2013 CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 2013
CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates
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, Calif
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.
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, 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 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, 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 13, 2013 4th Annual Taste of the Pier & Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, California
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 17, 2013 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.
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.
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.