4th Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival 2014

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Attend the Lexus Grand Tasting at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2014. Enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries.  More than 30 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary prowess with decadent bites of their sumptuous cuisine.  There will be book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s biggest celebrity chefs.

The Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a “city-wide epicurean extravaganza featuring celebrated chefs and wineries.

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is the city’s weekend-long celebration of gourmet food and beverages.  For more information visit www.lafw.com

 

L.A. Live development in Downtown Los Angeles

L.A. Live development in Downtown Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

WHEN: August

WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles

TICKETS:  $150.00   VIP: $195.00

Get your tickets here: http://www.lafw.com/tickets/

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travels Guides and Apps @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Pinot Days Chicago 2014

Do you love Pinot Noir? Get tickets for the 7th annual Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier. Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir winemakers will be pouring hundreds of exceptional pinots that are stylistically diverse regions like Callifornia’s Russian River Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Pinot Days  Principle

“Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. It has to be; pinot noir is exceptionally stylistically diverse, and our aim is to give every pinot lover a place to “go deep” within the style you love. And, if you’re open to venturing outside of your comfort zone, you can learn about, and quite possibly love, other styles as well. To this end we gather hundreds of pinot noir winemakers to pour hundreds of pinots that range from the picture of elegance to forward and “wow.” You can’t try them all – don’t try – it’s not the point! The point is to follow your palate like a North Star, and experience this beautiful little grape in as many forms and styles as compel you. It is an endless pursuit of knowledge. So, ignore the critics; ask folks in the crowd, “Who have you tried? What do you like?” Pinot noir is way more than a grape variety – it’s an art form. It is an endlessly fascinating intellectual and aesthetic pursuit for people who want to savor the good things in life. So we invite the world to Pinot Days, because pinot noir can change the world, one pretty, little, thin-skinned grape at a time.” www.pinotdays

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer...

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer Hanzell winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Participating Exhibitors-

Aberrant Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars, August West, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Cartograph, Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Davis Bynum Wines, Davis Family Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, EIEIO & Company, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hahn Estate, Hilliard Bruce Winery, Inman Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery, Katherine Anne Confections, Keller Estate, Kendric Vineyards, Kessler-Haak Wines, Landmark Vineyards, MacPhail Family Wines, Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Martinelli Winery, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Mystic Shire, New Zealand Winegrowers, Omero Cellars, On the Avenue Marketing, Pali Wine Company, Ritual, RTV, Saintsbury, Sojourn Cellars, Stoller Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Trombetta Family Wines, Van Duzer Vineyards, Willakenzie Estate Winery, Wren Hop Vineyards, Yelp

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WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014

WHERE: Navy Pier, Lakeview Terrace from 2-5 p.m.

Tickets: $70 at www.pinotdays.com

TIckets are available for the following locations and dates:

Click The Festival City Below To   View Details Of Each Event

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Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Try some Pinot Noir from the Oregon; Oregon Pinot Noir producers will be in a specially designated area.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vinno-con-vista.com

 

 

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Tuscan Sun Festival 2014 in Florence Italy

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Français : Le Palazzo Vecchio à Florence, vu de la Place de la Seigneurie English: Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, as seen from Piazza della Signoria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The statues in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

The statues in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The equestrian statue to Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, by Giambologna, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Boar head, statue of Heracles and Cacus by Bandinelli, Piazza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Piazza della signoria Florence

English: Piazza della signoria Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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View at Piazza della Signoria from the front balcony of Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here was hanged and burnt Girolamo Savonarola…. Plaque Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of music, lifestyle and arts. It is held in Florence.

There are evening musical performances and daytime events including art exhibitions and workshops with visual artists. The festival includes discussions with literary figures at Palazzo Strozzi.

WHEN: JUNE 9 – 16, 2014

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an arts and lifestyle event with world-class concerts, wine and culinary events and wellness classes.

Some of the world’s finest musicians gather together each year to perform at the Sun Festival.

During the day, visitors can take part in Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga classes. There will also be cookery demonstrations with a Relais & Châteux chef, readings with literary figures and discussions with artists. Gala dinners will be held in collaboration with local wine makers.

 

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A vertical panorama of a copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. Nederlands: Een verticaal panorama van het standbeeld van David door Michelangelo op het Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italië. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend Culinary sessions with some of Tuscany’s chefs and winemakers. Here’s a link to the Gastronomic adventures: http://www.tuscansunfestival.com/culinarywine/

Food events fall under the Festival Heading of ‘Nuove Tradizioni’. The multi-disciplinary event venues range from the town’s 400-seat  Teatro Signorelli to famous squares like Piazza Signorelli and hotels.

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Deutsch: Der Neptunbrunnen von Giovanni Bologna, Ausschnitt, Piazza della Signoria, Florenz, Italien English: The “Fountain of Neptune” by Giambologna, fragment, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy Français : La “Fontaine de Neptune” par Jean de Bologne, détail, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Angela Gheorghiu

Cover of Angela Gheorghiu

In the past, artists have included: soprano Angela Gheorghiu, flautist Sir James Galway, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, violinist Nigel Kennedy, cellist Nina Kotova, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, pianist Ivo Pogorelich, actor John Malkovich, directors Gabriele Lavia and Maurizio Scaparro as well as violinist Maxim Vengerov, who will appear in Teatro della Pergola.

James Galway

Cover of James Galway

 

Monument to Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza Savo...

Monument to Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza Savonarola, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Execution of Girolamo Savonarola in the Piazza...

Execution of Girolamo Savonarola in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too bad Savonarola isn’t around for this one! Tickets are available at: Tuscan Sun Festival

For more information visit www.tuscansunfestival.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


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South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013

Calling all foodies and wine enthusiasts. It’s time to uncork and decant your favorite wine and hide your scale so you can indulge in four days of sumptuous cuisine at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013!

WHEN: February 21-24, 2013

TICKETS: www.sobefest.com

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Raise Your Glass to the Philanthropic Celebrity Chefs and Sponsors at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival for generating over $17 million for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism management. The Food Network, Southern Wine & Spirtis of Florida and FOOD & WINE Magazine presented a series of culinary events led by world-renown chefs and world-class spirits and wine companies at the annual Foodie Event of the Year.

Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012
Wine and Swine Event at SOBE 2012

Hundreds of food and wine festivals are held in the U.S. each year. Some  are decades-old events and others are new kids on the block.

A typical food and wine festival  feature tastings, pairings, demonstrations and “dine-arounds” held at local restaurants. Some even have cookbook signings by celebrity chefs.

These events are generally about philanthrophy. In South Beach, sponsors collaborated with Celebrity Chefs, culinary students and over 11,000 team members raise money for culinary students. The South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 was one of the best food and wine festivals in the country!

Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012

The 2012, 11th edition of the annual fund-raiser for Florida International University‘s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management worked to generate over $17 milllion since the inception of the Festival eleven years ago. Nearly 1000 students volunteered thousands of hours preparing for this incredible 4-day wine, spirits and culinary extravaganza. The students are preparing to walk in the footsteps of the Celebrity Chefs to become future leaders in these exciting industries.

Emeril Lagasse at SOBE 2012

There were dozens of exciting events including: late-night parties, special dinners, signature food and wine tastings and culinary demonstrations led by Rock Star celebrity chefs. For the full list of events visit www.sobefest.com so you can save the date for next year’s extravaganza!

Bobby Deen at SOBE 2012
Nadia G at SOBE 2012
Rachel Ray at SOBE 2012

In front of the Ritz-Carlton, at the Delano Beachside there were incredible events like: Moet Hennessy’s “The Q after Dark” hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri and “Late Night Bites and Sweets” sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier. Paula Deen had a Sunday Brunch, Andrew Zimmerman hosted “Trucks on the Beach”, “Burger Bash” was hosted by Rachel Ray. There was a “Swine and Wine” event hosted by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos at the Biltmore Hotel Country Club in Coral Gables.

Guy Fieri at SOBE 2012
Roasted Pig at SOBE 2012Moet Hennessy’s “The Q” at the Delano Beach Front at SOBE 2012

Wine Spectator‘s “Best of the Best” offered extraordinary wines rated 90 points or higher with world-class chefs serving a sampling of their signature cuisine. This lavish event was held at the iconic Fontainbleau Hotel on Collins Avenue.

Wine Auction at Best of the Best Sobe 2012
Best of the Best at the Fontainebleau Miami 2012

There was even a Tribute Dinner honoring Chef Charlie Trotter and winemaker Piero Antinori at the Lowe’s Miami Beach Hotel. Anthony Bourdain was the Master of Ceremonies at this event.

The Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village  offered sips and bites as well as Culinary and Lifestyle Demonstrations at 13th Street and Ocean Drive on the Beach.

SOBE Bites 2012
Tasty bites at SOBE 2012

There were plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities this weekend at SOBE 2012. I was sipping plenty of wine from around the world and tasting the unbridled flavors of signature bites from famous restaurants around the country.

Sumptuous Cuisine at Best of the Best SOBE 2012
Grand Tasting Village Entrance at SOBE 2012

Over $17 million has been generated over the past 11 years to fund state-of-the-art facilities including: the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center, the Hilton Training Kitchen, a teaching restaurant, dining room and wine cellar and the Angostura Culinary Lecture/Demonstration Classroom. For more information on this extraordinary program visit  www.hospitality.fiu.edu

Follow my blog to learn about Wine and Food Festivals that are held all over the country.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Gina and Pat Neely at SOBE 2012
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Fabulous Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 Wine Weekend

I attended the second annual Flavor! Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival 2012. What a spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend I had with 50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners and 3 days of fabulous food and wine adventures in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country!

Watch this video to see what I witnessed in Napa:

http://youtu.be/78brXJOu_Bs

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley
English: Vineyards in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo b...
Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine festival was originated by Chef Michael Chiarello.

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English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken at Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The event in Napa Valley was led by an impressive array of Napa Valley-based celebrity chefs including: Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, Cindy Pawlcyn, Jeffrey Jake and Masaharu Morimoto.

Way to go Chef!!
Morimoto Restaurant in Downtown Napa
Flavor Napa Valley 2012 at the Culinary Institute in Saint Helena
English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards
English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WHEN: November 14-18, 2012
WHERE: Started at Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting on Wednesday, November 14th. Appellation Trail Grand Tasting on Friday night. Individual events require tickets during the week.
TICKETS: Individual event tickets range from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person.
I went to the Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. Manyl of the outstanding wineries were pouring. There was live entertainment and plenty of food on two floors of Greystone’s historic building.
The loved the Wine Makers’ Dinner at the Silverado Resort on Friday night where I met many of the legendary winemakers. The food was outstanding!
Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner
Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner
According to festival producer Herb Karlitz, one of the festival highlights is a two-day tasting of wines “that have and continue to put Napa Valley on the map, reaching back to the post-Prohibition wines of the ‘40s through the present day.”
Each table at the dinner event had their own winemaker. We drank the winemakers selection with each course.
The dinner was held in the ballroom of the Silverado Resort.
The Silverado Resort in Napa
Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...
Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I also attended the Flavor Napa Sunday morning brunch.
Lovely Farm-to-table Centerpiece at the Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch
Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch
Heitz
Heitz (Photo credit: Rachel Black)

Featured amazing wines at one of the seminars were: ’57 Louis Martini Pinot Noir, ’66 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘76 Joseph Phelps Insignia, ’77 Beringer Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga California

Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

English: Fall in Napa Valley
English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flavor! Napa Valley was a five-day Napa Valley food and wine festival featuring the area’s superlative chefs, restaurants and wineries.

The festival format included a series of creative tastings and seasonally-inspired meals, as well as a variety of hands-on and educational experiences led by the region’s most notable chefs, vintners and sommeliers.

English: Napa_Valley_CA_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan
English: Napa_Valley_CA_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California
English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Event venues included the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena, as well as restaurants and wineries throughout the region.

Events ranged from a new series of small and hands-on immersions entitled Terroir to Table™ to a historic, two-day library tasting of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines in the last 50-years, including today’s “cult” wines, appropriately named The Legends of Napa Valley: A Definitive Tasting. Net proceeds from all events support programs and scholarships at CIA’s Greystone Campus.

English: Autumn in Napa Valley
English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Individual event tickets ranged from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person. Many of the area’s lodging partners offered offering special Flavor! Napa Valley packages that combine a stay with festival tickets, such as Silverado Resort and Spa’s Flavor! Napa Valley package, which includes accommodations in a one-bedroom Fireplace Suite, breakfast for two in The Grill, a signature culinary welcome gift and tickets to Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting on Wednesday, November 14.

Silverado Resort in Napa
The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery
The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: don j schulte @ oxherder arts)

Additional Napa Valley properties are also offered special Flavor! Napa Valley packages, and complete information on lodging packages can be found at: http://visit.legendarynapavalley.com/index.cfm/napa_valley_lodging-flavor_napa_valley.htm

I love Napa Valley

Here are some of the Hotel Packages that were offered in Napa Valley:

Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 announced ticket-only and lodging packages for the food-and-wine festival, which takes place Nov. 14 to 18. In addition, all guests with confirmed reservations at a Napa Valley hotel or inn during this time will automatically receive 20 percent off of Appellation Trail tickets and select ticket packages.

1. Guests staying at Milliken Creek any time from Nov. 1 to 24 for two nights will receive a third night at 50 percent off the best available rate when booking online by entering the promotional code FESTIVAL. Daily gourmet breakfast for two, sunset Magic Hour wine and cheese reception, a late-night cordial bar and guest passes to Synergy wellness and fitness center are included in the rate.

2. At Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, guests save 10 percent on nightly room rates for Friday and Saturday night stays and 20 percent on midweek stays. All Flavor! guests receive a special welcome amenity from the chef and a culinary keepsake.

3. At the Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn in Yountville, guests who mention Flavor! Napa Valley when making reservations receive 20 percent off of room rates. This offer is valid from Nov. 14 to 18 and includes complimentary amenities, such as bottle of wine upon check-in, a champagne buffet breakfast, daily afternoon tea and access to Spa Villagio’s facilities. Ticket-only packages range from $350 to $955 per

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English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : Vignobles de la Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More information on tickets and the complete Flavor! Napa Valley event schedule can be found at www.flavornapavalley.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FlavorNapaValley and @FlavorNV on Twitter.

Here are the details for the Appellation Trail Event on Friday Night at Greystone including participating Chefs and Wineries. When you go to Napa County, make sure you check out these incredible links:

1. Participating Chefs

Angèle: Scott Ekstrom, www.angelerestaurant.com

Auberge du Soleil: Robert Curry, www.aubergedusoleil.com

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca: Michael Gyetvan, www.azzurropizzeria.com

Baldacci Family Vineyards: www.baldaccivineyards.com

Bistro Jeanty: Philippe Jeanty, www.bistrojeanty.com

Brix: Chris Jones, www.brix.com

Ca’Momi Enoteca: Valentina Guolo-Migotto, www.camomienoteca.com

étoile Restaurant: Perry Hoffman, www.chandon.com/etoile-restaurant.html

FARM at the Carneros Inn : Steven Tevere and Andrew Budnyj, www.thecarnerosinn.com

Farmstead Restaurant: Stephen Barber, www.farmsteadnapa.com

Fish Story: Clint Davies, www.fishstorynapa.com

French Blue: Philip Wang, www.frenchbluenapa.com

Gott’s Roadside: Rick Robinson, www.gotts.com

Hurley’s Restaurant: Bob Hurley, www.hurleysrestaurant.com

JoLē : Matt Spector, www.jolerestaurant.com

La Condesa: Rene Ortiz, www.lacondesanapavalley.com

La Toque: Ken Frank, www.latoque.com

Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono: Victor Scargle, www.bardessono.com

Morimoto Napa: Masaharu Morimoto and Kang Kuan, www.morimotonapa.com

NapaStyle Cafe: Michael Chiarello,www.napastyle.com/cafe

Norman Rose Tavern: Michael Gyetvan, www.normanrosenapa.com

Oenotri: Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede, www.oenotri.com

REDD: Richard Reddington, www.reddnapavalley.com

Restaurant Cuvee: Jordan Mackey, www.cuveenapa.com

Siena at The Meritage Resort and Spa: Mike Collins, www.themeritageresort.com/dining/siena-restaurant

Silverado Resort and Spa: Jeffrey Jake, www.silveradoresort.com

Solbar: Brandon Sharp, www.solbarnv.com

The Thomas: Brad Farmerie, www.thethomas-napa.com

VINeleven: Brian Whitmer, www.napavalleymarriott.com/dining

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Almir Da Fonseca, www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/wsgr

2. Wineries

Ackerman Family Vineyards: www.ackermanfamilyvineyards.com

Amici Cellars: www.amicicellars.com

Andretti Winery Napa Valley: www.andrettiwinery.com

Antica Napa Valley: www.anticanapavalley.com

ARNS: www.arnswinery.com

Artesa Winery: www.artesawinery.com

B Cellars: www.bcellars.com

Beaulieu Vineyard: www.bvwines.com

Bounty Hunter Rare Wine: www.bountyhunterwine.com

Broman Cellars: www.bromancellars.com

Cakebread Cellars: www.cakebread.com

Canard Vineyard: www.canardvineyard.com

Ceja Vineyards: www.cejavineyards.com

Celani Family Vineyards: www.celaniwines.com

Chappellet Vineyards and Winery: www.chappellet.com

Charles Krug Winery, Peter Mondavi Sr. Family: www.charleskrug.com

Chase Cellars: www.chasecellars.com

Clif Family Winery: www.cliffamilywinery.com

Clos Pegase: www.clospegase.com

Cosentino Winery: www.cosentinowinery.com

Crosby Roamann: www.crosbyroamann.com

Domaine Chandon: www.chandon.com

Duckhorn Vineyards: www.duckhornwineshop.com

Elizabeth Spencer: www.elizabethspencerwines.com

Farella-Park Vineyards: www.farella.com

Fontanella Family Winery: www.fontanellawinery.com

Fortunati Vineyards: www.fortunatiwines.com

Frank Family Vineyards: www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

Freemark Abbey: www.freemarkabbey.com

Gargiulo Vineyards: www.gargiulovineyards.com

Grgich Hills Estate: www.grgich.com

The Hess Collection Winery: www.hesscollection.com

Hestan Vineyards: www.hestan.com

HUNNICUTT: www.hunnicuttwines.com

Jack Brooks Vineyard: www.jbvineyard.com

Jericho Canyon Vineyard: www.jerichocanyonvineyard.com

Joseph Phelps Vineyards: www.jpvwines.com

Kelleher Family Vineyard: www.kelleherwines.com

Kenefick Ranch Winery: www.kenefickranch.com

Knights Bridge Winery: www.knightsbridgewinery.com

Krupp Brothers: www.kruppbrothers.com

La Jota Vineyard Co.: www.lajotavineyardco.com

Laird Family Estate: www.lairdfamilyestate.com

LAMBORN Family Vineyards: www.lamborn.com

Long Meadow Ranch Winery: www.longmeadowranch.com

Match Vineyards: www.matchvineyards.com

Melka Wines: www.melkawines.com

Merryvale Vineyards: www.merryvale.com

Michael Mondavi Family Wines: www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com

Monticello Vineyards: www.corleyfamilynapavalley.com

MOONE-TSAI WINES: www.moonetsai.com

Mt. Brave: www.mtbravewines.com

Oakville Ranch: www.oakvilleranch.com

Oberon Wines: www.oberonwines.com

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery: www.oshaughnessywinery.com

Pahlmeyer: www.pahlmeyer.com

Paraduxx: www.paraduxx.com

Parry Cellars: www.parrycellars.com

PATEL – Napa Valley: www.patelwinery.com

PEJU: www.peju.com

Pine Ridge Vineyards: www.pineridgevineyards.com

PureCru Napa Valley: www.purecruwines.com

Raymond Vineyards: www.raymondvineyards.com

Renteria Wines: www.renteriawines.com

Revana Family Vineyard: www.revanawine.com

Robert Biale Vineyards: www.robertbialevineyards.com

Robert Craig Winery: www.robertcraigwine.com

Robert Mondavi Winery: www.robertmondavi.com

Rombauer Vineyards: www.rombauer.com

Saintsbury: www.saintsbury.com

Schramsberg Vineyards & J. Davies Vineyards: www.schramsberg.com

Schweiger Vineyards: www.schweigervineyards.com

Shafer Vineyards: www.shafervineyards.com

Silver Oak Cellars: www.silveroak.com

Sodaro Estate Winery: www.sodarowines.com

Spring Mountain Vineyard: www.springmountainvineyard.com

St. Supéry Estate: www.stsupery.com

Staglin Family Vineyard: www.staglinfamily.com

Stony Hill Vineyard: www.stonyhillvineyard.com

Tamber Bey Vineyards: www.tamberbey.com

Terra Valentine Winery: www.terravalentine.com

Titus Vineyards: www.titusvineyards.com

Tom Scott Vineyard: www.tomscottvineyard.com

TOR Kenward Family Wines: www.torwines.com

Trefethen Family Vineyards: www.trefethen.com

Tres Sabores: www.tressabores.com

Twomey Cellars: www.twomey.com

Tyler Florence Wines: www.tylerflorencewines.com

Waterstone: www.waterstonewines.com

ZD Wines: www.zdwines.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Key West Food and Wine Festival 2012

Tickets are now on sale for the premier Florida Keys foodie event, the Key West Food & Wine Festival

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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San Diego Wine and Food Fesitval 2012

I must confess, my house is adorned with San Diego Wine and Food Festival Posters. One of my favorite Southern California events is the week-long culinary feast; the San Diego Wine and Food Festival.

If you’re looking for things to do in San Diego check out:”My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Diego.” You can read it here: http://wp.me/pRq9Q-fC

At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.
At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love San Diego? Every year the Festival posters get better and so does the annual 5 day, star-studded San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival line-up.

English: Southeastern part of the Marina Distr...
English: Southeastern part of the Marina District of Downtown San Diego viewed from Marina Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com

Last year, I went to the wine auction and I met the artist. Here’s the artist and the poster from last year:

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

Plan to attend the incredible 9th Annual Grand Tasting Event held in November at the Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village.  This is the largest wine and food festival in Southern California and celebrates the bounty of local chefs, brews and wines.

WHEN: November 14-18, 2012

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012
San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs
San Diego Wine Festival 2012

For a preview of this year’s week-long extravaganza, CLICK HERE.

Purchase Tickets > > here!!

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Enjoy classic San Diego cuisine from 70 of the city’s most talented chefs. Taste over 700 wines from 200 wine and spirit perveyors. There will be legendary California and international wineries as well as spirits and exceptional craft beers.

Wine at the San Diego Wine Festival

There will be 30 gourmet food companies and a “Chef of the Fest” competition with $50,000 in cash and prizes. Musical performances will take place on both ends of the Festival.

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

The venue is sublime. How can you possibly beat San Diego’s cuisine, weather and ocean breezes? There will also be an All-Star Mixologist “After Party” and a Special Luncheon/Wine Auction at the Marriott where you can mingle with the Wine Poster Artist and bid on his original work!

Plan to attend the winter San Diego Restaurant Week from January 13-18, 2013

www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

For additional events and attractions visit www.sandiego.org

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011
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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Catch the Crush 2012 in Washington State

Catch the Crush 2012 and join the Yakima Valley wineries to celebrate the harvest. Each winery offers its own celebratory events including: grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, tours, free-run juice, hors d’oeuvres, live music and wine tasting.

English: The wine tasting barn and several his...

English: The wine tasting barn and several historic buildings at Picchetti Ranch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012 Wine Yakima Valley Yakima Valley wineries For more information visit: wineyakimavalley@msn.com

Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting (Photo credit: gibsonsgolfer)

Purchase a PREMIER PASS and enjoy exclusive benefits. PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty Catch the Crush pairings, library tastings and tours.

Save $5.00 by purchasing your Premier Pass online for $30. (Passes are also available for $35 at the door during the event weekend.) Passes purchased through October 1, will be mailed to you at the shipping address you provide. All passes will mail the week beginning October 1. Passes purchased after October 1, will be available for will call pick-up at specified locations during the event weekend. Passes are non-refundable.

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Preparing a flight of wines at a tasting bar
Preparing a flight of wines at a tasting bar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the PREMIER PASS Benefits from the official website:

Agate Field Vineyard- Premier Pass holders get a demonstration on the use of a refractometer and a free tasting of our non-premium wines, including new release 2008 Drifter Merlot & 2008 Moon Rider Cabernet Franc. 10% discount on all wines purchased over $30.00, excluding reserves. Purchase 6 bottles or more and receive a free Agate Field wine glass. Salsa dogs available for purchase on Saturday. Check out our hand crafted Montana Agate Jewelry in the gift shop. Sat & Sun 10-5

Airfield Estates- Airfield’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

AntoLin Cellars- AntoLin’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Barrel Springs Winery- Barrel Springs is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Enology (winemaking)
Enology (winemaking) (Photo credit: wistechcolleges)

Chandler Reach Vineyard- Harvest is a special time of year at the vineyard! We’re happy to share with you as we pick, crush and de-stem our precious grapes. Take advantage of BIG SAVINGS on several varieties. Specials offered all weekend! Food available on site. Sat.-Sun. 11-5. Bring your own glass and pay only $5.00 for an extensive tasting. $10.00 if you’d like to purchase a Chandler Reach logo glass. Tasting fees will benefit the local Junior Achievement organization.

Claar Cellars- Claar is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Cultura Wine- Cultura’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Tasting room of Australian winery Brown Brothe...

Tasting room of Australian winery Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desert Wind Winery- Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members will be treated to a complimentary tasting of wines and gourmet food samples, including local artisan cheese from Blue Barn Farm ($5 admission for non-pass holders). MOJAVE will be open 11-8 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday serving up gourmet wine country cuisine by Chef Kristin Johnson. We also have a special multi-course harvest dinner with wine pairings ($55 per person) 6:30 p.m. on the 13th, advance reservations required.

Dineen Vineyards- Dineen is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Gamache Vintners- We have a $5 non-refundable tasting fee, waived for passport holders and wine club members. Half of these fees will be donated to the Ellensburg/Cle Elum fire victims. Be sure to bring your own glass or purchase from Gamache when you arrive. We will have wine grapes fresh off the vine and ready to be harvested for sampling with the wines. Cookie Lee will be here for those that love jewelry and Tuscany’s will be onsite with a pasta bar for lunch.

Gilbert Cellars- The excitement is mounting for this 2012 harvest! Help us kick off the weekend festivities in the tasting room with live music Friday night 7-10PM. Premier Pass Holders will receive a complimentary ‘Featured Tasting’ along with 10% off bottle sales!

Chautauqua Winery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
Chautauqua Winery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards & Winery- Join us for “Crush Spectacular” at Goose Ridge Estate Winery. We will have spectacular wine prices and special case discounts that are sure to please. Frost Me Sweet will be selling their delicious culinary treats, and our Bocce courts will be open for play. Premier Pass holders may enter for free, will be treated to a sample of our Reserve Malbec, and also receive a 10% discount on all regular priced wine purchases. Sat & Sun 10a-6p

Hightower Cellars- Visit with the owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower, at their uniquely designed winery overlooking their estate vineyard. Tour the winery, experience the winemaking process, and taste some library wines. You will also get to enjoy Macrina Bakery bread made from the natural yeast on their estate grapes paired with cheese and Boat Street Pickles.

Horizon’s Edge Winery- Horison’s Edge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kana Winery- Kana is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kestrel Vintners- Kestrel is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kiona Vineyards and Winery- Kiona is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Maison de Padgett Winery- Maison’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Masset Winery- Masset’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Milbrandt Vineyards- Milbrandt’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Wine tasting bar at Ridge/Lytton Springs, Sono...

Wine tasting bar at Ridge/Lytton Springs, Sonoma, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naches Heights Vineyard- Naches is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Oakwood Cellars Winery- Oakwood is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Paradisos del Sol Winery- Paradisos will have various estate-grown grapes available. Learn the difference between eating grapes and tasting grapes (there are three parts to tasting a grape). The winegrower (AKA the winemaker) will be on hand all weekend to explain grape tasting as well as the difference between wine drinking and wine tasting. We offer an eight-course meal, nothing elaborate, just nine tiny bites of food to go with our nine different wines. Sip, Sip, Bite, Sip! We start off with a dab of Mushroom Paté and our Rosé Paradiso, followed by a sliver of Brie cheese for the Oyster White, and a bit of Sushi Rice as an accompaniment to our Riesling. Next are our reds—with our Under 10 Buck Red we are serving Daddy’s Mac-N-Cheese. Paradisos Red is our pizza wine; we would love to have pizza, but it just isn’t possible to keep it hot out of the oven! So instead, we have a Bean in Adobo Sauce. This is followed by our ever famous Bleu Cheese Dip with the Cabernet Sauvignon. And now we are ready for dessert, two of them! With the Zort, we have a sliver of dark chocolate. We suggest you melt this in your mouth rather than bite. Last, but not least, is our Angelica MRS. We have a skosh of pumpkin custard to go with that.

We know it is hard to choose which wineries to visit, we hope you come to visit us. There is a $5 tasting fee that can be used towards the purchase of $20 or more of wine or wine-related items. Premier Pass holders receive 10% off your purchase of 2 or more bottles; 30% off bottles and 50% off case purchase on selected wines. Come Taste Paradise! 11-6

Severino Cellars- Ever wonder what wine grapes taste like before we turn them into delicious bottles of wine? Well, this weekend you will taste samples of wine grapes on our bar, as well as save on wine!! We will release our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and have our Severino Red on sale, 4 bottles for $40!

Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills- Silver Lake is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Sleeping Dog Wines- Sleeping Dog is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Snoqualmie- Snoqualmie is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Southard Winery- Southard is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Steppe Cellars- Steppe is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Tagaris Winery- Join us for a special Crush weekend at Tagaris Winery. To celebrate this beautiful harvest season, we’re giving all guests 15% off wine in-house and to-go. Wine Club members will receive 35% off wine in-house and to-go. Premier pass holders and Wine Club members will enjoy free wine tastings.

Tanjuli Winery- Tanjuli Winery will waive the regular $5 tasting fee and offer a 10% discount on all bottled wine purchases to Premier Pass holders. This will be your chance to try our newly released Cabernet Sauvignon Resreve. Come taste the magic of Tanjuli Winery.

Tapteil Vineyard Winery- We will provide wine gods and goddesses (a.k.a. Premier Pass holders) the opportunity to stomp grapes in a barrel with optional grape vine crowns, and the $5 event tasting fee is waived. Great photo opportunities of our Red Mt AVA and valley! We’ll be releasing our 2010 Artist Series Syrah, Yakima Valley (#6 in the series) and our 2010 Merlot, Red Mountain. There is a wonderful selection of imported oils and balsamic vinegars to sample.

Tefft Cellars- Tefft Cellars event, all day Saturday. Tickets are $75 per person. Premier Pass holders & Wine Club members admitted for $65.

Terra Blanca Winery- Premier Pass holders receive free admittance, a waived tasting fee of the Arch Terrace Flight, and a gift of 15% off the purchase of 3 or more bottles of wine. A tasting of Signature Series wines is available for $5. Friday night, everyone is invited to the Harvest Party with live music and light appetizers, 7:30 – 10pm. Saturday, we’re featuring food at Café Orsa from Noon – 5pm. All weekend enjoy a case special of an Arch Terrace wine for $120/case. Tastings 10am-6pm

Thurston Wolfe Winery- Thurston Wolfe will be featuring a visit to the fermentation cellar with Dr. Wade Wolfe. Visitors will compare fresh grapes and the finished wine. There will be food provided by Thurston Wolfe’s chef Cathleen Williams. Premier Pass or $5.00 tasting fee.

Treveri Sparkling Cellars-Join us for a fun and fabulous weekend of bubbly!! Tastings Friday thru Sunday at both downtown Yakima and Wapato tasting rooms! Crepe Café de Walla Walla will be joining us Saturday in Wapato, serving delicious sweet and savory crepes to pair with our sparkling wines. Premier Pass holders receive a 15% case discount. Yakima hrs: Fri 12-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Wapato hrs: Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5. Wapato tasting room located at: 71 Gangl Rd, Wapato, WA 98951

Two Mountain Winery- Two Mountain Winery will be offering vineyard tours for Premier Pass holders at our estate Copeland Vineyard, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at Noon. We will talk terroir, minimal impact farming philosophy and what makes Yakima Valley such a special place to grow wine! After the tour, pass holders will receive a complimentary tasting of our reserve wines. Please meet at the winery at least 10 minutes before your selected tour time.

Upland Estates Winery- Upland is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Willow Crest Wine Estates- Join us for a celebration of the harvest season with wine and seasonal fare. Extended Patio Café hours throughout the weekend will allow visitors to sample all the goods reaped from the cornucopia that is the Yakima Valley. Premier pass holders and wine club members will have free access to food pairings and tastings as well as discounts on wine purchases. A $5 tasting fee will be charged to non-pass holders.

Wilridge Winery & Vineyard- Wilridge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Wineglass Cellars- Complimentary tastings of our regular wines, and special pricing on a few. Premier Pass holders get to taste two older vintages alongside the current vintages. Taste these older wines both freshly opened, and decanted for several hours. Come by and taste what these older wines have become, and the effects of decanting. Saturday: 1998’, 2000’, 2007’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Elerding Vineyard. Sunday: 1998’, 2000’, 2006’ Rich Harvest(red blend).

Yakima Valley Vintners- You are invited to a complimentary educational tour of the Teaching Winery. Visitors will be guided on a crush pad, where you will be able to sample grapes and comparative wines. Come taste the award-winning student made wines and receive a 10% discount by the bottle or 15% discount by the case.

Salinas, California

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Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2012 in California

Get ready for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2012 in

Santa Rosa. This is an outstanding Wine

Tourism Adventure in California.

Official seal of County of Sonoma

Official seal of County of Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday – October 5, 2012


** Schedule subject to change without notice. Please check with the information booths or online regarding changes.

English: Map of Railroads of Sonoma County, Ca...

English: Map of Railroads of Sonoma County, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

9:00 -Noon School “AG-TIVITY” Tours (Fairgrounds closed to the public) The grounds are open exclusively for classrooms to tour agricultural stations, where they will learn first hand about where their food comes from, meet the animals, watch demonstrations of agricultural skills and take home wholesome local products.

English: Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California

English: Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Noon: Buildings and grounds open

Garrett Hall – Expanded Sonoma County Marketplace Noon-8:00 Retail Wine & Food Sales Your chance to purchase the award-winning wines at great prices. 10% off individual bottle purchase, 15% off 6-11 bottle purchase, 20% off case purchases. Taste samples of local food products. Shop for gift baskets. Wine shipping is available.

Finley Hall Noon-7:00 Art Show and Sale Free with fair admission. Art celebrating the beauty of Sonoma County will be judged, displayed and offered for sale. Also view table settings, floriculture and potted plants.

English: Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County

English: Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E.C. Kraft Building Noon–7:00 Local Arts and Crafts Everything from wine art to country crafts and campsites, from holiday handicrafts to decorated lunch boxes. Come in and see all the agricultural and horticulture exhibits including dried fruits and nuts, the tallest and heaviest vegetables, adorned fruits and vegetables and painted pumpkins.

Stomping Grounds Noon – 5:30 Barnyard Scramble – Kids Activities (all free!) (NEW) Sweet Lil’s Farmery – Bringing farm life to you. Watch chicks hatch, pet baby animals or try milking Sweet Lil, our amazing faux cow. There will be all kinds of barnyard youngsters with their moms and fun activities to participate in at Sweet Lil’s Farmery.

English: Alexander Valley - Sonoma County

English: Alexander Valley – Sonoma County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grape Stomp Stage Noon Grape Expectoration (Spitting) Contest Distance Grape Spitting—all ages welcome! 5:00 Qualifying Grape Stomp $30 team entry fee

Around the Grounds Noon – 7:00 Food and Wine Country Shopping with Craft Vendors Noon-5:30 Haunted Room (under the Racing Grandstand)

(NEW) Pumpkin Stage 11:30, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:30 Kent Family Magic Circus

Live Music 2:00, 3:30 and 4:45 Poyntlyss Sistars (Park Stage) 4:30 -6:30 Tom Leps & the Harvest Stompers Dixieland Band (strolling)

Hall of Flowers – Noon-8:30 Wine Country Shopping Start your Christmas shopping early, visit more than 150 arts and crafts booths in the Hall of Flowers. Vendors will be selling many wine country products.

Showcase Café Noon – 7:00 Preserved & Baked Food Contest entries on display (cakes, cookies, pies, pickles, jams, vinegars and more). (NEW) Culinary Competition – 1:00 pm Friday, October 5: Sonoma County High School’s “Iron Chef” Contest Students from local high schools will be competing by using the same set of ingredients to create their best gastronomic masterpiece. The judging panel will consist of local chefs, restaurants and community leaders.

Garden Courtyard and Apple Building Noon – 7:00 Smell the aroma of hundreds of apples on display, and then step into the courtyard to view giant pumpkins and sunflowers, bee display, business and family farm displays, scarecrows and more!

(NEW) Bark Park (Previously Redwood Theater) 12:30, 2:00, 4:30 Rocket’s K9 CometsFrisbee Dog Show 4:00 Cheesy Beer School (Advance Registration Required) The new cheesy beer school will include a Lagunitas “short course” using five popular microbrews, paired with local cheeses. Attendees will experience aromas of the beers’ ingredients, and then taste the brews while experts describe how it all comes together. The courses will run for 20 minutes and each session will be limited to 30 participants and is free with Fair admission.

Grace Pavilion – 5:30-8:00 Sonoma County Grand Tasting Be the first to taste award winning wines and foods, and then mingle with key winery and restaurant representatives! More than 150 wineries will be pouring. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 day of.

7:00 p.m. Grounds Close (Grand Tasting continues until 8:00 p.m.)


Saturday – October 6, 2012


** Schedule subject to change without notice. Please check with the information booths or online regarding changes.

10:00 a.m. Buildings and Grounds Open

Grace Pavilion Noon-5:00 Wine Tasting $15 for a souvenir glass and four taste tickets; additional taste tickets are four for $10. More than 150 wines served by our local wineries poured by the ounce (ticket sales end at 4:45 p.m.)

Garden Courtyard Noon – 5:00 Chocolate & Port Pairing $4 per paired taste. Enjoy this special pairing in the Fair’s Garden Courtyard

(NEW) Bark Park (Previously Redwood Theater) 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 K9 Comets – Frisbee Dog Show 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 Cheesy Beer School (Advance Registration Required) The new cheesy beer school will include a Lagunitas “short course” using five popular microbrews, paired with local cheeses. Attendees will experience aromas of the beers’ ingredients, and then taste the brews while experts describe how it all comes together. The courses will run for 20 minutes and each session will be limited to 30 participants and is free with Fair admission. 1:30 Harvest Dog Dash – Advance Registration Required Cheer on your favorite small breed dog as they compete for the finish line. 3:45 Pet Costume Parade – Beginning and ending at Bark Park Watch as our furry friends parade about in fun and creative costumes.

Garrett Hall – Expanded Sonoma County Marketplace 10:00 -7:00 Retail Wine & Food Sales Your chance to purchase the award-winning wines at great prices. 10% off individual bottle purchase, 15% off 6-11 bottle purchase, 20% off case purchases. Taste samples of local food products. Shop for gift baskets. Wine shipping is available.

Finley Hall 10:00 –7:00 Art Show and Sale Free with fair admission. Art celebrating the beauty of Sonoma County will be judged, displayed and offered for sale. Also view table settings, floriculture and potted plants.

E.C. Kraft Building 10:00–7:00 Local Arts and Crafts Everything from wine art to country crafts and campsites, from holiday handicrafts to decorated lunch boxes. Come in and see all the agricultural and horticulture exhibits including dried fruits and nuts, the tallest and heaviest vegetables, adorned fruits and vegetables and painted pumpkins.

Animal Exhibits & Shows 8:00 ARBA Sanctioned Rabbit Show (Wilford Ring) – Rabbits on display 9:00 Llama Show (Lyttle Cow Palace) - Llamas on display

Live Music 11:00 -7:00 Tom Leps & the Harvest Stompers Dixieland Band (strolling) 2:00, 3:30, 4:45 Blue Moon party band (Park Stage)

Stomping Grounds (NEW) Sweet Lil’s – Bringing farm life to you. Watch chicks hatch, pet a baby animal or try milking Sweet Lil, our amazing faux cow. There will be all kinds of barnyard youngsters with their moms and fun activities to participate in or watch at Sweet Lil’s Farmery. 11:00 –6:00 Barnyard Scramble Kids Activities (all free!) 11:00-6:00 Classic Car Display The Redwood Empire Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America 12:30 Scarecrow Building Contest We provide everything you need to build a scarecrow. 1:30 Cow Milking Contest 4:30 Scarecrow Un-Building Contest It’s a race to take apart the scarecrows!

Around the Grounds 10:00 – 5:00 Free Wagon Rides 10:00– 7:00 Food and Wine Country Shopping with Craft Vendors 11:00–5:30 Haunted Room (under the Racing Grandstand) 3:00 Llama Parade

Showcase Café Noon – 7:00 Preserved & Baked Food Contest entries on display (cakes, cookies, pies, pickles, jams, vinegars and more). (NEW) 11:00 – Culinary Competition Saturday, October 6: Sonoma County’s Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cook-Off. Professionals and amateurs will compete, in separate categories, to see who can create the best grilled cheese in Sonoma County using locally grown ingredients.

Chef Demonstrations 2:00 Dustin Valette, Dry Creek Kitchen (Healdsburg) 3:00 Mairin Rossi, Costeaux French Bakery (Healdsburg) 4:00 Michael Kennedy, diVine Pizza (Healdsburg) Also on display are entries from our local professional and amateur Preserved & Baked Food Contest.

Hall of Flowers 10:00 -7:00 Wine Country Shopping Start your Christmas shopping early, visit more than 150 arts and crafts booths in the Hall of Flowers. Vendors will be selling many Wine Country products.

Grape Stomp Stage Noon, 1:00, 3:15, 4:00 and 5:00 Qualifying Grape Stomps All Ages ($30 team entry fee) 2:00 Great American Pumpkin Toss Pumpkin tossing for distance and trophies!

Kids Area Noon – 4:00 LEGO Building Contest We provide the LEGO’s, you create a masterpiece. All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Toy Works. 4:15 Mummy Wrap! Your group wraps one of your own up as a mummy!

(NEW) Pumpkin Stage 11:00 – 5:00 Pumpkin carving, crafts, games and fun 1:15, 2:45 and 5:30 Kent Family Magic Circus 12:30 – 2:30 Easy Bake Bake-Off We provide the Easy Bake Oven and everything you and your team needs to bake a cake. Not a contest—just for fun! Ages 5 & up.

The Village 1:00-5:00 p.m. Harvest Microbrew Beer Tasting Enjoy your favorite brews, poured by Lagunitas Brewing Company, while listening to live music. $15 for a souvenir pilsner glass and four taste tickets. Additional tastes $3 each.

Apple Building 10:00 – 7:00 Smell the aroma of hundreds of apples on display, then step into the courtyard to view the Men’s Garden Club’s giant pumpkins and sunflowers, Sonoma County Beekeepers display, business and family farm displays, scarecrows and more!

Beekeepers Demonstrations & Honey Tasting 12:30 & 2:30 Garden Courtyard

7:00 p.m. Grounds Close (Grand Tasting continues until 8:00 p.m.)


Sunday – October 7, 2012


** Schedule subject to change without notice. Please check with the information booths or online regarding changes.

10:00 a.m. Buildings and Grounds Open

Grace Pavilion Noon-5:00 Wine Tasting $15 for a souvenir glass and four taste tickets; additional taste tickets are four for $10. More than 150 wines served by our local wineries poured by the ounce (ticket sales end at 4:45 p.m.)

Garden Courtyard Noon – 5:00 Chocolate & Port Pairing $4 per paired taste. Enjoy this special pairing in the Fair’s Garden Courtyard

(NEW) Bark Park (Previously Redwood Theater) 12:30, 2:45, 4:15 K9 Comets 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 Cheesy Beer School (Advance Registration Required) The new cheesy beer school will include a Lagunitas “short course” using five popular microbrews, paired with local cheeses. Attendees will experience aromas of the beers’ ingredients, and then taste the brews while experts describe how it all comes together. The courses will run for 20 minutes and each session will be limited to 30 participants and is free with Fair admission. 1:30 Harvest Dog Dash – Advance Registration Required

Garrett Hall – Expanded Sonoma County Marketplace 10:00 -7:00 Retail Wine & Food Sales Your chance to purchase the award-winning wines at great prices. 10% off individual bottle purchase, 15% off 6-11 bottle purchase, 20% off case purchases. Taste samples of local food products. Shop for gift baskets. Wine shipping is available.

Finley Hall 10:00 –7:00 Art Show and Sale Free with fair admission. Art celebrating the beauty of Sonoma County will be judged, displayed and offered for sale. Also on display are table settings, floriculture and potted plants.

E.C. Kraft Building 10:00 –7:00 Local Arts and Crafts Everything from wine art to country crafts and campsites, from holiday handicrafts to decorated lunch boxes. Come in and see all the agricultural and horticulture exhibits including dried fruits and nuts, the tallest and heaviest vegetables, adorned fruits and vegetables and painted pumpkins.

Hall of Flowers 10:00 – 7:00 Wine Country Shopping Start your Christmas shopping early, visit more than 150 arts and crafts booths in the Hall of Flowers. Vendors will be selling many Wine Country products.

Animal Exhibits and Shows 1:00 Llama Show (Jamison Ring) – Llamas on display 1:00 Sheep Dog Trial (Lyttle Cow Palace)

Stomping Grounds (NEW) Sweet Lil’s Farmery– Bringing farm life to you. Watch chicks hatch, pet baby animals or try milking Sweet Lil, our amazing faux cow. There will be all kinds of barnyard youngsters with their moms and fun activities to participate in or watch at Sweet Lil’s Farmery. 11:00 – 5:30 Barnyard Scramble Kids Activities (all free!) 11:00-6:00 Classic Car Display The Redwood Empire Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America 12:30 Scarecrow Building Contest We provide everything you need to build a scarecrow. 6:00 Scarecrow Un-Building Contest It’s a race to take apart the scarecrows!

Around the Grounds 10:00 – 5:00 Free Wagon Rides 10:00– 7:00 Food and Wine Country Shopping with Craft Vendors 11:00–5:30 Haunted Room (under the Racing Grandstand) 12:00 Llama Parade

Live Music 11:00 -6:30 Tom Leps & the Harvest Stompers Dixieland Band (strolling) Noon, 1:15 Santa Rosa Junior College Evening Jazz Big Band (Park Stage) 2:30, 3:45 and 5:00 Lost Dog Found swing (Park Stage)

Kids Area Noon-4:00 Do It Yourself Craft Contest – for all ages 2:30 Mummy Wrap! Your group wraps one of your own up as a mummy!

Grape Stomp Stage Noon, 1:00 and 3:00 Qualifying Grape Stomps All Ages ($30 team entry fee) 2:00 Qualifying Kids’ Grape Stomp Sponsored by The ToyWorks Open to ages 13 and under; $30 team entry fee. 5:00 World Championship Grape Stomp Finals

Showcase Café Noon – 7:00 Preserved & Baked Food Contest entries on display (cakes, cookies, pies, pickles, jams, vinegars and more). (NEW) 11:00 – Culinary Competition Sunday, October 7: Sonoma County Quesadilla Cook-Off Professionals and amateurs will compete to see who can create the best quesadilla in Sonoma County using locally grown ingredients.

Chef Demonstrations 1:00 John Lyle, Chosen Spot – Pop Up Dinners 2:00 Erika Garcia & Michael Kennedy, Tamales Demo 4:00 Shawn Barrera & Michael Kennedy, Fish Tacos Demo

(NEW) Pumpkin Stage 11:00 – 5:00 Pumpkin carving, crafts, games and fun 12:30, 2:45 and 5:30 Kent Family Magic Circus 1:00 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In Come and watch these giants get weighed and judged for a top prize of $1,000. 2:00 – 4:00 Easy Bake Bake-Off We provide the Easy Bake Oven and everything you and your team needs to bake a cake. Not a contest—just for fun! Ages 5 & up. 3:30 Grape Expectoration (Spitting) Contest Distance grape spitting—all ages welcome!

Apple Building 10:00 Apples on display 6:00 APPLE SALE

Garden Courtyard 11:00 – 4:00 Varietal Apple Tasting Smell the aroma of hundreds of apples on display, then step into the courtyard to view the giant pumpkins and sunflowers, bee display, business and family farm displays, scarecrows and more!

Beekeepers Demonstrations & Honey Tasting 12:30 & 2:30 Garden Courtyard

7:00 p.m. Buildings and Grounds Close

** Schedule subject to change without notice. Please check with the information booths or online regarding changes.

Thanks to our sponsors:

American Ag Credit, Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Sonoma Winegrape Commission, Sonoma County

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FEAST Portland 2012

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A stitched panorama of downtown Portland, OR at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the inaugural culinary FEAST Portland 2012 with 100 chefs and 40 events! Meet Oregon’s Willamette Valley winemakers, chefs and food artisans.

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Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008 (Photo credit: dklimke)

A 360 degree panorama of Pioneer Courthouse Sq...

A 360 degree panorama of Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: FEAST Portland September 20-23, 2012
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some lucky individuals will win the culinary FEAST of a lifetime on Alaska Airlines for nine nights of indulgence with VIP FEAST passes at www.traveloregon.com/feast.
Founded in 2012 by Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin as the “Northwest’s flagship culinary event and Oregon’s first-ever international food-and-beverage festival, Bon Appetit Presents Feast Portland.”
Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, ...

Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All festival proceeds benefit national and local hunger relief organizations Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flyin...

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flying in Pioneer Courthouse Square (upside-down) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Augustin Théodule Ribot: The cook and the cat
Augustin Théodule Ribot: The cook and the cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: September 20-23, 2012

Here’s a list of the events from the official website www.feastportland.com:

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. FEAST PORTLAND DINNER SERIES September 20, 21 and 22, evenings Locations vary, $95–$200 The Feast Portland Dinner Series affords once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the talents of chefs from across the country without leaving Portland’s city limits. All dinners will feature a collaboration between a Portland chef and a visiting chef and offer local beer, wine, and spirits. Duos include: Sunny Jin (Jory, Newberg, OR) and Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat, PDX) and Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions, PDX) with Paul Kahan (Chicago); Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant, PDX) with April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, NYC); Matt Lightner (Atera, NYC) with Sean Brock (Husk, Charleston, SC); and Daniel Patterson (Coi, San Francisco) with Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand, Paris).

English: 'Allow Me' Sculpture in Pioneer Court...

English: ‘Allow Me’ Sculpture in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. OREGON BOUNTY MARKETPLACE September 21 and 22, daytime Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW Sixth Avenue), $60 per day or $100 for both days Portland’s so-called living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square will transform into the city’s dining room for two days as host to Feast Portland’s grand tasting event—the Oregon Bounty Marketplace, sponsored by Travel Oregon/Oregon Bounty. The 40,000-square-foot, award-wining public space will feature wineries, breweries, cheesemakers, coffee roasters, distillers, and many of the featured regional artisans that landed Oregon’s exciting and energetic food community on the map. Experience the local scene; meet the chefs and the winemakers you’ve read about, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrated local and national chefs, and head to the Oregon Storyteller’s Circle to listen to the stories of the people who paved the way.

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon....

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. At center is Jackson Tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Journal Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. OREGON BOUNTY MARKETPLACE MAIN CHEF DEMO STAGE September 21 and 22, daytime Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW Sixth Avenue), admission included with entry to Marketplace Anchoring the amphitheater steps at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Oregon Bounty Marketplace main stage will feature cooking demonstrations by some of the most innovative local talent and visiting chefs like Aaron Sanchez, April Bloomfield, Naomi Pomeroy and Seamus Mullen.

Aerial view of Director Park in Portland, Oregon.

Aerial view of Director Park in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. DIRECTOR PARK TEACHERS FOUNTAIN DEMO STAGE September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), $45 The Teachers Fountain demo stage will feature chefs and experts demonstrating techniques, but without a full kitchen. Learn mortar-and-pestle cooking with Chef Nancy Silverton, taste charcuterie made from locally raised pigs paired with Oregon Pinot Noir grown from the same soil in Pork and Pinot Noir, led by Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions and Eric Finley of Chop Butchery; enjoy an expert demo, Thai Street Food with Andy Ricker, that will undoubtedly change opinions aboutone of the world’s most misrepresented cuisines; and celebrate chocolate alchemists pushing the boundaries during the Chocolate City, USA, panel led bySebastian Cisneros of Cocanu, David Briggs of Xocolatl de David, and Sarah Hart of Alma Chocolate.

5. DIRECTOR PARK DRINKS PAVILION September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), $45 This covered outdoor terrace in Portland’s newest downtown piazza will be home to the majority of the festival’s wine-and-beer programming, including learning Stupid Wine Tricks with Josh Wesson and uncovering the flavorful botanicals used in distinctive Not Your Grandfather’s Gin. Beer expert and author Christian DeBenedetti will also confirm why “Belgium is a Place in Oregon.”

6. DIRECTOR PARK TASTING ANNEX September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), admission included with entry to Teacher’s Fountain The Tasting Annex provides an opportunity for attendees of the Teachers Fountain demos and Lower Terrace Seminars to apply their newfound knowledge in an intimate tasting area. Following each demo and seminar, a tasting experience will be set up to showcase the chocolates, charcuterie, wines, and beers featured in Director Park programming. Picture a seminar on Oregon Chardonnay followed by an exclusive tasting of Chardonnays from around the state, or a sampling of Oregon’s bean-to-bar chocolates followed by a confections demo.

7. HANDS-ON CLASSES September 21 and 22, daytime Classes: Le Cordon Bleu (600 SW Tenth Avenue), $65 At the heart of Oregon’s food culture is a devotion to traditional culinary craft. Whether it’s whole-animal butchery, how to pickle and preserve, or how to make the perfect pretzel, Portland and Oregon are home to many expert teachers. Feast Portland has amassed the best of them to share knowledge on how to do it yourself in an intimate classroom setting, including Whole Animal Butchery with Camas Davis, Homemade Bitters by Mark Bitterman, Pretzel Making by Andrea Slonecker, and Root Vegetables by Diane Morgan.

8. FEAST PORTLAND NIGHT MARKET September 21, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Ecotrust Building (721 NW Ninth Avenue), $125 With James Beard Award winner Andy Ricker among the planners, the Feast Portland Night Market will transform one of the city’s most well-known historic buildings into the nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food. Imbued with the spirit of the great nighttime food markets of Southeast Asia, but celebrating multiple food traditions, the Feast Portland Night Market will embody the sights, sounds, smells, and energy of a world culinary journey. The sensory overload is complete with participating chefs like Anita Lo, Aaron Sanchez, and Eddie Huang as well as restaurants Aviary, Boke Bowl, Double Dragon, Biwa, Andina, and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

9. THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET SPEAKER SERIES September 22, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Gerding Theater at the Armory (128 NW 11th Avenue), $30 The Speaker Series is Feast Portland’s forum for regional and national food-thought leaders to create a platform for open dialogue on issues that are important to our region and to the world. Hosted and curated by Randy Gragg, and featuring experts like Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport and food writer Francis Lam, the Speaker Series will provide an opportunity for all attendees to go into greater depth on many different food topics, gain new perspective, and share feedback as part of the food community.

10. HIGH COMFORT September 22, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon Street), $200 Curated with the help of renowned Portland chefs Vitaly Paley and Philippe Boulot, High Comfort is a showcase of comfort foods pushed out of their comfort zone and into an elevated and rarefied realm—where mac and cheese is scented with Oregon truffles, where a Reuben sandwich is made with Dungeness crab and sturgeon caviar, and where a diner is never more than an arm’s length away from the next slice of Iberian ham or foie gras. Multiple Oregon wineries will be featured alongside a handful of their high-end European contemporaries. Participating chefs include Brad Farmerie (Public, NYC), Seamus Mullen (Tertulia, NYC), Cathy Whims (Nostrana, PDX), Hedy Goldsmith (Michael’s Genuine, Miami), Amanda Freitag (NYC), Gregory Denton (Ox, PDX), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto, San Francisco).For more information visit: www.feastportland.com

Portland Convention Center Oregon

Portland Convention Center Oregon (Photo credit: mhiran1)

Meet the chefs, brewers, artisans and winemakers. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Chris Cosentino, April Bloomfield and Naomi Pomeroy at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage.

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For more information visit www.feastportland.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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