2014 CALIFORNIA SEPTEMBER 2014
Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008)
August 30-September 1, 2014 Sylmar Olive Festival
September 1-30, 2014 California Wine Month
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.
Sept 5-7, 2014 29th 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. 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 5-7, 2014 The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
Long Beach, California
The 18th Annual festival features Maine Lobsters flown in nightly from the Atlantic Ocean. They are steamed to perfection in the world's largest lobster steamers. Feast include succulent lobster with melted butter, fresh cut lemons, coleslaw, dinners rolls and watermelon. The event also features and International food court, beach bars, arts and crafts, live entertainment and dancing, as well as a children's area. It's a Lobster love-fest in Southern California. General admission is $15.00. Feasts range from $42.00 to $62.00. Presale discounts are available on the website.
September 6, 2014 19th Annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Cajun Food and Zydeco Music. Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Shave Ice, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes, Oyster Shooters!
September 6, 2014 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 6, 2014 California Beer Festival - San Dimas, California
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 6, 2014 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 20 wineries and restaurants.
September 6, 2014 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 6, 2014 15th 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 6-7, 2014 Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival
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: tracychamber.org/ )
September 6-7, 2014 43rd Annual Art & Wine Festival
Mountain View, California
Highlights include festive drink, stellar live music, incredible edibles, and kids' park.
September 6-7, 2014 30th Annual Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival
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 8, 2014 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 9-11, 2014 4th 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 11-13, 2014 Latin Food Fest! - San Diego, California
With 7-events, there is something for every palate but do not forget about our signature event, Grand Tasting Village, where you will taste delicious tapa-size dishes and drink samples from the region’s top Latin restaurants, chefs and purveyors of artisan food, beer, wine and spirits.
September 11-14, 2014 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 12-13, 2014 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. July 18-19; August 15-16 & September 12-13, 2014.
September 12-14, 2014 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 13, 2014 Taste: A New Culinary Experience
After 20 years of putting inspiration back on the menu with Girls Inc.’s Women of Taste, we bring you the best of our collective experience: Taste. Come celebrate the roots of our signature fundraising event, featuring teams of top women chefs from our new hometown Oakland and beyond. Inspiration moves to a new level with the 5-star, 4-course gastronomic imaginings of these culinary stars. Guests will experience a cocktail reception, exclusive center tours, delectable dining, featured entertainment and so much more, all under the auspices of supporting Girls Inc. of Alameda County and the thousands of girls and families we serve. This event will sell-out. Please register by August 29th to ensure your spot.
September 13, 2014 Latin Food Fest! Grand Tasting Village
San Diego, California
The largest annual Latin culinary destination event in the U.S. With tasting tents stretching across the Embarcadero Park North on San Diego Bay, taste a variety of local and international Latin wine, spirits and food from over 200 chefs, restaurants, wineries and distillers. Watch acclaimed chefs conduct cooking demos. And don’t miss the Best of the Fest competition - our showcase of local culinary excellence. All food and drink samples are unlimited. Dedicated pavilions will focus on specific themes: -Culinary Village - Wine Tasting - Taste Baja - Spirits of the Americas - VIP Playa.
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 13-14, 2014 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
Santa Clara, California
The 2014 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. Attendance: 50,000.
(also: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=2746 )
September 13-14, 2014 32nd 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 13-14, 2014 8th 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 13-14, 2014 19th Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
San Francisco, California
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will host the 19th 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.
September 13-14, 2014 Crawfish & Catfish Festival
Let the Good times roll, you will come for the food but you will stay for the music! Savor the flavors of spicy boiled crawfish, catfish fried & grilled, oysters, alligator, frog legs, ribs, chicken, tri tip, burgers, dogs. sausages and lots more. Spicy sounds of Cajun, Zydeco ,Funk and downhome blues. Dance lessons Mardi Gras Parade and kids area.
September 14, 2014 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 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 14, 2014 37th Annual Jewish Food Faire - Carmichael, Calif
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 15-21, 2014 Ventura County Beer Week - Ventura, California
During Ventura County Beer Week, craft beer events will be happening all over the county.
September 18-21, 2014 77th Annual Walnut Festival
Walnut Creek, California
Celebrates the history of growing walnuts in the area and raises money to benefit the community.
September 18-21, 2014 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 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, 2014 ’49er Festival, Chili & Salsa Cook-Off!
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. (also: http://groveland.org/ )
September 20, 2014
Blazin' Hog Competition BBQ & Zydeco Music Festival - Mariposa, Calif.
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 20, 2014 Annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival - Fair Oaks, Calif.
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 20, 2014 L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade - Culver City, 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 20-21, 2014 23rd Annual California Lemon Festival
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 20-21, 2014 Dia del Taco 2014 - Los Angeles, California
Best Taco Contest, Taco Eating Contest, Taco Making Demo.
September 20-21, 2014 19th Annual Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival
Now in its 19th 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. Attendance: 100,000.
September 20-21, 2014 California Beer Festival - 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 20-21, 2014 Glendi International Food Festival
Santa Rosa, California
25th Anniversary. Join us for Santa Rosa's premier ethnic food and dance event. Each year since 1989, the Parish has hosted this festival of foods from Middle Eastern, Eritrean, Russian, Greek, Balkan, Romanian, Italian and American cultures. The food is all fresh and ethnically authentic. 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." We feature Sonoma County wines and micro-brew beers in addition to coffee in many styles, excellent teas, soft drinks and frozen treats. This year, we are expanding to include a German themed Biergarten, away from the activity of the dance area, offering snacks and beers from a single local brewery.
September 20-28, 2014 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 21, 2014 Blues & BBQ Festival - Ventura, California
Bring your blues chairs and blankets to Sunday's family friendly event (Children 12 and under FREE). Sample amazing BBQ (**Special ticket needs to be purchased ahead of time) from teams from all over the state and get marinated by an amazing Blues lineup.
September 21-26, 2014 10th 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 25-28, 2014 Savor the Central Coast
San Luis Obispo County, California
Celebrating Sunset Magazine’s annual SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine event. SIP more than 200 wines, INDULGE in culinary bites from over 30 local chefs, MEET winemakers, brew masters and artisans, TOUR the Central Coast Pavilion and LEARN from Sunset Magazine’s expert editors.
September 26-28, 2014 19th 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 26-28, 2014 Italian Feast of San Gennaro LA
Annual Festival of Italian Food, Culture, and Music.
September 26-28, 2014 117th 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 27, 2014 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 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 3rd 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 27, 2014 18th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
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 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 Weekend Along The Farm Trails 2014
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 27-28, 2014 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. Saturday 11 -11 and Sunday 11 - 9. The event is fun for the family and free.
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.
September 28, 2014 Spirits of Mexico - San Diego, California
It's The Spirits of Mexico's 11th anniversary this year and we're holding the festival at a brand new venue! We're really excited it's at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego CA. Del Mar is a majestic venue with paved walkways throughout and sees over two million people pass through their doors each year during the busy racing season. There'll be plenty of Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Raicilla, Bacanora and other spirits being poured by the producers and distillers themselves. New-to-market brands will be showcased along with other well-loved brands. A separate area to taste Extra Añejos will give you the opportunity to try some of the most expensive and lovingly- crafted spirits in the world! Meet The Masters gives consumers the chance to chat with the pioneers and heroes from the world of agave. Seminars hosted by some of the top producers will teach the history and culture of agave spirits, proper tasting techniques and trends for 2014.
September 28, 2014 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
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.