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October 2016 Events Calendar

Participate in fine wine tasting at Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, CA

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
Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Participants attending the Sonoma County Harvest Fair receive an event-branded wine glass to enjoy tastings

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair celebrates its 40th year. Attendees will enjoy savoring fine wines, award-winning beers and culinary creations at this complete farm-to-table experience in Santa Rosa. In the three-day, activity-packed event, the Grand Harvest Tasting Pavilion, a returning favorite, features samples of varietals from more than 150 participating Sonoma County wineries and gourmet pairings from winners of the Professional Wine, Food and Restaurant Competitions. Each day will offer a slightly different food pairing, so guests are sure to satisfy their appetite. For those looking to take home souvenirs, artisan goods and wares can be purchased at the Wine Country Marketplace. For more information, visit the Sonoma County Harvest Fair official website

October 10-11
Tri-Cities, WA

Catch the Crush

Grape stomping at Catch the Crush in Tri Cities, WA

Yakima Valley wineries share the bounty of the harvest at this year's Catch the Crush. Each vintner presents their own versions of the celebration. This year's event promises tours, grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, free-run juice (the product from freshly picked, pre-pressed grapes), food samples and wine tastings. Savor it all while listening to live music. To purchase a public or premier pass that will grant exclusive access to special events, visit the Yakima Valley official website

October 15-18
Edgartown, MA

8th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival

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

Escape to the coastal seaport village of Edgartown to experience this food and wine event. For three days and four nights, guests will meet and learn from local farmers, fishermen and artisans, as well as visiting chefs and vintners from around the world. Discover more at the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival official website

October 16-18
Paso Robles, CA

Harvest Wine Weekend Celebrate every stage of viticulture at the Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles, CA

Prepare for three blissful days celebrating viticulture at the Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles. Guests can explore more than 140 activities, including winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, library tastings, tours, artisanal food pairings and live music. Search for things to do by day, activity or winery, or use the iPhone app (link found on the event's page). Guests will find something to suit their tastes whether they choose to go to one activity or many. For more information, visit the Paso Robles Wine Country official website

Half Moon Bay, CA

45th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Pick a pumpkin to take home from the patch at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpking Festival

Celebrate the beauty and bounty of the fall season at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Considered the "Pumpkin Capital of the World," this scenic coastland area is known for harvesting these orange gourds. A crop of more than 3,000 tons will be awaiting visitors to celebrate one of California's largest and oldest festivals. Eat your fill of pumpkin-flavored goodies, such as pancakes, breads, pies, cheesecakes, smoothies, churros, chicken sausages, seeds and more. Those looking for more substantial gourmet selections will find traditional favorites, including corn dogs, clam chowder bread bowls, garlic fries, hamburgers, roasted turkey legs and corn-on-the-cob. Wash it all down with varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery or pumpkin-flavored craft beers. For entertainment, explore the many arts and crafts or participate in the pie-eating contest. Plus, make sure to pick your own pumpkins from the patch to take home. Admission is free. Find more information on the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival event page

October 17-18
Norfolk, VA

28th Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival

Wine is sampled at the Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Fesival in Norfolk

Set along the waterfront of Elizabeth River, this two-day celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. in downtown Norfolk. Guests will be dazzled by gourmet foods and specialty wines. More than 30 vintners will be present, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase vintage bottles and other souvenir items. In addition, there will be live musical performances for the crowd to enjoy. To check back for more information, visit the Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival event page

October 21-25
Portland, ME

Harvest on the Harbor

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

Enjoy the culinary-filled days of Maine's premier food and wine festival at Harvest on the Harbor in Portland. Main events featured on the schedule this year include a moonlight gala, "Rock and Roast Barbecue and Brews," "Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition," wine soirees, custom cocktails, marketplace visits and a "Stage Dinner at Merrill Auditorium." Local culinary talent, such as chef Ray Franklyn (Solo Bistro), David Pendexter (Brunswick Hotel and Tavern) and several others come eager to share their expertise and creations with guests. Purchase individual or discounted group tickets for 15 people or more. For more information, visit the Harvest on the Harbor official website

October 24
Fredericksburg, TX

25th Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

A live cooking demonstration takes place at the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest in Texas

Join the city of Fredericksburg to celebrate the 25th year of this annual food and wine festival. The Texas hoedown presents a banquet of local eats, spirits, music, specialty booths and events, including Patron Party on Marketplace. With a $25 general admission ticket, guests receive a souvenir wine glass, six tickets to use for tastings of three two-ounce samples or one glass of vino, and access to the "Great Gargantuan Grape Toss" and the auction. Proceeds go to the Market Square Improvement Project. Entrance is $5 for those under 21 and free for children under 12. For more information, visit the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival event page

October 22-25
Kohler, WI

15th Annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience

Guests watch a food demonstration at the Kohler Food & Wine Experience in Wisconsin

Learn from celebrity chefs, libations specialists and vine experts at the 15th Annual Kohler Food and Wine Experience. Guests experience four days of interactive culinary activities, from seminars and tastings to special signature events. Jacques and Claudine Pépin will make another appearance this year, along with Stephanie Izard, Geoffrey Zakarian and other culinary notables, who will perform special demonstrations. Conversation and Q&A are encouraged during the sessions as guests watch chefs prepare recipes on stage and try samples afterward. Additionally, there are more intimate gatherings scheduled where attendees can interact with celebrity and regional presenters at book signings, luncheons, wine dinners and unique evening events. Complimentary demonstrations and tastings will be held throughout the weekend at local destination favorites, including The Shops at Woodlake, Kohler Design Center and Woodlake Market. Packages are available in July and tickets for individual events go on sale in August. For more information, visit the Kohler Food and Wine event page

October 24
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

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

Prime your taste buds for the culinary feast offered at the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. This month-long series presents local epicurean delights paired with wines from all over the world through various events and promotions. Following the opening party that kicks off at the beginning of the month, choose from street carnivals, restaurant wine-and-dine offers, vino-themed tours, classes and fairs. Specific dates will be announced on the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival event page

October 28-30
Broomfield, CO

Denver International Wine Festival

Guests gather to dine at the Denver International Wine Festival

Set in the luxurious space of Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado, the Denver International Wine Festival celebrates 11 years. The Rocky Mountains serve as a backdrop as guests enjoy a weekend of food and wine. The host this year is award-winning specialist, Karen McNeil, a wine educator, consultant and author of "The Wine Bible." Attendees will have a chance to get their hands on the revised version of her book debuting at the festival. Get access to event features, such as the raw bar and sparkling wine reception, educational seminars and multi-course dinners with the new Two-Day Connoisseur Passes. Single-day tickets and weekend passes are available to purchase on the Denver International Wine Festival official website


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