August is the festive food month for festivals in California. Thanks to predictable weather, it's possible to host food events outdoors with very little concern that it will rain. From bananas to tomatoes, watermelon to wine, the August Food Festivals in California are delicious opportunities to sample, sip and meet new friends sharing a similar passion for food. Foodies love August, and they love California, one of the top producers of many crops.
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Mammoth Lakes, California
Annual Mammoth Bluesapalooza and Festival of Beers Mammoth Festival of Beers includes the Grand Tasting from more than 60 of the country's best craft-breweries and performances by top blues performers.
SACRAMENTO: Festival of Cheese Sponsored by American Cheese Society as part of their annual convention, the public is invited to this event showing over 1,500 award winning cheeses! Time: 7-9:30 p.m. Ticket: $60.
Eat Drink SF Epic Food Festival
San Francisco, California
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 at Fort Mason Center with culinary, wine and cocktail classes and events.
LA HABRA: Corn Festival lahabracornfestival.com
SACRAMENTO Festa Italiana italiancenter.net
Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Long Beach, California
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. longbeachcrawfishfestival.com
LIVERMORE Taste of Downtown
Sample from a bounty of local Wines & culinary treats, live music, free Horsedrawn Carriage Rides and more as you explore Downtown Livermore! And, on Sunday, August 3rd we'll have free Livermore Wine Trolley rides! Stroll Downtown restaurants tasting culinary creations from our brilliant Downtown chefs. Our Downtown shops will be host to a tasting of our award winning Livermore Valley Wines. Live entertainment and shopping specials will be found throughout the Downtown.
Long Beach Big Bite Bacon Fest at the Queen Mary, bigbiteevents.com
40 bacon and pork infused dishes and 40 craft beers. Food served in several sessions with VIP early admission and option to simply sample food without beer. $35-70 approx.
OAKLAND Oaktown Throwdown Jefferson & 12th St. Downtown Oakland, CA a block from City Hall. artandsouloakland.com A fully KCBS sanctioned barbecue competition, with Pro and Backyard events, plus a desert competition. The Oaktown Throwdown is part of Oakland's Art + Soul Festival. Pro Teams are encourage to sell bbq samples. Ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork (and Tri Tip for the backyarders)--Hella Yes! Plus People's Choice and Desert Competitions. A BBQ festival with pro and amateur teams competing in a KCBS sanctioned competition, with family entertainment, celebrity cook-offs, cooking demos, music, awards, barbecue vendors, Oakland BBQ history display, and beer and bourbon sales.
Chula Vista, California
Annual Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista's heritage as the Lemon Capital of the World and features live entertainment on 3 stages, hand crafters, international foods, contests and lemons galore.
RANCHO BERNARDO: Tastings Festival
Rancho Bernardo 4th Annual Tastings Festival & Car Show, 1-4 p.m. Event features approx. 4 breweries, 9 wineries and 12 restaurants/caterers. rbtastings.com
WATSONVILLE: Watsonville Strawberry Festival Historic downtown Watsonville Free admission! cityofwatsonville.org
SAN JOSE: Sabor del Valle
Festival features Latino Vintners, Local Restaurants and artists. Sabor del Valle is an annual celebration of Latino Vintners, food, art, music and the cultural richness of the Latino community. sabordelvalle.org
YORKVILLE Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival and Grape Stomp
Bbq, Over 30 Local Wines, Live Music, Grape Stomp, Silent Auction.
Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Wine writers, winemakers, educators, authors, and sommeliers convene to evaluate and award medals to the very best wines from America's Greenest Wine Region. Immediately following the judging, award winners will be announced at a grand reception and tasting open to the public.
SANTA MONICA An Evening on the Beach eveningonthebeach.com
Santa Monica, California
Ten notable Los Angeles chefs each preparing a signature dish on an open grill set directly on the sand. Guests will sample tempting summer menus, enjoy freshly shucked oysters and taste the wines of select boutique vintners. Live music. The silent auction will feature an expanded selection of very special luxury travel. Benefitting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
WESTMINSTER Annual Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons
Summer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
Paso Robles, California
This unique and tasty event features a casual evening of relaxed good times, where you'll meet 30 of the area's finest winemaker-chefs. Taste the tempting fare grilled for your dining pleasure and enjoy wines selected to pair
San Rafael Food & Wine Festival
San Rafael, California
Annual Festival includes food from area restaurants as you sample wines from 25 of the region's outstanding boutique wineries. In addition, there will be a chef demonstration area featuring a number of area restaurants.
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Regional Park 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol, CA
The Gravenstein Apple Fair is sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, a non-profit organization created to support sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.