Category Archives: Wine/Beer/Culinary

Avocado Festival in Carpinteria

The Avo Fest, Carpinteria

Take a scenic drive and see the back roads near Lake Casitas, where numerous avocado orchards grace the hillsides. This coastal Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals within California; Three full days of fabulous food, terrific music, & family fun. Held in Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara, CA

Annual event; October

CARPINTERIA CA

avofest.com

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Lobster Festival Redondo

Redondo Pier

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

20 years running, this Redondo Beach event is a hot hit, especially for beach-goers (near LA)

3 day event held at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier. Live music, entertainment, lobster recipes, celebrity chefs, craft beer, kids activities and vendor booths.

“Rat Ride” – annual beach bike ride sponsored by the Rotary Club; starts in Redondo and runs on the same weekend.

Annual event; September
310-376-6911

REDONDO BEACH California

lobsterfestival.com

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Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

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Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Celebrating the Season of the Olive

Less than an hours drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma is the most-down-to-earth slice of heaven around, its lush farmlands, rolling vineyards and historic towns lost in a time all their own. Given our Mediterranean climate and rich agricultural roots, our culinary and wine-making legacy, our bohemian artists and small artisan food producers, we can’t think of a better place to “all hail the olive.”

The vibrant heart of old Sonoma–the historic Mission, the Sonoma Barracks and tree-lined Plaza–provides a central backdrop for key Olive Season events. For more than a century, local olive and grape harvests have been blessed and celebrated in this location, and we’re happy to carry on the tradition.

Annual event; two months long, January & February

Sonoma, CA

olivefestival.com/OliveFestival

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Wine & Mushroom Festival

At the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

NorCal Mushroom Festival
Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival, Mendocino

Annual Wine & Mushroom Festival, various events held in the redwoods region, each Autumn on the North Coast of California.

Annual event; November
707-964-9010
866-466-3636

FORT BRAGG California
MENDOCINO, California
WILLITS, California

visitmendocino.com/mushroom-wine-and-beer-festival

 

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MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIF. – Every November, as the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California’s Mendocino County so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and morel mushrooms. Straddling historic Highways 1 and 101 with nearly 2,500 sq. miles of live oak, pygmy forests and stately redwood groves, the region is a natural hotspot for some 3,000 mushroom varieties. The annual haul is nothing short of historic, nurturing nirvana for local mycologists, chefs and fungi foragers. Add to the mix a cache of artisan chefs, 95+ wineries, a formidable craft beer and hard cider scene and the annual salute to Mr. Fungi sprouts into action.

Visitors can tap into a variety of adventures from mushroom hunts by horseback, foraging excursions, Pinot and porcini menus, educational seminars, art exhibits. The annual Skunk Train trek and cook-off deep in the depths of the Noyo River forest are always a popular attraction.

Regional hotels and restaurants offer special menus and packages throughout November.

 

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Little Italy Festa

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Little Italy, San Diego
Italian Street Festival

San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood holds a street fair or festa. One of the largest 1-day Italian American festivals in the West.

The event welcomes over 100,000+ w/ wonderful foods, culture, music & art. Street paintings with chalk pastels. Stickball Exhibition Game. Cooking demonstrations and contests.

Annual event; October

San Diego California

littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Little Italy Festa

Little Italy Festa

Corso degli Artisti

Reyes Adobe Days

Reyes Adobe Days: like the Harvest Festival but with 0% 'Lil Sebastian.

Agoura Hills – Reyes Adobe Days

Reyes Adobe Days is held in the City of Agoura Hills, California. Carshow, parade & 5k run. The parade starts at Forest Cove Lane and travels along Thousand Oaks Boulevard to the Reyes Adobe Historical Site.

Families can experience California culture, past and present, with free museum tours, a music stage, interactive historical demonstrations, children’s history scavenger hunt, horse competition, pony rides, inflatables and carnival games, Victorian games, beer garden and food vendors.

The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is located at 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, (Rainbow Drive & next to Reyes Adobe Park) in Agoura Hills, California.

Annual event; October
818-597-7361

reyesadobedays.org
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Apple Days in Springville

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Springville Apple Festival

The sleepy mountain foothills town on Hwy 190, Springville California, holds the Apple Festival near the Tule River & the Sierra Nevada mountains. 5k & 10k runs (Apple Run) , mountain bike races (Fat Tire Classic), free shuttle service to/from the rodeo grounds; 34+ years of small town celebration on this event.

Annual event; October
559-202-6904

SPRINGVILLE CA

springville.ocsnet.net/applefest

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Pear Festival

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Kelseyville Pear Festival
Pear Fest Lake County

Main Street in Kelseyville comes alive,w/ this family-focused event to showcase the areas history, agritourism, local businesses, craftsmen and community services. This is a fun filled day that starts off with a home town parade. Festivities include three stages with musicians, dancers and cloggers; horse demonstrations; antique car, engine and tractor shows; quilt shows; art shows and an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear.’ Food vendors offer an array of scrumptious selections. Wine and beer tasting along with pear margaritas round out the choices. Pear pies and desserts always sell out.

Annual event; September
(one day only)
707-279 9022

Kelseyville, CA

pearfestival.com

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Abbot Kinney Festival

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL 2011 (09.24.11)

Abbot Kinney Festival
Venice Beach Street Fair

30 years running, held each year on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in between Main Street and Venice Boulevard. Promotes the vibrant creativity that makes the funky community of Venice Beach so unique. The long running street festival is best known for an array of local artisan crafts, live music, DJs, good food and entertainment. Activities and areas are designed to complement the eclectic, cutting-edge mix of over 100 boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, design firms, coffee shops, clubs, salons, and much more along the famed bohemian-chic shopping district of Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Annual event; September
(one day only)
310-570-7059

Venice, CA

abbotkinney.org

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ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL 2011 (09.24.11)

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Oroville Salmon Festival

Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville Salmon Festival
Salmon Fest in O’ville

Feather River Fish Hatchery, Feather River Nature Center and Riverbend Park

On the Feather River between Historic Downtown Oroville and the Fish Hatchery, the town bursts with fish-flavored activities during the annual Salmon Festival. Friday night starts @ Feather River Nature Center for dinner & dance. Saturday brings on the fun, food, music and vendors on Main Street. Lots of great local info – salmon recipes, water/drought, fishing and environmental issues.  Big pancake breakfast, a farmer’s market, live music, a craft fair, clowns, rides for the kids. Hatchery tours. The Bounty of Butte County will be located atop Myers Street, next to the Municipal Auditorium leading into Salmon Court. FREE to attend and tastes sold as desired. There will be food demonstrations, local food vendors, restaurant tastings and so much more.

Annual event; September
800-655-4653

Oroville, CA

salmonfestoroville.org

Oro Hatch

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Historic Downtown Oroville

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival, Ventura

Ventura coast is the scene, beer is the topic. Celebrate BEER WEEK w/ Craft Beer Heaven – over 140 different craft beers and numerous live bands. The event of the year for any beer enthusiast!

Blues, Brews & BBQ. Teams will compete in the BBQ Cook-off and guests will be able to sample these delicious entries while enjoying some of the best blues acts in California. Craft beer will be available for purchase along with great food from food vendors.  (Event is 21 years of age or older with valid ID)

Annual event; September
805-323-5691

Ventura, CA

californiabeerfestival.com

Similar events are also held in Santa Cruz, San Dimas & Marin county.

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Zydeco Flames

Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Cajun Festival
Live Zydeco Music

Huge shaded wooden dance floor under the redwoods in the lush Ives Park, downtown Sebastopol. Wine Country’s only Cajun event. Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Shaved Ice, Zydeco Music, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes, Oyster Shooters!

Annual event: September
(one day event)
707-823-3631

Sebastopol, CA

winecountrycajun.com

Our fine feathered friend

Dancin' and Chillin' to Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

LA Greek Festival

Greek Fest in LA

St. Sophia's Greek Festival

Los Angeles Greek Festival

Saint Sophia Cathedral @ Pico & Normandie

The largest, most celebrated, and iconic representation of Greek food and culture in Los Angeles. Voted as the must-attend event of September by Los Angeles Magazine, the LA Greek Fest is your passport to Greece right here in your own backyard. LA Greek Fest attracts thousands of guests for each day of festivities for an unforgettable celebration of food, wine, dance, games and performances and one-of-a-kind cultural experience. Authentic Greek Food and Pastries. Greek Wines and Beers. Live Greek Music and Folk Dancing. Arts and Crafts. Raffle.

Annual event: September
323-737-2424

Los Angeles, CA

lagreekfest2014.com

2008 LA Greek Fest

Los Angeles Greek Festival

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Farm-to-Fork Festival

Farm to Fork Festival California

Farm to Fork Festival

Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival has proven to be one of the Sacramento region’s most popular events. The free event, hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts an exciting selection of farm-to-fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as farmers markets, live music, cooking demonstrations, local grocers, farms and ranches, vendor booths and much more.

Annual event: September
916-808-7777

Sacramento, CA

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Banana Festival

Healthy Banana and Friends!

Sac Banana Fest
Sacramento Banana Festival

Held in Sacramento @ William Land Park

5k run/walk on Saturday and a Kids Banana Split Eating Contest. Enjoy a day filled with fun, food, live entertainment, and exhibits. The event benefits the National Academic Youth Corps, which provides art and educational programs for young people in Sacramento, as well as over a dozen other worthy local charities.

Annual event: August
916-320-9573

Sacramento, CA

sacbananafestival.com

Community Drummers

Kids Banana Split Eating Contest

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend

Penman Springs

Harvest Wine Weekend
Harvest Wine Tours

in the Central Coast Winery region of Paso Robles CA

Warmth is in the air and the earth is abundant for harvest. The colors have turned and it is time to celebrate a year of hard work by harvesting the new vintage. This colorful, three-day celebration is a combination of individual events held at over 100 wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country. Wineries from the region open their doors for an array of activities, including culinary arts and wine pairings, traditional grape stomping and barrel tastings, to name a few. There is no other time like the harvest in Paso Robles, come enjoy your wine country experience at the Harvest Wine!

Over 10 years running!
Annual event; October

Paso Robles, California

pasowine.com

The Caves at Eberle Winery

Castoro Cellars

Halter Ranch