Highlighting the Bay Area’s crafty, talented and creative culinary scene, Eat Drink SF bills itself as San Francisco’s premier food, wine and spirits celebration.
Guests are encouraged to try delicious food and drink pairings from the 160 restaurants and 70 bars participating in the four-day event. Chefs also will be giving cooking demonstrations and participating in culinary battles hosted by Stella Artois, Sunset magazine and Milagro Tequila. In addition, there will be live performances by the Golden State Warriors Drumline, the GLIDE Ensemble church choir and other acts.
General admission is $85 for the opening night’s Taco Knockdown on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Folsom Street Foundry (1425 Folsom St., San Francisco). General admission is $119 for one of the four Grand Tasting events held in the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion (2 Marina Blvd.) Admission includes bites from 35 restaurants, unlimited pours of beer, wine and spirits and access to the entertainment. The grand tastings run Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28.
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What: Enjoy Plumas County history at the annual Friends of Portola Railroad Days. The event features classic cars, parades, food vendors, magicians and more.
When: 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.
Where: Portola City Park, near the intersection of Gulling Street and First Avenue.
Cost: Admission is free.
What: Enjoy live music and Caribbean food on the banks of the Yuba River at the 2nd annual Foothills Music Festival.
When: 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26; 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27; 12-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug 28.
Where: Hammon Grove Park, 5560 Highway 20
Cost: Three-day event tickets are $25.
What: The Xtreme Barrel Race features daredevil equestrians as they compete for more than $100,000 in prizes.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 28, at various times
Where: Reno-Sparks Livestock Center, 4590 S. Virginia St., Reno
What: The 56th annual Fresno Greek Festival offers three days of wine tasting, dancing performances and more.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 26; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 27; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28
Where: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2219 North Orchard St., Fresno
Cost: $6 adults; Children and seniors get in for free.
Smoke and suds
What: Grilled meat, craft beer and live music are the pillars of Blues, Brews and BBQ.
When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
Where: Various locations in Downtown Napa, centering on Main Street, First and Second streets
Cost: Free admission and parking