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September 1-3, 2017
626 Night Market
Arcadia, California
The 626 Night Market is the largest Asian night market in the U.S. featuring over 150 local restaurants, food vendors, entrepreneurs, merchandise vendors, artists, musicians, and non-profit groups. Night markets are a staple in Asian societies with the primary focus on hundreds of different Asian street food and merchandise vendors. The 626 Night Market brings the energy and spirit of Asian night markets to Los Angeles. June 30-July 2; July 21-23; August 11-13 & September 1-3, 2017.

September 9-10, 2017 - 22nd Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival - San Francisco, California
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will host the Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival attracting about 40,000 visitors from the Bay Area and around the world. This family-friendly event features prominent local chefs creating chocolate inventions during cooking demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities and the popular “Earthquake” Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest. Over 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies will provide dessert samples during the two-day event.  Attendance: 40,000

September 29-October 1, 2017 - International Food Blogger Conference
Sacramento, California
The International Food Blogger Conference is the premier event for food bloggers, chefs, journalists, editors, publishers, food-lovers and more! The conference will explore the intersection of food, writing, and technology.


September 30-Oct 1, 2017
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.


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September 1-30, 2016 - California Wine Month - Statewide, California
California Wine Month in September celebrates one of our signature agricultural products and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State.

September 2-4, 2016 - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sonoma, California
An epicurean event unlike any other, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines the elegance, sophistication, and style of Showcase: Taste of Sonoma, with the festivity, frivolity and fundraising of the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction for 3 unforgettable days of celebration.

September 2-4, 2016  Los Angeles Times' The Taste
Los Angeles, California
Join us at a Food & Wine Festival that's authentically L.A.  Field to Fork - Dinner with A Twist - Sunday Brunch - Flavors of L.A.

September 2-5, 2016  35th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off Carnival & Fair
Malibu, California
Hosted by the Malibu Kiwanis and attended by thousands, the event includes food, fun, a silent auction, rides, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis community programs.   Attendance: 12,000.

September 3, 2016  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 3, 2016  Brews & Bites - San Luis Obispo, California
San Luis Brewers Guild. The annual Brews & Bites festival will take place in the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. The festival, which goes from 12-5 pm, will feature 9 breweries based in San Luis Obispo County and 4 breweries out of northern Santa Barbara County. Participating breweries will be featuring their craft beers with food from local restaurants and there will be live music

September 3-4, 2016  46th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
Millbrae, California
Festival-goers can taste their way around the world with twenty food vendors serving up flavorful fare with an international flair. A juried show, the festival will showcase the original work of 250 artists and craftspeople exhibiting their innovative wares.  Attendance: 65,000.

September 3-4, 2016 - 21st Annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Sebastopol, California
Cajun Food and Zydeco Music.  Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Shave Ice, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes, Oyster Shooters!

September 4-5, 2016 - 35th 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, 2016 - 6th Annual National Heirloom Exposition
Santa Rosa, California
The "World's Fair of Pure Food"  Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  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.  Attendance: 18,000.

September 9, 2016  Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table Dinner
Santa Cruz, California
Join us for Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 9th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning in June and continues through October 2016! Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef, Nicholas Church and his team. Sip on Central Coast wines as you talk with Chef Church, 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.

September 9, 2016  Taste of the Grove - Morro Bay, California
Enjoy farm-to-table pairing with area farmers and local chefs to present tantalizing avocado-themed dishes. Enjoy food demos, educational opportunities (including an avocado-centric component) and dozens of local dishes... as well as local mixology, wine, and brewery pairings. Combine incredible ambiance, delicious cuisine & hand-crafted spirits with Live Music & the breathtaking Central Coast weather for the Ultimate Evening Out!

September 9-11, 2016  Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Northstar, California
Music fills the air, chefs engage in friendly battle at the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off and fine wine and delicious food reign supreme. In addition, you’ll find the gourmet marketplace, kids' cooking classes, the Village Grape Stomp, art exhibits and more, culminating with the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting.

September 9-11, 2016  20th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival - Long Beach, California
Held at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. We combine local popular artists, tons of Fresh Live Maine Lobsters steamed to mouth-watering perfection in the world’s largest lobster steamers.  Giant food court, dance floor, arts & crafts, delicious desserts, beer & wine gardens, and FREE e-Souvenir digital photos. Also, a Live Sports Tent and Children’s Area.

Sept 10, 2016  Long Beach Craft Brew Circus & Food Extravaganza
Long Beach, California
Shoreline - Lighthouse Park. The Craft Brew Circus will host several great craft brews and award winning food trucks.  What sets this event apart is the Freak Show entertainers that will be swallowing swords, breathing fire, contorting, magic shows, jugglers and Wild mayhem.  Combine this with over 80 Craft Beers, a beach front venue and way too much fun. Tickets are $40-60 for unlimited drinks.

September 10, 2016  10th Annual Avocado & Margarita Street 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 10, 2016  L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade
Los Angeles, California
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 10-11, 2016  Crawfish and Catfish Festival
Woodland, California
The ultimate food and music experience!  The festival features the authentic tastes of Louisiana, Southern BBQ, and Asian/Cajun Fusion cuisine. Specialties offered include crawfish, catfish, alligator, frog legs, crab, shrimp, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, sausages, dogs, wings, garlic noodles, beignets and desserts. There will be live Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Country Music on two stages.  Other festival activities include cooking demos, dance lessons, crawfish races, a kid's zone, a marketplace, and more!

September 10-11, 2016  34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Capitola, California
The festival combines art, wine, music, and food all in Capitola Village by the Sea. Over 160 fine artists and 23 wineries will participate in this year's event.

September 10-11, 2016  32nd Annual Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival - Pittsburg, California
The Pittsburg Seafood Festival has long been one of the keystone events in Contra Costa County. Experience the Seafood Festival in up-and-coming Old Town Pittsburg

September 10-11, 2016  45th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Mountain View, California
Highlights include festive drink, stellar live music, incredible edibles, and kids' park.

September 10-11, 2016  California Beer Festival - San Dimas
San Dimas, California
Craft Beer Heaven on Saturday and on Sunday the Hamburger & Hops Music Festival.  This lake side Craft Beer festival features over 85 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 11, 2016  Flavors of San Diego - San Diego, California
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.

September 11, 2016  Food & Wine Classic - Saratoga, California
The highly anticipated gourmet event of the season! Sample fare from some of the most celebrated restaurants in the Bay Area and enjoy tastings from many of the region's finest wineries in the elegant setting of Montalvo's historic Villa and picturesque grounds. Guests will also enjoy live and silent auctions featuring luxurious wines lots and utterly unique experience packages.

September 11-18, 2016  Ventura County Beer Week - California
During Ventura County Beer Week, craft beer events will be happening all over the county.

September 13-14, 2016  NLS Food Evolution Summit
Indian Wells, California
The Annual Food Evolution Summit features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in New Product Development (NPD), Research and Development (R & D), Innovation and many other related fields within the food industry. Be a part of the Industry's 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.

September 15, 2016  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.

September 15-17, 2016  85th PCCA Convention
Squaw Creek Olympic Village, 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 15-18, 2016 - 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 16, 2016  Pop-Up Dinner - Lake Tahoe, California
Join us for a special evening with our celebrity chef, Clint Jolly at Park Prime Steakhouse inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. You’ll enjoy four courses consisting of Sierra Nevada-grown ingredients paired with delicious local wines.

September 16-18, 2016 - Green Festival Expo - Los Angeles, California
Green Festival is back in LA for our 6th year! Join the Green Festival Marketplace by exploring over 200 exhibitors, learning from over 50 inspirational speakers, indulging in some delicious vegan or vegetarian food and learning all you need to know to live a more sustainable lifestyle! SHOP. TASTE. ENJOY

September 16-18, 2016  California Beer Festival - Ventura
Ventura, California
Come experience over 140 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 16-23, 2016  Tahoe South Restaurant Week 2016
Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, California
Aligning with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South Restaurant Week returns! Restaurants from Meyers to Zephyr Cove will offer special menus and deals, featuring the best of the South Shore culinary scene. This is the perfect opportunity to try a new restaurant, connect with friends and family, or reward the team after a successful summer season.

September 16-25, 2016  Stockton Beer Week - Stockton, California
During Stockton Beer Week, various venues all around Stockton work with breweries to create events that celebrate the local California craft beer industry. Last year we saw beer festivals, beer dinners, the Brews & Shoes Walk/Run, beer movie nights, and much more!

September 17, 2016  7th Annual Plate by Plate - San Francisco, Calif.
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 17, 2016  Sample the Sierra Lake Tahoe Farm-to-Fork
South Lake Tahoe, California
Sample the Sierra is Lake Tahoe's only farm-to-fork festival. Sample the Sierra highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada via food, wine, beer, spirits, produce & art. Sample the Sierra pairs producers/farmers with restaurants/chefs & wineries/breweries/distilleries. Each dish is prepared with local ingredients & then paired with a complimentary drink to create a unique Sierra Nevada experience. Enjoy food, wine, art & live music this Labor Day Weekend in South Lake Tahoe!

September 17, 2016  ’49er Festival, Chili & Salsa Cook-Off!
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)  (also: )

September 17, 2016  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 17, 2016  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 17, 2016  Crush 2016 - Temecula, California
This is the ONE and ONLY event showcasing all our member wineries of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association - all in one location!  Enjoy a walk-about tasting of award winning Temecula winesand culinary bites from local and winery restaurants.

September 17-18, 2016  21st Annual Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, California
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.  Attendance: 100,000

September 17-18, 2016  Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
Santa Clara, California
The 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, and the popular Kids Kingdom.  (also: )  Attendance: 50,000.

September 17-18, 2016  Glendi 2016 - Santa Rosa, California
Glendi is the Greek word for ‘party’ and each year thousands of visitors attend to eat, dance and relax. Voted “Best Way to Eat Around the World” by the Sonoma County Independent, you can taste foods from Middle Eastern, Eritrean, Russian, Greek, Balkan, Romanian, Italian & American cultures.  Also available are Ethnic Baked Goods, Roast Lamb, Gyros and various beverages, as well as beer from local microbreweries, our German themed Biergarten, offering snacks and beers from a single local brewery, and an impressive selection of wines. After enjoying the diverse foods offered plan to work off your meal or treats by dancing to the music of internationally known Édessa, who are featured all day both Saturday and Sunday.  Local folk dance clubs often join in the fun and Greek and Balkan line dancing is the order of the day, and there are free dance lessons offered throughout the weekend. There is also a supervised Children’s Craft & Play Area so that parents can have a chance to dance and chat with friends.

September 18, 2016  Flavors of Orange County
Orange County, California
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.

September 18, 2016 - 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 18, 2016  33rd Annual Wine & Roses  - San Diego, California
Wine & Roses 2016 will be held at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California. Details will be announced shortly. We know how much you love W&R and love supporting our charity, Camp Oliver.

September 19-Oct 30, 2016  Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest and German Food Fest - Lake Arrowhead, California
Enjoy our 10th Annual Oktoberfest in the Alpine Village of Lake Arrowhead.   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.

September 21, 2016  Taste of Laguna - Laguna Beach, California
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2016 Taste of Laguna on the grounds of Tivoli Too, starting at 4:30PM for VIP admission, followed by general admission at 5:30PM.  Many of Laguna’s top chefs will be in attendance, with 34 restaurants, vintners, and craft breweries exhibiting, including two new restaurants previewing for the first time – Royal Hawaiian and Kitchen in the Canyon.  Advance tickets are $65 and $85, and include all tastes. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling (949) 494-1018. Advance purchase is advised, because tickets at the door will be +$20.

September 22-24, 2016  James Beard Foundation's 2016 Taste America
Los Angeles, California
James Beard Foundation’s 2016 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.  Taste America making stops in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

September 22-25, 2016  79th Annual Walnut Festival
Walnut Creek, California
Celebrates the history of growing walnuts in the area and raises money to benefit the community.

September 22-25, 2016  Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair
Grass Valley, California
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States.  In between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is bustling with activity. The Harvest Fair is an experience that can be enjoyed by kids and adults – and admission is free!  (Although there is a fee for the Draft Horse performances, admission to the Fairgrounds is free).  Backyard BBQ and Chef’s Challenge, live entertainment and tastings from the various chefs.  Bounty of the County - a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate.  Visit the Floriculture Building to see exhibitors compete for cash awards and ribbons by showcasing their finest fruits, vegetables and crafts. Produce Characters, Painted Pumpkins and Prizes!   Live Horse Shoeing Competition; An exhibit of Early Day Gas Engines; Railroad Exhibit; Western Trade Show; Treat Street Goodies; Clogging Jamboree; Live Bluegrass and Western Music Fest.

September 23-25, 2016  San Juan Capistrano Greek Fest
San Juan Capistrano, California
San Juan Capistrano Greek Fest invites you to come enjoy delicious Greek food and wine, as well as organic olive tasting and learn the benefits of cooking healthier with olive oil. Our event also lets you enjoy a taste of Greece with live Greek music and Greek dancing, dance lessons, a sports bar, and much more. The event is fun for the family and free.

September 23-25, 2016  119th 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.

September 23-25, 2016  21st Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
Redondo Beach, California
The South Bay's Premier Event.  Maine lobsters prepared fresh daily. Giant Food Court, Beach Bars, Games, Entertainment, Rides, Games, Puppets, Magicians, Storytellers.

September 23-25, 2016  Italian Feast of San Gennaro LA
Hollywood, California
Annual Festival of Italian Food, Culture, and Music.

September 24, 2016  Kelseyville Pear Festival - Kelseyville, California
Kelseyville celebrates 24 years of living agriculture heritage with a celebration that is a FREE fun-filled family day.  Pear ice cream, pear pies, shakes, pear tasting and pear margaritas are fun to try.  A fiercely competitve pear dessert contest is held the day before. New this year is the Wine Tasting Tent feature Lake County specialties.   Three performance stages, antique farm equipment, a Horse Faire, and Kid’s Town. Start the day with a country breakfast at the Kelseyville Fire House at 7:00 am and then the parade down Main Street at 9:30 am.

September 24, 2016  Hot Tamale Festival - Norco, California
Mark your calendars and join us in Norco from 11:00 am-8:00 pm for some traditional fun, food and music at the Hot Tamale Festival at SilverLakes Park.  The Hot Tamale Festival celebrates Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture and honors the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed to our rich multicultural community.  This family friendly event  is FREE and features live music, dancing,  petting zoo, tamale eating contest, tamale cook – off and more.

September 24, 2016  5th 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 24, 2016  20th 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 and special wines. We’re also bringing back the popular Chef’s Challenge and nearly 30 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 24, 2016  Farm-to-Fork Free Festival
Sacramento, California
Join us for the largest farm-to-fork event of the year — the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall in Downtown Sacramento.  Experience the best of the Sacramento region’s abundant food selection by sampling produce, meat, fish, wine, craft beer, cheese, olive oil and a wide array of everything related to farm-to-fork eating.  Designed to showcase where our food and drinks come from, the free Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year, which drew 35,000 people.

September 24-25, 2016  Julian Apple Days Festival - Julian, California
Welcome to the Julian Apple Days Festival!  A special weekend full of fun for the whole Family!

September 24-25, 2016  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.

September 24-25, 2016  25th 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 25, 2016  Bear Republic's 8th Annual Cellar Party
Healdsburg, California
Don't miss this unique opportunity to mingle with the brew team and sample Bear Republic's entries to this year's Great American Beer Festival® alongside some rarities we will be dusting off from our cellar!  Enjoy hand passed hors d' oeuvres created in collaboration by our Executive Chef and the brew team that are designed to pair with the day's beer offerings.  As is the case every year, this event will sell out, so get your tickets soon! We hope to see you there!

September 25, 2016  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.  Attendance: 15,000

September 25, 2016  32nd 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.

September 25, 2016 2nd Annual Taste of Local Festival
Ventura, California
A Field to Fork Event. THE TASTE OF LOCAL FESTIVAL:  Join with us as we celebrate our Local Farmers and Ranchers at the second-annual Taste of Local Festival, presented by Totally Local VC. Over 50 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries and distilleries are expected to showcase their culinary expertise  All food and samples are included in the admission price.  THE HOMEBREW CHALLENGE: Local brew masters will compete for the title of Taste of Local’s Home Brew Grand Champion as voted by guests at the Taste of Local Festival. Come and learn about the process of making beer as you talk directly to the brewers, taste their wares and cast your vote to help us determine our county’s best home brewers.

September 25-Oct 2, 2016  12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego, California
Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this beloved culinary tradition features discounted prix fixe menus from more than 180 of San Diego's best restaurants in 12 unique regions throughout San Diego County.

September 30-Oct 2, 2016  Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Newport Beach, California

September 30-October 2, 2016  Coffee Fest Anaheim
Anaheim, California
Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.

September 30-October 2, 2016  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.



events waiting for new dates

September 5-6, 2015  Whisky Live at the Games
San Francisco, 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.

September 11, 2015  Ventura County Agricultural Summit
Ventura County, California
The Ventura County Ag Commissioner has brought together a diverse group of agricultural related organizations to guide this year’s Ventura County Agricultural Summit.  The theme of this years Summit is  “We are Different” - Rich Soil, Mediterranean Climates, Innovative Farmers & Diverse Crops. Ventura County Agriculture Helps to Feed our Community and the World.

September 19, 2015  Sweets Festival 2015
Alameda County Fairgrounds, California
Sweets Festival 2015 is the first of its kind in Northern Ca. This unique family oriented event allows us to support a fantastic cause White Pony Express is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that connects those who have surplus to those who have need. They locates excess food from diverse sources and transport it to those in need.  All of the Sweets Festival 2015 vendors are proud to do their part by donating unsold goods to this fantastic community cause.  Sweets Festival showcases local professional and amateur chefs that create extraordinary desserts, healthy snacks and beverages, chocolates and tea so incredible you will want to give up "BIG SODA" for good! Sweets Festival features a large selection of gluten-free,vegan, dairy and sugar free options.  We have activities for ALL ages! Cupcake Bar, Poster Contest, Face Painting for adults and youngins', Tea 101 followed by Tea and Chocolate pairing, chef talks by Dr. Collins, miniature wedding cake decorating contest, SuperHero Princess Teddy Tea Party (whats that you ask? come by and find out), live music and more!

Sept. 19, 2015  Blazin' Hog Competition BBQ & Zydeco Music Festival
Mariposa, California
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 24-27, 2015  Savor the Central Coast
San Luis Obispo County, California
Hit the road with the editors of Sunset magazine and experience the food, wine and lifestyle of the iconic California Central Coast at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! The culinary exploration boasts celebrity and master chefs, beer and wine tastings, Sunset editors, Adventure Tours, special events, dinners, and more!  All roads lead to SAVOR.

September 26-27, 2015  The Yummy California Sweets Show
Los Angeles, California
Come join your fellow sweets lovers at The Yummy California Sweets Show!  Where: Los Angeles, CA at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  A fun gathering, dedicated to sweets: chocolates, candies, pastry, cookies, dried fruit, nuts and more!

September 27, 2015  Rough and Ready Chili Cook-off
Rough and Ready, California
On the final Sunday of September, locals and visitors from around the area come to Rough and Ready to enjoy our annual Chili Cook-off.  Formerly a sanctioned event, the town decided, in 2004, to “ secede”  from the International Chili Society and do it Rough and Ready Style, with Rough and Ready Rules!  Now, any individual or group can sign up to cook their version of the world’s best chili.  Starting at 11:30, tasting kits are sold for $5, allowing visitors to sample each pot and vote for their favorite.  Cookers win cash prizes for best chili, while guests enjoy the fun and laughter of the Fruit Jar Pickers, shop at the crafters’ booths, participate in the Hoot ‘n Holler contest, enter the prize raffles and watch our town Blacksmith exhibit his talents.

September 30, 2015  White House Lunch & Tour
Simi Valley, California
Celebrate the beginning of fall at our spectacular White House Lunch and Tour under the wings of Air Force One.  Enjoy an elegant served meal and delectable dessert prepared by our Presidential Chef, which comes complete with linen and china service, fresh flowers on the table, and a professional wait staff to attend to your needs.  Wine will be available for purchase.  Lunch will take place from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., followed by a two-hour docent led tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, Football! The Exhibition, and the amazing Air Force One Pavilion.  This all-inclusive offer is only $59.95 per person and reservations must be made by 8:00 a.m. on September 28, 2015 (tax and gratuity included).  Don’t miss out on this wonderful event.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events waiting for new dates

September 4-6, 2015  Los Angeles Times' The Taste 2015
Los Angeles, California
Join us at a Food & Wine Festival that's authentically L.A.  Field to Fork - Dinner with A Twist - Sunday Brunch - Flavors of L.A.

Sept 5-7, 2014  29th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Northstar, California
Come enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, grape stomp, and more. North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

September 5-7, 2014  Rockin RibFest - Huntington Beach, California
The Rockin RibFest will emerge onto the Southern California scene in early September to put an explanation point on the endless summer. The event will  offer national marquee touring classic rock artist, classic hit and country plus a host of California's own musicians.  Rib connoisseurs for the first time, will be exposed to the finest in barbeque from the leading national award winning teams straight from The BBQ Championships in Nevada; representing over 10 states and Canada. Event will include local restaurants as well as LA's best Food Trucks.  Additional activities to include a wine tasting village, BBQ Showcases, local California "Taste of" cuisine from some of the top restaurants and a family fun zone.

September 6-7, 2014  Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival
Tracy, California
The Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival, formerly the Tracy Dry Bean Festival; is a Free 2-day celebration.  Rib Cook Off,  Chili Cook Off.  See unique works of arts, handmade crafts, and fresh produce from our local farmers across the region. Sample foods with tastings from the best restaurants throughout the Valley. Talented performers and musicians will keep you entertained.  A children's activity area with great fun for all the little ones, and for the adults, wine tasting, tequila bars and a brewery section will be available with unique attractions and demonstrations. All this for FREE.  (also: )

September 13, 2014  BroadwayRudeBoy Harvest Festival
Garden Valley, California
Bobbing for Apples Competition.  Live Music, Hay Rides, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Art, Vendors, Beer Garden, Children Activities and so much more. Vendors Welcome.

September 14, 2014  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
San Diego, California
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

September 20, 2014  Tomato Battle Norcal
Alameda County Fair Grounds, California
The Tomato Battle unifies as many as 5,000 fruit-chucking fanatics for an afternoon of dancing to music, sipping libations, and flinging 300,000 pounds of roma tomatoes at one another. Mosh in a ketchup-covered fray that marries the traditions of Spain’s La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany’s Oktoberfest.

September 20-21, 2014  Dia del Taco 2014 - Los Angeles, California
Best Taco Contest, Taco Eating Contest, Taco Making Demo.

September 27, 2014  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 27, 2014  Sunset Sip & Shop - Livermore, California
Livermore Valley wineries will pour for guests as they shop the night away at our quarterly Sunset Sip and Shop at Livermore Premium Outlets

September 27-28, 2014  Jelly Belly Candy Palooza - Fairfield, California
Takes place at the 15-acre Jelly Belly Visitors Center. Candy Sampling, Quality Art and Craft Vendors, Carnival Rides, Midway Games, Wine and Chocolate Experience, Pony Rides and much more! Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Tours!

September 27-28, 2014  Rancho Murieta Art & Wine Festival
Amador County, California
This year the Art & Wine Festival will be held at Rancho Murieta Country Club, featuring over 100 fine artists that will set up throughout the Country Club property, and nearly 30 select wineries.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

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  Tracy Dry Bean Festival - Tracy, California
This is now the Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival (2014)

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 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!


Food Festivals, Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

September 7-9, 2012  Taste of the World Festival
Los Angeles, California
Travel the world in a single day and celebrate the food, drink, music and dance from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. This delicious event will be a true feast for the senses and an apt reflection of the multicultural diversity of Los Angeles, held in the heart of the city. (expired domain: )

Sept 8, 2012  Main Street Tehachapi's Oktoberfest in the Mountains
Tehachapi, California
Join us for  Tehachapi Oktoberfest Festival In the Mountains. This festival, held in Historic Downtown Tehachapi, California right on Tehachapi Blvd, includes such attractions as live German music, polka dancing, Volkswagen Car Show, and spectacular fine German food. And of course we will have an assortment of delicious German BEERS!!! and commemorative Beer Stein for sale.  No entry fee.  Fun for kids too with a petting zoo, face painting, kids games and bounce house.   Raffle of some wonderful collector steins and other German gift baskets.  Raffle prizes will be on display in the Tehachapi Depot Museum. Attendance: 5,000.

September 14-16, 2012  24th Annual Taste of Newport
Newport Beach, California
This was the last Taste of Newport festival. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has canceled the event.

September 22, 2012  The Taste of Grass Valley
Grass Valley, California
A unique tasting event held in historic downtown Grass Valley, at the beautiful Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express. "Sip" wines from over 20 local and regional wineries, "Savor" delectable entrées from 5 exclusive restaurants featuring signature dishes and "Enjoy" live music.

September 22-23, 2012  The Gourmet Experience - Del Mar, California
A cooking and home entertainment showcase featuring the best in culinary solutions, appliances, culinary travel, home products & specialty foods for the gourmet lifestyle.

September 22-23, 2012  California Candy Festival - Fairfield, California
Now the Jelly Belly Candy Palooza. Takes place at the 15-acre Jelly Belly Visitors Center. (see current year for updates)

September 23, 2012  Slow Food Orange County's 4th Annual Barbeque
Irvine, California
Slow Food Orange County invites Slow Food members and nonmembers alike to its third annual summer BBQ featuring a barbecue chicken dinner, live music, opportunity drawing, and guest speaker.

September 29, 2012  Harvest Full Moon Wine and Beer Walk
Tehachapi, California
Enjoy an evening stroll downtown tasting Wines & Beers paired with appetizers. Downtown Businesses will host our Annual Summer Wine & Beer Walk in Historic Downtown Tehachapi. Musicians throughout downtown will entertain you while you stroll with your friends and loved ones.  Enjoy the fresh, clean and crisp air of our beautiful Mountain town. Cost: $25 for ten tastings of 1 1/2 oz of wine or 3 oz of beer and $30 day of the event.   By  Phone with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express 661-822-6519


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

September 9-11, 2011  Oakley Almond Festival - Oakley , California
Replaced with Heart of Oakley.

September 17, 2011  9th Annual North Berkeley Spice of Life Festival
Berkeley, California
This five-block long food and art fair celebrates the spice of life with cooking demos and samples by local chefs, gourmet food, beer and wine, a farmers market, artist exhibitions, yoga and bodywork demonstrations, and lots of kids activities.

September 18, 2011  2nd Annual Couscous Festival
Pasadena, California
The only one of it's kind in the U.S.--food demonstrations throughout the event.

September 24, 2011  NoHo Taco Cook-off - North Hollywood, California
20 cooks to compete to make the best tasting taco in the Los Angeles area. Our panel of gourmet food truck judges will select the winner of this competition. The festivities will also include: live entertainment, dancers, art and craft booths, 25 food trucks, aerial performances and dog adoptions.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Forgotten Dog , a local dog rescue group.

September 25, 2011
11th Annual Malibu Family Wines Grape Crush and Harvest Festival
Malibu, California
Benefiting City Hearts, Kids Say Yes to The Arts. Savor delicious samplings from over 20 local restaurants, and taste the heralded Semier Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Rose and Saddlerock Wines. Entertainment, crafts, grape crush and music for all ages.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 9, 2010  The Joy of Sake - San Francisco, California
This year's event features 150 different daiginjo, ginjo and junmai sakes, including many gold- and silver-award recipients from the 2010 U.S. National Sake Appraisal.

September 10-11, 2010  St George Church Greek Food Festival
Bakersfield, California
3:00pm Friday & 1:00pm on Saturday until 11 PM - $3.00 admission. Children under 12 free. 401 Truxtun Ave., Downtown Bakersfield. Join us for fun, frolic, and great Greek food!

September 11, 2010  3rd Annual Brew Haw Haw
Los Angeles, California
This ultimate outdoor beer bash will offer up suds from some of the region’s best microbreweries and brew pubs. Several of Los Angeles’ most popular restaurants will be there, too, serving up their specialties and festive fare. Fest-goers can tap their toes to live music and bid on great silent auction items, all while supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise funds for a cure.

September 17-19, 2010 Pacific Food & Wine Classic
Santa Monica, California

September 18, 2010  2nd Annual Taste of Fillmore
San Francisco, California
The event will include food sampling, wine tasting and jazz. In addition, we will have a cooking demonstration stage with chefs from Fillmore Street Restaurants and a Fashion Show to showcase Fillmore Street boutiques.

September 25-26, 2010  28th American Wine and Food Festival
Los Angeles, California
Last year of festival.  Replaced with other events.

September 25-26, 2010  Harvest: Farm-To-Table - Carmel, California
May return in future years.

Sept 30, 2010  Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia
San Francisco, California
The Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, and Give2Asia invite you to a program marking the release of a report prepared by an Asia Society/International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia. The landmark report examines the multiple factors contributing to Asia's growing food insecurity and lays out a strategy for the future that emphasizes the critical importance of rice as a source of nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. Please join us for a discussion with Task Force members and other prominent experts.



events waiting for new dates

September 12, 2009  Palmdale Jazz & Wine Festival
Palmdale, California
Come enjoy a warm late summer afternoon, listen to world-class jazz entertainment inlcuding Grammy award winning Norman Brown, taste excellent wines and savor gourmet foods at the Palmdale Jazz & Wine Festival!

September 19, 2009
Salute to Agriculture Taste of the Valley Wine & Food Show
Salinas, California
Become educated about our Agriculture Industry and meet those responsible for growing Salinas Valley produce. Indulge yourself in local wines and delicious food samplers.

Sept 19-20, 2009  Art Bark Fest - Animal Art & Wine Festival
Village at Squaw Valley, California
The Art Bark Fest was created to combine the love of art & wine with the love of animals and is one of the only animal themed fine arts and wine festival in the country. Benefit for Humane Society Truckee-Tahoe & Squaw Rescue Dogs.


Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

September 6, 2008  Food & Wine Classic - Temecula, California
Taste award winning wines from 22 of wineries, paired with samples of gourmet food from local chefs. Proceeds benefitting Jacob's House.

September 7, 2008  Monrovia Food Wine & Jazz Festival
Monrovia, California

September 14, 2008  17th Annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest
Carmel, California
This was the FINAL Carmel TomatoFest. Gary Ibsen announced his retirement from continuing the Carmel TomatoFest Event after 17 years.

September 27, 2008  Fair Oaks'toberfest 2008 - Fair Oaks, California
Unlimited Beer Tasting of over 40 different beers, Great Food from local vendors, & Live Music all in beautiful Fair Oaks Park.




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