Anca Green September 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Upcoming food and wine events in the Greater Sacramento region

beer copy.jpgWith fall in Sacramento almost here, it’s time to get out and begin exploring the many local events that have made our region famous for its robust food scene and world famous beer and wine.  With many regions and districts to choose from for events to tempt your palate, check out what’s happening in the Greater Sacramento area! Whether you’re craving along time with your honey, or want to spend some quality time with your family, check out the options below – these events are sure to please!

Sept. 7 – 8

California Craft Beer Summit – The Summit Expo is organized around the main ingredients in beer, offering hands-on ingredient experiences, food and beer pairing demos, tasting stations, “Tap Talks” with brewing legends and more!

When: Sept. 7 - 8, starting at 9 a.m. daily
Where: Sacramento Convention Center Complex, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA
How much:  Between $99-$299
Contact: or event website

Sept. 10

Seventh Annual Tomato Taste Off – Come learn about and taste the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown here in California! You will taste and vote on your favorite tomatoes in four categories: most beautiful, juiciest, sweetest, and best tasting. Chef demos will include tomato inspired recipes for you to taste and learn about. And, you could win prizes and bragging rights and enter the Best Tasting Salsa Contest. Use any ingredients to prepare as long as tomatoes are in it. Fun games and crafts for kids.

When: Sept. 10, starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Carmichael Park Farmers Market, 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael, CA 95609
How much: FREE

Sept. 30

Whiskers and Wine – presented by TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter), in support of animals at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter. The event will include dinner, drinks, dessert, live and silent auctions, and a fun time for all. All event proceeds will benefit the shelter animals.

When: Sept. 30, from 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA 95827
How much: Advance - $75, Door - $100, VIP - $100

Oct. 7- 8

25th Anniversary Big Crush Harvest Festival – BIG CRUSH is a grand time to see the harvest in action and this year is no exception. Scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors, and bustling crush pads are accompanied by incomparable Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food and wine pairings, a variety of live music, and harvest activities are presented by warm and friendly family wineries.

When: Oct. 7 - 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Plymouth, CA

How much: Tickets go on sale on Sept. 1


Oct. 7

30th Annual Hoes Down Festival – This all day celebration of the harvest season offers a unique opportunity to enjoy rural life on an organic family farm, with educational tours, workshops, hayrides, and an abundance of food and music. Fun for all ages with arts, crafts, workshops, farmers market and more. Voted “Best in the Nation” by National Geographic magazine.

When: Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Full Belly Farm, 16090 Road 43, Guinda, CA 95637

How much: Adults - $25 online, $30 at door, Children – 2-12 - $5, Under 2 – FREE, Saturday Night Camping - $30 per car, no reservations needed

Contact: or (530) 796-2199

Oct. 13 - 14

Oktoberfest On Oct. 13 and 14, Sacramento Turn Verein will hold its 50th Annual Oktoberfest at Turner Hall, a celebration patterned after the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The largest folk festival in the world has been a Bavarian tradition for 200 years. Many Sacramentans have come to anticipate the Turn Verein’s Oktoberfest because they know they can enjoy traditional German music, food and drink.

When: Oct. 13, starting at 3 p.m.;  Oct. 14, starting at noon 

Where: Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

How much: Adults - $20, Children (ages 2-12) - $5, Children (under 2) – FREE

Contact: or (916) 442-7360

Nov. 18

Best of Sacramento Party – This annual party celebrates the Best of Sacramento in categories including dining, entertainment, sports, and fitness, shopping, beauty, fun, media, and philanthropy. Guests enjoy unlimited samples of around 150 of the area’s top restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Live music and dance performances are also scheduled. All proceeds from the party will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When: Nov. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

How much: Advance - $80, Door - $110

Contact: or


Anca Green

Anca Green is a senior communications specialist at SAFE Credit Union within the marketing department and has focused on writing for much of her career. She’s passionate about the creative process and seeing a big picture vision come to fruition. After hours, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.