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PostHeaderIcon Autumn Wonderland of Foodie Fun Events in Northern CA!

 

It’s that time of the year where crisp air, the sound of crunching leaves below the feet and awesome food venues will keep you hopping along with your exploring calendars.  It’s time to bundle up and go enjoy what Northern California is very well known for – beautiful fall foliage, an abundance of fresh fruit and produce at local farms and events that will go down in your photo albums as PRICELESS!  Here are a few of our recommendations for some fun and food-filled activities to go, see and do!

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend – October 12th & 13th, Butte County
Perfect for foodies, wine and beer enthusiast and travelers looking for a weekend getaway or a chance to explore off-the-beaten trail….this agri-tourism adventure provides trail goers with the once a year chance to savor the farm-fresh bounty of Butte County all weekend long.  To purchase your passport and pick up your trail map visit www.sierraoro.org/passport-weekend

Sactoberfest – Saturday, October 19th
This one day celebration will involve beer, bratwurst, great oompah music and bretzels!  Join proud German ancestors in Sacramento and embrace the traditions of Oktoberfest. Participate in traditional German games including keg rolling, stein holding, yodeling, and everyone’s favorite Chicken Dance dance-off. Traditional German dance performances will also take place throughout the day by The Schuhplatter Dancers.
You don’t have to travel to Munich to experience Oktoberfest, it’s right here in your own backyard!  Sactoberfest is a 21 and over event.  12pm-10pm -  West Sacramento    www.sactoberfest.com

California Beer & Wine Festival – Saturday, October 19th
Beer, Wine, Food, Cigars, Live Music and fun Vendors….sounds like a great afternoon!!  Advance ticketing $25 per person
Plus Street, Yuba City Town Center (Between Franklin and B Streets)  1:00pm-5:00pm    www.californiabeerandwinefestival.com

Pomegranate Festival – Madera, CA  – Saturday, November 2nd
A unique and fun festival where the celebration of the Spanish Conquistadores bringing the pomegranate to America by 1772 is done by fun activities, history lessons, recipe contests, amazing food, libations and live music!! You’ve seen the “punkin chunkin’’ contests – well how about witnessing the pomegranate fling contest?
Madera Municipal Airport – 4020 Aviation Drive, Madera, CA 93637   10:00am – 5:00pm   Details:  www.maderachamber.com

Big Reds Release Party & Redneck BBQ Bash – Saturday, November 2nd
Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines in Amador County for their 2nd Annual Redneck BBQ Bash!  New BIG red wine releases.  Make sure to wash your hands before dinner because no utensils will be allowed!  A memorable evening by all who attend.  Advance reservations required by Wed. Oct. 30th.  Call 209-245-6177 or visit www.andiswines.com/events

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PostHeaderIcon 10 Northern California August Food Festivals

August Food Festivals in Northern California

I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons: warm weather, late nights, cold swimming holes and (the best!) the FOOD! The following are our Top Ten Local Food Festivals and Events happening around Northern California during August we recommend you planning to explore and have fun!

Ribs on the River Event
Saturday, August 3, 2013
11am-8pm
Location: Rio Ramaza Marina, Garden Highway, Sacramento

Pull your cowboy boots up and throw on your 10-gallon hat! It’s time for some good ol’ fashion country music and some delicious RIBS! Help decide who boasts the “best ribs on the river” at this fun, funky event! Event presenters ask you bring a lawn chair and an appetite! Tickets are $10 and worth EVERY PENNY (if you ask me!) Drinks, music and BBQ’ing are the highlights of this awesome event!

Woodland Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013
9am-2pm
Location: Heritage Plaza on Main Street, Woodland

The 6th Annual Woodland Tomato Festival is back! Celebrating the Yolo County tomato this fun and free event is open to the public! A salsa competition, tomato tosses, variety tasting and tomato clothing (yes, you read that right!) will be just some of the events at this years festival. What fun! This event is being put on by the Woodland’s Farmers Market and encourages both young and old to participate!
My favorite event is the “Iron Chef -like” competition at this year’s event! Top celebrity judges from all over Sacramento will be sharing their skills and opinions on ways to prepare all things tomato! What fun! For being known as “Sacra-tomato”, this event is the one to be at!

Sacramento Banana Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013- 10am-7pm
Sunday, August 11, 2013- 10am-5pm
Location: William Land Park, Sacramento

A 5K Walk/Run, Miss Sacramento Banana Queen Beauty Pageant, a Carmen Miranda Hat contest and a banana bake off are just a FEW of the events scheduled for this August’s Banana Festival. Just based solely on the events, this looks like an event I cannot miss! The festival celebrates food, art, culture, music, diversity, health and wellness and going green by educating the public on composting!
Tickets are only $5 and proceeds are going to some wonderful local causes. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy a nice, warm summer weekend!

Hayward Zucchini Festival
Saturday, August 17, 2013- 10am-8pm
Sunday, August 18, 2013- 10am-8pm
Location: Kennedy Park, Hayward

Clear your calendar- it’s time to celebrate the zucchini! Sponsored by the South Hayward Lions Club, this 31st Annual event is ready to rock! Music, dancing, kids activities and a ‘zucchini-growing contest’ are just a few things this festival promises. Did you know the world’s largest zucchini on record was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds?! Insane!!! And a zucchini has more potassium than a banana! Delicious and healthy! We can’t wait for this festival!

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PostHeaderIcon Celebrate Autumn with Foodie Fun! October Food Events in N. California

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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PostHeaderIcon Foodie Events in Northern California 4 July – Roadtrip!

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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PostHeaderIcon Fork and Spoon Ready? Northern CA June Foodie Events To Explore!

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

http://www.davisbeerfest.org

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

http://www.sequoiafoodiefest.com/

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

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PostHeaderIcon Free Family Fun @ Marysville’s Peach Festival!

It’s local, it’s free and it is going to be FUN!  Need we say more?

Bring your family and friends to Marysville’s Peach Festival in Historic Downtown Marysville:  Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th

The 11th 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!

Scheduled from 4pm to 11pm on Friday and 10am to 11pm on Saturday,
the event will be on
D Street between First and Sixth streets in Downtown Marysville.

Free For Everyone – No Admission – Free Parking!

Family Fun-Great Amusement Rides for kids of all ages!

The 11th Annual Marysville Peach Festival will feature a live entertainment stage at the corners of 6th and D Streets, with a wide range of live acts performing both days of the festival.

Friday, July 15th at 9PM
The Chris Gardner Band

Saturday, July 16th at 9PM
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PostHeaderIcon Out and About Sacramento Region Food Fun!

Looking for some foodie fun, great venues and community spirit?  Mark your calendars for these upcoming events in our Sacramento Region!

April 15th-17th, Stockton Asparagus Festival, Downtown Stockton, http://asparagusfest.com/

April 16th, Taste of Elk Grove, Elk Grove, http://www.lagunasunriserotary.org/dynamicdata/comingevent.asp
April 23rd, Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park, Sacramento, http://www.sacramentoearthday.net/
April 29th, 9th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, CA Automobile Museum, Sacramento, http://chefevent.com/
April 30, Sacramento Mobile Food Festival, Fremont Park, Sacramento, http://www.sactomofo.com/
May 5, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations,  Cesar Chavez Park, Discovery Park, Zocalo’s…..many events will be offered throughout the Sacramento Region…..check online calendars for all opportunities and options.
May 12th, Taste of The Little City, Safetyville, Sacramento,  http://www.safetycenter.org/sv_events.html#Taste
May 13-15, ZinFest Wine Festival, Lodi, http://www.zinfest.com/
May 14, Tour De Cluck, Davis, http://tourdecluck.org/TourdeCluck2011
May 21st, West Coast Brew Fest, Miller Park, Sacramento, http://www.matsonian.com/wcbf/home.html
June 4th, 9th Annual Raley’s Grape Escape, Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento, http://www.raleysgrapeescape.com/
June 18th, Slow Food Sacramento’s Urban Ag Fest, Plates Cafe & Catering, Sacramento, http://slowfoodsacramento.com/upcoming-events-sidebar/urban-ag-fest/

June 20th, Nevada City Bicycle Classic 12:00pm – 7:00pm ,Nevada City, CA – Downtown Nevada City
530-265-2692, 800-655-6569 • http://www.nevadacitychamber.com

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