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October 7-8, 2014
NLS Food Quality Symposium
Rancho Mirage, California
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 9, 2014  5th Annual Union Street Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
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.


October 17-19, 2014  Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, California
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time filled with the scent of ripened fruit, scenic drives through rolling hills of red and gold, and the culmination of a year of hard work; the anticipation of a new vintage. We invite you to discover Paso Robles Wine Country during the busiest and most celebrated time of year – Harvest! The 2014 Harvest Wine Weekend allows you to design your own Paso Robles Wine Country getaway with more than 120 winery activities.

October 17-19, 2014  PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo
Anaheim, California
Produce Marketing Association event. With 21,000+ industry professionals from 61 countries and nearly 4,000 buyers, Fresh Summit delivered Global Connections, Consumer Insights and Innovative Business Solutions

October 25, 2014  San Francisco’s Wharf Fest - San Francisco, California
Wharf Fest 2014, a free inaugural celebration, showcases the legacy of Fisherman’s Wharf as San Francisco’s historic waterfront district. The one day festival will exhibit the family-friendly, cultural, and historic spirit that make’s Fisherman’s Wharf such a popular destination for both local and international visitors.  Festival goers will enjoy music and live entertainment, a chowder competition, a chef demonstration, ship tours, street performers, art, fireworks, a movie screening and more.


CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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October 4-6, 2013  27th 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.

ctober 4-6, 2013  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 5, 2013  Loomis Eggplant Festival - Loomis, California
The 26th annual festival will offer music, games, refreshments, arts & crafts, and eggplant! Try unique eggplant dishes and enter the recipe contest.


October 5, 2013  20th 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 5, 2013  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 5, 2013  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 5-6, 2013  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 5-6, 2013  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 5-6, 2013  19th 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 5-6, 2013  Morro Bay Harbor Festival - Morro Bay, California
Food, Wine, Chowder Contest, Albacore Kabobs, Beer, Live Entertainment, and more.

October 5-6, 2013  27th Annual Lambtown USA Festival - Dixon, California
National Lamb Ribs Eating Contest, Lamb Barbecue Cook-off, Fiber Fair, Sheepdog Trials, Shearing Competition, Mutton Bustin', Fiber and Open Sheep Shows.

October 6, 2013  16th Annual Arts & Olive Festival - Redwood City, California
The celebration brings together more than 80 vendors consisting of some of the olive industry’s top experts to provide the community with olive education, olive and olive oil tasting, olive related products, and an abundance of quality art works and gifts. The event benefits student scholarships.

October 6, 2013  3rd Annual Olive & Wine Faire - Cherry Valley, California
Olive Pressing Demonstration & Lectures, Tours, Festive Food, Wine Tasting, Farmer's Market, Children's Games, etc.


October 10, 2013  Totally Local VC Dinner at the Series - Ventura, 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.  Dinner in the … Garden June 27th;  Dinner at the… At the City July 18th;   Dinner at the... Ranch October 10th. See website for details.

October 11, 2013  Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Dinner
Santa Cruz, California
Field to Feast and Route 1 Farms and Summit to Sea Wineries.  Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by award-winning Executive Chef, Beverlie Terra and her team. Sip on Central Coast wines as you talk with Chef Beverlie, 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.

October 11-13, 2013  World's Championsihp Chili Cookoff - Palm Springs, California
The International Chili Society's 2013 annual championship event.

October 11-13, 2013  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 11-14, 2013  Celebration of Harvest Weekend - Santa Barbara County, Calif
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 12, 2013  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 12-13, 2013  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 12-13, 2013  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 12-13, 2013  Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend - Butte County, Calif
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 13, 2013  4th Annual Taste of the Pier & Boardwalk - Redondo Beach, Calif
This popular event includes food tastings, bands, free balloons, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Visitors can enjoy a variety of small bites, live music presented and family fun while touring the pier and boardwalk. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation and Cancer Support Community.

October 13, 2013  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 14, 2013  40th 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 new $25,000 mega-prize for the world’s first 1-ton pumpkin or $10,000 for a new world record at Half Moon Bay. A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will contend for the coveted title, the $25,000 1-ton/world record prize and thousands of dollars in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $6 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin.

October 19, 2013  2nd Annual Central Coast Oyster  - Morro Bay, California
Featuring a range of amazing oyster preparations, the best wines, brews, exclusive cocktails, and a full lineup of knockout bands to play throughout the day under the most beautiful settings.  Dozens of chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the "Best Oyster of the Central Coast" Chef Award, and the audience will be invited to taste their sumptuous efforts. Local oyster shuckers will be invited to demonstrate their speed and skill to a live audience for prizes. New this year will be a food stage in addition to the full day music festival stage, where chefs and wineries will entertain your palette.  The Aphrodisiac Lounge will also be back bringing you the most delectable raw oyster bar, sparkling wine, chocolates and cheeses.

October 19, 2013  San Benito Olive Festival - Paicines, California
Taste various handcrafted locally produced olive oils paired with an array of premium foods and artisanal creations.  Some of the prestigious wineries offering wine tasting will be Calera Wine, Pietra Santa Winery, Pessagno Winery, Guglielmo Winery and Jayse Wines.  This gourmet celebration will include cooking demonstrations by Central Coast foodie legend Dorothy McNett and the Gilroy Garlic Festival's popular celebrity chef team of Gene Sakahara and Sam Bozzo, also known as SakaBozzo. 

October 19, 2013  8th 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 19, 2013  16th 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 19, 2013  California Beer and Wine Festival - Yuba City, California
The Annual California Beer and Wine Festival. Tickets are $25/person when purchased online and $30/person on the day of the event. Tastings are UNLIMITED! Proceeds benefit Yuba/Sutter Non-Profits.

October 19-20, 2013  Springville Apple Festival - Springville, California
The 33rd annual event will include entertainment, crafts, the Apple Run, a mountain bike race, and apples! Attendance: 30,000.

October 19-20, 2013  19th 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 19-20, 2013  43rd 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 20, 2013  Spring Valley BBQ and Tailgate 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 25-27, 2013  Los Angeles Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, California
Food, beer, and music.

October 26, 2013  4th Annual 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 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.



events still waiting for new dates

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
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Celebration of the history of the sardine and those came to fish them and families that still do.   Sardine Cook-0ffs by Local Chefs, featuring all local Monterey Food and Beverages.  Held in the historic Monterey Custom Plaza at the historic Fisherman's Wharf..  Free Event.  Plenty of Parking.  All day entertainment.

October 27, 2012  Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk - Sierra Madre, California
Enjoy an evening of fine wines and live jazz in the picturesque foothill community of Sierra Madre while supporting lifesaving cancer research at the fifth annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk. Sample great food from local eateries and enter drawings for fun prizes and getaways.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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, Calif
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 Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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!



events still waiting for new dates

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.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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October 2-5, 2008  Loose Goose Wine Festival - Santa Clarita Valley, California
(Website no longer active: )
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, Calif
(website no longer exists)
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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