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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 are by far the country’s top grower of avocados and strawberries. Unofficially, the state is also the national leader in food festivals. That is because Californians not only excel at growing and preparing food, they love to celebrate it, too. Attend events throughout the year that honour 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 speciality foods. Garlic ice cream, anyone?

November

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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July

Vampires beware: this is one garlic-infused weekend that you’ll want to miss. Everyone else—go, at least once, to this unforgettably odiferous and one-of-a-kind event. See how creative chefs can...

A garlic wreath at the Gilroy Garlic Festival
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August

Revel in the flavours 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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November

Local and international talent gathers at the gustatory tribute to all that’s good about wine & food (and there’s beer too); the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is San Diego’s largest ...

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September

With the nickname “America’s farm-to-fork capital,” it is 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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See celebrity chefs cook, and sample gourmet everything

Showcasing the city’s prowess as a seriously great food destination, this festival is an epicurean spectacular showcasing leading chefs, top wineries, and culinary icons for four days of...

A chef at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
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