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April 12, 2018
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The Most Unmissable Food Fests in San Francisco and Beyond the Bridge

In San Francisco, the food experiences run the gamut from A to Z (for us, that's artichokes to Zinfandel). Here’s a calendar of some of the city's top food and beverage festivals. We’ve also included a few from beyond the bridge, as well.

To learn more about the local culinary scene, try a food-focused tour.

In San Francisco

January

SF Restaurant Week
Various Bay Area Locations
www.sfrestaurantweek.com
What better way to kick off the year than by dining at some of the city's top restaurants? With special lunch and dinner menus at over 100 San Francisco restaurants, you'll have to choose your destinations carefully (though there are no bad options). These are the best areas to stay for foodies.

The Zinfandel Experience (ZAP)
The Presidio and Four Seasons Hotel (757 Market St.)
www.zinfandel.org
Zinfandel, often called America’s heritage wine, is the draw here. Savor the flavors of this authentically American varietal and experience its distinctly classic personality at several extraordinary events. More than 250 wineries participate in this food and wine tasting which draws some 10,000 wine lovers. These are the top hotels for wine lovers.

February

San Francisco Beer Week
Various Bay Area Locations
www.sfbeerweek.org
Local craft beer legacy and culture is celebrated with as many as 150 events, including beer dinners, cheese and beer pairing events, meet the brewer evenings, demonstrations, music and films, from San Francisco to Monterey to Sacramento and beyond.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Fort Mason Center fort Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.winejudging.com
More than 5,000 wine lovers converge to enjoy breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, outstanding food, conversations, and a bit of education, as they enjoy samples from more than 800 wineries.

March

Bay Area Brew Festival
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.bayareabrewfestival.com
This event features dozens of international and domestic beers, and San Francisco’s best food trucks.

Black Cuisine Festival
Yosemite Ave. & Third St.
www.bhpmss.org
Dancing, a soul food contest, a marketplace and live music are among the draws at this annual tribute to black cuisine.

Cochon 555
AT&T Park (24 Willie Mays Plaza)
www.cochon555.com
This culinary competition, which is part of a national tour, includes a feast that showcases the best bites, top chefs and who’s who of the good food movement.

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.sfchocolatesalon.com
Those with a yen for chocolate can indulge in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate from more than 50 chocolatiers and confectioners. Non-chocolate exhibitors and artisans will be on hand as well, including wineries participating in the San Francisco Invitational Wine Salon.

April

Cider Summit S.F.
Parade Ground at The Presidio of San Francisco
www.cidersummit.com
More than 175 cider offerings, ranging from regional favorites to international classics, mean that there's something for everyone at this annual event, which includes selections created just for the event.

San Francisco International Beer Festival
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.sfbeerfest.com
Sample more than 300 incredible beers from some of the best craft brewers in the world, as well as a variety of offerings from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants. Must be 21 or over to enter.

May

Taste of Potrero
The Midway
www.tasteofpotrero.com
Now in its eighth year, this annual, one-night food festival supports the nearby Daniel Webster Elementary School. Over 50 San Francisco bars and restaurants are expected to participate.

Uncorked – The San Francisco Wine Festival
Ghirardelli Square
www.ghirardellisq.com
Enjoy tastings from a variety of Bay Area wineries and experience the ambience of San Francisco's waterfront with entertainment throughout Ghirardelli Square and along Beach Street.

June

Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival
St. Mary's Cathedral (Gough St. & Geary Blvd.)
www.soyandtofufest.org
Calling all vegetarians! This annual fundraiser, which supports the Nichi Bei Foundation, showcases all the ways soy and tofu can be used in cooking. Competitions, demonstrations, and live performances are all part of the event.

August

Eat Drink SF
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.eatdrink-sf.com
Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated in this interactive urban food and wine festival, featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events. These are the best areas to stay for foodies.

Outside Lands
Golden Gate Park
www.sfoutsidelands.com/
It's more than a music festival. Outside Lands regularly features some of San Francisco's top culinary talent, who serve up food and drink throughout the festival's three days of non-stop music.

September

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square
www.sresproductions.com
Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.

Oktoberfest By The Bay
Pier 48 (near AT&T Park)
www.oktoberfestbythebay.com
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, this Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages.

Sake Summit
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
www.sakesummit.com
Let the sake flow! Sake tasting events feature a variety of major sake brands from Japan, as well as key players in the sake business in the Bay Area, from distilleries, distributors to retailers.

A Taste of Greece
Annunciation Cathedral (245 Valencia St.)
www.festival.annunciation.org
For over 60 years, Annunciation Cathedral has hosted San Francisco' largest Greek food festival. This three-day event gives you plenty of opportunity to sample spanakopita, gyros, and more.

October

SF Street Food Festival
Potrero Power Station (420 23rd St.)
www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/
This annual event chooses a different focus each year. For 2018, over 30 Bay Area chefs and restaurants will salute American cuisine and how it has been shaped by immigrant cultures from all over the world.

Union Street Harvest Wine Walk
Along Union Street from Gough to Steiner Streets, and along Fillmore St. from Union to Lombard Streets
www.sresproductions.com
Restaurants and merchants along Union Street offer hors d’oeuvres and wine samples to attendees. Those who wish to sample may purchase a tasting wristband prior to the event and receive a wine glass and map with all tasting locations.

Beyond San Francisco

January

Napa Valley Truffle Festival
Napa, CA
www.napatrufflefestival.com
Some of the best chefs in the world gather to create dishes paired with this prized fungus. Gourmands and aspiring truffle growers will find a bounty of activities throughout the festival weekend.

Oakland Restaurant Week
Oakland, CA
www.oaklandrestaurantweek.org
Feed your inner foodie at Oakland Restaurant Week, presented by Visit Oakland. Restaurants from throughout Oakland will be offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, many at 25% off the a la carte price.

March

Gourmet Fest
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
www.gourmetfestcarmel.com
A four-day foodie extravaganza featuring an exclusive roster of Relais & Châteaux Chefs, prestigious wineries, and the finest luxury brands, all in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.

April

Columbia Wine Tasting
Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, CA
www.columbiawinetasting.com
Taste fine wines from more than 70 wineries and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres in the heart of this historic Gold Rush town. Souvenir glasses are included with ticket purchase. Proceeds benefit the Columbia College Foundation.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Pebble Beach, CA
www.pbfw.com
Pebble Beach Food & Wine is one of the premier epicurean lifestyle events on the West Coast, presenting 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs to create a filling four-day festival on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world.

May

BottleRock Napa Valley
Napa, CA
www.bottlerocknapavalley.com
Wine, food and …rock ‘n roll? One of the top music festivals in the country features artists on four different stages, while master sommeliers and celebrity chefs rub shoulders with guests. Dozens of the region’s finest restaurateurs, vintners and brewers offer the best in food, wine and craft brews in an intimate festival setting.

Livermore Wine Country Festival
Livermore, CA
www.livermoredowntown.com
It's the largest celebration of wine, craft brews, arts, crafts, shopping, dining, entertainment and hometown charm in the East Bay. Over 150,000 attend each year to explore over 300 vendor booths, shop at downtown Livermore's incredible specialty boutiques, and enjoy restaurants that are globally inspired and locally enhanced.

June

Castroville Artichoke, Food & Wine Festival
Monterey, CA
www.artichokefestival.org
A commemoration of all things artichoke, this event has cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and even an artichoke parade.

July

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, CA
www.gilroygarlicfestival.com
Billed as the “world’s ultimate summer food fair,” the Gilroy Garlic Festival features three full days of great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, arts and crafts, and fun for all ages. Highlights include garlic soft-serve ice cream and Gourmet Alley, with its gigantic outdoor kitchen and “Pyro Chefs.”

Taste Our Terroir
Livermore Valley, CA
www.lvwine.org
Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair features winemakers partnering with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Wineries across the region host cooking classes, wine seminars, vineyard tours and more.

August

Cochon Heritage Fire
Charles Krug Winery, Napa, CA
www.cochon555.com
Experience Napa Valley’s premier hyper-local, whole animal, live-fire outdoor food and wine event, which showcases more than 40 wineries and 35 notable chefs and butchers who cook more than 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals in celebration of breed diversity and family farming.

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Sebastopol, CA
www.gravensteinapplefair.com
Enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned fun: music; arts and crafts; local food, wine, cider and beer. There will be a children’s corner, a chef’s tent, an artisan cheese tent, a do-it-yourself tent, a life on the farm area, and Sebastopol's famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.

The Standard Pour’s Farm to Table Dinner
Sonora, CA
www.standard-pour.com
An outdoor, multi-course dinner inspired by seasonal produce from local farms, including: Blue Oak Farm, Red Earth Farm, Kline-Cushing Organic Farm, Table Mountain, Diestel Turkey and Indigeny Reserve Hard Apple Cider.

September

EatReal Festival
Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
www.eatrealfest.com
This event combines a love for food trucks, good food and good people. The Eat Real Festival is a full three-day extravaganza of celebrating food: where it's sourced, how it’s prepared, and most importantly, how delicious it tastes. Admission is free and all menu items are $8 or less. Bring family, friends and an appetite!

Harvest Table
Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA
www.visitcalistoga.com/calistoga-harvest-table.php
Under a harvest moon, celebrate the bounty of harvest time at a 1,000-foot long table at the center of Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue. Twenty of the valley’s most popular restaurants pair with more than 40 Napa Valley wines and craft brews to delight your senses.

Me-Wuk Indian Acorn Festival, Tuolumne Rancheria
Tuolumne, CA
www.mewuk.com/
The Tuolumne band of Me-Wuk Indians celebrates the Black Oak Acorn Harvest with traditional dancers, a hand games tournament, native arts and crafts, a deep pit barbecue dinner and inter-tribal Pow Wow.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Various Sonoma County Locations
www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com
Sip and savor the best of Sonoma County’s wines and cuisine at a series of events over the Labor Day weekend. More than 200 wineries pour thousands of wines and 60-plus local chefs whip up divine pairings. Throughout the weekend, there are intimate winery lunches, dinners and BBQs with local winemakers.

November

Beer vs. Wine Taste-Off
The Standard Pour, Sonora, CA
www.standard-pour.com
Enjoy a five-course exclusive dinner by owner and chef Eric Davis, paired with unique beers and wines chosen by brewers and winemakers. Judge the contrasting flavors of beer and wine paired with food after each course and vote for the winner.

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