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September 2013
Food & Wine Events Calendar

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

August 31 - September 1
Millbrae, CA — 43rd Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

The Millbrae Art & Wine Festival in California
Every year, the last official weekend of summer brings massive crowds to Millbrae for one of the Bay Area's biggest Labor Day weekend events, transforming Broadway Avenue into a Mardi Gras-style parade of people and colorful tents. Festivalgoers can expect a vibrant street scene with artisanal food and global flavors, premium wine, a microbrew tasting tent, a car show, 250 artists and craftmakers, a talent showcase, live musicians such as The Sun Kings and Glitterface, and a kids’ playland with tons of fun and games, including carnival rides and face painting. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.miramarevents.com

September 1-9
Maui and Oahu, Hawaii — Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

A fireworks display at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

For Hawaii's fourth annual Food and Wine Festival, over 70 of the world's top chefs will come together to prepare first-class dishes using local Hawaiian ingredients. The event, co-chaired by James Beard Award-winners Roy Yamaguchi, chef/owner of Roy's restaurants, and Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Restaurants, will be held on Maui on September 1, then on Oahu from September 5-9. Ticket prices for individual events vary. For more information visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com or call 808-738-6245.


September 7-8
Mountain View, CAMountain View Art & Wine Festival
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival in the Bay Area
Silicon Valley's art & music community celebrates its 42nd birthday in style! Refreshments include premium wines, microbrews, sangria, mimosas and margaritas plus a global range of flavors, from fresh corn-on-the-cob and Parmesan garlic fries to Salvadoran pupusas and pad thai. Festive displays and activities include an organic and green products showcase; home and garden exhibits; 600 professional artists and craftsmakers; live music on stage and performers strolling the streets throughout downtown; the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with a giant TV; and an action-packed Kids' Park with bungee jumping and carnival rides. Admission is free. For more information, call 650-968-8378 or visit www.miramarevents.com

September 12-15
The Annual GrapeFest in Grapevine, Texas includes a GrapeStomp, Vintner's Auction and Texas Wine Tribute

Grapevine, TX — 27th Annual GrapeFest
This four-day festival invites guests to tour the wineries of Grapevine, an area abundant with its namesake. This festive city will introduce you to award-winning wines of the region. Enjoy a good time among Texans eager to show you the fruits of their city. Highlights traditionally include the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, GrapeStomp, Culinary Pavillion, and carnival rides. For more information, visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com or call 817-410-3185.


September 13-15
Los Angeles, CA — Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Lobster is king at the annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, one of Southern California's great food events. The feast is held at Ports O' Call Village on San Pedro Harbor's picturesque waterfront overlooking colorful commercial fishing boats and giant ocean-going ships. The festival features a seafood fiesta of Maine lobster, coleslaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges and buttery dipping sauce (non-seafood items will also be available). Hours are as follows: Friday, September 13, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per adult or $9 per person with a coupon printed from the event website. Kids younger than 12 years of age get in free. For more information, call the lobster hotline at 310-798-7478 or www.lobsterfest.com


September 17-22
Bardstown, KY2013 Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown
Celebrate a classic American spirit at the 2013 Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky — the Bourbon Capital of the World. The festival offers six days of Bourbon tastings, delicious food, and entertainment. This year's official drink is the "Oak" Fashioned. Also in the mix will be a barrel-making demonstration, Scavenger hunt, and black-tie gala. Some events are free while others are priced separately. For more information, call 800-638-4877 or visit www.kybourbonfestival.com


September 19-21
Wichita, KS — Midwest Beerfest
Midwest Beerfest in Kansas
This annual beer bash is hosted by the Wichita Chapter of The American Institute of Wine and Food. Scheduled events include gourmet dinners, a chicken cook-off, music, and, of course, plenty of beer tasting. The festival kicks off Friday night with beer dinners at selected restaurants, followed on Saturday by the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction at Century II Expo Hall, with doors opening at 1 p.m. More than 350 beers from around the world, as well as local microbrews from Kansas, will be available for tasting. Tickets to the Grand Tasting are $40. For more information, call 316-682-5502 or visit www.midwestbeerfest.com

 


September 21-22
Westminster, MD
Maryland Wine Festival
Maryland Wine Festival
Enjoy Maryland's ambience and offerings at the 30th annual Maryland Wine Festival, featuring tastings from wineries, live music, foods from local restaurants, arts and crafts and wine education seminars. A silent auction is also usually held. Admission for adults is $27 in advance (or $30 at the door). The festival will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, Carroll County. For more information, call 800-654-4645 or visit www.marylandwine.com

September 21-October 6
Munich, GERMANY — Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

"It's tapped!" roars the Lord Mayor of Munich when opening the first keg of Oktoberfest beer — the first of six million! This ritual inaugurates the world's largest beer fest along with a parade of bar owners and brewers on horse-drawn carriages. One of Europe's most visited cities, Munich is the home of this annual beer and sausage blowout. Each beer tent boasts its own entertainment, and parades, carnivals and food stalls provide endless fun. Certain events are a must for Oktoberfest visitors; for example, the parade of tent proprietors and the Trachten und Schützenzug (folklore parade). Visit www.oktoberfest.de for all the details. See our list of Top U.S. Oktoberfest Celebrations for more locations of this fabulous festival.

September 25-29
A glass of wine being poured at the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta in New MexicoSanta Fe, NM — Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
 

This year marks the 23rd annual spicy event! Past years' activities included guest chef luncheons, wine seminars, winemaker dinners and the Grand Food and Wine Tasting. This year's activities include wine dinners, seminars, cooking demos, special luncheons and tours with guest chefs, and a tasting followed by an auction. For more information, call 505-438-8060 or visit www.santafewineandchile.org

September 26-29
Greenough, MT — Montana Master Chefs
A wine dinner at Montana Master Chefs
The seventh annual Montana Master Chefs at The Resort at Paws Up will feature cooking seminars, not to mention outdoor activities such as fly-fishing with an internationally renowned chef and horseback riding with world-class vintners. Participating chefs include Dale Levitski and Kelly Liken, who were both contestants on Bravo TV's "Top Chef." Domaine Carneros Winery, Caymus Vineyards and the Three Rivers Winery will also be in attendance. All-inclusive package rates start at $5,520 per couple. For more information, visit www.montanamasterchefs.com or call 800-473-0601.

September 26-29
Central Coast, CA — Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast
Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast is a four-day event featuring the best of San Luis Obispo County food and wine
Enjoy a world-class food and wine event in a beautiful part of the world at the Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast food and wine lifestyle event. The four-day event, which begins September 26, includes a tasting of over 200 wines, a gourmet pancake breakfast, adventure tours, and topical seminars, including one led by tatted-out celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio. Tickets for main events range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25; use the code “LOCAL” for a discount! For tickets and more information, call 805-541-8000 or visit www.savorcentralcoast.com

September 28
Santa Rosa, CA — 17th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in Santa Rosa, California
More than 175 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in every size, shape and color imaginable have been featured at this event, picked fresh from Kendall-Jackson Winery's own culinary gardens. Attendees experience selections from gourmet food purveyors, tomato-growing and wine education seminars, a chef competition, garden tours and live entertainment — all paired with Kendall-Jackson wines. The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 800-769-3649 or visit www.kj.com

September 27-November 11
Lake Buena Vista, FL — Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort
The annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is a six-week extravaganza of seminars, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs and global marketplaces. There are three dessert-themed events; an “Eat to the Beat” concert series; and mixology, cheese and beverage seminars, cooking classes, culinary demonstrations and a crash course on wine. 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


(Updated: 08/28/13 RD)

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