Autumn Food & Drink Festivals Worth the Trip

September 29, 2017
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Autumn Food & Drink Festivals Worth the Trip

Feast your eyes on this collection of street fairs, farm-to-table dinners, and culinary fundraisers – all recommended by Edible magazine publishers and editors, coast to coast! 

If you’ve ever wanted to take a farm tour, watch someone carve a 1,200-pound pumpkin, or expertly pair champagne with fried chicken, we have it covered. As we head into the holidays, look for festival updates here!


October 13-15
Fall Passport to the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley in Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, and Saratoga, CA.  Recommended by: Edible Silicon Valley.
Meet the talented winemakers and staff of the award-winning Santa Clara Valley’s wineries, and learn how they produce some of the world’s finest wines at this wine tasting weekend. Participating wineries may have food and entertainment, pour special select or library wines, and offer barrel samples. Read Edible Silicon Valley's summer articles and local insider's wine guide featuring the rich history of this California wine making region, with this area highlighted as one of four wine tasting standouts.

October 14
Food Day at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY. Recommended by: Edible Queens.
Queens Food Day is an annual festival at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens produced in conjunction with Queens Action Council (QuAC) which aims to engage and educate the public on food justice, nutrition education, urban farming, planting and gardening, and healthy living. This vibrant, free fall festival features many local partners including Hellgate Farm, City Harvest, Grow NYC, and NYC Compost Project at Big Reuse, and offers activities, resources, performances, cooking demos, and community building for all ages. 

October 14
The San Benito Olive Festival in Tres Piños, CA. Recommended by: Edible Monterey Bay.
The Olive Festival is a great way to discover the vibrant San Benito County food scene, which includes many award-winning olive oils, acclaimed wines, premium chocolates, world-class Blenheim apricots and many organic farms and ranches. In addition to celebrity chef demonstrations, the festival features live music and beautiful arts and crafts. 

October 14
The Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. Recommended by: Edible Santa Barbara.
Fresh, local seafood from the fishermen who catch it—this festival also includes a Wine and Seafood Pairing with local chefs and local wine at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the harbor.

October 14
The Craft Beer Festival at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY. Recommended by: Edible Hudson Valley.
Craft beer, music, food, everything wonderful in the world! And of course, the infamous Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where Woodstock was held in 1969) is a must see destination. 

October 14-15
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, CA. Recommended by: Edible Silicon Valley.
Celebrate pumpkins of all kinds at this unforgettable, two-day event. See a car-sized pumpkin, a 1,200-pound pumpkin carving and sculpture, cocktails, a haunted barn, and art and music from local figures.

October 16
The Edible DC Awards & Farm to Table Dinner in Washington, DC. Recommended by: Edible DC.
The groundbreaking EdibleDC Magazine Awards will celebrate the best of the DMV food and drink culture through an award ceremony and reception at District Winery with fifteen original categories such as Best Chef/Farmer Collaboration, Best Community Garden, Best Local Distillery, Best Local Winery, Best Local Brewery and more. Tickets get you access to the awards reception where you can meet the finalists and winners, eat food from top local chefs paired with area farmers, and drink fantastic beer, wine, and cocktails from across the region. Tickets are all inclusive and this event is 21+.

October 21
Carmel Valley Wine Harvest Festival in Carmel, CA. Recommended by: Edible Monterey Bay.
Twelve acclaimed Carmel Valley wineries and some of the area's best chefs will stage this annual event at stunning Carmel Valley Ranch. The ranch itself is a food-lover's dream, as guests can visit onsite apiaries, goats, organic gardens and vineyards as well as enjoy Chef Tim Wood's stellar farm-to-table fare. 

October 22
Feeding the Future in Phoenix, AZ. Recommended by: Edible Phoenix.
Inspired by their vision for the future of school food and armed with the budget of the current National School Lunch Program (and a stack of cafeteria trays), top Arizona chefs invite you to join them for a one-of-a-kind dinner to create awareness about the current state of food in schools.

October 22
Taste of Ojai in Ojai, CA. Recommended by: Edible Ojai & Ventura County.
Don’t miss this annual food and beverage festival from the birthplace of Edible Communities. Takes place on the 10th green of the world famous Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Golf Course, host of seven Senior PGA Tour events

October 28
Bernardus 3rd Annual Craftsman Exchange in Carmel Valley, CA. Recommended by: Edible Monterey Bay.
Enjoy the gorgeous beauty of award-winning Bernardus Lodge while getting to know the carefully curated selection of local food and drink artisans and farmers that will participate in this special event. And then enjoy Chef Cal Stamenov's award-winning cuisine, prepared with food produced by the participating farmers and artisans. 


November 1-5
Seed Food & Wine Festival in Miami, FL. Recommended by: Edible South Florida.
More than a festival, this event celebrates plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living, vegan living and the welfare of animals through special dinners, seminars, and a marketplace.

November 2–5
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival in Big Sur, CA. Recommended by: Edible Monterey Bay.
Hiking with Stemware? Magical Mystery Tour? Pinot Walkabout? The names of the events that comprise this beloved festival say it all.  Lucky ticket holders will get to experience the wines of dozens of acclaimed wineries and the food of several noted chefs with the unparalleled beauty of Big Sur as a backdrop. And you really do get to take your wine class on your hike. 

November 4
Kendall College Trust’s Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest in Chicago IL. Recommended by: Edible Chicago.
Over a dozen of Chicago’s’ finest chefs will be frying up their version of fried chicken dishes paired with premium champagne curated by Pops of Champagne. All proceeds to go to Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp for high school students from underserved communities in Chicago.

November 4
Good Spirits, in Cincinnati, OH. Recommended by: Edible Ohio Valley.
Join Edible Ohio Valley as they celebrate craft spirit distillers and unique local restaurants of the region. It’s your chance to try out the area's many spirit offerings—those making their debut as well as the trusty and true—in one evening, under one roof. Cocktails will be expertly paired with top-notch tastes from some of the valley's most acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs and food artisans.

November 5
Peterson Garden Project’s Chili Cook-off in Chicago, IL. Recommended by: Edible Chicago.
Join the Peterson Garden Project, one of Chicago’s most popular community garden and cooking school non-profit, and bring your favorite chili recipe to raise funds for their garden and community programming scholarships. The event includes chili, cornbread, dessert and non-alcoholic drinks, but BYO is welcomed. Contestants must register by Oct. 31.

November 9
Green City Market’s a Mostly Veggie Affair in Chicago, IL. Recommended by: Edible Chicago.
Over 20 of Chicago’s top chefs and mixologists will be featuring ingredients and vegetable inspired faire from participating Green City Market farmers and vendors. Hosted by Lakeshore Beverages, proceeds for the event benefit the market’s Link Card Matching Program, so that shoppers across the city can access healthy and sustainably-raised food sold at the Green City Market.


December 2
Ventura Winter Wine Walk in Ventura, CA. Recommended by: Edible Ojai & Ventura County.
Billed as the “World’s Largest Wine Walk”, the event takes place in the seaside community of Ventura and features entertainment, holiday lighting and “snowfall.”

December 7
BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. Recommended by: Edible Chicago.
Sponsored by Chicago’s own Louis Glunz Beer and in support of Lincoln Park Zoo, the annual BrewLights features a dozen local craft, seasonal and international beers on tap throughout the zoo during ZooLights. Food will be available for purchase and Santa is promised a visit.

December 8-9
Christmas in the Adobes in Monterey, CA. Recommended by: Edible Monterey Bay.
Travel back to the 18th century as you tour 20 historic buildings all decked out in period holiday finery in downtown Monterey. Docents also in period dress offer guests an opportunity to learn about the history of California's first capital. Live entertainment and 1800s refreshments round out the experience. 

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