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September 2015
Food & Wine Events Calendar

Celebrate good food and wine at Mountain View Art & Wine Festival in California

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 13
Maui and Oahu, Hawaii

5th Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Go on a culinary adventure in a tropical paradise at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival! This year marks the event's fifth anniversary. The celebration lasts for two weeks starting on August 29 with the signature dinner event, "7 Chefs, One Big Island" at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Festivities continue on September 4 with a golf tournament. Among the many activities, there will be the free "Grown on Maui Farmers Market," a dinner honoring Shep Gordon, seminars involving caviar and Champagne, and much more. Locations of events vary from the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa to the Rooftop Garden at the Hawaii Convention Center. Find ticket prices for each event at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival official website


September 4-6
Sonoma County, CA

8th Annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Guests enjoy wine and the outdoors at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in California

Raise your glass for a good cause at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Named one of America's top wine charity fundraisers, this event brings guests up close and personal with more than 200 of the best grape growers, vino crafters, and new and veteran chefs from the area. This year's itinerary includes dining, poolside dancing under the stars, wine tasting and an auction. All proceeds benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in the Sonoma County community. Find more ticket information on the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend official website


September 5-6
Millbrae, CA

45th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

Food vendors, good company and drinks abound at the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival in California

Come out to this Bay Area event in downtown Millbrae to celebrate two days of festive food and drink during Labor Day weekend. Guests can count on tasting premium wines, microbrews and cocktails paired with tasty treats while enjoying artisan crafts, themed exhibits (i.e. home garden, car show) and live performances. The fair-like event has amusement park rides and a play area for the kids. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find more information as it becomes available at the Milbrae Art & Wine Festival event page


September 5-7
Morgan City, LA

80th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

Displaying the pride of Louisiana at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

With a heritage 80 years in the making, this event specifically honors those working in the area's dominant industries: shrimp and oil. The four-day festival is filled with home-style Cajun cooking, art and music for guests to enjoy. Set amid the great oaks of historic Lawrence Park in downtown Morgan City, Louisiana, attendees can enjoy live country, Cajun and pop music while munching on jambalaya, fried alligator and tons of shrimp. Other festival features include the "Children's Village" and a market featuring handmade jewelry, wood crafts, clothing and more. Discover more details at the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival official website


September 12-13
Mountain View, CA

44th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

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

This multicultural event on Castro Street in Silicon Valley presents all sorts of pleasures for guests to enjoy. The "Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountain Passport Days" pavilion is a new addition to the lineup. The mega-hit "Salsa Sundays" returns along with live music performances on stages and in the streets throughout downtown. Browse through the handcrafted works of 600 of America's top artists or kick back and watch some sports at the "Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge," which has a giant TV. Venture to the fun-and-games area with your kids, peruse the different themed exhibits or find a spot to eat, drink and be merry. For more information, visit the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival event page


September 15-20
Bardstown, KY

2015 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

The Bourbon Barrel Relay at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown

Come celebrate the rich history of whiskey making in the town of Bardstown at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Smooth spirits and delicious eats fill the six days of this event located in the Kentucky countryside. Take part in engaging entertainment from black tie galas to historical tours. The town itself is a treasure filled with museums, fine restaurants, trains and beautiful architecture. For more information, call 800-638-4877 or browse the Kentucky Bourbon Festival event page


September 17-20
Grapevine, TX

29th Annual GrapeFest

Guests enjoy wine at the Annual GrapeFest in Grapevine, Texas

Discover fine vinos, craft brews, delicious food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family at GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest. The four-day event takes place in historic downtown Grapevine where guests can sample local Texas wines along with hard-to-find varietals from Oregon and high-end bottles from Argentina. Guests may have an opportunity to attend highly popular events, such as the "Champagne Terrace," "GrapeFest Tennis," "GrapeFest Golf Classic" and "People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic," the largest wine-judging competition in the United States. There's also an "Italian Car Fest," four stages of live performances and even a "KidCave" for the younger festival goers. Admission is free all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Otherwise, admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids ages 6 to 12. For more information about festival times and ticket prices, go to the event page on the Grapevine official website


September 23-27
Santa Fe, NM

25th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Drinks are poured during luncheons at the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta in New Mexico

The 25th year of the annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta commences on September 23. Featuring 75 Santa Fe restaurants partnered with 100 wineries, the festival promises five days of the best food and drink in the Southwest. The event includes guest chef winery luncheons, cooking demonstrations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, wine seminars at La Fonda Hotel, a reserve tasting, a live auction and the most anticipated event of all, the Grand Tasting with the Sangre de Cristo Rocky Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop. VIP culinary and wine talents that will be hosting food and drink sessions include notables such as chef John Sedlar (ElOISA in Santa Fe), Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman, local chef Eric DiStefano (Coyote Café) and many more. For more information on tickets, call 505-438-8060 or visit the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta official website


September 24-26
Denver, CO

2015 Great American Beer Festival

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

Come to the Great American Beer Festival where attendees can find the “largest collection of U.S. drafts ever served in a public tasting event plus private competition.” Held at the Colorado Convention Center, participating brewers will showcase a diverse selection of beers for the three-day event. Check the GABF event page for more information as it becomes available.


September 24-27
Greenough, MT

Montana Master Chefs

A chef expertly prepares meat at Montana Master Chefs in Greenough

Make way for the Chicago All-Stars, this year's special theme at Montana Master Chefs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Resort at Paws Up. The best chefs from Chicago are invited to come together to give guests an exceptional epicurean experience. From haute cuisine to all-time classics, attendees will enjoy fine dining and libations. Rub shoulders with winemakers and chefs, such as Andrew Zimmerman, Michael Kornick and Ben Jones. Also, there will be chances to explore the Montana wilderness in between receptions, luncheons and live entertainment at the four-day culinary event. To reserve a spot at this rustic getaway, visit the event page on the Paws Up official website

September 24-27
Central Coast, CA

6th Annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Sunshine and wine at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast in California

Volvo presents the 6th annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. With a getaway package, guests have access to adventure tours, special events and dinners, and the weekend's main event of culinary adventures and fun. The tours go behind the scenes to explore wineries such as Halter Ranch Vineyards, sustainable farms and the gardens of Paso Robles Inn. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can get their fill of fine wine and epicurean delights. The Marketplace showcases more than 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors, and promises unlimited samples of gourmet treats and drinks. Guests will also find cooking demonstrations by celebrity and master chefs, vino tastings and seminars, as well as beer gardens, music entertainment and other special activities. Discover more at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event page


September 25-27
Los Angeles, CA

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

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

This four-time Guinness World Record-winning event for the largest lobster festival is returning for another scrumptious feast set on the scenic historic waterfront and shops at the Ports O' Call in San Pedro. Attendees can look forward to three days worth of fresh discounted Maine lobster meals flown in, delivered and cooked daily. After eating your fill of crustacean, enjoy free entertainment, including dancing, live music, street performers, a pirate camp and much more. Parking and entrance for kids under the age of 12 are free. Find more information about this celebration at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival event page


September 25-November 6
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Guests sample various dishes at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World

Take your palate for a culinary ride with 30 international food and drink marketplaces at this annual festival. Each fall, well-known master chefs prepare signature dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and beverage seminars for guests to learn and enjoy different cultures. Attendees also have the "Eat to the Beat" concert series to look forward to, which features nightly performances from popular musicians. Find your tickets and more information at the Disney World official website


September 26
Fulton, CA

19th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival

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

The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, in partnership with Ceres Community Project, hosts the 19th year of this event in their culinary gardens at the winery. With more than 150 heirloom tomatoes produced on the grounds for this event, guests can find the flavors that suit their tastes. Don't miss out on this single-day event featuring garden tours, wine and food pairings, seminars, the popular "Chef's Challenge" and a music performance by Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry. For more information on general admission, club member prices and exclusive premier packages, visit the Kendall-Jackson official website

 




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