
Beverly Hills, California
Heritage Auctions ( Fine & Rare Wine Auction #5321

October 14, 2017  San Benito Olive Festival - Tres Pinos, California
San Benito Olive Festival is a fresh culinary celebration with innovative creators and delectable pairings.  - Taste award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and fine chocolates.  - Discover world-class wines and craft beers.  - Become inspired by celebrity chef cooking demos.  - Create an olive wreath, a flower bouquet and paint an olive masterpiece.  - Enjoy live music, local harvest and much more.

October 15, 2017  Vegan Oktoberfest - Santa Monica, California
Vegan Oktoberfest IS TAKING A YEAR OFF FOR 2017.

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  Cooking for Solutions
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
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 [email protected]

October 2, 2016  18th Annual Arts & Olive Festival 2016
Redwood City, California
The Arts and Olive Festival is currently on hold until further notice.

October 7-9, 2016  The Original Murrieta Lobster Festival
Murrieta, California

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 16, 2016  Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ - San Francisco, California

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.

CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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 10, 2015  San Francisco Magazine’s FallFest
San Francisco, California



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