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Bay Area Food Festivals - 2011

Last year's thread was fabulous in its continual growth - here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696847 - but it was started in May so we missed all the early Spring festivals.

Let's get it going again for this year! What food festivals are coming up?

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    1. re: emsness

      To celebrate New Immigrant Food Week and as part of Good Food Month, La Cocina is sponsoring the Salsa Showdown on Saturday, 2/12, at Cafe Cocomo. The public is invited to come taste from 5-7pm, then there will be dancing starting at 8pm. There's no charge but because the venue is a club, you have to be over 21 to attend. The entrants include pros (e.g., Nopalito, La Espiga de Oro, Azalina) as well as amateurs sharing their family recipes. I'm one of the judges. The competitors were asked to prepare for 100 people, so get there early if you want to sample.

      La Cocina Community Kitchen
      2948 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Cafe Cocomo Bar Grill & Night Club
      650 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. re: emsness

        Saturday, April 2

        East Bay Cambodian New Year Festival
        11 am – 6 pm
        Cesar Chavez Educational Center: 2832 International Boulevard, Oakland

        "The alcohol-free celebration will include, free Cambodian food, Karaoke, traditional dancing, a fashion show, games, and family friendly activities."

        Cambodian New Year Festival 2011
        10 am – 5 pm
        Tenderloin Children’s Playground: 570 Ellis Street, San Francisco
        Cambodian New Year Festival 2011
        10 am – 5 pm
        Tenderloin Children’s Playground: 570 Ellis Street, San Francisco

        The festival promises to be a fusion of both traditional celebrations and modern customs. The day will start out with a Cambodian monk will give the customary blessings. There will be traditional food, games, a giant jumper, Cambodian dancing, break dancing, and poetry readings. Moreinfo here.

        1. re: zippo

          sorry, meant to put this in another spot. can't figure out how to move it.

          1. re: zippo

            Did you attend the Cambodian festival(s)? I'd love to hear about them if anyone did.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              unfortunately didn't. I first ran across the notices for the festivals that morning and would have loved to see the Oakland one but just couldn't get over there. hopefully next year.

          1. March 25 to 28 - the 5th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma!!

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            1. Yesterday I noted but did not check out the 8th annual Bodega Bay Clam Chowder Day; not a festival per se, it seems a $5 donation gets you a map with ten participating restaurants dispensing, according to the Press-Democrat, "spoons and cups of hot clam chowder." (Spoons???) Not sure what additional charges there were at each restaurant.

              One to keep in mind for next year- did anyone partake?

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              1. re: Pius Avocado III

                I didn't know about it until it was over. Spud Point Crab Company won again this year.

                Here's a link to my own taste-off results the weekend before,

                Spud Point Crab Company
                1860 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

              2. The chocolate festival is April 17th ....I have never missed one; they are too good...
                And yes you can get sick on too much chocolate, so be careful.
                Today is the last day for discounted tickets.

                1. SFoodie's throwing a bake-sale benefit for the City Clinic.

                  "On Sun., Feb. 13, we at SFoodie are throwing our first-ever benefit, a bake sale called One Love: Because You Are Your Own Valentine. Instead of blowing the bank on some stilted play for romance, be good to yourself. Head on over to La Victoria from noon to 4 p.m. and pick up a collection of baked goods from some of SFoodie's favorite pastry shops:

                  Tell Tale Preserve Co., Goody Goodie, Pinkie's Bakery, Mission Minis, Sweet Adeline Bakeshop  they and others are donating treats suitable for celebrating the fact that you are, in fact, your own best Valentine. Munch on site with a cup of La Victoria's La Paz coffee, or pack some up to go.

                  Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved, 100 percent of all sales will go to the San Francisco City Clinic, which provides free or low-cost sexual and reproductive health services to everyone."

                  One Love Bake Sale
                  When: Sun., Feb. 13, noon-4 p.m.
                  Where: La Victoria Mexican Bakery and Cafe, 2937 24th St. (at Florida)
                  bake sale is CASH ONLY

                  Sweet Adeline
                  3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

                  Pinkie's Bakery
                  1196 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA

                  Mexican Bakery
                  1170 E William St, San Jose, CA 95116

                  La Victoria
                  131 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

                  Tell Tale Preserve Co.
                  33 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

                  1. SF Russian Festival Feb 11-13, 2011 - Adults $10pp

                    My old review, pics no longer available:

                    Russian Festival
                    2450 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                    1. Eat Real Festival returns at Oakland's Jack London Square from Sept 23 - 25. It's been a huge success these past 2 years. More and more food trucks keep popping up in the Bay Area.


                      It's also expanding in LA and they probably have 10x more food trucks than here.

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

                      1. This weekend Feb. 12-13th there's a bunch of wine festivals:

                        6th Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival, cost: $65, 1-4pm
                        14th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend, cost: $45, 11am-4pm
                        2011 Madera Wine Trail's Wine & Chocolate Weekend, cost: $25 ($20 in advance), 10am-5pm

                        Then next weekend on February 19th, one of the most popular wine events is the public tasting of winners from The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (the largest American wine competition) - cost $65.

                        1. SF Celebrity Chef Crab Cracking Festival in Union Sq, SF from 12-3 Sat 2/26/11:

                          1. Chahar-Shanbeh Souri "Persian New Year Festival" in Berkeley 3/15/11 from 6-10p:

                            1. Food as Medicine
                              Cuisine, Curatives & Culture
                              Tuesday, April 19, 2011
                              6:30 – 9:00 pm
                              San Francisco Ferry Building, 2nd Floor

                              Far West Fungi
                              1 Ferry Bldg # 34, San Francisco, CA

                              Mama Tong
                              Oakland, Oakland, CA

                              1. What: SJ Eats: A Moveable Feast
                                When: Saturday, April 2nd
                                Where: Fallon House Parking Lot, Almaden Ave. and Saint John St.
                                When: Lunch 11:30a to 3:30p, Dinner 5p-9p
                                Free admission

                                Follow SJ Eats on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information.

                                They’re planning for a mix of 20 trucks and carts; 10 during lunch/10 during dinner.
                                Here is a list of some of the trucks/carts involved:
                                MoGo BBQ
                                The WOW
                                Sam’s ChowderMobile
                                Chairman Bao
                                Kara’s Cupcakes
                                Bill’s Beer Steamed Hot Dog Cart
                                Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie

                                By the way, the second SJ MADE Vendor Fair is happening the same day as SJ Eats. Support your local artists and vendors! (SJ MADE is from 12pm to 8pm, San Pedro Square.)


                                1. Rebuilding Together Oakland's Second Annual Wine Tasting

                                  Featuring local wines from East Bay Vintners:
                                  Dashe Cellars
                                  R&B Cellars
                                  Rosenblum Cellars
                                  Stage Left Cellars
                                  Urban Legend
                                  Rockwall WInery
                                  JC Cellars

                                  Come learn about and support the vital services Rebuilding Together Oakland provides for Oakland's low-income communities, and sample several delicious wines made in our own backyard!

                                  Tickets: $30 (includes 2 tastings per winery)
                                  available at rtoakland.org
                                  MARCH 31, 5:30-8 PM
                                  1171 Ocean Ave. Suite 100
                                  Oakland, CA 94608


                                  Rosenblum Cellars
                                  2900 Main St # 1100, Alameda, CA

                                  Rock Wall Wines
                                  2301 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501

                                  Dashe Cellars
                                  55 4th St, Oakland, CA 94607

                                  1. My very favorite foodie event is the Passport to Dry Creek Valley, scheduled this year for April 30 to May 1st. 40+ wineries pouring lots of wine and little eats paired with them. We've gone the last two years and are really looking forward to going again this year!

                                      1. re: hhc

                                        There are $1-off coupons on that Web site.

                                      2. Not a festival per se, but a fundraiser. April 2, Bakesale for Japan. There's events for all over the US, but a lot of them are concentrated in the Bay Area.


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                                        1. re: stilton

                                          Here's a list of the Bake Sale for Japan sites in the SF Bay Area:

                                          Saturday, April 2, 10am to 2pm

                                          Oakland–Pizzaiolo (5008 Telegraph Ave.)

                                          Berkeley–Gioia Pizzeria (1586 Hopkins St.)

                                          San Francisco (Mission)–Bi-Rite Market (3639 18th St.;)

                                          San Francisco (Fillmore)–SPQR (1911 Fillmore St..)

                                          Marin–Marin Country Mart (2257 Larkspur Landing Circle.)

                                          San Jose–Roy’s Station (197 Jackson St.; email SanJoseBakesale@gmail.com)

                                          Belvedere–St. Stephen’s Church (3 Bay View Ave.; email So.MarinBakesale@gmail.com)

                                          Napa–Oxbow Public Market (644 1st St., #D; email NapaBakesale@gmail.com)

                                          Sonoma–The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg (423 Center St., Healdsburg; email HealdsburgBakesaleForJapan@gmail.com)

                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                            04/09 @ Yoshi's SF . . . JAPAN RELIEF BENEFIT @ 1-4PM

                                            n afternoon of eating, wine and sake tasting all for a great cause featuring 13 of Bay Area's top chefs, and music . . .

                                            PARTICIPATING CHEFS
                                            * Sho Kamio (Yoshi’s)
                                            * Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani (Terra and Ame)
                                            * Bruce Hill (Bix, Picco and Zero Zero)
                                            * Staffan Terje (Perbacco and Barbacco)
                                            * Ravi Kapur (Prospect)
                                            * Paul Canales (ex-Oliveto)
                                            * Ken Tominaga (Hana and Go Fish)
                                            * Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone)
                                            * Joseph Manzare (Hecho, Globe and Zuppa)
                                            * Hoss Zare (Zaré at Fly Trap)
                                            * Michael Morrison (Moss Room and Coco 500)
                                            * Yasu Iwata (Delica)


                                            564 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

                                            Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
                                            1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

                                            Go Fish
                                            641 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574

                                            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                            Zero Zero
                                            826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                                        2. Crawfish Boil TODAY, Saturday March 26, 1pm to 4pm

                                          Collecting donations for Japan & RSVP to -

                                          The WePay House
                                          2225 Alma St
                                          Palo Alto, CA


                                          1. Cherry Blossom Festival, SF April 9-10 & 16, 17

                                            Oyster Bliss XX Sat 4/16 from 11-4 Kermit Lynch parking lot 1605 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.

                                            5th Annual Chocolate Salon Festival, SF Sun 4/17

                                            1. The 3rd Annual Goat Festival is April 16, 10am to 1pm, at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco
                                              Presented by Cuesa.org and Northern California Makers of Goat Milk Products With Special Guests, Authors and Cooking Demos.

                                              Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
                                              One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

                                              1. Noodle Fest, May 1 in SF Chinatown and North Beach

                                                Windsor Food Truck Festival
                                                Friday, April 15, 5-9pm
                                                The Plaza on Lakewood at 8911 Lakewood Drive, Windsor, CA 95492 at the end of Lakewood Drive before the gated community.

                                                1. Now that there's a Gardening board, this is on topic.
                                                  The Great Compost Giveaway, Saturday 4/16

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                                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                    The city of Berkeley gives away compost at the marina every 4th Friday. Never thought of it as a food festival - though I guess the worms in my garden enjoy it.

                                                    1. re: Glencora

                                                      I wouldn't use Berkeley city compost for a kitchen garden, only for landscaping. Who knows what toxic crap my idiot townsfolk put in their green bins.

                                                  2. Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011. 12:30 PM.
                                                    Location: White Plaza near the Claw Fountain, between the Clubhouse and the Bookstore on the Stanford Campus

                                                    Stanford Hawai'i Club LU'AU 2011 "Ho‘omoe Wai Kahi Ke Kao‘o: Live in Harmony with Other People and the World Around You" May 14, 2011, White Plaza 12:30 - Live Music & Food 1:00 - Show is Free / Food $5 for Students, $10 Everyone Else

                                                    1. This Saturday in Morgan Hill (5/7/11) 10AM-6PM:

                                                      2nd Annual No Bull BBQ Cook Off
                                                      at the Community & Cultural Center 17000 Monterey Rd

                                                      67 teams from through out the state and western US will be fighting out, many of which will be selling samples to the public in hopes of winning the coveted "People's Choice" category.

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                                                      1. This Saturday looks like there's a fun event in Petaluma...details below. Of course there's also the Cinco de Mayo festival in Dolores Park in SF on Saturday too!

                                                        The 14th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting
                                                        When: Sat, May 7, 1pm – 5pm
                                                        Where: Behren's Park, Herzog Hall, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, CA (map)
                                                        More Info: http://www.cinnabartheater.org/chili/


                                                        1. May 7 - Oakland Battle of the Taco Trucks

                                                          May 13 - Nomadic Pizza Throwdown, Japan Relief Benefit at Coffee Bar in San Francisco

                                                          May 21 - Third Annual Freestone Fermentation Festival

                                                          May 21-22 - Taste Alexander Valley

                                                          1. Kendall Jackson Winery starts up its first Saturday of month farmstand tomorrow, May 7. This year food trucks are added to the mix.

                                                            Here's my post from last season,

                                                            Kendall Jackson Winery
                                                            5007 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

                                                            1. May 9
                                                              Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) is excited to present—along
                                                              with our co-sponsors LiveReal, the California Food and Justice Coalition,
                                                              Food First, People's Grocery, and Rainbow Grocery Cooperative—a FREE food
                                                              justice event in San Francisco, entitled Growing Food Democracy: Connecting
                                                              Global Lessons to Local Action. Please join us on Monday, May 9th at 7:00pm
                                                              as we bring together two of the food justice movement's leading authors,
                                                              Robert Gottlieb and Raj Patel, and activist Navina Khanna of Oakland's
                                                              LiveReal for a stimulating evening of dialogue, moderated by PANNA's senior
                                                              scientist Marcia Ishii-Eiteman. The speakers will explore the successes,
                                                              tensions and synergies between the local food justice, national food
                                                              democracy and global food sovereignty movements; we invite you to join the
                                                              Growing Food Democracy: Connecting Global Lessons to Local Action

                                                              Monday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.

                                                              Women's Building

                                                              3543 18th St # 8 San Francisco, CA 94110-1697

                                                              near 16th st. BART
                                                              Sponsored by Pesticide Action Network, with LiveReal, the California Food
                                                              and Justice Coalition, Food First, and People's Grocery. The event is FREE
                                                              and open to the public.

                                                              May 14 - ¡FiestaVal 2011! in San Francisco

                                                              May 14 - Nextcourse, Veggie Fiesta at Mission High School

                                                              May 21 - Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction for the Redwood Empire Food Bank

                                                              May 28 - Blues, Brews & BBQ in Brentwood

                                                              June 4 - Single Vineyard Night

                                                              June 5 - TAPAS Grand Tasting in San Francisco

                                                              Rainbow Grocery
                                                              1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                                                              Women's Building
                                                              3543 18th St # 8, San Francisco, CA

                                                              People's Grocery
                                                              909 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

                                                              Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                That first thing doesn't sound like a food festival.

                                                              2. May 12 - Bubbles & Bivalves

                                                                May 12 - Taste of Potrero

                                                                May 14 & 15 - Cleaning out the cellar sale, Holdredge Wines, Healdsburg

                                                                May 19 & 20 - Free screening of In Search of Good Food and The Greenhorns
                                                                Popcorn & food provided by BiRite

                                                                May 21 - Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival

                                                                May 22 - Lagunitas Beer Circus, Petaluma

                                                                (Can you tell I'm cleaning press releases out of my neglected inbox?)

                                                                1. Taiwanese American Cultural festival Sat 5/14/11 from 10-6p. Taiwanese food booths, cultural performances, marketplace, annual event. Union Square, Post & Powell, SF. FREE. 415-781-7880. http://sftafest.org

                                                                  Russian-American Fair: Sun 5/15/11 10-5. Russian food & vodka, annual event. live entertainment & crafts for kids. Oshman Family Jewish Community Ctr, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 650-223-8621; www.paloaltojcc.org/russia

                                                                  Sam's Loberster Fest, Sun 5/15/11 2-5pm. Oyster shucking 7 eating competition, wine tasting, arts, crafts, food booths, activitis for kids. Food & drink tickets $1 ea. American Legion Coastside Post 474, 470 Capistrano Rd, HMB. 650-712-0245. www.samschowderhouse.com

                                                                  2nd Annual SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale Sat 5/14/11 10-6:

                                                                  1. May 18 - Films on Food, “The Garden”
                                                                    Followed by social at The Bloodhound

                                                                    May 19 - Deli Summit: The Renaissance
                                                                    JCC of the East Bay
                                                                    1414 Walnut Street
                                                                    On the menu from Wise Sons:
                                                                    House-baked Bialys and Smoked Fish, with chive cream cheese, red onion & capers. Sweet and sour pickles on the side 7 openfaced 10

                                                                    May 22 - Doof-a-Palooza, Oakland
                                                                    Play with your organic food

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                                                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                      Mmm, a chance to try Wise Sons without having to get into the city early on a weekend. On the other hand, they're not serving pastrami, and it's not a food festival but a panel discussion. With the entry fee that's $17 to $25 for a bialy and smoked fish.

                                                                    2. a Flickr friend went to the Himalayan Fair on Sat 5/14, lucky there's still tomorrow Sun 5/15/11. Fresh homemade momo made there. Any reports?

                                                                      Himalayan Fair
                                                                      Sun 5/15/11 from 10-5:30pm

                                                                      Location: Live Oak Park, Berkeley. Free, donations accepted

                                                                      Website: http://www.himalayanfair.net/

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                                                                      1. re: hhc

                                                                        The food's been pretty lackluster in the past, not as good as at Tibetan restaurants.

                                                                      2. This Saturday (5/21/11) at the Weber Point Event Center in Stockton:
                                                                        The Third Annual Way Out West BBQ Competition

                                                                        30+ teams will be on hand selling samples to the public from 11:30AM - 4:00PM.


                                                                        This event is in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Taste of San Joaquin:

                                                                        1. This weekend (5/27/11-5/29/11) in the Streets of Brentwood:
                                                                          The 1st Annual Blues,Brews & BBQ's State Championship

                                                                          30+ BBQ teams will be on hand battling it out and selling samples on Saturday to the public from 12:00PM - 4:00PM.

                                                                          Link to the event:

                                                                          1. 6/2 - Cake Futures http://pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com...

                                                                            6/2 - Early Summer Farm Forum http://clarkwolf.typepad.com/my-blog/...

                                                                            6/3 - Oakland Art Murmur (and street food vendors) http://oaklandartmurmur.org/about

                                                                            6/4 - Kiss the Cook & the Farmer Too http://www.cookandfarmer.com/invite.html

                                                                            6/4 - ALBA, Family Farm Day & U-Pick http://www.albafarmers.org/images/fam...

                                                                            6/5 - Cochon 555 San Francisco http://www.cochon555.com/menu/2011-to...

                                                                            6/12 - Cooking Matters Farmers Market Brunch @ Jack London Square

                                                                            6/13 - Taste of Mendocino http://tasteofmendo.com/

                                                                            6/6-18 - Pinot Days http://www.pinotdays.com/Events/Festi...

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

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                                                                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                              6/12 Filipino Festival & Culture: Past, Present, & Future- Fulton

                                                                            2. 6/4 - Oak Hill Farm tour http://theoakhillfarmer.wordpress.com...

                                                                              6/11 - Bay Area Brew Fest http://www.drinkeatplay.com/bayareabr...

                                                                              6/14 - Toast Marriage Equality (Skrewcap and Orson) http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/80...

                                                                              6/19 - Fort Mason Farmers Market 1st Anniversary Celebration http://www.fortmason.org/events/event...

                                                                              7/12 - Sonoma in the City Grand Tasting http://www.sonomawine.com/

                                                                              7/14 - Forks and Corks at the Firehouse http://sonomatasting.eventbrite.com/

                                                                              7/23 - East Bay Food Fight http://www.eastbayfoodfight.org/

                                                                              8/5-7 - West of West Wine Festival (whole hog!) http://arestravel.com/4877_attraction...

                                                                              1. Bites on Broadway

                                                                                Oakland Tech

                                                                                45th and Broadway

                                                                                Fridays, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

                                                                                Runs June 10-October 21

                                                                                from SFWeekly-

                                                                                Mobile vendors (many of them part of a new collective) plan to set up Friday nights in front of Oakland Tech in Temescal.

                                                                                Oakland was a haven for food trucks long before Korean short ribs met the tortilla. And though ― outside Fruitvale ― the city's mobile vending rules won't allow trucks to cluster on city streets like they do in Emeryville, organizers are trying to devise work-arounds. First among them: a weekly food pod called Bites on Broadway, which will set up Friday nights on the plaza in front of Oakland Technical High School on Broadway at 45th Street starting June 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. "


                                                                                1. 6/4 - 3rd Annual California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival

                                                                                  Starting 6/15 thru the summer - Cheese Country tours

                                                                                  1. 1st Annual Soy & Tofu Festival Sat 6/11/11 from 11-4 SF Japantown Peace Plaza%3


                                                                                    1. As I found out at the Pista Sa Nayon (which the unseasonal rains put a huge damper on unfortunately) in Vallejo yesterday%3

                                                                                      7/09 & 7/10 - Adobo Festival, Vallejo Waterfront Park, Vallejo, C

                                                                                      9/03 & 9/04 - Adobo Festival, Milpitas Sports Complex, Milpitas, C


                                                                                      1. 6/11, Vinify Collective Wine Tasting, Santa Rosa

                                                                                        6/10 & 11, Monterey Wine Festival and West Coast Chowder competition

                                                                                        6/12, Haight Ashbury Street Fair

                                                                                        6/12 - Contra Costa Wine Growers Association Summer Celebration

                                                                                        6/22, Spring Wine Walk, Walnut Creek

                                                                                        6/26, Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

                                                                                        7/24 - Festival de Comida Peruana, San Francisco (cuy, anyone?)

                                                                                        8/20 & 21 - 29th Annual Hayward Zucchini Festival

                                                                                        9/13, 14, 15 - National Heirloom Exposition, The Heirloom Vegetable and Seed Fair, Santa Rosa

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                                                                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                          The Peruvian food festival was great. No cuy that I could find. Great music.

                                                                                          We had butifarra (in Peru, not a sausage but a ham sandwich with onion relish, $5), choclo on the cob with cheese and a minty salsa ($5), empanadas criollas (beef with spices, raisins, almonds, etc.), the very last skewer of anticuchos ($7). Probably best to go on the early side.


                                                                                        2. 6/11-12 - Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music

                                                                                          6/20 - 1st Annual Tailgate Throwdown Featuring Saag's Sausages, San Francisco

                                                                                          6/30 - San Francisco Magazine Best of the Bay Area

                                                                                          8/1-7 - SF Chefs 2011

                                                                                          1. 6/18 - Cotati Jazz Festival

                                                                                            6/17-19 - Gay Wine Weekend, Out in the Vineyard, Sonoma County

                                                                                            6/19 - Isleton Crawdad Festival

                                                                                            7/2 - All American Zin Day, Dry Creek Valley

                                                                                            7/3 - Guerneville Independence Celebration

                                                                                            7/4 - 30th Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off, Palo Alto

                                                                                            7/4 - Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Festival, Sonoma Plaza

                                                                                            7/10 - Petaluma Art and Garden Festival

                                                                                            7/10 - 57th Annual Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar, Sebastopol

                                                                                            7/14 - Bastille Day in Wine Country, Healdsburg

                                                                                            7/23 - 3rd Annual Hot Graton Nights Car Show & BBQ

                                                                                            7/23-24 - Catalan Festival, Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma

                                                                                            7/30 - Fort Ross Cultural Heritage Day

                                                                                            7/29-31 - Gilroy Garlic Festival

                                                                                            8/6 - Petaluma Music Festival

                                                                                            8/6-7 - 17th Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay

                                                                                            8/7 - Bodega Volunteer Fire Dept "Big Event" BBQ & Parade

                                                                                            8/13-14 - Gravenstein Apple Fair, Sebastopol

                                                                                            8/14 - Tour d'Organics

                                                                                            8/19-21 - Grape to Glass, Russian River Valley

                                                                                            8/20 - San Francisco Streetfood Festival

                                                                                            8/20 - Stumptown Revival, Russian River Beer, Guerneville

                                                                                            8/20-21 - Fairfield Tomato Festival

                                                                                            8/27 - Taste of Petaluma

                                                                                            8/27-28 - Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival

                                                                                            9/4-5 - 30th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore Valley

                                                                                            9/10-11 - Tracy Dry Bean Festival

                                                                                            9/10-11 - 27th Annual Pittsburg Seafood Festival

                                                                                            9/11 - Solano Stroll

                                                                                            9/17 - Annual Old Grove Festival & Gourmet Hike, Armstrong Woods

                                                                                            9/23-25 - Eat Real, Oakland

                                                                                            9/24-25 - Clayton Oktoberfest

                                                                                            10/2 - 14th Annual Arts & Olive Festival, Redwood City

                                                                                            Sonoma Plaza
                                                                                            475 1st St W, Sonoma, CA

                                                                                            Isleton Crawdad Festival
                                                                                            Isleton, CA, Isleton, CA

                                                                                            Solano Stroll
                                                                                            1563 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707

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                                                                                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                              The Crawdad Festival is now in Red Bluff, CA. This yr will be Sat 6/18/11
                                                                                              Crawdad Festival.
                                                                                              Saturday, June 18 10:00a to 11:00p
                                                                                              at Tehama District Fairgrounds, Red Bluff, CA

                                                                                              1. re: hhc

                                                                                                Thanks, the Crawdad Festival in Red Bluff is scheduled for June 17-19 in this account.

                                                                                            2. Napa Valley Art & Music Festival

                                                                                              with these eats:
                                                                                              Trinchero Family Estates Wines
                                                                                              Napa Smith Brewery
                                                                                              Chicago Style Hot Dogs
                                                                                              Dim Sum Charlie's
                                                                                              La Texanita
                                                                                              Mark's the Spot
                                                                                              Spencer on the Go
                                                                                              Street Eatz

                                                                                              1. The Portuguese festas are happening this month. There are dinners with free sopas - huge hunks of beef with bread. St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito is having a Festa masses at 11 am on June 19 and 26th. The bulletin doesn't list the location of the meal, but it is probably the same hall as in this 2009 report

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


                                                                                                This is a new site about other festas, but often just gives the city and date

                                                                                                Last weekend there was one in San Jose

                                                                                                Brazilian Festa Junio is also happening this month

                                                                                                Berkeley - Sat 6/25 8pm Casa de Cultura $10

                                                                                                They happen all over the Bay Area, but this is the only one I've seen advertised so far. My report on a Festa Junio in 2009

                                                                                                1. Are wine events welcome here too or is there a better post for these?

                                                                                                  6/22 in SF: South American Superstars: the Wines of Argentina & Chile http://southamerica.eventbrite.com

                                                                                                  6/25: Franc or Blanc at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga http://francnblanc.eventbrite.com

                                                                                                  9/2-9/4: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend http://www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com/

                                                                                                  1. 6/18 - Crawfish by the Bay, Emeryville

                                                                                                    6/16-30, SF Pride (but don't look for BBQ at the Fresh Meat Festival)

                                                                                                    6/18-19 - North Beach Festival, San Francisco

                                                                                                    6/22 - "Food Stamped" screening & farm tour, Berkeley

                                                                                                    7/10 - Bacon Take Down, San Francisco

                                                                                                    8/6-7 - Fremont Festival of the Arts

                                                                                                    8/13-14 - Nihonmachi, San Francisco

                                                                                                    North Beach Festival
                                                                                                    Columbus Ave Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                                                                                                    1. 6/25 - 33rd Annual Dia de San Juan (Puerto Rican Festival), San Jose

                                                                                                      6/27 - Sonoma Wine Meetup, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                      7/9 & 10 - Obon Festival, San Jose

                                                                                                      7/14 - 11th Annual Bastille Day Celebration, San Francisco

                                                                                                      7/23 - Indonesia Day, San Francisco

                                                                                                        1. 7/2 - Breastfest Beer Festival, San Francisco

                                                                                                          7/4 - Summer Festival, Saratoga

                                                                                                          Thru 7/10 - Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton

                                                                                                          7/16 - Far West Fest, Point Reyes Station

                                                                                                          7/16 - Rootstock Festival, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                          7/24 - 2nd Annual Malaysian Hawker Food Festival, Sunnyvale

                                                                                                          8/12-14 - Outside Lands, San Francisco

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                                                                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                            Sunday 7/3 - SF BBQ Rib Throwdown @Coffee Bar
                                                                                                            $20 gets u beer + 4 samplings + 1 side, then vote for your favorite BBQ ribs.
                                                                                                            The contenders:
                                                                                                            - Good Foods Catering
                                                                                                            - Cathead’s BBQ
                                                                                                            - The Jetset Chef
                                                                                                            - Gator’s Back Porch BBQ (the real chef Gator or Todd?)

                                                                                                            1. re: L C

                                                                                                              Heheh, L C! I was just about to post on this, having checked-in with Chef Gator to see if he would be representing. The answer is not his gig, as he'll be out of town, "I'm leaving Sunday to cook for the PGA pro's at the John Deere Classic in Illinois what a great honor. "

                                                                                                              That said, I hope to hear some reports from the throwdown, would love to hear a comparison of the various competitors ribs.

                                                                                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                Yeah, We don't boil our meat over here at Gator's Back Porch BBQ. I'll be handling the Southern Pride this weekend.

                                                                                                                1. re: Todd510

                                                                                                                  Glad to hear your no-boil policy, Todd. At one time you had said you'd issue a statement about Gator's Back Porch BBQ, but none has appeared yet. There seems to be so much public confusion with Chef Gator saying he has exited the business and your jab above, yet despite tweaking of the FB page in recent months, it still lists the Culinary Team as "Chef Glenn Gator Thompson on the Grill. Former owner and chef of Gator's neo soul in Downtown San Mateo. And head chef of Southern Fine Dining establishment Dollie Marie's in San Mateo."


                                                                                                          2. 7/3 & 7/4 Grub Town Army - Food Trucks - Half Moon Bay


                                                                                                            1. 7/1 - Moveable Feast, A truck food festival, 5:30-10p, San Mateo

                                                                                                              7/2 & 3 - Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

                                                                                                              7/10 - CUESA Summer Celebration, San Francisco

                                                                                                              7/17 - 25th Anniversary Sonoma-Marin Pig Feed, Novato

                                                                                                              7/17 - 3rd Annual TASTY Awards, San Francisco

                                                                                                              8/13 - Full Moon Barn Dance, Sonoma

                                                                                                              8/21 - Family Winemakers Tasting, San Francisco

                                                                                                              9/24 - Pie Ranch Farm Dinner

                                                                                                              Pie Ranch
                                                                                                              2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero, CA

                                                                                                              1. 7/9 - 1st Annual Rib-o-Rama to feature Zinfandel and Ribs, Alameda

                                                                                                                7/10 - 57th Annual Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar, Sebastopol
                                                                                                                I attended this event last year, arriving on the late side, and many of the best treats were already sold out. But I did buy some aged umeboshi made by volunteers. And this is the only place that I've seen Imagawayaki filled with homemade red bean paste. The volunteers are the most well-oiled, organized group I've ever witnessed for big event management. There's even a drive-through to pick up teriyaki chicken orders.
                                                                                                                More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                                                                                                                7/16 - Bay Area Barbecue Championship, Oakland

                                                                                                                7/17 - American Lamb Jam, San Francisco

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                                                                                                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                  Wouldn't seem possible but teriyaki chicken is even more delicious and juicier this year. More parking too across street from temple. Don't miss the homemade cream puffs. Sunny and 71 degrees in Sebastopol.

                                                                                                                2. July 16th and 17th, Mountain View Buddhist Temple Obon Festival. The teri chicken and corn are usually very good.


                                                                                                                  1. Collard Greens Cultural Festival July 23 @ Palo Alto

                                                                                                                    1. Horses, Hats and Hawkers

                                                                                                                      Large Off the Grid food truck event at Golden Gate Fields in Albany on Saturday 8/27. 9/3, 9,10 and 9/17. There's a free shuttle bus from the North Berkeley BART station to the track.

                                                                                                                      According to Off the Grid, "An old school shindig will meet a new one, where young and old can watch and wager on horse races over bloody marys, sigsig tacos and cupcakes. Attendees are encouraged to dress up like they’ve never dressed up before, donning fashionable hats, with extra points for oversized or pillbox styles. A hat hawker will be on hand for those who arrive unadorned."


                                                                                                                      Off the Grid: Golden Gate Fields
                                                                                                                      Dates: Four Saturdays: August 27, September 3, 10, 17, 2011
                                                                                                                      Times: 11am-5pm
                                                                                                                      Number of Trucks: 30
                                                                                                                      Location: Golden Gate Fields
                                                                                                                      First Race: 12:45 pm
                                                                                                                      Live Music: 12:45 pm
                                                                                                                      Admission to the Races: $6, kids 17 & under free

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                                                                                                                      1. re: zippo

                                                                                                                        quick video some of the 15 food trucks at Golden Gate Fields yesterday, Saturday 9/3. Sundays they have $1 beer and $1 hot dogs.


                                                                                                                        1. Saw today that the st. Nicholas church middle east food festival is this weekend, aug 28&29. In diamond heights. I've never been but will check out.

                                                                                                                          1. Oops meant aug 27 and 28

                                                                                                                            1. Provence in Berkeley in Kermit Lynch parking lot presented by Cafe Fanny Sat 9/17/11 from 11-4

                                                                                                                              Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
                                                                                                                              1605 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
                                                                                                                              Ph: 510-524-1524

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

                                                                                                                              Cafe Fanny
                                                                                                                              1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                                                                                                              1. It's the big Belmont Greek Festival this weekend . . .

                                                                                                                                We're going 2 days this year. Weather should be great!

                                                                                                                                Belmont Greek Festival
                                                                                                                                900 Alameda, San Carlos, CA 94070

                                                                                                                                1. St. Vartan's Armenian Apostolic Church in Oakland, Annual Bazaar & Food Festival
                                                                                                                                  October 7th & 8th


                                                                                                                                  Highly recommended!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                                    Yeah, St. Vartan's has reallly good food, and there's not much Armenian around here.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                                      The 54th annual Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar at St. Gregory's in SF is Sept. 16-18: http://www.stgregorysf.org/website%20...

                                                                                                                                      Armenian Food Festival
                                                                                                                                      825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                      1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                                        St. John's on Olympia off of Clarendon is having their "Taste of Armenia" Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16. More info: http://www.stjohnarmenianchurch.com/b...

                                                                                                                                        Coming from Watertown, MA, and happening right down the street from me, this is most welcome!

                                                                                                                                      2. 9/20 from 6-8:30 PM Taste of Temescal, Telegraph Avenue between 43rd and 51st, Oakland
                                                                                                                                        Tickets $30, limited to 450

                                                                                                                                        PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS donating a taste from their establishments include:
                                                                                                                                        Abesha's, Asmara, Aunt Mary's Cafe, Bakesale Betty, Barlata, Burma Superstar East, Casserole House, Dona Tomas, Good Bellies Cafe, Holy Moly Cafe, Hooper Vintage Chocolates, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Lanesplitter, Marc 49 Bar, Mariposa Bakery, Mixing Bowl, Peet's Cofe, Pizzaiolo, Pizza Nation, Remedy Cafe, Roundtable Pizza, Sacred Wheel, Scream Sorbet, Sura Korean, Tanjia Moroccan, Taqueria Pico Paco, Tara's Organic Ice Cream, The Avenue, Waffle Boss


                                                                                                                                        1. http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/ There is a gourmet food truck festival in Pleasanton on 9/17 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from 4PM to 9PM. There will be food trucks, music, beer, wine, margaritas and plenty of award winning food. Nom Nom, the lobster ShackMobile, Whisk on Wheels, Speedy Panini, Golden Waffle, Munch India, StreetzEatz, That's Sweet, Mayo and Mustard and More!

                                                                                                                                          Panini Cafe
                                                                                                                                          1457 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                                                                                                                                          Nom Nom
                                                                                                                                          , San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                            1. 9/9 - Cloverdale Beer Festival

                                                                                                                                              9/10 - 16th Annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival

                                                                                                                                              9/10 - Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighters Street Celebration, BBQ & Dance

                                                                                                                                              9/10 - Wine Country Big Q, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                              9/10 - Annual Beer in the Plaza, Healdsburg

                                                                                                                                              9/16 - Cloverdale Lions Club Abalone Dinner

                                                                                                                                              9/17 - Much Ado Renaissance Faire, Sebastopol

                                                                                                                                              9/18 - Slow Food East Bay Potluck & Pig Roast

                                                                                                                                              9/18-19 - Artisano, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                              1. 9/10 - Garin Apple Festival, Hayward (free)

                                                                                                                                                9/17 - St. Helena Bale Grist Mill Harvest Benefit Dinner

                                                                                                                                                9/18 - One Vietnam Street Eats, Ferry Plaza, SF

                                                                                                                                                10/1 - Tomato Battle, Pleasanton

                                                                                                                                                1. This was a great event last year - we are looking forward to Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Sonoma.
                                                                                                                                                  KNISHES, KUGEL AND CABERNET:
                                                                                                                                                  MY SON/DAUGHTER THE WINEMAKER --- WHO KNEW?

                                                                                                                                                  1. 9/10 - Fiesta de Independencia, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa (Free)

                                                                                                                                                    9/10-11 - Katmandu Fall Festival, Sonoma

                                                                                                                                                    9/17 - 20th Annual Russian Riverfest

                                                                                                                                                    9/18 - 35th Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, San Jose (Note: Indian fry bread on list of food vendors)

                                                                                                                                                    10/2 - Calabash -- A Celebration of Gourds, Art, and the Garden in Forestville

                                                                                                                                                    10/7, 8, 9 - 40th Greek Festival, Castro Valley

                                                                                                                                                    10/9 - Festa Italiana, Santa Rosa

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. 9/10 & 11 - 40th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

                                                                                                                                                      9/16 - Barista Throwdown, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                      9/17 - California Wine Rush, Ferry Plaza, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                      9/17 & 18 - SJMade and SJEats, San Pedro Square, San Jose

                                                                                                                                                      9/18 - Moveable Feast, St. Cyprian, Sunnyvale

                                                                                                                                                      9/22 - Screening of "Lunch Line", Reception, Dinner, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                      10/1 - 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast, Menlo Park

                                                                                                                                                      10/7 & 8 - 29th Annual Chocolate Fest, Belmont

                                                                                                                                                      10/22 - East Side Taco Festival of Innovation, San Jose

                                                                                                                                                      10/30 - Fall Colors, Vintage Car Show, Geyserville Volunteer Fire Dept Pancake Breakfast

                                                                                                                                                      11/11 - Dinner Fundraiser, Devils Gulch and Flour + Water, Nicasio

                                                                                                                                                      1. El Cerrito - St John the Baptist Catholic Church

                                                                                                                                                        Sunday 9/18 11 am - 4 pm

                                                                                                                                                        Annual Parish Fesitval featuring Brailian BBQ and an international food court. Parisiners represent over 50 ethnicities, so there will be a variety, probably Filipino, Chinese, Latino, Nigerian.

                                                                                                                                                        Sunday Sept 25th 11 am - 4 ;m

                                                                                                                                                        Brazilian Culutural Festival - Music, Brazilian food and beverages. Here's my report on the Brazilian festival from 2009

                                                                                                                                                        Saturday Oct 1, 1:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                        Annual English Tea - Homemade teas sandwiches, scones and sweets

                                                                                                                                                        St John the Baptist Catholic Church
                                                                                                                                                        11150 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA

                                                                                                                                                          1. 9/14 - Heart of the City Farmers Market 30th Anniversary Festival, San Francisco Civic Center, 9-4

                                                                                                                                                            9/16 - Martini Festival, Martinez

                                                                                                                                                            9/17 - 4H Foundation of Sonoma County BBQ Fundraiser, Saralee's Vineyard & Richard's Grove

                                                                                                                                                            9/17 - Chef John Lyle Space xxv Heirloom Tomato Tasting, Santa Rosa farmers market

                                                                                                                                                            9/17 & 18 - Lafayette Art, Wine, Music

                                                                                                                                                            9/17 - Is Sustainable Attainable, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                            9/17 - Porkapalooza, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                                            9/18 - Berkeley BINGO Behind the Cart Brunch!

                                                                                                                                                            9/20 - Kitchen Table Talks: Food Activism, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                            9/20 - Fundraiser at ICHI Sushi, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                            ICHI Sushi
                                                                                                                                                            3369 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                                                                                                                                            1. 9/13-9/15 - National Heirloom Expo at Sonoma County Fairground

                                                                                                                                                              A friend of mine who works for the Seed Bank, an heirloom seed supplier with a store in Petaluma, encouraged me to attend this. He said it would be the largest ever gathering of heirloom produce, with farmers driving from as far away as the midwest with heirloom specimens of produce. There is also supposed to be a livestock component.

                                                                                                                                                              1. The SF Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Catherdral in the Mission is Sept 23-25. Their website has free admission tickets. Love this festival!


                                                                                                                                                                1. Spice of Life festival
                                                                                                                                                                  Berkeley, Sept 17th, 11 to 7.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. 9/19-25, 5th Annual San Francisco Cocktail Week

                                                                                                                                                                    10/23, Pinot on the River, Healdsburg Plaza

                                                                                                                                                                    1. 9/24 - Tomato Bash, organic heirloom tomato tasting, Cupertino

                                                                                                                                                                      9/24 & 25, Weekend along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County

                                                                                                                                                                      9/24 & 25, St. Thomas More Church 5th Annual International Food Festival, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                      9/25 - Deviants Food Court, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                      9/25 & 10/23 - Local Bites, Cal Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                      9/30 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass potluck, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                      9/30 - Fairyland for Grown ups, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                      10/2 - OPEN Ramen Dinner at Chez Panisse, Berkeley

                                                                                                                                                                      10/15 - Eaters' Choice, Fort Mason, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                      1. 10/1 – 20th Annual Women of Taste, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                        10/1 – 6th Annual Sake Day, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                        10/1 & 2 – World Veg Festival, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                        10/2 – La Guelaguetza (Oaxacan festival), Salinas (outside the Bay Area

                                                                                                                                                                        10/2 – Block Party/Sale/BBQ by Ravi Kapur, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                        10/2 – SF Weekly DISH, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                        10/2 - CUESA’s 9th Annual Sunday Supper, A Whole Beast Feast, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                        10/4 to 24 – A Series in Celebration of FOOD DAY

                                                                                                                                                                        10/8 – Slow Food Picnic, Penngrove

                                                                                                                                                                        10/9 – Field to Jar

                                                                                                                                                                        10/15 – A Day of Artisan Beef Butchery, Soul Food Farm, Vacaville

                                                                                                                                                                        10/22 – El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

                                                                                                                                                                        Soul Food Farm
                                                                                                                                                                        6046 Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688

                                                                                                                                                                        1. 9/30-10/2 Milpitas Middle Eastern and Greek: http://www.sjorthodox.org/festival.html

                                                                                                                                                                          09/30-10/02 San Francisco Oktoberfest: http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/

                                                                                                                                                                          1-2 Los Altos: Fall http://www.losaltoschamber.org/fall_f...

                                                                                                                                                                          1 San Francisco Arab: http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.p...

                                                                                                                                                                          1 San Jose Japanese: http://www.spiritofjapantownfestival....

                                                                                                                                                                          2 Redwood City Olive: http://www.olivefest.com/Events.html

                                                                                                                                                                          2 San Francisco Taste of Russia: http://www.sfsobor.com/

                                                                                                                                                                          7-8 Oakland Armenian: http://www.stvartanoakland.org/bazaar...

                                                                                                                                                                          7-9 Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival: http://www.bassfestival.com/

                                                                                                                                                                          8 Berkeley Indigenous People's Day: http://www.ipdpowwow.org/

                                                                                                                                                                          8 Cuppertino Diwali Festival of Lights: http://www.cupertino-chamber.org/

                                                                                                                                                                          8-9 Oakhurst Chocolate and Wine: http://www.oakhurstchamber.com/index....

                                                                                                                                                                          9 San Francisco Italian: http://sfcolumbusday.org/index.html

                                                                                                                                                                          15-16 Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin: http://miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest/

                                                                                                                                                                          15 Noe Valley Harvest: http://www.noevalleyharvestfestival.c...

                                                                                                                                                                          15-16 San Francisco Armenian: http://www.stjohnarmenianchurch.com/b...

                                                                                                                                                                          16 Palo Alto Sukkot Harvest: http://www.paloaltojcc.org/index.php?...

                                                                                                                                                                          16 San Francisco Fiesta: http://www.sresproductions.com/fiesta...

                                                                                                                                                                          23 San Francisco Polish: http://www.pacnorcal.org/

                                                                                                                                                                          30 Oakland Dia de los Muertos: http://www.unitycouncil.org/ddlm/inde...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. 10/15 - Healdsburg Crush Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            10/15 - Food Truck Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

                                                                                                                                                                            10/15 - Fort Ross Harvest Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            10/16 - Lu'au and George and Keoki Kahumoku show, Napa

                                                                                                                                                                            10/22 - Calistoga Blues Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            10/22 - Pumpkin Fest, Questa Park, Mountain House

                                                                                                                                                                            10/22 - St Helena Hometown Harvest Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            10/25 - SF Swappers food swap event, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                            10/29 - Cheese Loves Beer, Rohnert Park

                                                                                                                                                                            1. 10/16 - 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Windsor

                                                                                                                                                                              10/16 - East Bay Mini Maker Faire

                                                                                                                                                                              10/16 and 10/19-23 - Tolay Fall Festival, Petaluma

                                                                                                                                                                              10/16-11/2 - El Día de los Muertos Petaluma 2011

                                                                                                                                                                              10/16, 23, 30 & 11/6 - Sunday Suppers, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                              10/18 - Foie Gras, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                              10/22 - Landpath's Ranchero Mark West Music Festival, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                                                              10/22-23 - Diwali Program, Fremont Hindu Temple

                                                                                                                                                                              10/23 - Burgers & Beers for the Animals, Berkeley

                                                                                                                                                                              11/6 - Slow Food Russian River RAFT Dinner and live auction of 4H-raised heritage breed turkeys, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                                                              11/4 - 8 - CFSC 15th Annual Conference:
                                                                                                                                                                              Food Justice: Honoring our Roots, Growing the Movement Community Events

                                                                                                                                                                              1. King Arthur Flour baking demos - free
                                                                                                                                                                                10/21 - Pleasanton
                                                                                                                                                                                10/22 - Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                10/23 - San Jose

                                                                                                                                                                                10/22 - Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, Martinez

                                                                                                                                                                                10/22-23 - Danville Fall Crafts

                                                                                                                                                                                10/29 - Brew Crawl, Downtown Pleasanton

                                                                                                                                                                                11/3 - The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 45th Anniversary Happy Hour
                                                                                                                                                                                Beer Specials | Wheel of Prizes | Cupcakes | Free Entry
                                                                                                                                                                                5:30pm – 8:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                Buck Tavern, 1655 Market Street, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                11/12 - Fiesta España, Napa

                                                                                                                                                                                Buck Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                                1655 Market St, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                1. There's a chili cook-off at the Santa Cruz boardwalk on Saturday, 10/22


                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 10/30 Arizmendi Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                    1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 10/27 - Edible Insects & Other Rare Delicacies: An Insect and Mezcal Pairing Dinner Presented by Monica Martinez of Don Bugito, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito

                                                                                                                                                                                      10/29 & 30 - McClelland's Dairy farm tours, farmstand & pumpkin patch, Petaluma

                                                                                                                                                                                      11/7 - Olive Chef, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                      11/13 - Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                      12/14 - La Cocina's La Tamalada, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                      McClelland's Dairy
                                                                                                                                                                                      6475 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 11/12 - Community Dinner and Silent Auction for Bodega Land Trust, Bodega

                                                                                                                                                                                        11/12 & 13 - Contra Costa County Fall Faire, Antioch

                                                                                                                                                                                        11/18 - Berkeley Student Food Collective 3rd Annual Harvest Gala

                                                                                                                                                                                        12/1 - Scotch Tasting

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 11/18 - French American Chamber of Commerce, La Soirée, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                          11/19 - PinotFest 2011, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                          11/19 - Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Day

                                                                                                                                                                                          11/19 & 20 - Holiday in Carneros

                                                                                                                                                                                          11/21 - 24 - Volunteer Events for Harvest from the Heart, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                          12/10 - Top 40 Wine tasting with Pamela Busch and Tablehopper, San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                                          Benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Saturday 11/19 11am-4pm: Kermit Lynch Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 with food from Cafe Fanny, in the tented parking lot with aromas wafting for blocks around:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Cafe Fanny
                                                                                                                                                                                            1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Gourmet Food Truck Rally at Lincoln High School - 555 Dana Ave, San Jose, Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                              When: Saturday, 11/19/11, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                              Entertainment by: The Lincoln High School Orchestra, Band and Choir
                                                                                                                                                                                              For more information visit this "Word on the StreEats" Facebook link at:

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 11/25 & 26 - Alexander Valley Wineries Open House

                                                                                                                                                                                                11/25 to 1/1 - Christmas in the Park, San Jose

                                                                                                                                                                                                12/3 - Fifth Annual Slow Crab Dinner, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                12/3 & 4 - 42nd Annual Fungus Fair, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

                                                                                                                                                                                                12/4 - Boucherie Marketplace Pop-Up and Tina Tamale @ La Borinquena, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                                                12/7 & 8 - Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around

                                                                                                                                                                                                La Borinquena Mex-Icatessen
                                                                                                                                                                                                582 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 11/30 - The Politics of Food, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                                                                                  12/2 - Imbibe at the Potrero Branch Library, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                  12/10 - Crab Feed, S.D.E.S. Alvarado, Union City

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hanukkah Fair at Temple Beth Torah in Fremont
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Date: Sun 12/4/11
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time: 10a-2p
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Latkes available 11-1:30p
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Address: 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont 94539

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 12/4 Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar, Berkeley

                                                                                                                                                                                                      12/7 BrisketFest 2, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      12/9 La Cocina Gift Bazaar, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      12/14 SOMBA Community Exchange Event, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      12/15 Kitchen Table Talks, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      12/19 Seasonal Beer Drop-in Tasting, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 12/3 28th Annual Swedish Christmas Fair, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/3 Sonoma Valley Wine Market, Sonoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/3 Union Street Fantasy of Lights, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/3 Haiti Emergency Relief, Everett & Jones, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/4 Fernet BackBar Olympics, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/4 Temescal Holiday Food and Crafts Fair, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/10 - SFGG Rugby Club Crab Feed, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                        12/14 The LAST Pop-up General Store, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Now thru 1/2 - Global Winter Wonderland, Santa Clara

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/7 to 12/10 - Four Days of Festive Fun, Cotati

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/7 - Oakland Local Holiday Party

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/8 - Dianne Feinstein Elementary School fundraiser at Mozzeria, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/9 - Rockridge Holiday Jazz and Wine Stroll, Oakland

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/9 - SF MIssion Holiday Block Party, San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/10 - Rotary Club of Healdsburg, 32nd Annual Crab Feast and Auction

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/10 - Cheers! St Helena

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/21 - SRJC Culinary Arts Center at the Brickyard Final Farewell, Santa Rosa

                                                                                                                                                                                                          12/24 - Peet's Stores, Holiday Donations and complimentary coffee & tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Global Winter Wonderland is NOT a good food festival, it's just Chinese lanterns in the Great America parking lot & in the stall indoors is just stands for Kinder BBQ, Quickly, etc. Nothing special, best to eat before going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Edit: Christmas In the Park, SJ is Not good eats for food either. Just various food stalls, best to eat before going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Dec 20, 6:30-7:30pm Tropical Menorah Lighting, Burlingame (no cost)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Latkes, sufganiyot, hot cocoa