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

July 21, 2012 – Extravaganza for the Senses – Excite you senses with an evening of wine, food, music and fun. Enjoy delectable samples from 40 restaurants and more than 60 wineries, spa services from bliss spa, a photo booth, silent auction, mystics and more! Enjoy a night out while helping the community!  Your support touches the lives of more than 22,000 people who call the Saban Free Clinic their medical home.??  Hollywood, CA  323-330-1670

July 21, 2012 Smokin In The Oaks BBQ Festival- ?The 4th annual festival will be a fun full day of music, championship BBQ and plenty of brews to sample. There will be four bands performing on the main pavilion stage starting at 11:00am with the main act kicking off 6:00 pm. ? There is no admission for Smokin’ in the Oaks, however, there is a small parking fee benefiting a local service club. Tasting tickets for People’s Choice will be $10 for five tickets. If you like BBQ cooking, you will love this as it is a memorable feast.  Admission is free with a canned food donation. The canned food is collected and given to the Food Bank of Nevada County. Last year we collected 1,300 pounds of canned food for the needy!   Penn Valley, CA  530-559-5274

July 28, 2012 California Beer Festival – Beautiful Aptos Village Park will be the site of the festival, with over 70 craft beers, three bands, mouth watering food, and bocce ball. The CBF’s main goal is to shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer. ??Santa Cruz, CA  805-323-5691

July 28-29, 2012 Long Beach Crawfish Festival – ?Combines the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style and served by authentic Cajun chefs; giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana??. Fresh Crawfish dinners prepared by Bristol Farms Master Chef Bruce Jacobs.  Long Beach, CA  562-495-5959

July 28-29, 2012 19th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival – ?Spicy food, hot music and Oxnard’s cool ocean breezes are on the menu:the food, the music, and the dance. You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home! Free admission and parking… it’s Southern California’s HOTTEST Summer Event! Highlights include Salsa and Latin Jazz bands, a large salsa tasting tent, an eclectic vendor marketplace, international foods, kids corner attractions, a salsa recipe contest and much more. Admission and parking are free! Oxnard, CA
July 28-29, 2012 A Taste of Camarillo- The Meadowlark Service League will hold its 25th annual ‘A Taste of Camarillo’ Wine & Food Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawns of the historic Adolfo Camarillo Ranch House. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling wines from over 100 wineries and taste gourmet foods from more than 50 of our finest local restaurants and introducing smaller boutique wineries to the community such as Hidden Oak Winery and Penman Springs from Paso Robles plus local favorites which include Cantara Cellars and Rancho Ventavo Cellars.  Along with great wineries and delicious food, the afternoon is going to be filled with live music by the Shoemaker Brothers followed by the Jack Diamond Band.  Camarillo, CA  (805)388-7158

July 29, 2012 40th Annual Pear Fair – Celebrating Courtland as the “Bartlett Pear Capital of the World” with live music, Wines of the Delta Parade, fun run, children’s area, classic car show, beer & wine garden and a variety of pear related foods.?? Free Admission – $10 parking fee -A portion of the proceeds benefit educational scholarships & the Courtland Volunteer Fire Association. Ample parking area is provided.   Courtland, CA ( 916) 775-2000

July 30-Aug 5, 2012 SF Chefs 2012 – ?Highlighting local talent, regional ingredients and Northern Californian flair with tastings, classes, dinners, and events. During the weekend, a tented tasting pavilion will be housed on the historic Union Square, with culinary, wine and cocktail classes and events held at The Westin St. Francis Hotel. San Francisco, CA  415-781-5348

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