August 2014 Food Wine Culinary Events Calendar
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August 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Winemaker's Celebration

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August 7-10
Napa Valley, CA 

16th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration

Guests make a toast at the V Foundation Wine Celebration

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, dedicated to saving lives by finding a cure for cancer, will hold its sixteenth annual celebration featuring great food, fine wines and top entertainers August 7-10 in scenic Napa Valley. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, the weekend’s highlights include a Cancer Research Symposium presenting the newest advances in cancer research; exclusive Winery Dinners; a custom barrel auction; a Gala Dinner; a private performance by The Midtown Men (four original stars of Broadway’s Jersey Boys), as well as a private dance party with music provided by Grooveline. Tickets cost $295 for the events on Thursday, $1,750 for Friday evening, $2,250 for Saturday evening, or $2,500 for both Friday and Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 707-963-0611 or visit www.winecelebration.org


August 9-10
Philo, CA

California Wine Pairing Championships and Wine Club Weekend

Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, home to the California Wine Pairing Championships in Philo, CA

Greenwood Ridge Vineyards is proud to present a new event that puts a spin on their usual wine tasting competition: the California Wine Pairing Championships (CWPC). For this competition, three top-notch chefs will enter two dishes — one to complement each of the two wines selected from Greenwood Ridge's cellar. Members of the vineyard’s Wine Club are invited to taste the dishes and vote which chef will take home a case of wine and return in 2015 to defend their title as champion. CWPC will take place on Saturday August 9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Greenwood Ridge Vineyard’s own tasting room. Following the championship, Karen Bates will host an al fresco culinary tasting in the garden of Apple Farm in Philo at 6:30 p.m. For more information about Wine Club Weekend, contact Elaine (phone: 707-895-2002, email: elaine [AT] greenwoodridge [DOT] com), or visit their website.

August 14-17
Big Sky, MT

Vine & Dine Festival

Mountain Village, the setting for Vine and Dine's Wine Stroll in Big Sky, MT

More than twenty vintners from around the world will come together for the inaugural Vine & Dine Festival at Big Sky Resort this August. Event highlights will include wine seminars and food demonstrations led by the world-renowned Court of Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher, as well as chef Scott Giambastiani of the Google Food Program. To start the weekend off right, an Argentinian-style dinner, complete with a selection of seared meats and wine pairings, will be held on Thursday August 14 at the Peaks Terrace in the Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort. Local art, music, and of course more food and wine will fill the weekend, including the headlining event, 'The Wine Stroll' on Saturday August 16 at 5 p.m., in which guests can sample more than 80 wines throughout Big Sky's Mountain Village. Ending on a high note, the Peaks Restaurant will host Sunday Brunch on August 17 featuring a gourmet Bloody Mary Bar, mimosas, bellinis and live jazz. For more information visit bigskyresort.com


August 21-24
Los Angeles, CA

Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Bird's-eye view of the lively Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

The Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, presented by Coastal Luxury Management and the owners of Faith & Flower and Rose.Rabbit.Lie, returns for the fourth consecutive year to Downtown L.A. Bringing together big names in the culinary industry along with musical performances, the extravaganza promises to top last year’s festival in scale and entertainment. Try cuisine from over 100 celebrity chefs, or choose from 200 specially curated wines to taste. Other highlights will include the Lexus Grand Tasting, book signings, mixology seminars and the first-ever Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef challenge, in which cooks will compete for charity. Full- and half-day ticket packages, as well as tickets to individual special events throughout the city, can be purchased by visiting lafw.com


August 29-31
Sonoma County, CA

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Guests enjoy wine and the outdoors at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Previously known as the Sonoma County Showcase Weekend of Wine & Food, this seventh annual gala event features three days of fantastic wine and food presented by world-renowned winemakers and Sonoma's top chefs. Over the weekend the event will travel to three lavish locations: the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyersville will host dancing, drinking and dining on Friday, followed by a wine tasting at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg on Saturday, and a wine auction at the Chateau St. John in Kenwood on Sunday. Best of all, the gala is always for a good cause: past events have helped raise $12 million and counting for charities that support children, the environment and healthy communities. Tickets are on sale here.


August 30-31
Millbrae, CA

44th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

Food vendors, good company and drinks abound at the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival

Millbrae’s annual Labor Day Weekend Festival brings the summer to a close with live entertainment, art, food, wine and fun. The Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend event transforms the streets of downtown Millbrae into a Mardi Gras-style celebration. Attendees can expect two days of live music, beautiful hand-crafted items from 200 artists and craft-makers, twenty food vendors, a microbrew tasting tent with the season’s favorites, a car show and a kids’ play land with a climbing wall and bungee jump. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit www.millbrae.miramarevents.com


August 28-September 1
Morgan City, LA

78th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

Displaying the pride of Louisiana at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

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. The event is held in the Morgan City Downtown Historic District and admission is free. For more information, call 985-385-0703 or visit www.shrimp-petrofest.org



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