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October 2013 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, October 2013

Celebrate the Harvest at these October Events

Seasonal Tip:
TRUFFLES and CHANTERELLES are unearthed this month. Also, take a moment to pick a few pears and crack open some dungeness crab!

September 27-November 11
Lake Buena Vista, FL — Epcot International Food and Wine FestivalThe Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort
It's a small world at the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The six-week extravaganza includes wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, cultural experiences, live concerts and nearly 30 international food and beverage markets. Entrance to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is included with regular Epcot admission, although some events require additional ticket fees. To make reservations for any of the ticketed events, call 407-WDW-FEST. For details, visit www.disneyworld.com

October 3-6
Kansas City, MOAmerican Royal Barbecue Contest

American Royal Barbeque Contest in Kansas City, Missouri
Whether you take your barbecue skills seriously or just like to feast on grilled, sauced meats, this is the event for you. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the “World Series” of barbecue, where contestants from all over the U.S. and Canada descend upon Kansas City to battle for the title of Grand Champion. Launched in 1980, The American Royal Barbecue is the season finale for the competitive circuit. Events include a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, cooking demonstrations, the seventh annual Junior World Series of Barbecue, and Barbecue Hall of Fame Ceremony. For more information, visit www.americanroyal.com

October 4-6
Abbotsford, BC, Canada — Fraser Valley Food Show 2013

Dead Frog Brewing at EAT Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada

Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three-day public extravaganza, October 4-6, at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. The Fraser Valley Food Show encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits. Enjoy some of the best wines, beers and spirits from British Columbia and around the world, offered for tasting by the vintners and producers themselves. For more information, visit www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com


October 4-6
Santa Rosa, CA — Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Sonoma County Harvest Fair in California

The 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair invites families to celebrate the harvest with farm-fresh food and local wines. This three-day event will feature the World Championship Grape Stomp, over 150 wineries, chef demonstrations and workshops, micro-brew tastings, wine tastings, live jazz music, a petting zoo, agricultural activities and much more. Admission to the fair is free. Tasting Pavilion tickets are $50 each or a pre-sale discount of two for $90. For more information, visit www.HarvestFair.org or call 707-545-4200.


October 5 & 25
Tucson, AZ — Tucson Culinary Festival The Annual Milagro Margarita Championship at the Tucson Culinary Festival
Presented by the Tucson Originals, a group of independent local restaurants, the Twelfth Annual Taste of Tucson is a celebration of food, wine and fun. The festival gets off to a great start with the Taste of Tucson on Saturday, October 5. Enjoy the cuisine and company of more than 40 local Tucson chefs as well as samples of international wines, spirits, and specialty cocktails. “Junior chefs” from area high schools will also make cooking demonstrations and offer samples. The Seventh Annual World Margarita Championship, held in the Tucson Museum of Art on Friday, October 25, is an evening of cocktail competitions, tequila and margarita tastings, Southwestern cuisine, and more. For ticket prices and more information,visit www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com


October 6
Redwood City, CA — Sixteenth Annual Arts & Olive Festival

Arts & Olive Festival in Redwood City, CaliforniaCelebrate olives and the arts amidst hundreds of olive trees on the beautiful Cañada College campus. Bay Area residents will enjoy a day of entertainment, savory foods and wine, as well as olive oils and vinegars. Check out the home-cured olive workshop and food demos for fun lessons and samples. Entertainment for the little ones will include the Fratello Marionettes, face painting and crafts. Live musical performances from previous years have included Salsa, Middle Eastern dance, modern blues, Brazilian dance and jazz. This event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested $5 Scholarship donation. For more information, visit www.olivefest.com


October 10-12
Denver, CO — Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition, serving more than 2,400 different beers, in one-ounce tasting portions, from over 450 U.S. breweries to the event's 49,000-plus attendees. GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world's greatest brewing nation. Visit a variety of pavilions for food pairings with special release beers, brewpubs from around the country, talks with brewing industry insiders, and even craft brewed sodas and root beers for designated drivers. This event showcases the diverse beers that make craft brewing one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry. There’s also a silent disco, a marketplace with goods for homebrewing hobbyists, and a Pro-Am competition booth. For tickets and information, call 888-822-6273 or visit www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com

October 12-13
Tri-Cities, WA — Catch the Crush
Catch the Crush wine festival in Columbia Valley, Washington
Join the Columbia Valley wineries in celebrating the harvest and crush in the heart of Washington's wine country. Forty local wineries will open their doors for a weekend of world-class wine tasting. Activities traditionally include grape stomping, observing the harvest activities, tasting hors d'oeuvres and relaxing to live music while enjoying the last of the Indian summer in the Columbia Valley vineyards. Passes cost $30 per person online or $35 per person at the door. For more information, visit www.wineyakimavalley.org


October 17-20
Edgartown, MA — Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival in Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard celebrates the fall harvest from the farm and vine with fare from island farms, culinary creations by renowned chefs and a variety of international wines. The festival kicks off with a reception at Water Street Restaurant, with celebrity chefs and dancing, followed by two days of sampling, sipping, wine dinners and educational seminars. Seminar topics include European cheese, wine and charcuterie samples, a tour of the Italian coast via white wine and oysters, and pairing chocolate and wine. To wind down the festivities, tuck into a feast at the Grand Sunday Brunch Buffet. For a complete list of this year's events, attendees, lodging and ticket information, please call 508-280-0080 or visit www.mvfoodandwine.com

October 17-20
Kohler, WI — Kohler Food & Wine Experience
Kohler Food & Wine Experience in Wisconsin
The thirteenth annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience will be a weekend bursting with flavor. A recurrent theme is classics with a twist, with seminar topics like coffee cocktails, pairing beer and cheese and a Mythbusters-style debunking of wine myths with sommelier Jaclyn Stuart. Cooking demos include an artistic take on Midwest cuisine with the Art Institute of Chicago's executive chef, Jason Gorman, and bacon and eggs with chef Lynn Chisholm of the Paddock Club - the bacon lemongrass and Szechuan-brined pork belly, and the eggs slow-cooked with Tuscan black kale ravioli. Jacques Pépin and daughter Claudine will present a cooking demo on fast food, sacrificing neither taste nor presentation. Other topics include pastas, spirits and regional wines. The Taste of the Vine Grand Tasting is a special treat, an evening of fine wines, hors d'oeuvres and live music. For more information, a complete schedule of events and tickets, call 800-344-2838 or visit www.KohlerFoodandWine.net

October 18-20
Paso Robles, CA — Harvest Wine Weekend
Paso Robles Harvest Wine Tour in California
The Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association invites wine lovers to enjoy the 2013 harvest, with more than 120 wineries hosting a variety of events,  including special winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, seminars, live music and art. Each winery offers different events, speakers and wines to taste – learn about cupcake and wine pairing at Pianetta Winery, partake in a pumpkin-carving contest at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, or experience an authentic Australian barbecue with new release tastings at Broken Earth Winery. There will also be a two-ton grape stomp! For the latest information on participating wineries, call the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association at 800-549-WINE or visit www.pasowine.com

October 19-20
Norfolk, VA — 26th Annual AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Town Point, Virginia
This fall favorite, held downtown at Town Point Park, showcases over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties and encapsulate the elegant flavor and flair of the region. Festival guests will enjoy a blissful weekend of sampling a wide selection of Virginia wines, from more than 30 Virginia wineries, in Town Point Park. The day offers premier wine vintages and live musical performance in addition to gourmet foods and specialty wares for purchase. Guests can reserve tables and private chalets, purchase general admission or sampling tickets or park-side boater packages. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com

October 23-26
Portland, ME — Harvest on the Harbor
Mussels with tomatoes in broth at Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine

Experience the flavors of Maine during this four-day event featuring tastings, seminars and dinners. Learn from food experts and sip fine wines, beers and spirits, all while enjoying one of the most beautiful seasons in Maine. The Grand Tasting on the Harbor kicks off the event on Wednesday at Portland's Ocean Gateway, showcasing Maine's finest local culinary talents and breathtaking Casco Bay. Thursday and Friday are packed with culinary events, from beer tasting and a barbeque to the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition. The grand finish to the weekend is the Food & Wine Marketplace, where guests can sample food and beverages, listen to live music and watch cooking demonstrations; more than 160 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and Maine products come together in the Oceanside Pavilion for this event. All Harvest on the Harbor events are individually priced.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.harvestontheharbor.com

October 25-27
Atlanta, GA — Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta is the city's premiere food, wine, beer and cocktail festival

The 12th annual Taste of Atlanta, the city's top food, wine, beer and cocktail festival, takes place in the streets of Midtown's Tech Square on October 25-27. Experience good eats from more than 80 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants; exceptional food, wine, beer and cocktail tastings; and seminars, live and interactive cooking demos, and The Kitchen Workshop. Watch Atlanta’s top bartenders mixing and muddling in the Barcraft Competition, or visit the Family Food Zone for educational demos and the third annual Iron Chef Kids Competition. Go Inside the Food Studio with host Tom Sullivan for sessions devoted to the taste of game, pairing kale and beer, fried foods, and culinary tattoos. For more information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com


October 26
Fredericksburg, TX — Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest in Texas

This 23rd annual festival celebrates Texas wines, food and entertainment, along with music, specialty booths and a food court. Participating Texas wineries include Bell Mountain Vineyards, Fawncrest Vineyards, and Pleasant Hill Winery. There will be live music, Grape Expectations Cooking School sessions, and samples of Texas snacks, from Lammes Candies to Texas Brew Salsa and ValToro Hot Sauce. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for anyone under 21 and free for kids under 12. The $20 entry fee includes a souvenir wine glass, six tasting tickets, the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss, and an auction. For more information, visit www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com


October 31 - November 3
Hong Kong, China — Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival takes places at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

The stunning Victoria Harbour sets the scene for the fifth annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, held at the New Central Harbourfront. The four-day event, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, features hundreds of wine and food booths, with wines from all over the world, dynamic Chinese and Western cuisine, wine culture events, and live entertainment. Last year, the Sweet Pavilion was introduced, providing guests with delightful wine and dessert pairings. For more information, visit www.discoverhongkong.com

Annual Calendar

(Updated: 09/20/13 RED)

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