2013 CALIFORNIA SEPTEMBER 2013
Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
waiting for new dates
September 1, 2013 4th Annual Sample the Sierra Festival
South Lake Tahoe, Calif
Farm-to-Fork Festival celebrating the best Food, Wine and Art in the Sierra Nevada.
September 1-2, 2013 32nd Annual Harvest Wine Celebration - Livermore, California
Known for its complimentary buses that shuttle guests between the winery locations, the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration showcases our picturesque region's wine, food, arts and music. Each of the 40+ wineries offers a unique experience-samples of the latest releases, music, arts and crafts vendors and food for sale prepared by a local caterer or restaurant. Tickets include an official tasting glass, wristband and event map and are available online now.
September 6-8, 2013 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Come enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, grape stomp, and more.
September 6-8, 2013 The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival - Long Beach, Calif
The 17th annual three day event features Fresh Maine Lobster, flown in from the salty Atlantic Ocean. Dinners are steamed to perfection and also include melted butter for dipping sauce, fresh cut lemons, coleslaw, dinner rolls and watermelon. an International food court, beach bars, arts and crafts booth, along with amazing live entertainment, dancing and a specil children's area creae an authentic east coast Lobster love-fest in Southern California. General admission is $15, with food feast and items extra. Discounts are available, please visit the website.
September 7, 2013 California Beer Festival - Claremont/San Dimas - San Dimas, Calif.
This lake side Craft Beer festival features over 70 craft brews on tap, food trucks, live music and bikini Bocce Ball! CBF is the event of the year for any beer enthusiast! CBF''s main goal is to shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer! For one low price, you will receive a souvenir tasting cup to sample some of the best craft beers from around the world and listen to amazing music! This is a chance to expand your mind and educate yourself on new and old styles of craft beer!
September 7, 2013 Julian Grape Stomp Festa - Julian, California
Celebrate the harvest of the grapes with a real, olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. Italian music, dancing, bocci ball competitions, wine tasting, food and crafts. Attendance: 2,000
September 7, 2013 18th Annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Cajun Food and Zydeco Music.
September 7, 2013 LA PICNIC - Los Angeles, California
St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW) launches the first annual LA Picnic, a daytime fundraiser celebrating the extraordinary contributions seniors make in our lives and communities. Proceeds from the event will go towards STVMOW’s vital programs dedicated to combating senior hunger in Los Angeles.
September 7-8, 2013 42nd Annual Art & Wine Festival - Mountain View, California
Highlights include festive drink, stellar live music, incredible edibles, and kids' park.
September 7-8, 2013 29th Annual Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival
The Pittsburg Seafood Festival, now in its 29th year, has long been one of the keystone events in Contra Costa County. Experience the Seafood Festival in up-and-coming Old Town Pittsburg.
September 7-8, 2013 Tracy Dry Bean Festival - Tracy, California
A celebrated community tradition of fun, families & of course beans! If you're a great cook we welcome you to participate in our famous Chili Cook-Off! Join us for our Celebrity Kitchen cooking demos and cooking contests, etc. Bean Ice cream, Bean Chips, & of course Chili Beans! You can expect some great food at this years Tracy Dry Bean Festival! Don't miss this years Chili Bean Cook-Off.
(also: www.tracychamber.org ) Attendance: 50,000.
September 8, 2013 Taste of Chico - Chico, California
Restaurants, breweries, wineries and beverage distributors treat event participants to fabulous fare while they stroll Downtown streets brimming with culture. Four main stages host continuous, live music and performances while the “Open Air Art Gallery” previews fine artists from the Chico Art Center’s Open Studios Art Tour.
September 10-12, 2013 3rd Annual National Heirloom Exposition
Santa Rosa, California
Come and see over 3000 varieties of heirloom produce—from every state. With more than 100 speakers and 300 natural food vendors, this is the world's largest heritage food event. The Exposition creates awareness on issues surrounding 'pure food'. Proceeds from this not-for-profit event benefit school gardens and other food programs.
September 12-15, 2013 Lodi Grape Festival - Lodi, California
The Festival’s mission and main purpose is to promote the agriculture and agricultural products of San Joaquin County, and to offer diverse forms of agricultural education. The Festival strives to present unique, family – oriented exhibits that not only entertain, but educate and enlighten.
September 13-15, 2013 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival - San Pedro, California
The World's largest lobster festival, features discount Maine lobster meals. After feasting on our world famous lobster meals, enjoy dancing, street performers and music. Shop for arts and crafts.
September 14, 2013 Nevada City Uncorked - Nevada City, California
Join us in historic Downtown Nevada City as we enjoy a robust sampling of local Foothill wines, beers, and food from 30 wineries and restaurants.
September 14, 2013 Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Benefit - San Francisco, California
This signature gala will once again showcase savory food and dessert delicacies prepared by talented chefs from the best restaurants in Los Angeles, as well as samplings from premier wineries and beverage companies.
September 14-15, 2013 31st Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
The festival combines art, wine, music, and food all in Capitola Village by the Sea. Over 150 fine artists and 22 wineries will participate in this year's event.
September 14-15, 2013 Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
San Francisco, California
Indulge in chocolate delicacies, sip wine and enjoy chocolate inspired family activities. Proceeds benefit Project Open Hand.
September 14-15, 2013 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival - Santa Clara, California
The 2013 festival will feature the talents of local and regional artists with nearly 175 booths, 25 community groups serving international foods, fine wines, micro-brewed beer and entertainment on three stages.
September 14-15, 2013 7th Annual Avocado & Margarita Festival
Morro Bay, California
Enjoy the Best California Avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing margaritas, beer, local wines, specialty foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a large family area for the younger crowd & the beautiful Embarcadero, Morro Bay. You could win a Year Supply of Avocados! Enter the Best Avocado Recipe Contest. With sufficient submissions a souvenir recipe book will be printed and offered at the event. Awards given to the winners and recognized in the book.
September 15, 2013 Spirits of Mexico Tequila Trail - San Diego, California
‘Tequila Trail, a Taste of Old Town’ - Join us as we kick off of the 10th Anniversary Spirits of Mexico Festival, a full week of activities and events involving these world-class spirits. Tequila Trail is a significant fundraising event for the Old Town Chamber of Commerce and, more importantly, it serves to establish Old Town as the preeminent venue for the Spirits of Mexico Festival, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive ‘history-making’ forum for these spirits in North America. Sample signature dishes from participating restaurants. Taste selections of Tequila, Mezcal and Bacanora and other spirits of Mexico, all providing samples of their spirits.
September 15-21, 2013 Spirits of Mexico Festival - San Diego, California
Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol and Bacanora enthusiasts. The Spirits of Mexico festival takes place in Old Town San Diego in September each year. The largest, most comprehensive festival of agave-based spirits in North America, and will be packed with seminars discussing the finest spirits, tequila tastings, cocktail challenges, authentic Mexican dishes and an awards ceremony.
September 18, 2013 5th Annual A Taste of Downtown San Rafael
San Rafael, California
The Tasting event will be located throughout the Downtown San Rafael area and will include restaurants and merchants offering hors d'oeuvres and wine samples. There will be a free cable car shuttle making designated stops to pick up and drop off attendees during the event times.
September 19-22, 2013 Walnut Festival - Walnut Creek, California
Celebrates the history of growing walnuts in the area and raises money to benefit the community.
September 19-29, 2013 LA Beer Week - Los Angeles, California
Featuring a mind and palate pleasing array of local beer establishments, breweries, beer cuisine, restaurants and education. Come out and celebrate the diversity of our local beer culture at one of the many events being held at great establishments all across the Southland.
September 20-22, 2013 18th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
Redondo Beach, California
Maine lobsters prepared fresh daily. Giant Food Court, Beach Bars, Games, Entertainment, Rides, Games, Puppets, Magicians, Storytellers.
September 21, 2013 14th Annual Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting
Featuring Mount Veeder Wines From 28 Wineries. Chef Selected Food Pairings. Raffle For a Mount Veeder Wine Cellar. Live Music In The Gardens
September 21, 2013 Annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival - Fair Oaks, California
The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival is a celebration of our rural history and present village atmosphere. The Village of Fair Oaks, colonized around 1895, was home to orange and citrus groves as well as olive orchards and assorted farm animals and, without a doubt, chickens were among them. Today the Fair Oaks chickens enjoy the freedom and hospitality of the village they call home. Attendance: 15,000.
September 21, 2013 49er Festival & Chili Cookoff - Groveland, California
This all day event begins with a pancake breafast followed by a real small-town parade through downtown Groveland. The highlight of the day is the Chili Cook-off with local chefs vying for top awards in three categories: Beans, No Beans and Vegetarian Chili. Free music, kids zone, auction and raffle. (Annually, 3rd Saturday in September)
September 21, 2013 Blazin' Hog Competition BBQ & Zydeco Music Festival
Presented by the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation. The best BBQ competition and Zydeco music festival in the Sierra's! Come hungry and wear your dancin' shoes!
September 21-22, 2013 Glendi International Food Fair - Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa's premier ethnic food and dance event with live music and foods from Russia, Romania, the Middle East, the Balkans, Greece and Eritrea. Visit our churches for tours that explain the meaning behind the structure and iconography of an Orthodox Church and highlights the timeless frescoes that adorn the interior. Glendi is all about fun and family! In addition to the food, dancing, and tours we have a Children's Area with entertaining activities both days. Beverages include beer from local microbreweries and an impressive selection of wines. As it cools off in the evening, try our Greek, Eritrean or regular coffee with ethnic sweets from our bakery including homemade baklava, and the new "Baklava Sundae." Admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 are free.
September 21-22, 2013 18th Annual Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival
Now in its 18th year, the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held the 3rd weekend in September, is the one of the largest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. Art, handmade crafts, sample foods from top local restaurants and enjoy quality wines and microbrews, and enjoy continuous music from our two main stages.
September 21-22, 2013 Sylmar Olive Festival - Sylmar, California
Come for good food and the sampling of tasty Fried Olives , Olive Ice Tea, Olive Tacos. Shop Olive Oils, Lotions and much more Olive products . Enjoy amazing live music, watch contests and marvel at the Art work of the many chalk artist participating. Children can enjoy playing in our Huge play area which offers many children attractions. $8.00 General Admission 54” inches and under get in for Free Free Admission to attendees in Roman, Greek or Egyptian Costumes
September 21-22, 2013 California Beer Festival--Ventura - Ventura, California
Come experience over 130 craft beers on tap at Craft Beer Heaven on Saturday, as well as mouth watering food and great entertainment. The Blues, Brews and BBQ event will be held on Sunday. CBF's main goal is to shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer!
September 21-22, 2013 Polo in the Wine Country - Oakmont, California
We proudly invite you to join Junior Achievement at our annual Polo In The Wine Country!
September 21-23, 2013 82nd PCCA Convention - Aptos, California
Since 1932, the Pacific Coast Coffee Association has strived to encourage growth and prosperity in the coffee business. We continue to celebrate and support all businesses and entities operating in the coffee industry.
September 22, 2013 36th Annual Jewish Food Faire - Carmichael, California
Foodies from all over northern California will enjoy home cooked delicious traditional and modern Jewish food such as Lox and Eggs, Matzo Ball Soup, Bagels and Cream Cheese, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Latkes, Rye Bread, Falafel and So Much More! Also enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts/crafts, and cultural activities. Congregation Beth Shalom.
September 26, 2013 Taste of Downtown - San Diego, California
San Diego's most prominent Taste returns to downtown for the 11th consecutive year. Participants will stroll through each corner of downtown San Diego and taste a wide variety of the best cuisine the city has to offer.
September 27, 2013 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.
September 27-29, 2013 Italian Feast of San Gennaro LA - Hollywood, California
12th Annual Festival of Italian Food, Culture, and Music.
September 27-29, 2013 116th Annual Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
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.
September 28, 2013 Martinis on the Plaza - Martinez, California
Enjoy a magical evening under the enchantment of a starry sky, a babbling plaza fountain, graceful white tents & dancing twinkle lights as you travel back in time to the elegance of the 1940's Rat Pack era. Partake of specialty martinis, epicurean delights from regional restaurants, and live big band swing music as we celebrate Martinez's heritage as the birthplace of the Martini.
September 28, 2013 SOL Food Festival - Santa Barbara, California
A one-day community-created festival to raise awareness of the Sustainable, Organic, and Local food systems of Santa Barbara County. Live cooking demos, DIY workshops, live animals, Local beer and wine tasting garden, delicious SOL Food vendors, and much more
September 28, 2013 L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade - Culver City, California
Join us for the 4th annual event. Culinary greats from across the country will come together to prepare and serve their delicious dishes while raising funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, benefiting childhood cancer research.
September 28, 2013 17th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival - Fulton, California
Our signature event reveals the delicious flavors of more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in our expanded estate culinary gardens. Enjoy the perfect fall day with garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, dynamic wine and garden seminars and live music. New for this year, we are offering a VIP Package which includes a VIP Tent and lounge, VIP check-in, valet parking, exclusive culinary creations prepared by Executive Chef Justin Wangler and special wines poured by our Master Sommelier, Larry O’Brien. We’re also bringing back the popular Chef’s Challenge and nearly 50 wine country and Bay Area chefs to create tomato-inspired bites vying for the coveted Critics Choice award. The festival benefits Guy Fieri’s Cooking with Kids foundation.
September 28, 2013 2nd Annual Banana Festival - Port of Hueneme, California
There is something for everyone at this family friendly event. Highlights include great food, delectable banana desserts, live bands, an arts and crafts marketplace, and lots of fun kid’s activities. Experience the interworking of the Port with tours, educational displays, and an auto pavilion, all while enjoying one of the Port’s largest imports – Bananas! Enter your favorite recipe in the Best Banana Recipe Contest.
September 28, 2013 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.
September 28-29, 2013 American Lebanese & Middle Eastern Annual Festival
Our Lady of The Rosary Maronite Catholic Community of Sacramento will be hosting its 2nd annual American Lebanese & Middle Eastern Festival. Come Enjoy our great Mediterranean/authentic food & desserts. Music, dance & Dabke performance. Also come and join us for our backgammon and tarneeb tournaments. Great family outing as we will also have fun kids' games & activities; bounce house, face painting & much more!
September 28-29, 2013 22nd Annual California Lemon Festival - Goleta, California
You’ll find wonderful food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and a variety of entertainment and activities that have made this the most anticipated event in the Goleta Valley.
September 28-29, 2013 14th World Veg Festival - San Francisco, California
14th 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.
September 29, 2013 29th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival - Venice, California
Promotes the vibrant creativity that makes Venice, California so unique. Organized by the Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) to raise funds to reinvest back into the community to support youth and families. Featuring a unique array of local artisan crafts, live music, good food, and commitment to the environment. Includes food from Strictly Vegan, Hello Harvest, Soft Peaks Confections, Border Grill Truck, and more.