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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.
      http://sfsalsashowdown.tumblr.com/

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      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."
        http://sf.funcheap.com/eastbay-cambod...

        Cambodian New Year Festival 2011
        10 am – 5 pm
        Tenderloin Children’s Playground: 570 Ellis Street, San Francisco
        http://sf.funcheap.com/cambodian-year...
        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!!
            www.artisancheesefestival.com

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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.
                http://yourtown.pressdemocrat.com/201...

                Here's a link to my own taste-off results the weekend before,
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765410

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                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.
                http://www.sfchocolatesalon.com/