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Top Food, Beer, & Wine Festivals

A real-life cornucopia, California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions—for example, we’re by far the country’s top grower of avocados and strawberries. Unofficially, the state is also the national leader in food festivals. That’s because Californians not only excel at growing and preparing food, they love to celebrate it, too. Attend events throughout the year that honor everything from Dungeness crab to tamales, artichokes, and dates. And—of course—plenty of California wine and craft beer, too. Watch cooking demonstrations by star chefs, enjoy live entertainment, and sample surprising specialty foods. Garlic ice cream, anyone?

Sep 1 - Sep 30
September is prime time for toasting California’s world-class wines—all over the state

Whether you’re a serious oenophile or a newbie looking to learn more about different varietals, September’s ...

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Sep 7 - Sep 9
Rub elbows with craft-beer makers and sample all manner of California brews at this annual three-day event

Beyond being the state capital, Sacramento has staked its claim as one of California’s nerve centers for great craft beer. This annual event, first launched in 2015, further enhances...

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October

Honor the harvest season at this remarkable, family-friendly event, hosted at the beautiful Full Belly Farm in the fertile Capay Valley. The valley, just north of Sacramento, has one of the world’...

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January-February

Experience one of California’s most magical settings, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly Ahwahnee) in winter, during this intimate and outstanding event. Some of the best chefs in the country...

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Apr 20 - Apr 23
April

Get ready for the Central Coast’s ultimate gathering of the culinary world. Now in its ninth year, this luxurious event is one of those star- and spectacle-studded experiences you simply have to...

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July

Vampires beware: this is one garlic-infused weekend that creatures of the night may want to miss. Everyone else—go, at least once, to this unforgettably odiferous and one-of-a-kind event. See how...

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This four-day event embraces San Francisco’s global status by keeping the flavor super-local

Revel in the flavors of the ultimate foodie city as San Francisco’s premier chefs—many of them movers and shakers in the sustainability movement—strut their stuff at the...

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September

With the nickname “America’s farm-to-fork capital,” it’s only appropriate that Sacramento celebrates the bounty sourced from 1.4 million acres/570,000 hectares of surrounding farmland with this...

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