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California August Food Festivals

Meats, Sweets & Treats

SACRAMENTO: Banana Festival August 10-11, 2019
William Land Park, $fee

FREMONT: Misson San Jose Chamber Lobster Fest August 10, 2019, 6 p.m.
Mission Coffee, Patio
151 Washington Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539
$70, msjchamber.org
Location: Mission Coffee Patio, 190 Anza St., Fremont, CA Complete dinner, including Fresh Atlantic Lobster, Clam Chowder, Corn on the cob, Salad, Fresh Bread, Berry Cobbler & Ice Cream No Host Wine & Beer 

DEL MAR: Gourmet Food Truck Festival August 10, 2019, 12-6 p.m. Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego County Fairgrounds. Free with race track admission, $6-up approx. dmtc.com. Gourmet Food Truck Festival with 40 food trucks in one location.

COVELO: Round Valley Blackberry Festival August 17-18, 2019

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Tomato Festival August 17-18, 2019

HAYWARD: Zucchini Festival August 17-18, 2019, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Kennedy Park 19501 Hesperian Blvd.
 $10 day, VIP $20-30
$5 age 55+, 5-12 years, handicapped
zucchinifest.org

SEBASTOPOL: Gravenstein Apple Fair August 17-18, 2019

FOUNTAIN VALLEY: BBQ Festival, August 16-18, 2019
Mile Square Park Sports Complext
$5-up, bbqmusicfest.com

FULLERTON: Taco Festival August 17, 2019, 5 p.m. Free admission for this Downtown Museum Plaza event. The Fullerton Museum is producing this annual food and music festival to benefit the Museum and Sister City program. | cityoffullerton.com

LOS ANGELES: L.A. Taco Fest August 17, 2019, 12-8 p.m.
LA. Grand Park 200 N Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA. Free admission, latacofestival.com | grandparkla.org
LA's Taco Festival in support of ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles features Epic Tacos, Kogi BBQ, Thai Mex Cocina, Tropical Islands Papas and Dogs, Rice Balls of Fire, and Casa De Brisa. Live music performances, interactive activities and vendor booths are free to explore (with a $5 suggested donation to support Jovenes, Inc., a non-profit with housing and supportive services to homeless youth between the ages of 18-25.) This event is presented by the American Beverage Association. Other sponsors include LA Care, Del Real Foods & Sparkling Ice. Location: Grand Park,  in front of City Hall between Spring St and Broadway. latacofestival.com 

LOS ANGELES: Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship August 17, 2019

KLAMMATH: Salmon Festival August 17, 2019. Yurok Tribe's annual Klamath Salmon Festival 

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Zoo Ice Cream Safari August 17, 2019, 5-8 p.m. Location: 3930 West Land Park Drive $21-25, saczoo.org | zoos

SAN DIEGO: Latin Food Fest! August 16-17, 2019
America's largest annual Hispanic culinary celebration
Embarcadero Marina Park North
400 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 90401
$tickets, latinfoodfest.com
Tastings, a celeb chef dinner, parties, workshops, signature  Gran Tasting all-inclusive tasting festival. Guests pay one price to enter and indulge in a variety of local and international food, wine and spirits; meet acclaimed chefs who conduct demos, Best of Fest Awards showcase of culinary excellence.

SAN DIEGO:  Latin Food Fest!  August 16-17, 2019 at Embarcadero Park North, San Diego Bay. California's largest annual Latin culinary extravaganza includes Spirits of the Americas,  a cocktail party+, Modern Mexico chef's dinner, and  Gran Tasting San Diego, the festival's signature event featuring food, beverage, wine, beer, and spirits stations, cooking and wine demonstrations, chef awards, VIP Tent, and a four-hour music performance by La Junta Sound System. Location: Embarcadero Park North 500 Kettner Blvd, San Diego 92101  latinfoodfest.com

SAN JOSE: Assyrian Food Festival August 17-18, 2019. Pastries, live music, dancing, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Location: Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave. Free admission, assyrianfestival.com

VALLEY CENTER: Summer Food Truck Festival August 17, 2019 at Bates Nut Farm.  Location: 5954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center, CA.  batesnutfarm.biz

MAMMOTH LAKES: Mammoth Rocks August 22-24, 2019. Music & food festival. mammothrocks.com

COBB: Blackberry COBBler Festival August 24, 2019, 12-5 p.m. at Whispering Pines Resort. First annual COBBler festival old fashioned picnic under the pines, dance to live music, enter the COBBler contest, enjoy wood fired pizza. Location: 17140 Hwy 175, Cobb, CA 95426 cobbareacouncil.org

WATSONVILLE: Testicle Festival August 24, 2019, 3-7 p.m.
Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers 10th Annual Testicle Festival Fundraiser Barbeque
Do they really taste like chicken?
 Estrada Deer Camp
194 Hazel Dell Rd.
Watsonville, CA
$50, agri-culture.us  $20 ages 5-12 years 
Rocky Mountain Oysters All you can eat! Dinner: Chicken, Salads, Bread & Dessert Horseshoe Contest, Games, auction and more. USDA inspected bull testicles are truly a delicacy of the American West No bull…join us for balls of fun!

SANTA CRUZ: Tequila and Tacos August 24-25, 2019
Saturday Tequila Sampling $40, Saturday Tasting 11am-3pm. Location: San Lorenzo Park Santa Cruz, CA. $10-65 tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com

SANTA ANA: Santa Ana Zoo Zoofari August 24, 2019, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
$, santaanazoo.org

BAKERSFIELD: Ice Cream Zoofari at CALM Zoo August 24, 2019, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.
10500 Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 872-2256
$15, $12 age 3-12 years, calmzoo.org | zoos

BODEGA: Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival August 24-25, 2019
16855 Bodega Highway
Bodega CA
$15-35, bodegaseafoodfestival.com
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tasting begins 1 hour after fest opens and closes 1 hour before fest ends. This annual benefit featuring over 30 wineries and 15 microbreweries.

LAKEPORT: Taste of Lake County August 24, 2019, 5-10 p.m. Held on 1st-4th on Main Street downtown. $20-up, lakeportmainstreet.com

SANTA BARBARA: Tikifari Zoofari Ball August 24, 2019, 5:30-11 p.m.
$300-350 approx., (805) 962-5339 | sbzoo.org

SAN JOSE: San Jose Italian Family Festa August 24-25, 2019
History Park San Jose
1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA
Free admission, iahfsj.org | italianfamilyfestasj.org
Sat 11:00 - 8:00
Sun 11:00 - 6:00
Saturday Night Street Dance, Grape Stomp, arts & crafts, kids entertainment, wine tasting, La Cucina Galbani Cooking Stage, Meet Galbani's Celebrity Chef Marco, music by Gruppo Sbandieratori e Musici di Faenza - Ravenna, direct from Italy! 

SAN DIEGO: August 24-25, 2019 San Diego Spirits Festival
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 N Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
sandiegospiritsfestival.com for tickets
Shake up your summer and mingle with thousands of people at the annual San Diego Spirits Festival at the picturesque Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The largest Cocktail and Culinary Festival in San Diego offers samples of top-shelf cocktails from small-batch and big name distillers, and tastes from local restaurants as top local chefs show off their style and offer tastes of their wares, in celebration of the city's cocktail & culinary culture. 

SAN FRANCISCO: Eat Drink SF Epic Food Festival August 24, 2019, 12:45-3:30 p.m.
Midway, 900 Marin St., San Francisco, California
$, eatdrink-sf.com
Highlighting local talent, regional ingredients and Northern Californian flair with tastings, classes, dinners, and events.  Presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: A Taste of the Central Coast August 25, 2019, 3 p.m. at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard. benefitforkids.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Plum Festival August 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES: Coffee Fest August 25-27, 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center, coffeefest.com

AMADOR CITY: Amador City Tomato Festival August 31, 2019, 12-4 p.m. amador-city.com | event posted on visitamador.com

ORANGE: Orange International Street Fair August 30 - September 1, 2019. Friday 5-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Location: Orange Plaza, Chapman Ave and Glassell Street, Orange, CA Free, some events charge fee, orangestreetfair.org

VISTA: Vista BBQ Classic August 3, 2019, 12-10 p.m. Location: Downtown Vista. San Diego area's Largest BBQ Competition. Pizza Grilling Contest, Line Dancing Competition, Fair Style Food Contests, Mariachi, Country, Folkloric and Bluegrass, Kids "Q" and shopping for great gadgets, attire, and accessories. Free admission, $20-60, vistabbqclassic.com

OXNARD: Channel Islands Maritime Museum Chowder Fest August 4, 2019, 2-6 p.m. Location: 3900 Bluefin Circle Oxnard, California 93035. Beer, wine, live music and fun. $25-30, cimmvc.org

MAMMOTH LAKES: Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza August 1-4, 2019
Mammoth Lakes, California
$tickets, mammothbluesbrewsfest.com
Annual Mammoth Bluesapalooza and Festival of Beers Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza includes the Grand Tasting from more than 60 of the country's best craft-breweries and performances by top blues performers. Located in the beautiful community of Mammoth Lakes, CA. This is an outdoor venue-please bring blankets and LOW BACKED sand chairs, no pets or outside alcohol.

CHULA VISTA: Lemon Festival August 4, 2019

VENICE: Festival of Chariots  August 4, 2019

LA HABRA: Corn Festival, August 2-4, 2019 lahabracornfestival.com

LONG BEACH: Long Beach Vegan Festival August 3, 2019, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. All ages, outdoor, food and music festival! Location: The Pike Outlets & Green, 95 S. Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802. Free admission, lbveganfest.com

MORAGA: Pear Harvest August 3-4, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the corner of Canyon Rd and Camino Pablo.
moragaparks.org/pears.html

WATSONVILLE: Strawberry Festival August 3-4, 2019
Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free, cityofwatsonville.org/ 1117/Watsonville-Strawberry-Festival
Located in historic downtown Watsonville around the City Plaza on Main, Peck and Union Streets, Watsonville Strawberry Festival includes foods, vendor booths, bands, and several blocks of fantastic entertainment. Free.

By Category

BBQ

  • LONG BEACH: BBQ Festival 
  • NAPA: Blues, Brews & BBQs

CROPS

  • COVELO: Round Valley Blackberry Festival Aug.19-20, Free
  • FAIRFIELD: Tomato Festival Aug.19-20, Free
  • HAYWARD: Zucchini Festival Aug.19-20, $Fee
  • HUNTINGTON BEACH: Plum Festival Aug.20, Free
  • SACRAMENTO: Banana Festival Aug 12-13, $Fee
  • SEBASTOPOL: Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug.12-13, $Fee
  • STOCKTON: Banana Fest International Aug.18-19, $Fee
  • WOODLAND: Tomato Festival Aug.12, Free

TACOS

  • FULLERTON: Taco Festival 
  • LOS ANGELES: L.A. Taco Fest 
  • SAN DIEGO: Latin Food Fest! 
  • SANTA CRUZ: Tequila and Tacos Music Festival

FISH, SEAFOOD

  • BODEGA: Seafood Art & Wine Festival
  • CHULA VISTA HarborFest Sustainable Seafood Fest
  • DANA POINT: Lobster Festival
  • KLAMMATH: Salmon Festival 
  • OXNARD: Chowder Fest

ITALIAN

  • SAN DIEGO: Little Italy Ferragosto 
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Festa Coloniale Italiana 
  • SAN JOSE: Italian Family Festa 

GREEK

  • CASTRO VALLEY: Greek Festival 
  • FRESNO: Greek Festival 

ETHNIC

  • FREMONT: India Mela Festival 
  • LOS ANGELES: Nisei Week 
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Pistahan Festival
  • SAN JOSE: Assyrian Food Festival 

POLYNESIAN

  • ROHNERT PARK: Pacific Islander Festival 
  • SANTA BARBARA: Aloha Spirit Bash 
  • SANTA CRUZ: Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival

 

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