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Food Festivals? [2010]

I attended the Chocolate Salon last weekend and know the Cherry Blossom Festival is coming up in Japantown next month.

I always seem to find out about the food festivals a few days beforehand and would like to plan for them much more in advance.

What festivals are coming up this Spring, Summer, and possibly Fall?

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  1. This is a few days beforehand, but the cheese festival is in Petaluma this weekend. We haven't gone yet, but it looks fun.


    1. The Greek festival at Annunciation in Oakland is the week before Mother's Day.

      The Armenian festival at St. Vartan in Oakland is the first weekend in October.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        The Greek Festivals are a definate the atmosphere is always amazing.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I keep hearing the advert on the radio...it's next weekend the 14,15,16.


          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yes, I misspoke, the festival in Oakland is always the weekend AFTER Mother's Day.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The Oakland Greek Festival is on through tomorrow.

              Oakland Greek Festival
              4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

            2. Eat Real Festival in Oakland - August 27-29. http://eatrealfest.com/

              I had tons of fun last year. The theme of this food fest is street food. They gathered many Bay Area street food carts and trucks and they each served their specialty. On hand were local breweries that hosted the Beer Garden. They also had a few culinary exhibitions like how to break down a pig. And inside was a farmers market from local farms. Lines were long but there was sooo much variety that the crowds were well dispersed.

              If you want more chocolate there's the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival on Sept 11th. Interesting but did not return after the first year. Some of the chocolate dishes seemed forced. An Indian restaurant was there and served roti with chocolate sauce... nothing special. Just their version of a chocolate crepe, no?

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              1. Here are some local BBQ events scheduled for this summer:

                May 8: (KCBS) 1st Annual Morgan Hill No Bull BBQ Cookoff - Morgan Hill
                June 5: (KCBS) 2nd Annual Smokin in the Oaks BBQ Championship - Penn Valley
                July 3: (KCBS) 2nd Annual Way Out West BBQ Championship - Stockton (coincides with Taste of San Joaquin)
                Aug 14-15: (KCBS) 7th Annual West Coast BBQ Championships - Fairfield (coincides with their Tomato Festival)
                Aug 28: (KCBS) 2nd Annual Konocti Vista Casino's Smokin' on the Water - Clearlake

                Morgan Hill, Pen Valley, and Clearlake already have People's Choice categories scheduled, where the public can purchase sample tickets and vote for their favorites. Stockton and Fairfield are still pending the PC categories, but there will be some BBQ vendors present regardless.

                West Coast Cafe
                466 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

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                1. re: Civil Bear

                  this list is awesome. 2nd on the Greek fest in Oakland, you can get a lot of food cooked by Greek grandmothers there for a very reasonable price compared to other festivals.

                  And the Eat Real Festival was just amazing last year. I can't wait for it to come around again this summer.

                  1. re: nicedragonboy

                    I'm really bummed that I didn't go to the Eat Real Festival last year. I had gone to the SF Street Food Festival the previous week, which was overcrowded and somewhat unpleasant, and I thought that the Eat Real Fest would be similar.

                    1. re: betterbeheaven

                      The Eat Real people deserve credit for adjusting from one week to the next. They kept every item to $5 bucks and well organized in Oakland compared to the SF event.

                      Any way here's a thread that lists past food festivals in the Bay Area:

                      1. re: betterbeheaven

                        That's precisely what ALMOST kept me from going. I was just flabbergasted at the difference between the two events. Though, I think the venue certainly had a great deal to do with it. Jack London Square was just a perfect staging ground for the event.

                        Jack London Square
                        70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

                        1. re: nicedragonboy

                          Absolutely agree! SF really lacks good open space to hosts big events... and if they do I foresee many permit issues and expensive fees.

                          Such a shame as SF is such a huge food town! We have a few but they are pricey in my opinion. I envy the county fair cook offs and seasonal produce festivals you find in suburbia.

                          1. re: Keesey

                            To those who had a poor experience at the SF Street Food Fest, this summer promises to be larger and more prepared for the crowds- with more than 4 blocks of space. With barely any marketing done last year, save for a few posters, the festival was overwhelmed by such a positive turnout. Stay tuned for a great time this August!

                    2. re: Civil Bear

                      Civil Bear -
                      Are you judging any of these events? I am signed up for the KCBS seminar 4/10 and if I like it would be interested in knowing possible next steps. If you are, and you want to share tips or offer any advice, please let me know how we could exchange emails offboard. Goes for anyone else who has gone through the training and continued on. Thanks, looking forward to the 10th.

                      1. re: tomatoaday

                        I'll be competing at those events. You are sure to have a blast at the class, an they will likely have some sign-up rosters at that time. The other thing to do is to visit the individual event websites and sign-up there. Here is a link to most of the California events this year:


                        1. re: Civil Bear

                          Thanks for the link. I'm looking forward to the training - I figured it may be the best route to good Q in California. Good luck in your competitions!

                        2. re: tomatoaday

                          I'm in Rio Rancho right now to judge a KCBS contest (north of ABQ), if you want to contact me. High winds approaching 50 miles per hr blew over Pork & Brew tents and some rigs yesterday. It's only 27 degrees now, wonder how they keep the temps up for smoking. Teams have been cooking overnight and sleeping outside, I feel for them. Will be interesting to try their cooking today.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, You're a better judge than I am Melanie Wong.

                            1. re: wolfe

                              I keep wondering when I'll see you in the judges' tent!

                              It was 41 degrees when I reported at 10am, and much colder than that when you factor in the wind chill factor. My fingers were too cold to manipulate my camera to take a picture of the smokers wrapped in insulated blankets. It was freakish cold snap, had been 60 degrees and sunny.

                              There was at least one SF Bay Area team represented, Big Pig BBQ from Oakley in Contra Costa County.

                              Photo from Friday night in rain, hail and high winds

                        3. re: Civil Bear

                          Here's my gallery of photos of the Morgan hill No Bull BBQ Cookoff, just before the first entries were turned in.
                          After the judging was completed, I walked back out the team area to see huge crowds and long lines for the People's Choice. Looks like it was a success for the organizers.


                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            Well, you certainly captured all of the team set-ups, but where are the food porn photos?

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              No photos allowed of the bbq entries. Afterwards, i limited myself to a refreshing Italian ice from Rocco's. I was curious about the bacon-wrapped sausage slider from one booth, but I didn't buy any food tickets and really didn't want to stand in a long line for something I didn't feel like eating. Did anyone else go who has photos to share?

                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                Glad I got a chance to bump in to you for a moment Melanie. Sorry that I was so busy with the PC, which ended up being a madhouse. We ended up with over 300 tickets in less than 2 hours! At least that helped dull the sting of our poor showing in the contest (34th out of 52).

                                I would have loved to hook you up with a slice of the sausage fattie. Maybe next time in Penn Valley...

                                1. re: Civil Bear

                                  The public turn out was unbelievable. The Rotary Club must've earned a lot of money from Peoples Choice. Hope this means there will be a 2nd annual next year.

                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                    We had to leave after the judging but read later that they ran out of tasting tickets and had almost twice the number of attendees than expected 10,000 vs 5,000 - a good sign for a repeat next year. A beautiful day, great venue - looking forward to the next event.

                          2. re: Civil Bear

                            The West Coast BBQ Championships in Fairfield has just been cancelled.

                          3. This website should give you lots of relevant info:




                                1. re: CarrieWas218

                                  Looking at Nancy's links, given your interest in fried dough, the Stanford Pow Wow is this weekend. They always have Indian (Native Amercian) fry bread at these things

                              1. Is there a "calendar" function on Chowhound where we could keep a schedule of upcoming food events?

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                                1. re: waldrons


                                  I've been keeping track of a lot by putting them in the Restaurant and Bar database ... such as the Berkeley International Food Festival coming up in June (it has its up and down years)

                                  There's the Isleton Crawdad Festival in June

                                  Isleton Crawdad Festival
                                  Isleton, CA, Isleton, CA

                                  1. re: rworange

                                    The Isleton Crawdad Festival was a complete waste of time and gas when I went in 2007. Huge crowds, blistering heat, nothing decent to eat. Only saving grace was that we ended up at Nantucket.

                                    Update: they've cancelled it for this year.


                                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                      If the saving grace was The Nantucket, then the festival must have truly a horror story. Don't get me wrong, the Nantucked is a nice place to sit by the water, but it doesn't rise much above what you find on Fisherman's Wharf.

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        The Nantucket's appeal was surely enhanced by two hours in the car and the relentless heat in isleton. The food is OK and reasonably priced.

                                      2. re: Robert Lauriston

                                        That newslink was from May 23, 2009 and mentioned "If the economy improves, Pope said the festival would hopefully return in 2010."

                                        Website hasn't been updated, someone will need to call the Isleton Chamber of Commerce, 916-777-5880 to be sure.

                                        1. re: hhc

                                          Ah, you're right. I saw the 2010 copyright date.

                                          The Sacramento Bee reported that it may be moving to Red Bluff:




                                    2. re: waldrons

                                      I sort of tricked out the Retaurant and Bars database to report festivals seasonally ... which should last until the next change is made to that database or search when we descend into another level of search hell on the site.

                                      Anyway, in the tags section I added - BayArea festival, Season, Month

                                      Here's what is in there for spring

                                      The Story Road Tamale Festival in June sounds interesting. The Tiburon Wine Festival must be popular as it is already sold out.

                                      June festivals

                                      To find all the records tagged with festival search BayArea Festival

                                      Due to the 'charming' search quirks there may be an extra record it picks up. Still, an easiery way to find festival info for the immediate area. There are other quriks ... but good enough

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        Thank you! This was a lot of work, but it should be worth it.


                                        1. re: waldrons

                                          Sometimes a little effort up front, eliminates more in back.

                                          Also, maybe when I return I'll finally remember to go to the Herdeljezi Roma Festival, Black Cuisine Street Festival, Katmandu Fall Festival or Fioli Autumn festival with its tasting of 50 heriloom pear varieties.

                                          And I never remember that Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival with its s ampling of 175 heirloom tomatoes.

                                          I haven't put one shot wonders in there or many on-going festivals mentioned in this thread. I figure people will add the festivals they like. I wanted to add those unique little festivals that are seldome mentioned and have been stored somewhere in the dusty file cabinets of my brain.

                                      2. re: waldrons

                                        The four regional chowdown groups have calendars on Yahoo Groups where members can enter details for upcoming events and invite other chowhounds to meet up.

                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                          I don't think you can see the calandar unless you are a member of those groups. At least I can't. Not interested in taking the time to join a group to find out if that is true.

                                          1. re: rworange

                                            That is correct, the chowdown groups require registration to view the archives, send/receive emailed notifications, communicate with other members, etc.

                                      3. In addition to the free entertainment and polynesian themed vendors, the hawaiian style food at the SF Aloha Festival each August is great. Freshly made malasadas, spam musubi, laulaus, shave ice, barbecue chicken, and kalua pig are all worth the wait in the lines.


                                        The Presidio Parade Grounds would be an idea setting for a food festival.

                                        1. May 1 is Sense Yountville 2010: http://www.senseyountville.com/
                                          Food from the local restaurants and chefs (including Bottega, Bardessono, Etoile, etc.) and pre-release wines and tastings. New event, but it was a great time last year.

                                          6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

                                          6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                                          1. Wine Enthusiasts Toast of the Town

                                            4/22 War Memorial Opera House SF


                                            1. 4/10/2010 5-8pm
                                              Abalone Feed
                                              Healdsburg Fire Station

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                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                When I bought my ticket this afternoon, I was told there were 10 seats left. Price is $40 for advance sales or $50 at the door (but the event will sell out ahead of time).

                                              2. I don't know if this is a food festival but it has a pie eating contest, chili cook off and cream corn wrestling.

                                                Taste for Artisans
                                                Jack London Sq.
                                                Sat. April 3rd (tomorrow)
                                                5-11 p.m.


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                                                1. re: ML8000

                                                  Japanese food festivals at Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose:

                                                  June - Gourmet Foods
                                                  July - Kyushu & Okinawa
                                                  August - Summer Foods
                                                  September - Hokkaido (it was here last year that they introduced Santouka)
                                                  October - Fall Foods


                                                  675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

                                                  1. Oyster Bliss XIX Sat 4/17/10 Kermit Lynch/Cafe Fanny, Berkeley 11-4p

                                                    Spice of Life Festival, Berkeley 10/17/10

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                                                    1. re: hhc

                                                      Oyster Bliss going on until 4 today. Cash only, oysters, sausages, wine.

                                                      Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
                                                      1605 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                        Perfect weather today in the parking lot of Cafe Fanny, Acme Bread & Kermit Lynch. A few photos of the day:

                                                        Acme Bread
                                                        1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                                        Cafe Fanny
                                                        1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                                    2. Farm Trails has just posted list of participating Sonoma County farms and purveyors for Sunday April 18, Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies tours. Looks fantastic.

                                                      1. April 10 in SF - Lao New Year
                                                        Here's the report from last year.

                                                        1. August: Greek Festival, Greek Church, Mission, SF fried "dough in honey, TDF.

                                                          September: Armenian Festival. Armenian Church, Brotherhood Way, SF. Homemade borek , pastries, the richest dolma (dripping in oil). Last 2 times the lamb was chewy BUT there are many other wonders. They'll waive the entrance fee if you're just going for the food. Tell the ticket seller you're there for the food.

                                                          1. This and next weekend - the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown San Francisco. While not *technically* a food festival, it does have the distinction of providing a takoyaki stand and some other pretty good eats!

                                                            1. Norway Day, May 1 & 2, 2010 at Fort Mason, SF. Here's my report from 2007

                                                              1. Saturday, April 24, Burmese Thingyan Water Festival in Daly City starting at 3pm. Here's a picture of the poster I spotted.

                                                                Sunday, May 2, Chinatown and North Beach Noodle Festival in SF, 3-7pm

                                                                  1. There's a French fair in Saratoga - 5th Peninsula French Fair Sat 4/24/10 from 10-6 Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, FREE. www.frenchfair.org
                                                                    Just found out about it, hope someone can go tomorrow.

                                                                    From VIA magazine:

                                                                    Polynesian Festival, 5/1 Foster City 650-286-3380. fostercity.org

                                                                    Chilean Cultural Festival 5/22, SF. 415-661-6909. Centrochilenolautaro.org

                                                                    Pista Sa Nayon filipino Independence Day Festival. June 5, Vallejo. 707-333-8850, vallejopistasanayon.com

                                                                    Dia de Portugal Festival June 12, SJ. diadeportugalca.org

                                                                    1. asparagus festival going on in stockton this weekend.


                                                                      1. I'm just warming up here and this is mainly a place holder

                                                                        Check St.John Church in El Cerrito. They have over 60 nationalities in that church and seem to celebrate most of those holidays. Often the food is free and cooked by the church members

                                                                        El Cerrito: St John's International fall festiivals - Nigerian yam fest and Brazillian Cultural Festival with a salute to Carmen Miranda

                                                                        While I have been to the Portuguese festa, Chinese New Year, Filipino Simbang Gab, Brazilian festival and probably a few others I'm forgetting, I haven't been to the or the International Festival in Sept which will have an International Food Court offering African-American, Chinese, Filipino, German, Italian, Mexican Nigerian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

                                                                        The reason I mention St. John is that this is the time of year for Portugese festas which take place about 40 days after Easter. Last year I had the best Portuguese sopa I've tried to date and it was free.

                                                                        El Cerrito - Where's the beef? Well, 2000 lbs of it was at the Portuguese Festa at St. John's

                                                                        I went to the San Pablo festta the year before

                                                                        San Pablo Portuguese Festa – Sopa do Espírito Santo, filhos, massa sovada, bagpipes & tiaras

                                                                        That last link has links to other festas in the Bay Area. The one at Monterey is supposed to be the biggest. In our board parameters, the San Jose festa is suppposed to be pretty grand. Given there is actually a 'Little Portugal" section across the freeway from the church, I imaging it is great

                                                                        1. Coming up in June is the Brazilian Festa Junina

                                                                          I've only been to that one in Richmond, but if you Google "San Francisco" or keep an eye out for flyers and posters at Brazilian shops, you can find many othes in the area. I've read San Rafael has one of the biggest.Lots of Brazilian food, drink and music

                                                                          In Richond they had Quentão, a warm drink made with Vinho Quente or hot red wine. It is sort of a hot mulled wine with cloves

                                                                          Food-wise they had some very tasty kebabs, pamonha, Brazil's tamale, flakey pasteles, canjica, a sort of pudding like tapioca using instead corn that was something like the texture of hominy.

                                                                          There was lots more food, but so little stomach space left. There was Brazilian flan and a custard-like dessert made out of yucca. There were all sorts of whipped cream cakes and chocolate thingies and sweets and cookies. Love them little cookies and sweets .

                                                                          At the Richmond festa, all the food was home made

                                                                          1. not really a food festival, but they have a balut eating contest at the asian heritage street festival. cmon, you know you want to join...


                                                                            1. Jazz on 4th Street Berkeley today. Music and food stands from the 4th Street merchants with prepped food from Cafe Rouge, OChame, Bette's,Sur la Table(free jalapeno poppers) and others.

                                                                              Cafe Rouge
                                                                              1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                                                                              1. Dia de Portugal will be held at History Park San Jose, location of the Portuguese Historical Museum on Sat June 12th, 2010. There will be entertainment, food from Portugal, Azores, Madeira, Macau and Brazil, Portuguese cooking demonstrations and a traditional Portuguese parade. Throughout the week, other events are held in many other California communities. See the Portuguese Week section of the webs
                                                                                ite for more information

                                                                                Looking at the website Sausalito is also having a Dia De Portugal Festival with Portuguese food, cheese, wine, baked goods, pastries, and Portuguese music, dance and vocal groups primarily from the North Bay.

                                                                                The St. John's festa seems like it will be celebrated on Sunday, June 27. More info will be in the churck bulletin the prior Sunday, June 20th. Bulletins can be found on the church website\

                                                                                1. http://mingkok.buddhistdoor.com/en/ne...
                                                                                  Sat, July 11, Enmanji Buddhist Temple BBQ in Sebastopol

                                                                                  1. Malaysian street food today at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale - MPBA's "A Taste of Malaysian Hawker Delights" was successful with well-organized street food booths staffed by bay area professional chefs and volunteers.

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                                                                                    1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                      This looks great, Cynsa. I'm curious what the white powder on some of the skewers was -- do you know?

                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                        powdered sugar on fried banana fritters — round balls of dough fried in hot bubbling fat -tasted just like banana-bread-on-a-stick

                                                                                        1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                          Ah! I got confused seeing what looked like powdered sugar on a banana leaf plate with rice and other savouries...

                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                            Two dishes on one plate: Nasi Lemak and Pisang Goreng (banana fritters)

                                                                                    2. Some coming up this month:

                                                                                      100th Anniversary Gravenstein Apple Fair, Sebastopol, 8/14-15

                                                                                      28th Annual Hayward Zucchini Festival, 8/21-22

                                                                                      Assyrian Festival, San Jose, 8/21-22

                                                                                      Bridging Opportunity: Local Chefs and Beginning Organic Farmers Benefit Dinner, Pebble Beach 8/22

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                                                                                        1. Diablo Japanese American Festival in Concord this weekend 8/14&15: http://www.diablojaclub.com/

                                                                                          Hope someone will report back on this. I can't make it this yr, maybe next.

                                                                                          Edit: SF Nihonmachi Street Fair, SF Japantown 8/14-15, 2010:

                                                                                          1. The Armenian Food Festival at the church on Brotherhood Way in San Francisco is September 10-12. Those ladies sure cook some good stuff.

                                                                                            Armenian Food Festival
                                                                                            825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                            1. Something new to me, saw huge ad in the Hyundae News USA Korean paper I picked up the other day.

                                                                                              18th Korean Day Festival
                                                                                              Sat 8/21/10
                                                                                              Union Square, SF

                                                                                              Website is in Korean, I can't read it. Couldn't find anything on the festival on the website:

                                                                                              1. The Belmont Greek Festival is going to be huge Labor Day Weekend this year (just mentioned them on another thread) - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/437472

                                                                                                This is the only place I eat pastitsio . . . and the vibe is great, you can just enjoy your Mythos or retsina outside on the pine tree Plaka and watch the folk dancers, and the performers who can pick up tables & chairs using only their teeth . . .
                                                                                                Coupon & more info on their website - http://www.goholycross.org/Festival/

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                                                                                                1. re: SFextra_sour

                                                                                                  There was a mention of this upthread as being better this year, and it might be referenced in one of the links but since it is this weekend... http://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/

                                                                                                  1. re: SFextra_sour

                                                                                                    I have eaten their pastisio too, it's pretty great.

                                                                                                  2. Not really a food festival, but sounds like a terrific event tonight, 8/19, at the Asian Art Museum.

                                                                                                    Thursday, August 19, 2010
                                                                                                    5:00 – 9:00 pm
                                                                                                    Admission $10 (at the door)

                                                                                                    Asian Art Museum
                                                                                                    200 Larkin St.
                                                                                                    San Francisco, CA 94102

                                                                                                    Chef Nei Chia Ji of Jai Yun Restaurant and Chef Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook.

                                                                                                    5:00-9:00 pm
                                                                                                    DJ Friendly Traveler
                                                                                                    Cash Bars
                                                                                                    Art activity

                                                                                                    6:30 & 8:30 pm
                                                                                                    Docent Conversations: Shanghai

                                                                                                    Cooking demonstration with Chef Nei and Chef Yan

                                                                                                    Jai Yun
                                                                                                    680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                                                                                    1. Just found out that it's back: SF Chinatown Night Market Fair Portsmouth Square 6p-11p on Every Sat July 31-Oct 9, 2010!!

                                                                                                      FREE ADMISSION
                                                                                                      every Saturday
                                                                                                      from July 31, 20010 - October 9, 2010
                                                                                                      6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m


                                                                                                      1. Solano Stroll in Albany, September 12th


                                                                                                        Solano Stroll
                                                                                                        1563 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707

                                                                                                        1. In Contra Costa County, Pittsburg is having its 26th Annual Seafood Festival on September 11th & 12th, 2010.

                                                                                                          More info here:

                                                                                                          1. Redwood City Salsa Festival
                                                                                                            Saturday, 9/25 Noon to 8pm

                                                                                                            1. The 7th Annual Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year Festival, will take place on Sunday, September 5th at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Berkeley, from 11:00 AM – 7 PM.

                                                                                                              Martin Luther King Jr. Park
                                                                                                              Address: 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
                                                                                                              Date: Sun, September 5th 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

                                                                                                              1. Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa, SJ store coming 9/23-26, 2010!

                                                                                                                675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

                                                                                                                1. The SF Greek festival is coming up Sept. 24-26, 2010


                                                                                                                  1. Castro Valley Greek Festival Oct 1-3, 2010:

                                                                                                                    Resurrection Church
                                                                                                                    20104 Center Street
                                                                                                                    Castro Valley CA 94546

                                                                                                                    1. Not a food festival per se, but a festival with food...Hubby and I went to the Katmandu Fall Festival in Depot Park in Sonoma on Saturday. The Festival is a benefit for Children’s Medical Aid Foundation. There were 4 Nepali, Himalayan, and Indian restaurants in pop-up tents. Additionally lots of skirts, scarves, and other wares from the region. It was a really nice, feel good day, with nice and cheap food.


                                                                                                                      Katmandu Fall Festival
                                                                                                                      270 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476

                                                                                                                      1. The St. Vartan's Armenian festival is Friday and Saturday October 1 and 2.

                                                                                                                        Saint Vartan Armenian Festival
                                                                                                                        650 Spruce St, Oakland, CA

                                                                                                                        1. The Serbian food fest at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox church on Moraga is October 23.

                                                                                                                          Report on previous event: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2675...

                                                                                                                            1. Sudan Festival in Berkeley Live Oak Park Tomorrow, Sept 19th


                                                                                                                              1. Saturday Sept 25th is the Taste of Petaluma. Over 60 entries, hosted by local merchants all over downtown. Benefits a good cause (Cinnabar theater). Really fun event with a chance to taste LOT'S of food! Not that i'm plugging myself, but say hi if you get some paella or bbq ribs!


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                                                                                                                                1. http://www.kidsclub.org/site/Calendar...
                                                                                                                                  Sat, Oct 16, 2-4pm
                                                                                                                                  Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point in San Francisco

                                                                                                                                  From the email (more food details than the website
                                                                                                                                  )"Please join us on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 for our 2nd Garden Celebration:

                                                                                                                                  · Tour the Garden and Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club

                                                                                                                                  · Experience Guest Chef Bryant Terry’s presentation

                                                                                                                                  · Check out the new outdoor Pizza Oven

                                                                                                                                  · Enjoy garden fresh hors d’oeuvres and beverages from our Club kids,

                                                                                                                                  1300 on Fillmore, Pizza Politana, Chef K2 and more!

                                                                                                                                  For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, contact Sheila Steinberg,

                                                                                                                                  Special Events Manager, at 415-445-5418 or ssteinberg@kidsclub.org

                                                                                                                                  Tickets are free for BVHP residents with RSVP."

                                                                                                                                  Pizza Politana
                                                                                                                                  91 Rocca Drive, Petaluma, CA

                                                                                                                                  1. Kermit Lynch Punta Crena Day: Ligurian fish soup (cousin of cioppino), $15; wines from Punta Crena, $8-10. I thought the Cruvin was the best match for the soup. Until 4:00 today.


                                                                                                                                    1. Fiesta Italiana (Naples & Campania)
                                                                                                                                      Sunday, 10/10, 11am to 6pm
                                                                                                                                      Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
                                                                                                                                      Bocce, food, music

                                                                                                                                      Veterans Memorial Building & Community
                                                                                                                                      1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                                                                                                                                      1. Mentioned in April, but the 8th Annual Spice of Life Festival will be in Berkeley this upcoming Sunday (17th). Their food lineup includes Chairman Bao, which I was surprised by.

                                                                                                                                        Andronico’s Community Market – www.andronicos.com – Lamb Sandwiches, Salads, Adult Brownies
                                                                                                                                        Bistro Liaison – www.liaison.com – Duck & Fig Sandwich, Roasted Pig, Fries, Iced tea & Lemonade
                                                                                                                                        Boffo Cart – Grilled Panini & Calzone, Roasted Tomatoes
                                                                                                                                        Chairman Bao – www.mobimunch/chairmanbao.com – Pork Belly w/Pickled Daikon, Red Sesame Chicken w/Bok Choy & Scallion, Crispy Tofu
                                                                                                                                        Chick ‘o Peas – www.chickopeas.com – Organic Falafel Sandwich, Salad & Pita
                                                                                                                                        Cioccolata Di Vino – www.cioccolatadivino.com – Panini, Pine Nut Tart, Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookies
                                                                                                                                        Fresh Bite Baking – www.freshbitebaking.com – Fruit Gallettes, Pork Sandwiches, Cookies
                                                                                                                                        Hapa SF – www.hapasf.com – Organic Filipino Cuisine
                                                                                                                                        Hog Island Oysters – www.hogislandoysters.com – Fresh Raw Oysters
                                                                                                                                        Jon’s Street Eats – jonsstreeteats.com – Seasonal Eats
                                                                                                                                        Let’s Be Frank – www.letsbefrankdogs.com – 100 % Grass-fed Beef Frank Dogs, Family-Farmed Heritage Pork Brats and Spicy “hot” Dogs, Free-Range Turkey Dogs w/Organic Condiments
                                                                                                                                        Looney’s BBQ – www.looneysbbq.com – BBQ Chicken, Brisket, Pork & ribs w/Homemade Sauces, Mac & Cheese, Beans, Slaw
                                                                                                                                        Lush Gelato – Argentine-Style Gelato & Sorbetto from Local & Organic Ingredients
                                                                                                                                        Namu SF – www.namusf.com – Korean Street Food
                                                                                                                                        Oren’s Kitchen – www.orenskitchen.com – Artisan Roasted Nuts with Spices
                                                                                                                                        Paul’s Paella -Valencia Paella w/Spanish Chorizo, Chicken, Mussels, Shrimp
                                                                                                                                        Primo’s Parrilla – BBQ Tri-Tip & Chicken
                                                                                                                                        Raw Daddy Foods – www.rawdaddyfoods.com – Savory & Sweet Veggie Treats in Flaxseed Cones
                                                                                                                                        Saturn Cafe – www.saturncafe.com – Vegan/Vegetarian Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries with Dipping Sauce
                                                                                                                                        Scream Sorbet – www.screamsorbet.com – Selection of Organic Sorbets
                                                                                                                                        Sea Salt – www.seasaltrestaurant.com – Crab Salad Roll w/Green Goddess Dressing, Chips, Pickles
                                                                                                                                        Skylite Snowballs – www.skylitesnowballs.com – Baltimore-Style Snowcones with Homemade Syrups
                                                                                                                                        Tru Gourmet – www.trugourmet.com – Selection of Organic Dim Sum
                                                                                                                                        Vesta Flatbreads – www.vestaflatbreads.com – Sandwiches on Homemade Flatbread, Homemade Beverages
                                                                                                                                        Zen Grill – Grilled Chicken& Beef, Lumpia, Chicken Adobo w/Pancit Noodles

                                                                                                                                        1. Charbay is roasting a whole pig and serving up some Serbian specialties, including fry bread (longosh) on Saturday, oct. 16.

                                                                                                                                          Charbay Winery & Distillery
                                                                                                                                          4001 Spring Mountain Rd, St Helena, CA

                                                                                                                                          2 Replies
                                                                                                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                                            It was super fun, were you here?!

                                                                                                                                            Jenni K

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JenniOlson

                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, no, too many other things going on that weekend. But we often get requests for whole pig roasts or Serbian food here, so it's great to see those photos. Did Sorensen Catering (truck in photo 3) do the pig?

                                                                                                                                              Sorensen Catering
                                                                                                                                              Napa, Napa, CA

                                                                                                                                          2. 15th Dia de los Muertos Festival | Oakland
                                                                                                                                            Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
                                                                                                                                            The festival will be held between 33rd Ave. and 37th Ave. on East 12th St., as well as in the Fruitvale Village, near Fruitvale BART

                                                                                                                                            haven't been yet but reviews of prior years' events describe a lot of food stalls.


                                                                                                                                            1. There's a chili cook-off in Santa Cruz tomorrow. http://www.beachboardwalk.com/chili/

                                                                                                                                              1. http://www.shir-shalom.org/winemakers/
                                                                                                                                                Sunday, October 24, 2010
                                                                                                                                                First Annual Jewish Winemakers Tasting & Nosh "Knishes, Kugel and Cabernet" from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 252 West Spain Street in Sonoma
                                                                                                                                                Tickets $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

                                                                                                                                                1. For good food for a good reason:
                                                                                                                                                  Saturday November 27, from 12 noon-5PM
                                                                                                                                                  New Taste Marketplace, a benefit for St. Gregory's, home of one of The
                                                                                                                                                  City's biggest Food Pantries in the rotunda. Come buy gifts and eat
                                                                                                                                                  delicious treats from more than 25 local vendors selling cupcakes,
                                                                                                                                                  chocolate, sausage, tacos, preserves and more.

                                                                                                                                                  At St. Gregory's Church, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco, right across
                                                                                                                                                  the street from Anchor Steam Brewery.