Jeff Lamppert

Visitors line up to sample the fare at a previous Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. File photo.

Tasting nirvana: Food, wine, beer events for fall

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 - 7:28 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 5:03 pm

The Sacramento region is home to -- and a gateway to -- many of the world’s best wineries, breweries and food. This time of year, there are a bounty of outstanding festivals, events and fundraisers bringing fine beverages and food together to create moments of tasting nirvana. Unless otherwise noted, the following events are restricted to those age 21 and older. Cheers.

Sept. 5

•  Gold Country Fair Cork & Fork

Taste wines from Placer County wineries in one location, and meet the winery owners and winemakers. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Advance ticket $20, includes fair admission; at the door $20, does not include fair admission. 530-823-4533

•  Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

Three days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine and beer tastings, Farm to Tahoe dinner. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Village at Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee. 3-day experience $175, 2-day experience $99, Sunday only $75. 530-562-8036

Sept. 6

•  A Toast to Education Winemakers Dinner

The Sacramento Farm Bureau Foundation of Agricultural Education hosts a four-course dinner made with products from local farms and ranches. Each course will be paired with wine from McConnell Estates Winery. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. $75 per person, $700 for table of 8. Proceeds support scholarships for local students. 916-685-6958

•  Black & Red Fundraising Gala

Cocktails, entertainment, dinner on stage at the Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. Starts at 6 p.m. $150. 916-446-7501

•  Mt. Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting

Taste wines from 30 Mt. Veeder wineries in one place in Napa Valley. Live music, small bites, raffle prizes and a silent auction. 1 p.m-4 p.m. The Hess Collection Winery, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. $75 in advance, $100 at the door. 707-266-1296

•  Nevada City Uncorked

Sample food, wine and beer in a walk-about-town style format at 20 venues in downtown Nevada City. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Check in is at the lower level of The Nevada City Veteran's Building, 415 North Pine St., Nevada City. $35. 530-265-2692

•  Yolo Microbrew Festival

Microbrew tasting, live music, and food and beer for sale. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1125 East St, Woodland. $15-$35.

Sept. 7

•  Calistoga Harvest Table

Fourteen restaurants offer special fall menus and move their tables to the streets of downtown Calistoga for an al fresco dining experience. More than 30 local wineries will be on hand. Beer and wine by glass and bottle will be for sale. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Downtown Calistoga, Lincoln Avenue. $50 to $150 (tax, tip included), depending on menu selected. 707-942-6333

Sept. 13

•  Wine Tasting & Tour at Preston Castle

Taste wines from 15 Amador County wineries, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and tours of the 46,000-square-foot former correctional institute for minors and now a California Historical Landmark. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Preston Castle, end of Palm Drive, Ione. $40. 209-256-3623

•  Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Taste beer from 20 local breweries and small bites from area restaurants, along with live music. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Water Street by the river in historic downtown Petaluma. $40, $20 for designated drivers. 707-762-2785

Sept. 14

•  FoodStock

A pig roast and bluegrass festival at Raley Field to benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. This is the kickoff event for Sacramento’s farm-to-fork celebrations. (The Tower Bridge gala dinner on Sept. 27 is sold out.) Mulvaney’s B&L will roast 20 whole pigs and craft beers and soft drinks will be available. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Raley Field, 400 Ball Pallpark Drive, West Sacramento. Adult $40, children (2-12) $20. Parking $5. 916-376-4700

Sept. 18

•  Sacramento Burger Battle

A charity hamburger cook-off between area restaurants, with beer and wine tastings, soft drinks and live music. Proceeds benefit local chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. VIP admittance at 6 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St., Sacramento. General $55, VIP $75. 415-356-2232

•  The Farm-to-Fork Legends of Wines

Taste area wines, cheeses and breads selected by Darrell Corti and David Berkley. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. California State Capitol West Steps, 10th Street and Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. $50. 916-808-7777

Sept. 19

•  A Taste of Sacramento

Food, wine and beer tastings benefit for local chapter of Easter Seals. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. $40. 916-485-6711

Sept. 20

•  Feast at the Fort

Sit-down dinner inside Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park prepared by chefs from area restaurants. This year’s cooking theme is cheese. Ticket includes beer, wine and live music. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento. $85. 916-445-4422

•  Roseville Concert on the Square

Beer garden, food trucks and live music. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 Vernon Street Town Square, 311 Vernon St., Roseville. Free admittance. 916-722-6636.

•  Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

This two-day event features 13 live performances, a wine garden, an international food court from local vendors, kayak and paddle boats for rent along the river, nearby camping. All day Sept. 20-21 Johnson's Beach, 16241 First St., Guerneville. General admission $80 weekend pass, $50 for single day. 949-360-7800

Sept. 21

•  Clarksburg Wine Tasting and Art Auction

Sample wines from Clarksburg and gourmet food. Art auction features work of artists from Delta and Sacramento. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Heringer Ranch, 3735 Netherlands Road, Clarksburg. $40. Proceeds benefit Clarksburg Library. 916-744-1755

Sept. 25

•  Harvest for Hunger

Food trucks, live music, beer, wine. $20, includes 1 drink beverage ticket and tour of River City Food Bank. Proceeds benefit the food bank. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. River City Food Bank, 1800 28th St., Sacramento. 916-446-2627

Sept. 26

•  Sip Savor Lodi

Three-day harvest celebration showcasing Lodi wine, produce and local chefs. A multicourse sit-down dinner Friday evening with wine on streets of downtown Lodi, a free day of barrel and wine tasting tours at various wineries on Saturday, and an afternoon of tasting premium wines and gourmet bites in one location. Various times and locations. Contact Lodi Wine & Visitors Center for more information and tickets, $25 to $125, 209-365-0621

•  Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

California’s oldest festival, first started in 1897, features a Friday night gala event with wine tastings and food pairings, live music, grape stomps, 5K and 12K races, a parade. All day Sept. 26-28 Sonoma Plaza, West Napa Street and Broadway, Sonoma. $20 wine tasting ticket; $199 VIP weekend festival pass; $65 Friday night gala. 707-996-2109

Sept. 27

•  BBQ on the Ramp

Wine and food tasting, fireworks show. Proceeds benefit Aerospace Museum of California. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan. $95. 916-564-3267

•  Lincoln Showcase

Sample wine, beer and food from wineries, breweries and restaurants in Lincoln. Live music. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Beerman Plaza, 5th and F streets, downtown Lincoln. $40 advance, $50 at the door. 916-645-2035

Oct. 3

•  Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Three-days of wine tastings of 150-plus wineries from Sonoma County in one location. Wine sales, food pairings, craft beer and cider tastings, chef demonstrations, workshops, food vendors, the World Championship Grape Stomp and more. 4 p.m.-8 p.m Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4-5 Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707-545-4200

Oct. 4

•  Wild Affair

Wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction, full-course gourmet dinner and behind-the-scene tours of the Sacramento Zoo. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road, Sacramento. $175. 916-808-8376

•  The Big Crush Harvest Festival

40 wineries in Amador County offer two days of wine tastings with food pairings, live music and other entertainment. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct 4 and 5 Amador County. $40 full weekend, $30 Sunday only, $10 designated driver. 209-245-6992

•  California Beer and Wine Festival

Beer and wine tastings (last year this event had 21 breweries and 10 wineries), along with live music and street vendors selling food, cigars. 1 p.m.-5 p.m Yuba Town Center, Plumas and C streets, Yuba City. $25 advance, $30 door; proceeds benefit charity groups in Yuba City. 530-844-3132

•  Calaveras Grape Stomp

Compete in teams of two to stomp the most grape juice, win prizes. Wine tastings, barbecue, silent and live auction, live music and street fair with more than 100 vendors selling arts & crafts, drinks and food. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Murphys Community Park, Murphys. $60 per team. 209-754-0127

Oct. 5

•  Delta Wine and Art Faire

Food trucks, live music, displays from local artists, book signings by local authors, wine tastings. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg. $20. 916-744-1625.

Oct. 11

•  Auburn Wine & Food Festival

25 local wineries and 25 local restaurant pair wines and food at 25 locations in downtown and Old Town Auburn. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Check in at Central Square in downtown Auburn. $35 before Sept. 30, $45 thereafter, $20 designated driver.

•  Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend (Chico)

Self-guided tours in Butte County to meet farmers and sample farm-fresh produce and products. Taste wines and food from wineries along the route. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 Butte County. $25. 530-891-5556

Oct. 12

•  Sunday Supper at the Ranch

Evening of live jazz, horse-drawn carriage rides and gourmet full-course dinner featuring local produce and wines in an outdoor ranch setting. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Pegasus Riding Club, 9761 Colony Road, Wilton. $125. 916-685-7433

Nov. 1

•  Toast of the Town for the Rocklin School District

Wine tasting with wines from more than 30 area wineries, sit-down community dinner and dessert room. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. $50. Proceeds benefit the Rocklin School District. 916-390-2648

•  A Wine and Food Affair

A weekend of wine and food pairings at more than 100 wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys, as well as Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. Each participating winery will serve a small plate paired to show off a featured wine, as well as other wine. Recipes given to attendees. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at multiple locations in northern Sonoma County. $70 weekend; $50 Sunday only; $30 designated driver. 800-723-6336

•  Murphys Day of the Dead

Merchants and tasting rooms offer food and wine tastings, sugar skulls and art displays. Live music, folk dancers, food and drink vendors. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. downtown Murphys. Free to attend. 209-728-8471

Nov. 6

•  Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Four-day festival featuring multiple winemaker and chef dinners, wine auctions, seminars and wine tasting hikes with winemakers and ocean views. Various times, locations and events throughout each day and evening in Big Sur. $65 to $235. 831-667-0800

Nov. 19

•  Flavor! Napa Valley

Five-day festival with net proceeds benefiting scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena. Winemaker dinners hosted at selected wineries, seminars, hands-on workshops. All day Nov. 19-23 Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main St., St. Helena. $75 to $295 for various events. 707-967-1100

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