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Food & Flower Festivals

Food & Flower Festivals
California agriculture, fun celebrations

Celebrate California agriculture with like-minded fans at these gatherings centering on specific edible (or simply visual) delights or simply hyper-local areas with something special to celebrate.

FEB: Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival (Indio). Lovers of this sticky-sweet treat can get their fill of date-filled treats, as well as family-friendly entertainment and carni rides. 

MAR: Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery Tour (Santa Barbara). Stroll through greenhouses and flower fields at this beautiful event.

APR: California Nut Festival (Chico). Come sample locally grown foods and watch nut inspired cooking demonstrations at this outdoor festival held on the historic grounds of the Patrick Ranch Museum.

MAY: California Strawberry Festival (Watsonville). Enjoy the obligatory strawberry shortcake, ice cream, and pie-eating contest, but also sample strawberry beer, deep-fried strawberries, and even strawberry pizza.

MAY: Castroville Artichoke Festival (Castroville). These nutty-sweet edible thistles get fried, added to soups, marinated, pickled, grilled, and more at this celebration of everything artichoke along the Central Coast.

JUL: Gilroy Garlic Festival (Gilroy). You can actually smell this popular festival before you see it. Enjoy chefs cooking up garlic specialties, a garlic cook-off, and dozens of vendors selling garlic-y goods.

SEP: Sample the Sierra (South Lake Tahoe). Watch chefs pair up with local farmers to create exciting dishes showcasing local produce. Wine pairings and entertainment too.

OCT: Hoes Down Harvest Festival (Capay Valley). Kids flip over this family-friendly festival’s countless activities, like making ice cream, climbing giant hay forts, and sheep shearing. Farm tours and special dinners too.

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