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July 2015 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Festival del Sole, Napa Valley CA

Seasonal Tip:
Corn, tomatoes, basil, avocados and garlic are at their peaks; look for these ingredients in markets and on restaurant menus.

July 8-12
Park City, UT

11th Annual Park City Food & Wine Classic

Participants raise their glasses at the Park City Food and Wine Classic

The 11th year of this celebrated food and wine classic offers a unique line-up of events. Learn about whiskey, bourbon and more at Moonshine in the Mountains at the Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch. Red and white wine lovers can pair small plates or sushi with the best drink choice under the tutelage of Master Sommelier Ron Mumford. Guests get their fill of nature with a combination of food and outdoor activities, including horseback riding, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), hiking, biking and golf. Definitely don't miss out on Stroll of Park City, the festivals most popular grand tasting event, which takes attendees on a tour of the historic city to sip, nibble, walk and mingle in restaurants and local shops. A percentage of all ticket sales and auction proceeds will benefit the People's Health Clinic again this year. For tickets, call 877-328-2783 or visit the Park City Food & Wine Classic official website

July 10-12
Watkins Glen, NY

2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Guests dress for the toga party at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen, NY

Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese hosts the 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival at the historic Watkins Glen International auto racetrack, home of the United States Grand Prix. As the largest showcase of New York State produced vinos, more than 80 wineries will make an appearance in this three-day weekend celebration. The event is also filled with regional artists, live music, cooking demonstrations, culinary classes and tastings of epicurean delights from many restaurants and vendors. Attendees can wear togas and partake in creative activities such as ice carving and painting. Call 866-461-7223 or visit the festival's main page for ticket information.

July 11-17
Dunedin, New Zealand

15th Annual Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival

Experience a chocolate facial at the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival in New Zealand

Spend a week in chocolate heaven at this annual extravaganza held in the small city of Dunedin, New Zealand. The Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival begins the celebrations with the event's birthday party on Saturday July 11, featuring three giant liquid fountains, carnival games, family entertainment and samples of white, dark and milk chocolate at Meridian Mall. Go on tours to learn about the sweet treat and even decorate, paint and get facials with the popular dessert. Attend the Cadbury Jaffa Race, the most highly anticipated event of the festival, and watch little chocolate balls covered in orange candied shells (jaffa) roll down Baldwin Street—the steepest in the world. All ages will find things to do, from cooking and chocolate-decorating classes to children-guided activities and art exhibitions. Look out for the new additions: "Captain Monarch's Pirate Cruise," "The Ice Princesses" ice-skating stage show and "Pak Harakeke & Flax Weaving at Orokonui Ecosanctuary." For more details and ticket prices, visit the event page on the Cadbury official website

July 15-26
Napa Valley, CA

10th Annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole

Napa Valley Festival del Sole brings together the best in music, dance, fine wine and cuisine

Napa Valley Festival del Sole is celebrating its 10th year! Come be a part of the milestone that has combined the beauty of the culinary and performing arts by indulging in the 10-day event. Various passes give guests access to fine dining, 100 wineries and more than 60 event options, including musical, theatrical and dance performances. With the Opening Weekend All Access Pass, guests receive the opportunity to attend events such as A Taste of Napa, patron dinners at wineries (Castello di Amorosa and Far Niente) and the Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood featuring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Proceeds from the gala go to support the festival's programming and Napa County arts education programs. To purchase single, day or multi-day passes, call 888-337-6272 or visit the official website

July 16-18
Santa Barbara, CA

California Wine Festival

Guests sample vino alongside the beach at the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara

Enjoy tasting fine regional wines and feasting on gourmet food while enjoying live music at the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara. This premier event showcases nearly 250 vinos from more than 70 wineries and 30 of the areas restaurants, gourmet food companies and lifestyle exhibitors. Guests can discover new wines to pair with an assortment of artisan breads, cheeses and olive oils. Ticket information can be found by calling 800-595-4849 or by visiting the California Wine Festival official website

July 17-19
Killington, VT

14th Annual Killington Wine Festival

Save a weekend in July to taste fine vinos in the mountainous region of Vermont at the Killington Wine Festival. The event has grown over the years and now features more than 500 wines from a collection of more than 40 vintners from around the world. Festivities start at the Estate Wine Tasting on the poolside patio at the Killington Grand Hotel on Friday at 6 p.m. Restaurant food and wine pairings with bites ranging from gourmet cheese to Italian tapas to dessert can be found at the Wine Trail, Killington Road. The signature event of the festival, The Grand Tasting, Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, is held on Saturday, while the Wine and Nine Golf Tournament on Sunday concludes the weekend activities. Tickets can be purchased at the Killington Wine Festival event page.

July 18-19
Santa Barbara, CA

27th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival

People line up at the food booths at the French Festival in Santa Barbara in CA

Celebrate all things that make up the French culture at Santa Barbara's celebration of Bastille Day at Oaks Park. Guests can find escargot, onion soup, crepes, pastries and more mixed among Cajun and French Moroccan cuisine. Plates can be paired with a number of beverage options, including beer, wine, Champagne, café au lait, Orangina and Perrier. Returning segments to this year's schedule include the Poodle & Pals Parade and Femme Fatales Drag Revue. Peruse through handcrafted jewelry or purchase French books, videos and more between shows. Attendees can also enjoy more than 40 acts of folk music, belly dancing and bands among other performances on three stages. As a dance, music, arts, crafts and travel festival all wrapped into one, it's a weekend community event that families and those seeking fun don't want to miss. For more information, visit the French Festival.

July 18-19
Menlo Park, CA

29th Annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace

Find an assortment of cuisine at the Connoisseurs' Marketplace in Menlo Park, CA

Come out for a weekend of fine food, live music, arts and fun at this mid-summer festival presented by Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. The event runs both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so guests can fully enjoy chef demonstrations, delectable cuisines, premium wines and microbrews. Provided entertainment includes live jazz and swing music, fine art and contemporary crafts by 200 of the West Coast's artists and a children's play area. The festivities will be held on Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street. Admission is free! For more information, call 650-325-2818 or visit the event page for Connoisseurs' Marketplace.

July 22-26
Portland, OR

28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Attendees hold up mixed craft beers for a cheers at the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland

Beer lovers unite for the 28th year of Oregon Brewers Festival. The takeaway from this celebration is the opportunity to taste 90 craft beers from around the United States, in addition to international brews from places such as New Zealand. The Oregon Waterfront Park hosts this event at the banks of the Willamette River, where guests can sip on their drinks and enjoy the sun in a picturesque landscape with the backdrop of Portland and Mt. Hood on the skyline. From IPAs to Saisons, attendees are bound to find a type or two to suit their tastes. Visit the Oregon Brewers Festival event page or call 503-778-5917 for more information.

July 23-July 25
Nashville, TN

36th Annual L'Eté du Vin

L'Eté du Vin: America's oldest wine charity event in Nashville, TN

This oldest running wine charity event in America returns this summer for its 36th year of bidding and imbibing with dinner complementing the live auction. The weekend offers a selection of events, including Vintners' Tasting at the Hillwood Country Club, Patrons' Dinner at The Hermitage Hotel and the most anticipated l'Eté du Vin auction. Guests can purchase tickets individually or for a group of 10. Those buying a table will receive a complimentary magnum of Champagne to enjoy during the evening. Proceeds and donations generated from the fundraising go to help organizations that specialize in the treatment and elimination of cancer. For more information, visit the Nashville Wine Auction official website or call 615-329-1760.

July 24-26
McMinnville, OR

29th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration

Enjoy the great outdoors at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, OR

World-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs and appreciators of fine cuisine and spirits gather for a three-day weekend at McMinnville. Guests will learn about and drink their fill of Pinot Noir through informative notables such as wine legend Jancis Robinson, alongside appetizing chef-prepared meals, grand tastings and relaxing vineyard visits. The full weekend pass gives guests access to featured events such as the Northwest Salmon. However, a separate ticket is needed to attend Passport to Pinot. The event kicks off with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. in Riley Hall on the Linfield College campus followed by tours, luncheons and seminars. Check out the full schedule of this wine-filled getaway on the International Pinot Noir Celebration official website


There's always more to learn about wine. Take part in a class, a wine and cheese pairing or a fancy prix-fixe meal at these events across the country.

Eat, drink and celebrate at these festivals, special dinners, happy hours, cooking classes and more from Los Angeles to New York to London.