California Food Festivals in March

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March Food Festivals and Events

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LOS ANGELES: Latin Food Fest March 29-30, 2019
Latin Food Fest celebrates its seventh annual Hispanic culinary celebration at Los Angeles State Historic Park. California's largest annual Latin culinary extravaganza includes Chefs Night Out,  a high energy party and  Gran Tasting Los Angeles,  the festivals 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. Among the fifty participating chefs are Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. March 29-30, 2019 Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012  Tickets: latinfoodfest.com

OCEANSIDE: Five-course Long Meadow Ranch and Masters Wine Dinner, March 7, 2019, seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, featuring Executive Chef André Clark. Each course is paired with a Long Meadow Ranch wine. Location: 208 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, Where: 208 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054. By reservations only: $85, (760) 231-6278 or  mastersoceanside.com
Menu includes: D' Anjou Pear Amuse Bouche cucumber sphere, chevre creme Paired with Long Meadow Ranch Sonoma Country Brut | Lump Crab Cake mango grapefruit relish, meyer lemon beurre blanc Paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2015 Anderson Valley Chardonnay | Confit Leg of Duck black cherry polenta fritter, duck skin enoki chicharrones Paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2015 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir | Cape Grim Beef cocoa chili rub, garlic frite, blackberry gastrique Paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet | Sauvignon Strawberry Lime Panna Cotta Bearss lime, Cyclops Farms strawberries, tequila syrup, candied lime zest Paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2017 Anderson Valley Rose

CARMEL: GourmetFest March 14-17, 2019.
Carmel-by-the-Sea gourmetfestcarmel.com

HEALDSBURG: Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot March 15-16, 2019.  Hotel Healdsburg | Healdsburg, California | pigsandpinot.com

SOLVANG: Taste of Solvang, March 13-17, 2019. A weekend of beer, wine samples and food tastes includes Sip + Savor, Saturday's Tasting Trail, and the Solvang Wine & Beer Walk. Tickets: SolvangUSA.com

YOUNTVILLE: Yountville Live March 14-17, 2019
Award-winning rock star chefs plus intimate performances from some of today's hottest recording artists and a unique variety of some of Napa Valley's most celebrated wineries and finest beers and spirits available. yountvillelive.com

ORANGE COUNTY: Orange County Restaurant Week March 3-9, 2019 ocrestaurantweek.com

CALIFORNIA CITY: Desert Rat Regional Chili Cookoff March 30, 2019
California City, California
chilicookoff.com
 

Past Events

TRUCKEE: Farm to Table March 9, 2018, 6 p.m.
Alder Creek Adventure Center
tahoedonner.com

SONORA Sonora Celtic Faire March 9-11, 2018
sonoracelticfaire.com
A special Friday Night Kick-Off Party, which starts at 7pm, will feature many Celtic bands and dancers at the festivals large pub tavern, cost approx. $15. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year's event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 11 musical groups, performing on five stage

LITTLE RIVER: Little River Whale Festival March 9-12, 2018 Food and Wine Tasting - Whale Watching Walks - Sea Cave Kayak Tours.  mendocinocoast.com

TEMECULA: Annual Pechanga Wine Festival March 9-10, 2018  pechanga.com | chocolate

OAKLAND: Oakland Bacon & Beer Festival March 10, 2018 2:30-5 p.m. Jack London Square. Annual festival includes bacon-inspired dishes, local brews, tastings from over 40 restaurants and breweries. Cost: $55-75 approx. jacklondonsquare.com | bacon

SAN FRANCISCO: Corn Dog Festival March 10, 2018
SoMa StrEat Food Park
428 11th Street
San Francisco, CA
$0-5, somastreatfoodpark.com
The Great San Francisco Corn Dog Festival by SoMa StrEat Food Park
SoMa Streat Food Park and Funcheap Sf show appreciation for hot dog on a stick by bringing you the best corn dog purveyors from all over the Bay Area! Eat yours cheesy, wrapped in bacon, or smothered in saucy goodness. Or change up the classic dog in favor of a juicy bratwurst, spiced kielbasa, or tasty veggie dog.

SAN FRANCISCO - Chocolate Salon March 11, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.   sfchocolatesalon.com 

SOLVANG: Taste of Solvang, March 14-18, 2018.  A weekend of beer, wine samples and food tastes includes t Sip + Savor, Saturday's Tasting Trail, and the Solvang Wine & Beer Walk. Tickets: SolvangUSA.com

COSTA MESA: American Culinary Federation Western Region Culinary Competition March 16-18, 2018
Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa, California
acfchefs.org

BUENA PARK: Knott's Boysenberry Festival March 16-April 8, 2018
knotts.com Buy tickets
Celebrate Knott's historic berry each spring during Knott's Boysenberry Festival, in the heart of the theme park, Ghost Town. The 16-day food festival features countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more.

CLAREMONT: Claremont Pie Festival March 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  2nd Street from Oberlin to Harvard Claremont, CA
claremontpiefestival.com a day dedicated to pie-baking and pie-tasting | pie

TRUCKEE: 200 Foot Banana Split March 17, 2018, 12 p.m.
Truckee Banana Split  Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort 11603 Snowpeak Way Truckee, CA 96161 tahoedonner.com (530) 587-9444 Bring your appetite and a spoon to help devour a very long banana split eaten outdoors

FREMONT: Alameda Lodge St. Patrick's Day Feast March 17, 2018, 3-8 p.m. Traditional corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes and carrots. Proceeds benefit Jr. High School Library Fund. Location: 37419 Fremont Blvd. $15, alamedalodge.org

DUBLIN: St. Patrick's Day Festival March 16-18, 2018 St. Patrick's Day Celebration , St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Dublin Civic Center Festival 100 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA DublinStPats.com

HERMOSA BEACH: - St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17, 2018
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce
Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade draws 30,000 people each year who come to enjoy the parade as well as the great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather that Hermosa Beach offers. Route: The parade begins at the staging area near City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th street.

MURPHYS: Irish Day March 17, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Parade - 11 a.m.

SAN DIEGO: shamRock March 17, 2018, 4 p.m-12 a.m.

shamRock in Gaslamp Quarter is a ticket event in which the streets are closed to 21+ participants who have blocks filled with bands and entertainment to enjoy.

SACRAMENTO: O'Sac St. Patrick's Parade March 17, 2018 
Parade marches down the streets of Old Sacramento each year with bagpipes, dancers, horse and carriage, and more.

SAN DIEGO: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival March 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m. stpatsparade.org
Largest St. Patrick's Day Parade west of the Mississippi

SAN FRANCISCO: St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade March 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m. | March 18, 2018 Block Party
uissf.org

The biggest, oldest St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade takes place near Civic Center.

Route: Corner of Second and Market, rain or shine. Over 100 colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands electrify Market Street and Civic Center Plaza.

VENTURA: Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17, 2018, 10 a.m.

SAN PEDRO: St. Patrick's Day at Ports O Call Waterfront March 17, 2017, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Innisfree Irish Band performs, free admission, free parking

VISALIA: 2018 Irish Fest March 17, 2018. St. Patrick's Day Parade 10-11 a.m. Route: Start on Main St. at Church,  west to Willis and north to Vintage Press. Then head for Rawhide Park Ballpark, 345 N. Jacob Street, Visalia CA 93291. Doors open at 1pm Last pour will be at 4:30 Tickets are limited: $35 pre and $45 door includes miniature beer glass | $10 non-drinker, 21+ only ID required, VisaliaBreakfastlions.org
Irish Fest features over samples of 30+ brews from local craft breweries. The event is being hosted by the Visalia Breakfast Lions and the Rawhide Baseball Foundation for Kids. Money raised will benefit both foundations charity efforts. Food trucks, live music with Borrowed Time, T-shirts for sale and face-painting by Janelle and Gabbi.

JACKSON: St. Patrick's Day Dandelion Days Celebration March 17-18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 -p.m. Location: Jackson, CA
jacksonlionsclub.org
This annual St. Patrick's Day celebration features street entertainers, 5K run, pancake, ham and egg breakfast (at the Jackson Civic Center, 7 a.m. both days)

SIMI VALLEY: Saint Patrick's Day Celebration March 17, 2017
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
ReaganFoundation.org
(805) 577-4057 Tickets are $65 per person and reservations must be made by Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9 a.m.
Second annual holiday under the wings of Air Force One. Indulge in an Irish pub inspired menu, including grilled Reubens. Enjoy Irish folk band, or tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum.

AGOURA HILLS: St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 17, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, public invited. Location: AHCCC, 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas, CA. Live music, entertainment, food, activities, contests, games and drawings for a number of prizes. Face painting, rock climbing, inflatable rides, photo booth. ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/

LOS ANGELES: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate March 17, 2018,  winela.com | chocolate

FORT BRAGG:  Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 17-18, 2018 Beer & Wine Tasting - Chowder Tasting - Crafts Fair - 5k/10k Run. mendocinocoast.com

NAPA: Napa Chocolate and Wine Festival March 18, 2018  napachocolateandwine.com | chocolate

THOUSAND OAKS: St. Joseph Day Bake Sale & Italian Dinner March 18, 2018
St. Paschal Baylon Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.
$15, $8 child general seating
$20 reserved seating, icfbranch380.org/
805-368-3384
32nd Italian-themed event features a large bake sale, viewing and blessing of the traditional St. Joseph's Table, and a pasta dinner with prize drawings and live musical entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Paschal Baylon Church and other charitable organizations. St. Joseph's Day is a centuries-old Italian tradition honoring St. Joseph which began after rains ended a severe drought in Sicily. Each March, Italians worldwide celebrate this event with a procession, a beautifully decorated table or altar with flowers, fruit, candles, wine, fava beans and baked goods, and a large Italian dinner.
Italian Catholic Federation The ICF (www.icf.org) was founded in San Francisco in 1924 by Italian immigrants keen to preserve their faith and pride in their shared heritage. Today, the ICF has nearly 10,000 members across the United States.

SACRAMENTO: California Ag Day  March 20, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. State Capitol in Sacramento 1 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA cdfa.ca.gov/agday/ Free, public invited

SAN CLEMENTE: Mixologist Competition March 22, 2018, 2-5 p.m.
 The Shwack Cantina
1527 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA
$25-35 tickets scchamber.com
Contest among area restaurant bartenders to see who has the best tasting original drink judged by local dignitaries. Event includes hors d'oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations. 

SAN FRANCISCO Taste of the Nation March 22, 2018
Pier 35 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA  $125-250, ce.strength.org

SANTA ROSA: Artisan Cheese Festival March 23-25, 2018 Tickets are now on sale at artisancheesefestival.com

PALM DESERT: Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert March 23-25, 2018
Four-day celebration showcasing the best in art, food and wine hospitality. palmdesertfoodandwine.com

SANTA MONICA: Latin Food Fest & Grand Tasting March 23-24, 2018
$25-150, latinfoodfest.com
Santa Monica Beach 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA
Among the events is the signature Grand Tasting, an all-inclusive tasting festival. 

NAPA: James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour March 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Del Dotto Vineyards
7466 St. Helena Highway
Napa, CA 94558
$250, public invited jamesbeard.org
Host Chef Joshua Schwartz
Walter Abrams
Dabba, San Francisco
JBF Award Winner Timothy Hollingsworth
Otium, Los Angeles
Adam Ross
1313 Main, Napa, CA
Janelle Weaver
The Bewildered Pig, Philo, CA
Marc Zimmerman
Alexander's Steakhouse, San Francisco
JBF Award-Winning Pastry Chef Stephen Durfee
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA

HIGHLAND: Highland Citrus Harvest Festival March 24, 2018, 10 a.m.-3:30 p. m.
Historic District, Highland, CA.  ci.highland.ca.us
Historic District (Palm & Pacific) Highland, CA 92346
Street festival celebrating area citrus history. Activities include 200 vendors and crafts, live entertainment, historic demonstrators, historic home tour, antique car show and ugly dog contest, pie eating contest, kids activities and more.

BAKERSFIELD -  Kern County Scottish Gathering and Games Saturday March 24-25, 2018
kernscot.org
Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 South P St. Bakersfield, CA Gathering & Games 9 am to 5 pm Ceilidh begins 6 pm

ANTIOCH: Blue Devils Crab Feed Fundraiser Mar.25 | crab

BAKERSFIELD: Annual Amestoy's Chili Verde Cook Off March 26, 2017, 11 a.m.  Mento Buru performs 2-5 p.m. at one of Bako's best afternoon parties. Admission: $10 unlimited tastes. Location: Amestoy's on the hill 2303 River Blvd, Bakersfield, CA.  Registration, sponsorship: (661) 378-2569 visitkern.com

OAKDALE: Testicle Festival  March 26, 2018
oakdaletesticlefestival.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Lion's Club Crabfest Mar.26, 2017, Old World Village, Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA oldworld.ws

SAN DIEGO: All You Can Eat Crab Feed  | crab

GRASS VALLEY: Foothills Celebration March 3, 2018, 1 - 4 p.m.
Downtown Grass Valley
$50, sierravintners.com for wine samples + 5 food tastings
The Grass Valley Downtown Association and Sierra Vintners co-partner to present the finest Northern California wines and local gourmet cuisine. In downtown Grass Valley visit over 20 locations featuring food, wine and good times. Over 30 varietals of wine, local cuisine and shopping therapy as you stroll the streets. 

LODI: Backyard on the Grape March 3, 2018
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
fireitupevents.com
Backyard BBQ contest
For 10 years longtime CBBQA member Dave Bart held event at a private water ski lake/club, where this event was titled Backyard on the Lake. It has moved to the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, with a fitting tribute renaming it Backyard on the Grape. CBBQA Members only. Cook any of the standard competition meats - chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder or butt (for pulled pork) and brisket. | BBQ

MENDOCINO: Mendocino Whale Festival March 3-4, 2018 Wine & Beer Tasting - Chowder Tasting - Wildlife Art Exhibit.  mendocinocoast.com

IMPERIAL BEACH: Taste Imperial Beach   IB Chamber of Commerce ib-chamber.com

Please note that all festivals are subject to change. Always call or confirm before going. We hope you know that but just in case you don't, you must realize that things are subject to change in an imperfect, ever-changing world.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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