Celebrate Autumn with Foodie Fun! October Food Events in N. California

By Dawnie September 27, 2012

Wondering where to go to explore Northern California’s excellent food and wine scene?  Get out your maps and chart your foodie course…..October is filled with some delicious venues and fun adventures!

It’s a Hoes Down Festival!!  Full Belly Farm, Yolo County, CA
October 6 & 7, 2012   MAIN FESTIVAL: Saturday, October 6, 2012  11am – 11 pm  Admission Prices:  Adults: $20 each when purchased online; $25 when purchased at the gate, Children (2-12): $5 each anytime!  Under 2: Free
Saturday Night Camping: $25 per car- no reservations are needed!
No dogs allowed – service animals are welcome! 
Sunday Celebration, October 7, 2012
Please note: The main festival day and a majority of the activities occur on Saturday, October 6.   Specialized Hands-On Seminars on a variety of subjects. Pre-registration is required.  www.hoesdown.org

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 5-7, 2012  A celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, live music, an art show and sale, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more.  Make plans to join us and taste the best of Sonoma County! 12-7pm Friday, 10-7pm Sat & Sunday   www.harvestfair.org
19th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp, Murphys, CA
October 6th, 2012  9:30am – 5:00pm  Murphys Community Park.
25 pounds of wine grapes freshly picked, a half wine barrel fitted with a spout, a partner and you.  More than 100 teams throughout the state and beyond compete each year to vie for the prestigious 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.

Stomp competitions take place every half hour. The team, comprised of one stomper and one mucker (the juice collector), have three minutes to extract as much juice from 25 pounds of wine grapes as possible. And of course… lots of Award Winning Calaveras Wine and delicious foods!   http://www.calaverasgrapestomp.com

25th Annual Loomis Eggplant Festival, Loomis, CA
October 6, 2012   8:30am to 5:30pm.   Downtown Loomis.  Featuring Star performers, great chefs, arts & crafts and some most delicious, colorful food for in California. Music, games, refreshments, arts & crafts, and local eggplant! Try unique eggplant dishes and enter the recipe contest.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loomis-Eggplant-Festival/149671931717197

Tasting In The Vineyard With Rick Kushman  -Lava Cap Winery, Placerville, CA
October 06, 2012 1:30 PM   Here is a unique, harvest-season wine experience that is not to be missed! This class is a perfect introduction to wine, wine grapes, and harvest.  Regional wine writer and Capital Public Radio wine guy Rick Kushman joins Lava Cap Winery to host a stroll and taste of wine grapes in the vineyard.  Rick will wander the vineyards with you and show what’s happening out there as the grapes get ready to be picked. And, you’ll taste the different grapes, then taste the wines made from that variety and compare how each grapes unique flavors make it into the wine.   $25 per person / $20 Wine Club member   Purchase tickets online at www.lavacap.com or call 530.621.0175

45th Annual Octoberfest – Turn Verein, Sacramento, CA
Oct 12, 2012 – Oct 13, 2012  Enjoy traditional German music, food and drink that can only be found at this event. The traditional German band Gruber Family Band will be featured in the Main Hall, with AKA LIVE the rock-& roll band upstairs in the Festhalle for the young at heart. The Alpentänzer Schuhplattler will perform colorful traditional German dances during the evening  Cost: $20?    www.sacramentoturnverein.com
Harvest Sunset Celebration – Feeding Crane Farms –  Sacramento, CA
October 14, 2012  4-8pm   Visit and tour farm, snack on appetizers made by local celebrity up & coming chefs, taste local beer, wines and non-alcoholic libations, enjoy live music, play garden games that are fun for all ages.  $55 adults, $45 Co-op owners.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Feeding-Crane-Farms

Delta Fall Harvest Festival – Scribner Bend Vineyards, Sacramento, CA
October 14th, 2012   11:00am – 5:00pm    Please join us for this Yelp sponsored FREE event for the whole family.  Hay rides, mini pumpkin patch, barrel room tours, grape stomp, photo booth, mini farmers market and much much more!  Food, Music and vendors galore.  http://www.scribnerbend.com

Origins of Sacramento Culinary Walking Tours,  Sacramento, CA
October 19th & 20th, 2012   10:15am-2:00pm    Culinary and cultural walking tour of historic Sutter’s District and East Sacramento.  Breathe in the fresh fall air, admire the beauty of our City of Trees and savor the flavors of local hot spots in Sacramento. Culinary concierge takes participants into 6 food and drink stops to meet local chefs and eatery owners, learning about the roots of the establishments history, food and wine.  Get up close and personal enjoying fresh local ingredients from local agriculture.  Taste delicious dishes from around the world in a 2.5 mile walk.  Advanced tickets required.  All ages welcome.  http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com   1-800-407-8918

Placerville Art & Wine Festival – Historic Downtown – Placerville, CA
October 20, 2012  6 – 9pm   Cost: $30  Over 35 foothill wineries will pour samples at this event that brings together many of the area’s award-winning wineries and artists in one convenient setting on Historic Main Street. The Festival will feature live music at the Bell Tower by Aftershock.