Archive for the ‘California Food Events’ Category
This could be my favorite time of year. The weather warming up, the trees starting to bloom and best of all… my mouth watering at the new, fresh produce. With that being said, I have compiled a list of some ‘foodie’ events happening in California in April. Get your calendars ready and put a bib on. If you love food, wine and fun- this list of events is for you. Enjoy! (Blogger- Bethany Woy)
Sacramento Turn Verein Bockbier Festival- April 5: 6pm-12am, April 6: 3pm-12am
Tickets: Adult $20, Children under 12 $5
Turn Verein Hall- 3349 J Street, Sacramento
A traditional bockbier is a strong dark beer usually brewed around Christmas or the Spring. Well, it’s that time of year ladies and gentlemen! The celebration kicks off the first week in April and will take place at the historic (and beautiful) Turn Verein hall here in Sacramento. The festival will showcase the authentic Bockbier from Germany, traditional German music from local bands and delicious, mouth-watering food. Special performances of traditional German dances will be performed during both days. An amazing, educational and best of all delicious way to spend the weekend!
Festa di Vino- April 6: 6:30pm-10pm
Tickets: Adult $45
Scottish Rite Masonic Center-6151 H Street Sacramento
Music. Dancing. Live auction. And best of all… FOOD. A lot of food.
This tasty event and will be showcasing over 20 local restaurants and 20 local wineries. Some of our local favorites (Ambrosia Cafe, Blackbird Kitchen & Bar, Firestone Bar- truly the list goes on and on) will be contributing at the event. A true celebration of food and wine. Right up my alley.
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival – April 6: 1pm-4pm
Tickets: Adult $35 pre-order, $40 day off
Fremont Park- 1515 Q Street, Sacramento
Sacramento Artists Council in partnership with the Grid Agency and Dad’s Kitchen is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Beer and Chili Festival. I don’t know about you but when I hear chili and beer as a combination my mouth instantly starts to water. The pair just seem to go so well: like peanut butter and jelly. The Festival is a fundraiser for The Sacramento Artists Council and raises money for art programs that help at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt a school art programs for Sacramento schools. Not only will you have your fill of delicious beer and chili, the money for the event goes to an amazing cause. You can feel like you’ve helped the community while gorging yourself! My kind of event! The festival will begin with a chili cook off competition (industry and individual) and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries. (Mad River Brewing, Lost Coast and Speakeasy Ales— just to name a few!)
Wouldn’t you love to take the back roads through the beautiful California olives trees, vineyards and fruit farms? Want to know how vineyards can tell when it’s time to pick their grapes or how to grow the best tomatoes? We are so fortunate to live in the “Farm to Fork Capital of America”. Now is time to jump on board the Local Roots Food Tours Culinary Passport bus and explore the cornucopia of agriculture. Tickets include: transportation in a 14 passenger executive bus, a 4 hour bus ride with stops at independent farms, local vineyards and a local produce market. A trained local guide ready to showcase their knowledge of the area. Hands-on, one on one access, from owners of the farms, orchards and vineyards. A catered 4 COURSE GOURMET LUNCH (what a deal!) and a reusable Local Roots Food Tours shopping bag. Can you say amazing weekend?! Don’t you want to be able to get to know this area of California a little better? This is the way to do it!
Get your mobile calendars out…..March is just around the corner with many opportunities to explore your palates in and around Northern California. Take the time to savor each moment by planning ahead and mapping out every weekend’s foodie adventure for the month of March. No reason to get up and dig in!
March Foodie Events
Capital Beerfest - Sacramento, CA
Saturday, March 2nd – 9am – 5pm – Cal Expo
The 3rd annual Capital Beerfest is expected to attract almost 90 breweries, including every Sacramento-area brewery. Celebrate the close of Sacramento Beer Week with one of the largest beer festivals in Northern California. The generosity of brewers, attendees and partners benefits the Runnin’ for Rhett Scholarship and the Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program. Tickets: www.capitalbeerfest.com
Pig Out at Pig Day – Davis, CA
Saturday, March 2nd - 8am – 1pm – Central Park
Come celebrate National Pig Day at the Davis Farmers Market. This is a Piggie themed event for the whole family. Lots of fun filled food, activities and entertainment all celebrating the plump pink and fabulous pig! We encourage you to come in pig attire. Davis Farmers Market is one of the top markets in Northern California – bring your market bags and baskets to fill up on all your local fresh produce, fruits and meats. www.davisfarmersmarket.org
Spring Obsession Art & Wine Show 2013 – Murphys, CA
Sat & Sunday, March 2nd &3rd – 10am – 5pm – Ironstone Vineyards
16th Annual Art Show, Wine Tasting and Food. There will be art in action, art demonstrations and cooking demos by chefs. Live music and daffodil flowers exhibit on the ground level. Ironstone Vineyards is a beautiful place set in the Sierras Foothills north of Sonora and south of Lake Tahoe. www.ironstonevineyards.com
Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Bus Tour – Placer County, CA
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December is filled with many chances to go out and explore our hills, valleys and peaks. Northern California is blessed with farms, vineyards, and the chance to shop locally. Get out your calendars and plan for a few weekend road trips this December….it’s time to get up and get active!
5 Ways to Explore your Own Backyard:
1. Twin Peaks Orchards Fruit Tasting Open House – Placer County http://www.twinpeaksent.com/events.htm
Sunday, December 2nd - 11am – 3pm Free admission. Fruit tastings, u-pick mandarins & persimmons, brick-oven pizza, shopping, farmers market, hay rides, and so much more! Fun for the entire family!
2. Holidays in the Hills Toy Drive – Placer County Wine Trail http://www.placerwine.com/events.htm
December 8th & 9th: 11am – 5pm; 17 Participating Wineries – Free Tastings with Unwrapped Toy Donation. Live music, food, Christmas shopping, carolers, chocolate tastings, vineyard tours…..lots of fun in beautiful settings.
Download – Holidays in the Hills Wine Trail Map
Would you like to see where California’s delicious fresh fruit, produce, nuts, and wine come from? Want to know how vineyards can tell when it’s time to pick their grapes or how to grow the best tomatoes? Wouldn’t you like to see California olives on the tree, soaking up the sunshine? We are so fortunate to live in the “Farm to Fork Capital of America”. Now is time to jump on board the Local Roots Food Tours Culinary Passport bus and explore the cornucopia of agriculture. Our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Tour is being offered to the public, Saturday’s and Sunday’s tours beginning the 1st weekend of December.
It’s mandarin season in the Sierra Foothills and the Mountain Mandarin Growers are ready for business! Our bus route will point out over 30 mandarin grower farms along our route, stopping at 2 of the growers on each tour. Nothing says ‘fresh’ like mandarins picked that very same morning and olive oil from the harvest’s first press. Did you know the 1st mandarin trees were planted in Placer County in the 1880′s? Sample Northern California’s best and locally-produced vegetables, fruit, oils and nuts…nearly everything we eat right out of our back doors! Placer County lay riches to 18 family-run boutique wineries – many flock here for a pleasure not found in other regions – the chance to meet the winemakers.
What you can expect on our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Bus Tours:
- Transportation from a central meeting location in our 14 passenger executive bus
- 4 hour bus ride with 5 to 6 different stops on planned tour route
- Bus stops at 2 to 3 independent farms, 1 to 2 vineyards and one local produce market
- A trained local guide ready to showcase farms, orchards &vineyards
- Up close contact with the owners of the farms, orchards and vineyards
- Opportunity to shop at each farm and vineyard stop
- Catered 4 course gourmet lunch all from local farms and bakery
- Unlimited bottled waters, tea and sparkling drinks
- Local Roots Food Tours reusable shopping bag
This tour is fully guided by our specially-trained hosts who will delight you with stories and fun facts about the region and the methods used to coax Mother Nature to grow her bounty. Our tour bus is fully heated, reclining seats and spacious. Each participant will be treated to a gourmet lunch, along with complimentary water, tea, and juice. Each stop includes tastings of the grower’s produce, the vintner’s wine, and of course, the cheese-maker’s cheese!
Wondering where to go to explore Northern California’s excellent food and wine scene? Get out your maps and chart your foodie course…..October is filled with some delicious venues and fun adventures!
It’s a Hoes Down Festival!! Full Belly Farm, Yolo County, CA
October 6 & 7, 2012 MAIN FESTIVAL: Saturday, October 6, 2012 11am – 11 pm Admission Prices: Adults: $20 each when purchased online; $25 when purchased at the gate, Children (2-12): $5 each anytime! Under 2: Free
Saturday Night Camping: $25 per car- no reservations are needed!
No dogs allowed – service animals are welcome!
Sunday Celebration, October 7, 2012
Please note: The main festival day and a majority of the activities occur on Saturday, October 6. Specialized Hands-On Seminars on a variety of subjects. Pre-registration is required. www.hoesdown.org
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 5-7, 2012 A celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, live music, an art show and sale, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more. Make plans to join us and taste the best of Sonoma County! 12-7pm Friday, 10-7pm Sat & Sunday www.harvestfair.org
19th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp, Murphys, CA
October 6th, 2012 9:30am – 5:00pm Murphys Community Park.
25 pounds of wine grapes freshly picked, a half wine barrel fitted with a spout, a partner and you. More than 100 teams throughout the state and beyond compete each year to vie for the prestigious 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.
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The hot temps are dissipating and cooler temperatures are ahead…..are you looking for Things To Do in Sacramento? Trying to get away from the city and exploring the foothills? Come join our culinary walking food tours and enjoy the wonderful walk!
Ticket sales are thru September 29th: Buy an adult ticket to one of our 3 food & cultural walking tours in Sacramento or Murphys and receive $15.00 off each adult ticket price. Tour ticket NEEDS TO BE USED BY SEPTEMBER 30th, 2012. Use code: “WALK” to receive discount. No other additional discounts apply. Each ticket price includes all food, drinks, trained culinary concierge and taxes.
Enjoy a day out eating, drinking, laughing, learning, exploring and most importantly WALKING through beautiful neighborhoods and off the beaten path streets on one of our 3 hour walking tour routes. A unique outing that will tantalize your tastebuds, stir your mind and wake up your senses!
Exploring your palate while learning history, culture and meeting chefs and artisan shop owners all in a 3 hour foodie adventure is becoming the tour attraction to be on in Northern California. Trends come and go with food but the following walking food tours are blossoming with hungry tour participants being led in every direction to great food, great fun and great friends. Walking food tours take participants behind the scenes and into hidden gem restaurants and shops that offer tastings to temp your taste buds.
Top 8 Northern California Food Tours:
1. Local Roots Food Tours – Sacramento, California
Local Roots Food Tours is Sacramento’s only food touring company which offers 5 different types of walking food and cultural tours as well as farm tours in and around Sacramento, California. Voted #1 Tour in Sacramento in 2011-2012! http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com; 1-800-407-8918 Tours offered Tuesdays thru Saturdays - Tours run year round.
2. Gourmet Walks – San Franciso, CA
Gourmet walks takes individuals on 4 different types of culinary tour routes; one being offered in Napa Valley, CA. Chocolate tour? You bet! Sneek inside the world of Japan World in San Fran and see what you have been missing! http://www.gourmetwalks.com
3. Santa Cruz & Capitola Food Tours – Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz is a mecca for foodies….great mom and pop venues along with some great beer! Fun city, fun people and lots of recreation..what more could you ask for except a tour around town eating, walking and talking! Traveling beyond Santa Cruz, one must visit Capitola down the road and share in some excellent cuisine. Voted #1 Tour in Santa Cruz. http://www.santacruzfoodtour.com
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Summer time is about EXPLORING….getting out and about and attending as many foodie events as possible in Northern California. Want to know where? We have compiled a listing of a few food related events for the month of July. Get our your GPS, your fork, bib and appetite and come along as we journey thru some of Northern California’s foodie adventures!
July 14, 2012 – 5th ANNUAL CAPAY TOMATO FESTIVAL – Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic invite the public to the 5th Annual Capay Tomato, the farm’s festival that celebrates the great taste of organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes. The event will offer activities for all ages, including tomato tastings, farm tours, tractor tram rides, crafts and live music (3 bands) throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Farm fresh tacos and sandwiches, Pop Nation popsicles and local wine and beer will be sold. Attendees are invited to camp overnight in the farm orchards.
Buy tickets online until July 9th. $20 online; $25 at door; kids 12 and under are free. 1-800-796-6009 during business hours.
July 13-15, 2012 – BRENTWOOD CORNFEST! Celebrating our agricultural heritage in a three-day weekend of fun, food and entertainment. Plenty of local grown corn and fun filled corn activities; kid’s zone, live music, lots of food with corn of course, local brews and wine. Tickets available: 925-634-3344 ? Brentwood, California
July 14, 2012 – Wine Country Big Q Join us at the second annual Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Some of the best Pit Masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great barbecued meats, world class wines, and award-winning brews while enjoying great country and blues music. ? Santa Rosa, CA
July 19-21, 2012 – California Wine Festival 2012 – The ‘Biggest Wine Festival Under the Sun.’ Over 200 of California’s finest wines from every wine region in the state – showcasing a total of over 350 fine wines. Over 2,500 wine fans will grab their glass and start swirling and sipping, while live music on stage keeps the party going. Santa Barbara, CA
July 20-21, 2012 – Marysville Peach Fest – The 12th Annual Marysville Peach Festival is going to be an exciting event with a wide variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors cooking for every taste bud, several delicious choices of peach related foods, and great entertainment for all ages. Details call: (530) 749-3954, Marysville, CA
July 21, 2012 – 11th Annual Taste of the Delta – ?A great foodie event where you can come either by car or boat! Held at the Village West Marina, the event showcases wineries and restaurants in the California Delta region. Guests sample wines and foods, enjoy vendor booths, live music, and silent and live auctions. Stockton, CA 916-777-4041
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June 2, 2012 Raley’s Grape Escape – Sacramento, California
http://www.raleysgrapeescape.com 4:00pm-7:00pm; rain or shine. More than 200 award-winning California wines come to the cosmopolitan, urban setting of downtown Sacramento. Pair that with some of the region’s best local cuisine and you have an amazing culinary experience. Raley’s Grape Escape features wineries from 8 regional counties
June 2, 2012 Davis Beer Fest 2012 – Davis, California
Tasting over 100 handcrafted beers from over 40 breweries. Touring the Sudwerk Brewery. Learn the secrets from area brewmasters. Receive a commemorative tasting glass just for attending. Live music. Fantastic Food. Where: Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 Second Street, Davis, Admission: $35 in advance or $40 at the door. All proceeds support the programs of Citizens Who Care.Admission for designated drivers is $10 at the door. This includes food and a non-alcoholic soda. Must be 21 to enter the tasting area. Advanced tickets available – First Northern Bank & Sudwerk Restaurant – at the Citizens Who Care office (530-758-3704)
June 2-3, 2012 Sequoia Foodie Fest – Exeter, California
The Sequoia Foodie Fest promotes the diversity of California’s agricultural commodities. Local celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and contests, Iron Chef competitions. Life-sized citrus sculptures, Farmers Market, food samples, live music, kids entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias
Murphys is a superb destination for exploring your palate; 9 excellent restaurants, 18 wine tasting rooms, artisan cheese, spice and chocolate shops and a gold old fashion bakery that will tantalize your taste buds. Join Local Roots Food Tour this Memorial Weekend and SAVE on adult food tour tickets for Saturday ONLY! Special promotion code: STARS will give you a discount of $15!
Stroll along 1800’s-era Italian brick and stone buildings where talented chefs and vintners now produce their mouth-watering dishes and award-winning vintages. You will be treated to a day following a trained culinary concierge who knows the town inside and out. A culinary and cultural treat waiting for you to come participate in. The Murphys Food & Wine Tour entails 3 hours of eating, walking and talking. The culinary journey takes you to 9 stops at the best restaurants and shops. You’ll eat unique dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced produce & taste fabulous, locally-made wines.
As part of our “foodie family”, you’ll get up close with chefs, owners, and winemakers of this quaint town. Hear about the unique terrior and climate that puts Murphys wines in a class all by themselves, and connect with the artisans as you taste their unique creations. A gourmet spice shop, a quaint cheese shop and a candy store that has been making homemade chocolates and hard candies for over 100 years! Advanced ticketing is required. Visit http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com and use promotion code: STARS to book your Memorial Weekend Walking Food Tour today!
Want to start savoring your culinary exploration? Here is a sample of the wonderful tastings you will experience on the Murphys Food & Wine Tour:
- House made pan seared crab cakes with sweet Thai chili sauce & fresh fruit salsa
- Fresh baked potato bun with rosemary and fresh melted Parmesan cheese
- Lavender and orange blossom short bread cookie
- Fried olives stuffed with calamari
- Red velvet beet bundt cake
- Handmade and locally produced English Toffee
- Gourmet sea salt tasting:Himalayan Pink Salt,Red Pepper Bacon Sea Salt, Espresso Bravo Sea Salt and Vintage Merlot Sea Salt
- Lamb meatball with pearl couscous
- 2009 Sangiovese paired with local cheeses