California Food & Beverage Festivals Worth The Drive

We’re blessed to have some really great food and beverage festivals in the South Bay and Los Angeles. Did you know there are plenty more just a few hours away by car or plane? Here are some of our favorites that are worth the trip.

Check the details on them soon! Some have eary bird pricing (San Diego Spirits Festival) and others are already on the verge of selling out (Pebble Beach Food & Wine)!

One of the many delectable samples in the Grand Tasting at the 2009 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival.

One of the many delectable samples in the Grand Tasting at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Pebble Beach, April 10-13, 2014

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day destination on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and unique dining opportunities.  The Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday are a sight to see!  You might find some of your favorite chefs serving and ready to chat with you.

Bacon and Barrels, San Diego, May 30-31, 2014

This upscale and fun food festival is headed south to San Diego from May 30-May 31, 2014. A 4-Course VIP Dinner, featuring Beer and Bourbon pairings by “Dr. Bill” Sysak of Stone Brewing, will be held at a private venue on May 30th. The all-day festival on May 31st will feature over 140 food and libation booths at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

LA Street Food Fest, Pasadena, June 28, 2014

OK, so this one really isn’t a trip…but getting across town to Pasadena can be tough, right!? For this event, the Rose Bowl is filled with more than 100 food trucks, street food vendors, beer barons, and cocktail mixologists. For the price of admission, you get to sample everything! The secret: get the VIP option for early entry.

Fresno Food Expo, July 24, 2014

Meet the people behind one of the most productive and distinctive food producing regions in the world. California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to thousands of growers, food producers, manufacturers, processors, winemakers and brewers reflecting the rich diversity of our region.


Bartenders and spirits vendors from all over Southern California get together to show off their skills and new products at the San Diego Spirits Festival.

San Diego Spirits Festival, August 23-24, 2014

San Diego Spirits Festival is a nationally acclaimed celebration of cocktail culture and is the premiere West coast spirits festival held on the beautiful San Diego bay. With bartender competitions, tastings, seminars, and parties, the festival offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for brands to be supported and gain recognition among San Diego’s cocktail and culinary community and beyond. The big event is the Grand Tasting with unlimited cocktail and food samples.  Super early bird tickets are on sale until March 31 for about 50% off!


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