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July 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Festival del Sole, Napa Valley CA

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July 9-13
Park City, UT — Park City Food & Wine Classic
Park City Food & Wine Classic
Park City's tenth annual event will feature haute cuisine, seminars, cooking demonstrations and locally made products from more than 100 local restaurants, artisans and epicurean purveyors. An estimated 3,000 people will be able to sample more than 500 wines, beers and spirits paired with bite-sized food samples from local restaurants, during the Stroll and Grand Tasting events. Chip McMullin, Dave Perkins, Michael Kelley, Nile Zacherle and Douglas McCombs will be just a few of the experts on hand entertaining and sharing their knowledge. A percentage of all ticket sales and auction proceeds will benefit the People's Health Clinic. The event begins Wednesday with a Farm to Barn Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. and continues with the Thursday Wine on the Mountain Celebration and the Friday Stroll of Park City. The Toast of Park City will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary by event and range from $90 to $195. For tickets and information, call 877-328-2783 or visit www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com


July 10-13
San Luis Obispo, CA Central Coast Wine Classic
Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, CA

A hallmark of the 30th annual four-day event on California's Central Coast is the popular Dinner at Hearst Castle in San Simeon during which guests are seated at a terrace in view of La Casa Grande, the Greco-Roman swimming pool and the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Paired with matching wine, the cuisine at this dinner and others will be prepared by Central Coast chefs Michael Hutchings, Ken Frank, Joachim Splichal, Frank Ostini, Cal Stamenov and Wendy Brodie. Other events will include winery dinners and tastings, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon symposium, live and silent auctions, cooking demonstrations and an outdoors winery dinner dance. Ancient Peaks, Center of Effort and Sinor-LaVallee are among the California wineries that have provided their finest wines in past years. The Classic kicks off on Thursday with the Barrel Tasting, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices vary per event and range from $35 to $750. For more information, call 805-544-1285 or visit www.centralcoastwineclassic.org



July 11-13
Watkins Glen, NY — Finger Lakes Wine Festival
Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen, NY
Yancey's Fancy presents this year's three-day wine event, which will be held at the historic Watkins Glen International auto racetrack, home of the United States Grand Prix. Attendees will have the opportunity to wear togas, eat chef Paul Mach's regional dishes paired with New York wines, learn how to cook from culinary professionals, enjoy upbeat blues and jazz from more than 25 bands on four major stages and marvel at fireworks. Last year, the event featured 600 wines from more than 90 of the state's best wineries in addition to many ales and lagers from local and regional microbreweries. The Launch of the Lakes event, which takes place on Friday at 5 p.m., will kick off the festival. Tickets vary by event and range from $20 to $225 for a VIP experience. For tickets and information, call 866-461-7223 or visit www.FLWineFest.com

July 11-20
Napa Valley, CA — Festival del Sole

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

This ten-day festival brings together the best in music, dance, wine and cuisine. One hundred wineries and 60 events will take place at the celebration, where past highlights have included a dance gala starring principal dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre; an expanded vocal series with Susan Graham, Lisa Delan and Nathan Gunn; and performances by The Russian National Orchestra. Vintner's luncheons, gala dinners and live auctions take place most days, hosted by Darioush, Robert Mondavi Winery, Meadowood Napa Valley, Grgich Hills Estate, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Raymond Vineyards, Cardinale, Black Coyote Wines, Chimney Rock, Swanson Vineyards and Tamber Bey Vineyards. VIP tickets cost $700 for evenings, $1000 for daily passes and $8,500 for all 10 days. For tickets and information, call 888-337-6272 or visit www.festivaldelsole.org


July 12-13
Santa Barbara, CA — 26th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival
Santa Barbara French Festival, Santa Barbara, CA
Bastille Day weekend will kick off with couples toasting one another at intimate sidewalk cafés while sitting at tables covered with checkered cloths and savoring Brittany crêpes or baguette sandwiches in Oak Park. A huge replica of The Eiffel Tower in the background will make the occasion feel all the more authentic. Join an expected 20,000 attendees in absorbing not just Parisian culture, but that of other areas of the world by enjoying cajun music to African drummers, belly dancing and accordion performances. More than 30 acts will be performing on three stages while local restaurants provide a tasty array of their signature dishes. French and domestic beers, wines, Champagne, Orangina and frothy café au lait will be paired with these delicacies such as escargot, gumbo, jambalaya, quiche, pates and cheeses. The event takes place each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 805-564-7274 or visit www.frenchfestival.com


July 12-14
Hermann, MO — Cajun Concert on the Hill
Cajun Concert on the Hill, Hermann, MO

Stone Hill Winery Pavilion is hosting this three-day concert event, which in previous years has drawn more than 3,000 visitors from across the country. Ed Gary and the Louisiana Cajun Aces will perform Bayou music alongside Louisiana couples who will perform authentic Cajun dances during each concert and at the Mardi Gras Parade. Zesty, mouthwatering Cajun food such as catfish, andouille sausage, homemade jambalaya and red beans and rice will be offered to the crowd. Tastings in the past have featured the winery's selections, such as Vidal Blanc, Chardonel and Hermannsberger. Concerts will take place on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekend from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Mardi Gras Parade is on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door before each concert, with two- and three-day passes available. Adult pavilion tickets are $12 per person and $5 per person for grounds tickets. For more information, call 800-909-9463 or visit www.stonehillwinery.com


July 17-19
Santa Barbara, CA — California Wine Festival
California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, CA
This three-day festival kicks off at the historic De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard with the Old Spanish Nights Tapas and Wine Tasting on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will offer some of the finest wines from Spain and Santa Barbara along with traditional live music, spicy tapas appetizers and flamenco dancing. Then, on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting will allow participants to try limited reserve wines paired with appetizers from top local chefs, artisan cheeses and gourmet chocolates and truffles. The event ends with a beachside bash on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with samplings of hundreds of fine wines from every region of California during the Beachside Wine Festival. Local and regional craft brews and dozens of hot and cold appetizers, artisan breads, cheeses and fresh-cut fruits will be available. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Ticket prices vary for each event and range from $49 to $110. For tickets and information, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.californiawinefestival.com

July 19-20
Menlo Park, CA — 28th Annual Connoisseur's Marketplace

Connoisseur's Marketplace, Menlo Park, CA

Stroll down the charming tree line on Santa Cruz Avenue to sample local spanakopita, German-style bratwurst, seafood gumbo and other tasty international food items along this path of seemingly endless sensory delight. Let the fine wine and good eating enhance the overall experience of the works of more than 250 contemporary fine artists, the beauty of collector cars and the eclectic sounds of live music, jazz and classic rock 'n roll. Bring along the kids so that they can join in the fun or make their own, with bungee jumping, bouncers, a 24-foot climbing wall and several arts and crafts activities. Top local chefs will also put on cooking demonstrations. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is free. For more information, call 650-325-2818 or visit www.miramarevents.com


July 23-27
Portland, OR — 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
Celebrate craft beer by tasting or drinking a full mug of any of the many brews on offer, in addition to those made by local breweries specifically for the four-day festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Teetotalers and minors can also enjoy the festival's live music and The Crater Lake Root Beer Garden, which offers handcrafted root beer. Admission is free. Taps will be open from Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, call 503-778-5917 or visit www.oregonbrewfest.com

July 25-27
McMinnville, OR — International Pinot Noir Celebration
International Pinot Noir Celebration, McMinnville, OR
Pinot Noir devotees will have the opportunity to taste the best selections from more than 70 international producers and hundreds of wines at the 28th anniversary of the annual event at Linfield College. During the weekend, enjoy a guided stroll through vineyards, two outdoor tastings, a traditional Northwest Salmon Bake, multi-course meals, seminars, brunch, tastings and much more. Wine will be paired with food that in previous years has ranged from brined pork belly with haricots verts to bourride en gelée barrigoule des chanterelles. The event kicks off on Friday with breakfast on the Riley Hall Patio from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Admission to the full weekend's events, except The Passport to Pinot tasting, is $975 per person. For tickets and information, call 800-755-4762 or visit www.ipnc.org


July 31-August 2
Nashville, TN — L'Eté du Vin
l'Ete du Vin charity wine auction in Nashville, Tennessee
Summer welcomes the return of America's oldest wine charity event, which traditionally entails bidding and imbibing, with wine and dinner complementing the live auctions. For its 35th year, Chateau Margaux's managing director, Paul Pontallier, will be the featured guest. Last year, more than 100 live and silent auctions opened up for rare wines, grand-format tastings, jewelry, travel and unique dining experiences, luxury vehicles, fine art made for the event and much more. Proceeds and donations generated from the fundraiser benefit organizations that specialize in the treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer. For more information, call 615-329-1760 or visit www.nashvillewineauction.com

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(Updated: 02/19/14 TH)

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