2014 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
events still waiting for new dates
October 1, 2014 Taste of Laguna & Business Expo - Laguna Beach, Calif.
South Orange County's Premier Food Event. 30+ Laguna Beach Restaurants showcase their best "Amuse Bouche." Come on down and tickle your taste buds! The ticket price is $50 and includes all "tastes". Drinks available. No one under 21 will be admitted, no pets and no chairs, coolers or picnic equipment.
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 2, 2014 Taste of Downtown - San Diego, California
San Diego's most prominent Taste returns to downtown. Participants will stroll through each corner of downtown San Diego and taste a wide variety of the best cuisine the city has to offer.
October 3, 2014 WhiskyFest San Francisco - San Francisco, California
WhiskyFest is the longest running whisky festival in the country and is held in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. WhiskyFest offers you the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 250 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.
October 3-5, 2014 Los Angeles Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, California
Food, beer, and music.
October 3-5, 2014 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 3-5, 2014 28th 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 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 4, 2014 Vegan Oktoberfest - Santa Monica, California
The World’s First Vegan Oktoberfest. Nestled next to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, CA, attendees will receive a traditional taste of Germany with a vegan twist, for a true Oktoberfest experience with a clear conscience. Vegan Oktoberfest will recreate the feel of a genuine German beer hall featuring live Oompah bands, Bavarian maidens, and of course, delicious food from many of LA’s most acclaimed vegan restaurants, and refreshing vegan craft beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries. Guests will be provided a beer stein with admission to be used for their beer(s) of choice all day with unlimited refills.
October 4, 2014 Wine, Rhythm & Brews - Sierra Madre, California
Please join us for an evening of enjoying fine wines, craft beers, local cuisines and live music as you walk around and visit the local businesses in beautiful Downtown Sierra Madre. You will also be able to participate in a silent auction. The Spero Foundation is a local non-profit organization and all proceeds from the event will be given to The City of Hope’s ”family Resource Center”, Methodist Hospital’s ”The Year Beyond Program” and other Spero sponsored charities. This is going to be a fun event - food, beer, wine, live music.......and you’re helping to support some great causes! Tickets are only $40 - get yours today.
October 4, 2014 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 4, 2014 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 4, 2014 21st 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 4, 2014 13th 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 4, 2014 Loomis Eggplant Festival - Loomis, California
The 27th annual festival will offer music, games, refreshments, arts & crafts, and eggplant! Try unique eggplant dishes and enter the recipe contest.
October 4-5, 2014 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 4-5, 2014 20th 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 4-5, 2014 33rd 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 4-5, 2014 28th Annual Lambtown USA Festival - Dixon, Calif.
National Lamb Ribs Eating Contest, Lamb Barbecue Cook-off, Fiber Fair, Sheepdog Trials, Shearing Competition, Mutton Bustin', Fiber and Open Sheep Shows.
October 4-5, 2014 Amador Vintners Big Crush Harvest Festival
Amador County, California
36 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 7-8, 2014 NLS Food Quality Symposium - Rancho Mirage, Calif
The 5th Annual Food Quality Symposium, features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in Safety, Quality Assurance (Q & A) and many other related fields within the food industry. Be a part of the Industries Must Attend Event featuring thought leaders from the world’s leading food manufacturers, discussing the key issues affecting the current and future growth of your business.
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, 2014 Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Dinner
Santa Cruz, California
Join us for Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 7th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning in June and continues through October 2014! 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 10-12, 2014 Pomona Home Improvement & Garden Show
October 10-12, 2014 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 10-12, 2014 OC Night Market - Costa Mesa, California
OC Night Market will be relocating to a more spacious and prime central location of the OC Fair & Events Center. Event hours are 4pm-12am on Friday & Saturday and 2pm-10pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 and parking will be $7. Children 6 and under are free. The event will feature over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions for all ages. 626 Night Market will continue to be a platform for showcasing local food entrepreneurs, businesses, artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers.
October 10-13, 2014 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 11, 2014 San Benito Olive Festival - Tres Pinos, California
The second 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 11, 2014 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 11, 2014 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 11-12, 2014 15th World Veg Festival - San Francisco, California
15th 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 11-12, 2014 Calabash Gourd Festival - San Martin, California
Third 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 11-12, 2014 5th 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 11-12, 2014 9th 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 11-12, 2014 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 11-12, 2014 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 12, 2014 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 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
October 13, 2014
41st 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 2,032 pounds, grown by Tim Mathison from Napa, CA.
October 17-19, 2014 Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, California
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and anticipation shared by winemakers, growers, and tasting room staff alike. It is the culmination of a successful year of hard work and dedication to their craft, and is a glimpse into the promise of the new vintage. Awaken your senses with the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of harvest during three days of celebrations! Winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, library tastings, artisanal food pairings, live music and more create a vibrant harvest atmosphere not to be missed! Explore more than 140 weekend activities with the event brochure below serving as your guide to winery events, touring companies, restaurants and accommodations of all types.
October 18, 2014 17th 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 18, 2014 9th 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 18, 2014 California Beer & 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 18-19, 2014 34th Annual Springville Apple Festival
The 34th annual event will include entertainment, crafts, the Apple Run, a mountain bike race, and apples! Attendance: 20,000.
October 18-19, 2014 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 18-19, 2014 20th 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 25, 2014 5th 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 26, 2014 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.