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Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters  May 17, 2014
Burbank, California
One of the nation's largest single-day charity wine auctions showcasing celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, winery owners and winemakers. Extraordinary silent and live auctions.  The  event will be held on the "Midwest Street" backlot at Warner Bros.

Paradise Chocolate Festival  May 9 & 10, 2014
Paradise, California
Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. Chocolate Queen pageant, Chocolate Chase fun run, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge and more. A benefit for non-profit youth organizations on the ridge.

Annual Pinot Days San Francisco May 17, 2014  Grand Festival Public Tasting
Includes 140 producers from California, Oregon and New Zealand

 PASO ROBLES Wine Festival  May 15-18, 2014 32nd Annual Wine Festival


May 12, 2012    The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, & Beer Tasting
Petaluma, California
The 15th annual event benefits the Cinnabar Theater children's programs. Other events for Cinnabar Theater The 15th Annual Great

Past events 2011:

April 29-May 1, 2011  Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers   - Angelus Oaks, California

May 1, 2011  Taste of the Town  
Santa Clarita, California
Child & Family Center is proud to present our 23rd annual Taste of the Town, Sunday May 1st, 1-5pm. All monies raised will help support mental health services for children and families.

May 1, 2011  Taste of Huntington Beach  
Huntington Beach, California
A unique sampling of the finest restaurants Huntington Beach has to offer, paired with California's premium wineries & breweries - all in the name of charity!

May 1, 2011  26th Annual For Our Children Food & Wine Festival  
Torrance, California
Proceeds this year will benefit TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation and Sandpipers philanthropic programs. Gourmet foods and fine wines from over 90 restaurants and wineries.  The spectacular silent and live auctions feature unique gift items, sports tickets and memorabilia, dining, entertainment and exciting travel packages.

May 4-8, 2011  32nd Annual Selma Raisin Festival  
Selma, California
Celebrating in Selma, "Raisin Capital of the World" with a carnival, entertainment, pageant, crafts, and competitions in art, baking, floriculture, photography and poetry.

May 7, 2011 May Signature Wine Auction  
Beverly Hills, California
Heritage Auctions presents is May Signature Wine auction #5072 featuring fine and rare wine for sale at public auction.

May 7, 2011  2nd Annual Morgan Hill No Bull BBQ Cook Off  
Morgan Hill, California
Do you like Barbeque?  If you like to cook or eat barbecue, this is the event for you. Enjoy live music, beer, wine and a good time.

May 13-15, 2011  7th Annual Lodi Zinfest  
Lodi Lake Park, California
The signature tasting event in Lodi Wine Country.

May 14, 2011  Roll Out the Barrel  
San Diego, California
A fundraising event featuring food & wine sampling from artisan wineries from around the world, local restaurants, a silent and live auction, and live entertainment. We expect 400-500 guests at this exclusive event. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, which grants wishes for children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Attendance: 500.

May 18, 2013  Annual Tiburon Wine Festival  
San Francisco, California
One of the most picturesque waterfront communities in the world, The Tiburon Wine Festival is San Francisco's premier outdoor wine event. Breathtaking views, world class wines (vintages from over 60 premium wineries) savory food from over 20 restaurants and vendors, a giant silent auction, and live entertainment - this event is not to be missed.

May 14, 2011  16th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival  
Galt, California
Join us for Fun, Food, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, a Car and Bike show, BMX Stunt Show, Miss & Mr Strawberry Pageant, and a Dog Show!

May 14-15, 2011  Spring Wine Trail Adventure  
Madera, California
Sample a wide variety of local wines from the winemakers themselves and their well-educated staff. We will also have indulgent food pairings, local art and live music.

May 14-15, 2011  Sequoia Foodie Fest 2011  
Exeter, California
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.

May 15, 2011  Jewish Food & Cultural Festival  
Valencia, California
A family fun day filled with Jewish food and culture!  Come join us for brisket, rugelach, corned beef, black and white cookies, knishes, challah, falafel, and more.  Live Jewish entertainment such as Israeli dancing, singing, Krav Maga, and arts and crafts.

May 15, 2011  23rd  Vintage Bouquet Charity Wine Auction  
Beverly Hills, California
A mecca for food and wine lovers seeking mouthwatering fare - hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. Features unlimited tastings from some of the state's top wineries and LA's leading restaurants, live musical entertainment.

May 15, 2011  3rd Annual Jewish Food Festival  
Santa Clarita, California
This is a fun filled family day from 11:00am-4:00pm.  Events include live Jewish music and dancing, traditional Jewish food, shopping, special area just for children.  Admission price is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE.  2 for 1 paid adult admission with a non-perishable donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

May 20-22, 2011  14th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival  
Philo, California
Taste Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from 40 wineries while enjoying gourmet small bites and music; technical conference on Friday (includes lunch); casual BBQ and dine with the winemakers on Saturday; on Sunday visit the wineries during their open houses for special tastings, seminars, food pairings, and more.

May 20-22, 2011  Cooking for Solutions  
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Celebrate Sustainability. Join us for our tenth Cooking for Solutions celebration--the culinary event of the year with great chefs, gourmet cuisine and fine wines. It's an elegant way to discover how your food choices protect the health of the soil, water and ocean wildlife. Events include the signature gala celebration, as well as food and wine adventures, cooking demonstrations and a seafood challenge.

May 20-22, 2011  Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival  
Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles Wine Festival is the marquee tasting event held along California's Central Coast. Always the third weekend in May. The delicious wine of Paso Robles is complemented by local epicurean delights, featured throughout the weekend. Wine Festival is complete with winemaker dinners, live music and open house festivities at area wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country.

May 20-22, 2011  2011 OC Greek Fest  
Anaheim, California
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece as St. John's in Anaheim marks 50 years celebrating the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive Zorba's Kidz Zone with carnival rides & games.

May 21, 2011  12th Annual West Coast Brew Fest  
Sacramento, California
Celebration of the West Coast heritage of the microbrew revolution. Featuring Tokenless (read unlimited) Microbrew Tasting of over 120 different beers from over 60 breweries, Live Music and Great Food. WCBF holds a BCJP-sanctioned Commercial Craft Competition two weeks prior to the event and winning breweries will be displaying their award-winning brews at the festival. Proceeds benefit the Make A Difference Project. Atendance: 3,000. 

May 21, 2011  Uncorked! The San Francisco Wine Festival  
San Francisco, California
Enjoy live music, wine seminars and chef demonstrations at this free event. Tickets must be purchased to participate in wine tasting. Proceeds benefit Save the Bay.

May 21, 2011  Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival  
Santa Rosa, California
The 117th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival. The Parade's theme this year is "Rose Town Hoedown" paying tribute to the Old West. After the parade, the 2011 event will include the "Stark Reality Battle of the High School Chefs" in Courthouse Square.

May 21, 2011  Field to the Fork  
Temecula, California
Enjoy food from some of the region's finest chefs. Treat yourself to wine and beer tastings. Learn about farming, viticulture, gardening, water conservation and more!

May 21, 2011  EGGfest - Smokin' It So Cal Style  
Upland, California
An event dedicated to the world's greatest smoker and grill, the Big Green Egg.  Cooks come from all over to showcase their talents. There are demo Eggs available for people who wish to take an Egg for a test run.

May 21, 2011  Way Out West BBQ Championship  
Stockton, California
Held in conjunction with the Annual Taste of San Joaquin at Weber Point in Downtown Stockton. Taste is the premier San Joaquin celebration of everything local; local entertainment, local food, regional wine and the West Coast's best BBQ! Proceeds from this event benefit local businesses, local charities and the improvement of Downtown Stockton.

May 21, 2011  4th Annual Taste of San Joaquin  
Stockton, California
Featuring the West Coast's best BBQ, the Way Out West BBQ Championship will be held at the Taste of San Joaquin. Talented cooks from all over the Western United States will compete for a California State Championship at the BBQ Championship. Taste is the premier San Joaquin celebration of everything local; local classic cars, local food, and the West Coast's best brews and BBQ! Proceeds from this event benefit local businesses and local charities.

May 21-22, 2011  52nd Artichoke Festival  
Castroville, California
Thistle Be Fun!  Agro Art Competition, Parade, Live Music, Children's Activities.  Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting, Farmer's Market, Arts & Crafts, Field Tours to the artichoke patch.

May 21-22, 2011  California Strawberry Festival  
Oxnard, California
28th Annual.  Ranked among the top Festivals in the nation, the weekend celebration annually the 3rd weekend in May offers a spectacle of strawberry fun for everyone. Award-winning attractions, interactive exhibits, gooey contests, the hottest names in entertainment, the largest collection of Fine Arts & Crafts with 200+ booths, and an unbelievable assortment of delicious strawberry foods and beverages. The Strawberry Promenade offers cooking demonstrations and presentations, Strawberryland For Kids boasts free rides, puppet shows, and more.    See also">Strawberry Recipe Contest  

May 21-22, 2011  33rd Annual Boogie on the Bayou  
Campbell, California
This popular Cajun-inspired celebration draws attendees from all over the Bay Area to enjoy the authentic food, live entertainment, unique arts and crafts and the enormous family fun zone. Attendance: 60,000.

May 22, 2011  Flavors of Los Angeles  
Los Angeles, California
Flavors of Los Angeles spotlights premier local restaurants and chefs to create a high-end, exclusive, gourmet experience. We are proud these renowned chefs are working with the American Liver Foundation in our fight to promote awareness and raise money to promote liver health, disease prevention, education and research.

May 22, 2011  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation  
Laguna Beach, California
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

May 27-29, 2011  8th Annual Food & Wine Festival  
Newport Beach, California
Acclaimed Winemakers, our celebrated chefs and Master Sommeliers will serve as the guides- captivating festival goers with educational seminars and wine events with endless tasting tables.

May 27-30, 2011  Garden Grove Strawberry Festival  
Garden Grove, California
The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival celebrates its 51st year, making it not only one of the largest community festivals in the western US, but also one of the oldest.

May 28, 2011  25th Annual California Festival of Beers & Golf Tournament  
Avila Beach, California
Over 50 brewers and over 100 of their finest microbrewed creations.

May 28-29, 2011  28th Annual Strawberry Festival  
Arroyo Grande, California
As one of California's largest festivals, this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds.

May 29, 2011  Larkspur Flower & Food Festival  
Larkspur, California
An exciting daylong schedule of colorful festivities surrounding the theme of flower related arts & crafts and gourmet food exhibitors. The event will feature the cooking demonstration stage showcasing Larkspur's renowned Chefs and Restaurants.


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