Enjoy the fantastic foods in September food festivals Californians enjoy. Culinary adventures heat up the season with spicy tastes ranging from locally grown fruits and vegetables, to specialty drinks served along with great samples and meals.
September 14, 2013 Nevada City Uncorked
Nevada City, California
Historic Downtown Grass Valley is the sizzling spot for a robust sampling of local Foothill wines, beers and food from 30 wineries and restaurants.
September 21, 2013 Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$25 admission - includes a mini souvenir coffee tasting mug!
Annual festival features more than 30 coffee roasters, cafes and tea purveyors. Panel discussions on brewing, demonstrations such as a Japanese tea ceremony, and classes on fair trade versus organic beans delve deeply into the intricacies, insides and outs of the trade. There will also be pastries and plenty of free samples.
Festival August 31-September
Sac Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
sacramentogreekfestival.com | Category: Greek
September 1-3, 2012 LA Times and Food & Wine's The Taste
Los Angeles, California
Cost: $125 - up
Featuring 9 signature events during 4 days taking across Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Hollywood to Downtown, THE TASTE will showcase the burgeoning and dynamic culinary scene represented in LA and includes everything from local restaurant tastings and cooking demos from celebrity chefs, to wine tastings and cocktail seminars with some of the world's top vintners and mixologists.
Sept. 7 - 9, 2012 LONG BEACH - Original Long Beach Lobster Festival . Friday: 5p.m. - 11p.m. ; Saturday Noon - Midnight; Sunday, noon - 10 p.m. originallobsterfestival.com | Region: Los Angeles County
September 8-9, 2012 Tracy
Dry Bean Festival
Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday
25 Years of Beans at the Annual Tracy Dry Bean Festival is held in Downtown Plaza, with Kids Carnival on 10th Street near the Tracy Press building; Multi-Cultural stage near 10th & B Street and two additional stages with music and entertainment at the corner of 10th & Central. Bean Pavilion gives festival goers an opportunity to truly celebrate dry beans via bean samplings, variety of specialty dry beans for purchase, bean give-aways and cooking demonstrations. On Sunday, local chefs will compete for the prestigious title of Best Chili in Town at the annual chili bean cook off. Bean Run 5K/10K and the Show-N-Shine Car Show features over 75 classic cars on display.
September 8 & 9, 2012 SACRAMENTO - Coors Light Crawfish & Catfish Festival. Two Stages with Louisianna Zydeco and Blues, Mouthwatering Crawfish, Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Fish Tacos, Gumbo, Jambalaya and more. Kid’s Bouncing Houses, games and activities, hotdogs, shaved ice, Italian ice, Corn Dogs, and Hamburgers. Admission: $5; under 12 free. Parking $5. Time: Sat Noon-11 p.m. Sun- Noon. Location: Rio Ramaza Event Park, 10000 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA between Elverta Rd. & Riego Rd., Sacramento, CA louisianasue.com
September 7-9, 2012 LOS ANGELES - L.A. Greek Festival. Greek Food and Pastries, Greek Wines
and Beers, Live Greek Music and Folk Dancing, Kid's
Arcade with special Kid's Menu, Rides, Games and Arts and
Crafts...Raffle with Fabulous Prizes....and more! Times: Fri 5-11
1-11 p.m.; Sun 1-10 p.m. Location: Corner of Normandie
Avenue and Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, lagreekfest.com
Sept 8, 2012 TEHACHAPI - Oktoberfest and Volkswagen Car Show. Tehachapi Oktoberfest Festival In the Mountains in Historic Downtown Tehachapi on Tehachapi Blvd, includes such attractions as live German music, polka dancing, German Car Show, and spectacular fine German food. And of course we will have an assortment of delicious German BEERS!!! and commemorative Beer Stein for sale. No entry fee. Fun for kids too with a petting zoo, face painting, kids games and bounce house. Time: 12 to 8 p.m. Car Show 12- 4 p.m. Location: Tehachapi Blvd. between Curry Street and Green Street, mainstreettehachapi.org
September 8-9, 2012
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate
900 N. Point St.
San Francisco, CA
Time: Noon - 5 p.m.
Chocolate delicacies, wine and chocolate inspired family activities include Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest, Chef demos, and more. Tickets must be purchased to taste chocolate; $20 gets you 15 samples. Chocolate Festival is a San Francisco tradition.
September 9-15, 2012 SAN DIEGO - The Spirits of Mexico. Tequila and mezcal fans celebrate their favorite go-to brands at this week-long event that includes the most comprehensive festival of agave-based spirits in North America. Finest spirits, tequila tastings, cocktail challenges, authentic Mexican dishes and an awards ceremony. Location: Old Town San Diego, CA. thespiritsofmexico.com
September 13, 2012 Taste and Tour of Little Saigon
Authentic Eight Course Vietnamese
Dinner & Entertainment plus
pre-event Reception and Limousine
Tour of Little Saigon. Black Tie or Vietnamese Attire Optional
Reception 5 - 6:30 pm
Limousine Tours Depart: 6:30 pm Dinner Served: 7:30 pm
Asian Garden Mall
9200 Bolsa Avenue
Westminster, California 92683 Grand Garden, 8894 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster, California 92683 -
Cost: $75/person approx., RSVP required (714) 898-9648
September 9-16, 2012 SOM Spirits of Mexico
San Diego, California
The largest, most comprehensive festival of agave-based spirits in North America, and will be packed with seminars discussing the finest spirits, tequila tastings, cocktail challenges, authentic Mexican dishes and an awards ceremony.
Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Saturday, September 14-15, 2012
11am - 4pm
16th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2012 Location: Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA Call: (866) 287-9818 kj.com
September Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival - September 15-16, 2012
Santa Clara, CA
The Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival features nearly 175 booths, 25 community groups serving international foods, food vintners pouring fine wines, micro-brewed beer, live entertainment on three stages, and the ever-popular Kids Kingdom. Picturesque Central Park sprawls over 52-acres and comprises a beautiful lake, hundreds of trees, several picnic areas and acres of green grass. Cost: Free admission.
September 16-21, 2012 San Diego Restaurant Week
Over 160 participating restaurants offer three-course dinner prix-fixe menus for just $20, $30 or $40 per person. Feast on two-course lunch prix-fixed menus for just $10, $25, or $20 per person depending on the restaurant. Reservations are recommended, see SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com.
Pasadena Greek Fest (Arcadia) September 14-16, 2012
pasadenagreekfest.org | Category: Greek
September 18, 2012
Taste of Old Pasadena
20th Annual - A Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 - 9 pm.
Sample your way through over 30 of Old Pasadena's finest restaurants on a self-guided walking taste tour. Tickets available at Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors, 1060 E. Green Street #100, Pasadena, CA or sold the day of the event in front of select restaurants.
September 20-23, 2012 Walnut Festival
Walnut Creek, California
Celebrates the history of growing walnuts in the area and raises money to benefit the community.
September 28-30, 2012 Tomatoville Celebration Bardessono and Hill Family Estate invite you to a weekend of celebration in honor of Mother Nature's finest fruit (since the grape). Call for information and reservations. 6526 Yount St., Yountville, CA Fee: Varies by event Time: varies by event Phone Number: (707) 204.6030, bardessono.com
September 29, 2012 Pinotfest
Del Monte Beach House
6 to 10 p.m.
2nd Annual Pinotfest features over 20 vintners offering tastings of their classic pinot noirs, with white and rose wines. The goal of Pinotfest is to present, highlight, and promote Pinot Noir wines of Monterey County and beyond. Monterey County is home to over 7,500 acres of Pinot Noir, the most planted red grape varietal. Tri-tip BBQ, beach party festivities, music, dancing, and a silent auction, plus the world famous coastline are the highlights of this event. Donated prizes from participating vintners and businesses for the silent auction help Ag Against Hunger nonprofit organization.
San Francisco, A Taste of Greece September 21-23, 2012
annunciation.org/festival | Category: Greek
September 22-23, 2012 California Candy Festival
Over 10,000 candy lovers are expected to attend. Activities include candy sampling, candy-themed music & entertainment, candy making competition, parade, wine & chocolate pairing pavillion, and candy art contest. Takes place at the 15-acre Jelly Belly Visitors Center.
September 29 - October
28, 2012 Sonoma County Farm Trails
Join local farmers for a weekend of tours, artisan foods, wine tasting, hands-on activities, cooking, pick-your-own, agricultural demonstrations, music and harvest. From hay rides to cheese-making, Weekend Along the Farm Trails offers a chance to experience Sonoma County's agricultural heritage.
Martinis on the Plaza September 29, 2012
Enjoy a magical evening under the enchantment of a starry sky, a babbling plaza fountain, graceful white tents & dancing twinkle lights as you travel back in time to the elegance of the 1940's Rat Pack era. Partake of specialty martinis, epicurean delights from regional restaurants, and live big band swing music as we celebrate Martinez's heritage as the birthplace of the Martini.
September 29, 2012 SOL Food Festival
Santa Barbara, California
A one-day community-created festival to raise awareness of the Sustainable, Organic, and Local food systems of Santa Barbara County. Live cooking demos, DIY workshops, live animals, Local beer and wine tasting garden, delicious SOL Food vendors, and much more. Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Oakley Almond Festival Definitely No Festival in 2012
Oakley , California
Oakley's biggest event of the year celebrates the almond. Always held during the second week of September.