The heat has dissipated, the crops are being harvested and the crisp air leads foodies out and about exploring festivals and great food events in the Sacramento Region.  We have found several festivals and food entertainment to go check out.  Go Explore your bountiful Northern California food friendly region!

9th Annual Auburn Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, October 8th, Downtown Auburn and Old Town Auburn
1-5pm: Pouring,  1-6pm: Wine Sales
Click Here for Tickets

Come join in on the 9th Annual Wine and Food Festival; the Northern Sierra’s premiere wine and food event.  The annual festival is hosted in the historic town of Auburn; a quaint berg located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Each year the town celebrates the harvest and crush by hosting 25 local Wineries and 25 exceptional Restaurants from in and around Placer County. Wineries and restaurants are thoughtfully paired to showcase the finest marriage of food and wine from the region. Tables are set up in unique businesses throughout town, so expect some great shopping for one-of-a-kind, jewelry, art and more!

1st Annual Firefighters Chili Cook-Off

Sat. October 8th, 2011;   12pm – 4pm
Safety Center:  3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento
Tickets:  Children free;  Adults: $5 per ticket

The 1st Annual Firefighters Chili Cook-off will have five local fire departments competing for the bragging rights for the best chili in the Sacramento Region. There will be chili tasting & voting for all attendees and a second judging with local celebrities. Activities include helicopter landing, fire trucks, interactive events, and demos for children including the use of a fire extinguisher, as well as raffles and door prizes. Proceeds benefit youth safety and health education programs at Safetyville.

Natomas- Harvest the Arts

October 8 &9- 10:00am- 6:00pm
South Natomas Community Center   2900 Truxel Road, Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 922-6984http://natomasharvestthearts.org

Natomas Harvest of Inspiration is a California non-profit organization that is trying to raise money to purchase supplies that educate Natomas children in fine arts and performing arts. This event is free to the public (it doesn’t get better than that!) and festival organizers encourage you to bring your family and a picnic lunch. During the day there will be artist demonstrations, chalk art, arts and crafts, lessons and performances. Jewelry making demos, canvas paintings, carpentry demos and cooking instruction will be on site. Live music, make up demonstrations, dancing and a car show as well! There is something to peak anyone’s interest! You are in store for a wonderful time and supporting a great cause!

Los Banos Tomato Festival

October 8-9, 2011 9 am to 7 pm
www.losbanos.com
Celebrating “everything tomato” this event will feature Celebrity Chefs, cooking demonstrations showing the use of tomatoes in various cultures, The Tomato Patch kids area with games and crafts, entertainment, Tomato Alley, Salsa and Pasta Cook-Off, a bloody mary contest, an art show and ag display of how the tomato industry affects our community and economy. And don’t forget all the great vendors displaying their great products and more!

Garden and Kitchen Tour and Dinner

Sunday, October 9th  738 Main Street, St. Helena CA 94574
Fee: $135 Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Phone Number: 707-227-5036
Food & Wine Education: We meet at the historic Logan-Ives House. We will tour the organic garden, taste olive oil, & about food & wine pairing. Then we will have a private tour of the kitchen and a meeting with the chef. Included in the price: garden tour, olive oil tasting, wine tasting 4-course meal, & wine.

13th Annual “A Taste of Sacramento”

October 14th, 2011 at the Sacramento Convention Center
5:30 – 9:00pm – Tickets: www.myeasterseals.org
A night celebrating the finest food, wine and beer the Sacramento area has to offer, “A Taste of Sacramento” is one party you won’t want to miss! This year’s Silent Auction is going to be spectacular! We have such a variety but here are a few tidbits:

* SF Giants team signed 16×20 w/tickets and Cards from all the players & World Series Patch
* Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Experience with a 5 Night Stay at Hyatt Regency Paris Madeleine and Airfare for (2)
* HALO Ltd Edition game set
* 2 Tickets to the 2011 Season at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret
And about 146 other goodies big and small

Placerville 14th Annual Art & Wine Festival

October 15th, 2011, from 6-9pm
The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting the 14th Annual Art & Wine Festival. Over 35 foothill wineries will pour samples at this event that brings together many of the area’s award-winning wineries and artists in one convenient setting on Historic Main Street. The Festival will feature live music at the Bell Tower by Mick martin & the Blues Rockers. Souvenir wine tasting glasses can be purchased, allowing sampling of all the wines in all locations. Over 35 award-winning, foothill area wineries will be pouring samples inside merchant locations for the festival.

Discovery Gold Food & Cultural Tour

Wednesday, October 20th:   10:45am,  Nevada City, CA
Advanced Ticketing Required – All ages welcome
More information and tickets:  http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com
Come hungry!  This tour is ‘lode-ed’ with delicious foods from the best cuisine Nevada City has to offer–savor the tastes as you hear the stories of the gold rush, from Nevada City’s rough-hewn beginnings to today.  We’ll try award-winning wines and dish after dish of foods made from fresh, local produce. We eat, walk and talk our way through the historic areas, getting the VIP treatment from start to finish.  Enough food is served to consider it a substantial meal.  Come to Nevada City and learn California’s history of boom-and-bust, one taste at a time.
Advanced ticketing ($52 per person, child rates available) is required for this three hour, 1.5 mile gastronomic adventure. Our tours are small and intimate, limited to 12 participants per tour.

Calistoga Blues Festival

Saturday, October 22nd.
Music is free, tasting passes $30 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 707-942-6333
Festival, Live Music: Calistoga’s Blues Fest will take over downtown for an afternoon of great live blues bands and wine tasting from 15 award-winning wineries. This music, food, wine and art festival invites you to stroll Calistoga’s walkable downtown district to enjoy music in multiple venues while sampling many of the region’s best wines.

Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch

Saturday, October 29th 3141 Browns Valley Rd., Napa, CA.
Free    11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (707) 224.1894
Come learn and have fun with the Connolly Ranch staff and program partners while they show you around the farm animals, explore the gardens, take a nature walk, spin wool, learn about bees, or just pull up a straw bale and have a picnic at the barn.

Come join in on the 9th Annual Auburn Wine & Food Festival; the Northern Sierra’s premiere wine and food event.
The annual festival is hosted in the historic town of Auburn; a quaint berg located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Each year the town celebrates the harvest and crush by hosting 25 local Wineries and 25 exceptional Restaurants from in and around Placer County. Wineries and restaurants are thoughtfully paired to showcase the finest marriage of food and wine from the region. Tables are set up in unique businesses throughout town, so expect some great shopping for one-of-a-kind, jewelry, art and more! Come stroll the Wine & Food Festival, held in beautiful Downtown and Old Town Auburn the second Saturday in October. Or hop on one of the FREE shuttle buses, which run regularly throughout the event, between both charming districts.

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