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August 2013 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Winemaker's Celebration

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August 1-3
Napa Valley, CA15th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration
V Foundation Wine Celebration in Napa Valley, California
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, dedicated to saving lives by finding a cure for cancer, will host its fifteenth annual celebration featuring great food, fine wines and top entertainers. Highlights this year include a game of golf with Hall of Fame Golfer Johnny Miller at Silverado Golf Resort; exclusive Winery Dinners; a Bentley Driving Experience through the Napa Valley; Riedel Wine Tasting; a custom barrel auction; a Gala Dinner; and a private performance by Melissa Etheridge. Tickets cost $200-$250 for the events on Thursday, $125 for the wine tasting on Friday, $1,750 for Friday night, $2,250 for Saturday only and $2,500 for both days. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 707-963-0611, email or visit

August 10
Monterey, CA21st Annual Winemakers' Celebration

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Winemaker's Celebration
Organized by the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, the 21st annual celebration will feature more than 30 Monterey County wineries such as Bernardus Vineyards & Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Estancia, La Crema and many others, plus a Silent Auction Tent and vendor booths with local cuisine. The celebration will be held at The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $35 advance purchase / $45 day of event. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 831-375-9400 or visit

August 10-11
Philo, CACalifornia Wine Tasting Championships

California Wine Tasting Championships, Philo, CA
Against the beautiful backdrop of the Anderson Valley, attendees will have the chance to sample California wines from the vineyard's cellar, then try to guess the name of each selection from a list of ten common varietals. Amateur drinkers can gain enough wine savvy to enter the fray by participating in a complimentary Wine Tasting Boot Camp or seminars on wine tasting techniques. Winners will receive personalized certificates and prizes. For more information, call 707-895-2002 or visit

Giada De Laurentiis, one of the featured chefs at the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival

August 22-25
Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
The third edition of the Los Angeles Food & Wine event will take place August 22-25 at L.A. Live and other venues in the city. The four-day celebration will feature celebrity chefs, as well as stars who have made their names in music, film, television and sports. Among the top toques you will find
Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless and Curtis Stone, while highlights include the Lexus Grand Tasting with more than 300 wines and 25 celeb chefs; a Giada De Laurentiis & Friends Cooking Demonstration; a Bacon & Bourbon event; Champagne - A Meal's Perfect Pairing wine seminar and much more. Events include special lunches at restaurants, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and grand tastings. For more information, visit

August 23-24
Cortez, COMesa Verde Country Wine & Art Festival
Mesa Verde Country Wine & Art Festival in Cortez, Colorado
Enjoy fine dining, wine tasting, art and culture at the 11th annual festival, which will showcase the locally produced wines of some of Colorado's finest wineries. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 970-565-8227 or visit

August 29-September 2
Morgan City, LA78th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City
Now in its 78th year, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival honors the workers who keep the region's two lifeblood industries going strong — even through hurricanes. What better way to celebrate than to eat the fruits of their shrimping labor? The Cajun Culinary Classic features home-style Cajun cooking with jambalaya, fried alligator and, of course, shrimp. The festival will feature music of different genres and include other highlights such as a regional crafts show and a "Children's Village" for kids. Admission to the event, held in the Morgan City Downtown Historic District, is free. For more information, call 985-385-0703 or visit
Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food, Sonoma County, California
August 30-September 1
Sonoma County, CASonoma Wine Country Weekend
Previously known as the Sonoma County Showcase Weekend of Wine & Food, this sixth annual gala event features three days of fantastic wine and food presented by world-renowned winemakers and Sonoma's top chefs. Taste of Sonoma at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. John in Kenwood are the highlights of the Labor Day weekend event. The festivities kick off on Friday at 12:30 with a Winemaker Lunch Series. Proceeds from the event support Sonoma County non-profits. Tickets range from $85 to $500 per person for single events; also offered are weekend packages for two from $865 to $2350.

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(Updated: 07/29/13 RD)

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