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October 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

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!


October 2-4
Denver, CO

Great American Beer Festival

Pitchers are served at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the largest collection of beer ever served on tap with more than 2,800 different beers from some 600 of the nation’s finest breweries. GABF features brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation.  This event is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. all three days, with a special members only session from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. Visit www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com for more information.


October 3-5
Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Fraser Valley Food Show

Cranberry booth at the Fraser Valley Food Show in Abbotsford, British Columbia


The 7th Annual Fraser Valley Food show will show of the magic of food and cooking at the Tradex Exhibition Centre. Experience a celebrity cooking stage with Chef Rob Feenie and other guest Celebrity Chefs, cooking competitions, sausage making competitions, and cheese and wine seminars. Visitors can enjoy a marketplace with over 100 booths with a wide assortment of unique products for eating, drinking, cooking and entertaining. New this year, the gluten-free living show is now offering allergen-free foods. Hours are as follows: Friday, October 3, 2 p.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for youth. For further details, please visit www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com


October 3-5
Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Sunset over the wine road at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, CA

For over 39 years, wine and culinary enthusiasts alike have attended this celebration of local food, wine and beer, and it has become a favorite tradition for both locals and out-of-town guests. This three-day event will feature over 150 wineries, award-winning wine and food tastings, chef demonstrations and workshops, and the World Championship Grape Stomp. Admission is free for children 12 and under and $5 for all other attendees unless four food items are brought for the Redwood Food Bank. Tasting Pavilion tickets are $55 each or two for $100 with a presale discount. For more information and a list of participating wineries, visit www.harvestfair.org


October 5
Redwood City, CA

Art & Olive Festival

Art & Olive Festival in Redwood City, CA


Experience olive education, tastings, and an abundance of quality art work and gifts among hundreds of historic olive trees on the scenic Canada College campus. This seventeen-year tradition represents the warm nature of Canada and brings the community together around gourmet food, live music and dancing. While at the Art & Olive Festival, stop by the home-cured olive workshop or let the little ones get their faces painted. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a suggested $5 Scholarship donation. Visit http://olivefest.org/ for more information.


October 11-12
Tri Cities, WA

Catch the Crush

Catch the Crush festival in Tri Cities, WA

Join the Yakima Valley wineries in celebrating the harvest and the annual “Catch the Crush” event in the first and largest wine grape-growing region in Washington State. Over 40 wineries will offer their own celebratory events over the weekend of wine tasting. Activities include grape stomping, a variety of harvest and crush activities and live music. Among the participating wineries are Gilbert Cellars, Mas Chappell and 14 Hands Winery. Passes cost $31 per person online or $36 per person at the door. For more information please visit www.wineyakimavalley.org


October 17-18
Wichita, KS

Midwest Beerfest

Guests sample beer at the Midwest Beerfest in Wichita, KS

Sip on over 350 beers at the Midwest Beerfest hosted by the Wichita Chapter of The American Institute of Wine and Food. On Friday night, join local breweries for a beer dinner and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., head down to the Century II Expo Hall for the Grand Tasting which includes the Wingfest and a silent auction. Last year’s big hit, the “Premium Beer Room,” is back and will feature high-end beers and food from DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport. Admission is $40 with an additional $30 fee for access to the “Premium Beer Room.” To purchase tickets, please visit www.midwestbeerfest.com


 October 16-19
Edgartown, MA

Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

Vendor pours wine at the Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival in Edgartown, MA

Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its seventh annual world-class wine and culinary extravaganza. Some festival features include wine tasting seminars, nationally recognized award-winning chefs, culinary dinners and an auction. The main attraction is Saturday's Grand Tasting event, which consists of wines, celebratory chefs and wine pairings. The weekend culminates on Sunday at the culinary Grand Sunday Brunch at the Harbor View Hotel. For more details, please visit www.mvfoodandwine.com


October 17-19
Paso Robles, CA

Harvest Wine Weekend

Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles, CA

Enjoy the 2014 harvest in the Paso Robles Wine Country while 130 wineries open their doors for guests to experience their busiest and most exciting time of the year. Wineries welcome guests into their tasting rooms and onto their stomping pads to learn the different tales that each swirl and sip tells about the personalities of wine country. This three-day weekend includes winemaker dinners, special vintage tastings, tours of the vineyards, grape stomps and blending seminars.  For the latest information on participating wineries and events, visit www.pasowine.com/events/harvest.php



October 18-19
Norfolk, VA

27th Annual AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Wine is sampled at the AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Fesival in Norfolk

Spend a weekend along the Elizabeth River, enjoying premier wine vintages, live musical performances and gourmet food in the company of friends and family. Held downtown at Town Point Park, this festival will showcase over 30 Virginia wineries with more than 200 of Virginias finest wine varieties. Guests can reserve tables and private chalets, purchase general admission, sampling tickets or park-side boater packages. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com



October 22-25
Portland, ME

Harvest on the Harbor

Vendors prepare food at the Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, ME

Eat and drink exceptional food, beer and wine from Maine and all around on the world on Portland’s waterfront. This four-day event features award-winning chefs, live entertainment and wine and beer tastings. The event starts with its signature Grand Tasting on the Harbor, allowing guests to meet chefs and sample delicious dishes from 18 of Maine’s best restaurants. It is followed by two days of eating, drinking and competitions including The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, which is a crowd favorite. The weekend comes to a close with samplings at the marketplace, where guests can admire the Casco Bay while indulging in live music, and cooking demonstrations from over 125 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries and Maine-made products. Visit www.harvestontheharbor.com  for more information.



October 25
Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

Live cooking demo at the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

Guest can find a variety of Texas entertainment, food, wine and fun at the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival. At the historic, downtown Fredericksburg on Marktplatz, over 25 wineries will be sampling their Texas-made wines, including Inwood Estates Vineyards and Sister Creek Vineyards. There will be live music, cooking sessions at Grape Expectations Cooking School and several specialty booths, from Avalon Jewelry to Gourmet Texas Pasta. 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 30-November 2

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

The illuminated skyline is the backdrop to the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival


Amidst Hong Kong’s fabulously-lit skyline and with the Victoria Harbour serving as the backdrop, New Central Harbourfront sets the scene for the 6th annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. This four-day event features fine wines from around the world, international and local culinary delights, wine culture events and live entertainment. With the new addition of a tasting room, guests will be able to enjoy wine pairing dinners and wine and cheese master classes. For more information, please visit www.discoverhongkong.com


September 19-November 10
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Guests sample various dishes at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Lake Buena Vista, FL

Taste your way around the world with 30 international food and beverage marketplaces at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival. For six weeks, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will offer dining experiences with world-renowned chefs, culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars, and the Eat to the Beat concert series consisting of nightly live entertainment. Entrance into the festival is included with regular park admission, and some events require additional tickets. To make reservations for any of the ticketed events, call 407-WDW-FEST. For details, visit www.disneyworld.com


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