Fork and Spoon Ready? Northern CA June Foodie Events To Explore!

By Dawnie May 22, 2012

June 2, 2012  Raley’s Grape Escape – Sacramento, California   4:00pm-7:00pm; rain or shine.  More than 200 award-winning California wines come to the cosmopolitan, urban setting of downtown Sacramento. Pair that with some of the region’s best local cuisine and you have an amazing culinary experience.  Raley’s Grape Escape features wineries from 8 regional counties

June 2, 2012  Davis Beer Fest 2012 – Davis, California
Tasting over 100 handcrafted beers from over 40 breweries. Touring the Sudwerk Brewery. Learn the secrets from area brewmasters. Receive a commemorative tasting glass just for attending. Live music. Fantastic Food. Where: Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 Second Street, Davis, Admission: $35 in advance or $40 at the door. All proceeds support the programs of Citizens Who Care.Admission for designated drivers is $10 at the door. This includes food and a non-alcoholic soda. Must be 21 to enter the tasting area. Advanced tickets available – First Northern Bank & Sudwerk Restaurant – at the Citizens Who Care office (530-758-3704)

June 2-3, 2012 Sequoia Foodie Fest – Exeter, California
The Sequoia Foodie Fest promotes the diversity of California’s agricultural commodities. Local celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and contests, Iron Chef competitions. Life-sized citrus sculptures, Farmers Market, food samples, live music, kids entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias

June 2-3, 2012 31st Annual Art & Wine Festival – Walnut Creek, California
Distinguished by its lush park setting and family-friendly activities, the festival features top-quality, non-stop music and entertainment for the entire family, thousands of distinctive hand-made crafts and works of art from more than 200 artisans, award winning local and regional wines and micro brews, ethnic and traditional festival fare, the Premium Wine Tent, The Wine Experience, the Grape Stomp Competition, the Festival Train (a longtime family favorite), and loads of children’s activities. Attendance: 100,000.

June 8-10, 2012 Central Valley Egyptian Festival – Visalia, California
Come Experience Mediterranean Food and Culture (Kebab, BBQ and Falafel, Baklava, Kunafa, Loukoumades pastries). Enjoy Camel Rides; Ancient Egyptian Artifacts; Take your picture with the pharos; Kids Obstacle Courses and Slides; Festival Train Rides and much more.

June 8, 2012 Taste of Downtown Wine, Brew & Beverage Tasting – Ukiah, California
Once again wineries and breweries from throughout the region will partner with the merchants of Downtown Ukiah in offering tastings, live entertainment, vendors, food and refreshments.

June 10, 2012 26th Annual Ojai Wine Festival – Ojai, California
Soak in the beauty of Lake Casitas and experience one of the most fun, affordable wine festivals in California! Taste wine and beer, dance to two live bands, shop at the silent auction or craft vendors, take a free boat ride or dine at the restaurants. Over 60 wineries participate with more than 250 selections of wine. Discover why Ojai was voted one of the top Food and Wine havens in the West by ‘Sunset Magazine.’

June 13, 2012  Market to Plate Executive Chef Lunch Tour – Sacramento, California
Join this culinary adventure where a trained guide will lead you through one of Sacramento’s most popular farmers markets introducing you to some local farmers and artisans.  Opportunity to shop with customized market bags – pick up fresh produce and fruits.  Two executive chefs from two popular restaurants will be inviting you to their VIP Farm to Table 4 course lunch paired with local wine.  Tie this lunch in with one on one time with chefs to hear their secrets to using fresh local ingredients in their recipes.  Walk away feeling enlightened, full and inspired to go home and stir up your own creations with your shopping bag full of yummy good produce!   Advanced ticketing required.

June 22-24, 2012  16th Annual Passport  Weekend –  Murphys, California
Join 23 wineries/ tasting rooms located throughout Calaveras County for a special weekend of gourmet foods, entertainment, winery discounts and award winning wines! A special weekend of gourmet foods, entertainment, special winery discounts and of course award winning Calaveras wines! This exciting weekend kicks off on Friday night, June 22, at Murphys Community Park, with a “mini-Passport” event, “Taste the World of Calaveras!” The park will be divided into five “regions” of the world, and in each of these regions, you will have the opportunity to taste wines made from grapes with their origins in those “regions” and each region will showcase corresponding cuisine.
Participants are issued a commemorative glass and “Passport” that is stamped at each of the wineries visited. This is a multiple day event.

June 23, 2012 10th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge – Sacramento, California
Six professional Chefs have 45 minutes to turn five secret ingredients into three power-packed dishes all under the watchful eyes of a live audience. Guests enjoy the competition while sampling food, beer and wine from over 100 regional vendors.

June 24, 2012 The 31st Annual Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting -Mill Valley, California
Join us on Sunday, June 24th for the Bay Area’s premier Wine and Food Tasting event in beautiful Downtown Mill Valley.  Make this a special day of wine, food, friends, sun, redwoods and jazz.  This year featuring 65 premium wineries, 15 craft breweries, 30 specialty food purveyors and 10 local restaurants and chefs.   This outstanding event is one of the reasons Mill Valley was just selected 4th Best Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine.  Let’s celebrate! 1:00pm – 4:00pm

June 25-26, 2012 – The Sonoma Lavender Food & Wine Festival – Kenwood, California
Be rewarded with the unmistakable scent of a five-acre lavender farm in peak season, plus various products on hand to sample and buy. There will be a chill out lounge where you can get wrapped in lavender or enjoy other beauty treatments. Meanwhile, cooking and growing seminars will inspire chefs to master the elusive art of using the plant delicately in the kitchen.  420 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Phone 707-523-4411