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September 2014
Food & Wine Events Calendar

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 7-8

Spice Up September With a Foodie Fall Festival

Seasonal Tip:
Grape harvesting begins this month, which means tastings and celebrations in California's wine-growing areas.

August 29-September 7
Maui and Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Hawaii's fourth annual Food and Wine Festival brings together 80 internationally renowned chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers for a week of fine wine, cooking demonstrations and dining. The festival begins with Aloha 'Aina, Aloha Kai (Love of the Land, Love of the Sea), a six-course gala at the volcanic grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. The celebration will culminate at the beach of Oahu's western shore with the signature event, It's a Food World After All. For this grand and final event, 15 celebrity chefs will take guests on a culinary journey under the stars. Tickets for individual events can be purchased at

September 6-7
Mountain View, CA

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

Shoppers walk through craft-makers' booths at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

At the 43rd Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, the multicultural Castro Street of Silicon Valley will exhibit handcrafted work by 600 of America's top artists and craftmakers, along with live music, food and drinks, home and garden exhibits and an action-packed Kids' Park with a climbing wall and carnival rides. Pietra Santa Winery will be among the premium wines featured at the festival, and Tied House Café & Brewery will brew specials including the New World Wheat beer and the English Special Bitter. New this year is “Salsa Sunday,” featuring live music by Orquestra Borinquen and dance classes. The festival is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

September 12-14
Los Angeles, CA

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Kids enjoy fresh Maine lobster at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest

Enjoy a scenic outdoor park along the waterfront of San Pedro, California, while indulging in world-famous, discounted Maine lobster meals. A Southern California tradition since 1999, the festival features 16 tons of live lobster flown in fresh from Maine, live music, a pirate camp and tall ocean-going ships at Ports O'Call. Hours are as follows: Friday, September 12, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, September 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults or $9 with a coupon printed from the event website. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, call the lobster hotline at 310-798-7478 or visit

September 11-15
Grapevine, TX

Annual GrapeFest

Guests enjoy wine at the Annual Grapefest in Grapevine, Texas

Located in the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the country, GrapeFest invites participants to discover new wines. This four-day festival is the largest wine event in the Southwest and offers a variety of activities for guests of all ages. Highlights will include the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the GrapeStomp, five stages of live entertainment and KidsWorld. For more information, visit or call 817-410-3185.

September 16-21
Bardstown, KY

2014 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

The Bourbon Barrel Relay at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Celebrate Bardstown's history and passion for Bourbon at the 2014 Kentucky Bourbon Festival. For six full days, festivalgoers are offered Bourbon tastings, delicious food, great entertainment, (provided by Kellie Pickler and other popular artists), and the “Desire”— the official drink of 2014. The festival consists of a variety of events, making it fun for the whole family. Dress up for the black-tie gala or challenge family and friends to the Bourbon Barrel Relay. For more information, call 800-638-4877 or visit

September 27
Santa Rosa, CA

18th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival

Hors d'oeuvres made with garden-fresh tomatoes at the Heirloom Tomato Festival in Santa Rosa, CA

With more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes, Kendall-Jackson's culinary gardens offers something for everyone's palate. Spend the afternoon touring the gardens, learning about wine and food pairings, listening to wine and garden seminars, and enjoying live music by the Carlos Herrera Band. The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 800-769-3649 or visit

September 24-28
Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Drinks are poured at the Guest Chef Luncheon and Master Sommelier Throwdown during the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

One hundred national wineries partner with 80 of Santa Fe's best restaurants for the 24th annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival. On the agenda for this year are wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and guest chef luncheons. The five-day festival ends with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera. All participating restaurants and wineries will serve samples of their best food and wine. For more information, call 505-438-8060, or visit

September 25-28
Greenough, MT

Montana Master Chefs

A chef expertly prepares meat at Montana Master Chefs

Experience a Montana culinary event at the Resort at Paws Up. The 8th Annual Montana Master Chefs features exquisite tastings and cooking seminars accompanied by adventures in the luxurious wilderness setting, such as fly-fishing at the Blackfoot River or horseback riding through their 37,000 acres. Enjoy dinner by Bravo TV's Top Chefs Brooke Williamson and Kelly Liken with wine pairings from Sokol Blosswer Winery, Merry Edwards Winery and Grgich Hills Estate Winery. All-inclusive rates start at $5,556 per couple. For details visit

September 25-28
Central Coast, CA

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Sunshine and wine at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

The 2014 Sunset Savor the Central Coast will feature more than 200 wines and 30 local chefs. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will prepare a duck dish at the main event on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and chef Tanya Holland will lead an Italian flavors seminar on Sunday. Other activities include a chance for participants to meet with winemakers, brew masters and artisans, and to tour the Central Coast Pavilion. Tickets for the main event range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25. For more information, visit

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

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


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