Festivals Not to Miss

See my calendar for specific dates this year

January
Winter Wineland
Join over 100 wineries for this fun and educational weekend. Meet winemakers, tour wineries, sample wine.
Russian River
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com
Olive Festival
A celebration of the senses with events, olive art, oil tastings, grove walks and more! Feast of
the Olives continues with activities through February.
Sonoma Valley
707-996-1090
www.olivefestival.com

February
Citrus Fair & Parade
3-D exhibits made of citrus fruit and other food products. Wine tasting and gourmet food show. Arts, crafts and carnival.
Cloverdale
707-894-3992
www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org
Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest
Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest is the premier Crab and Wine event. Proceeds benefit Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s agricultural education activities.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Grace Pavilion – Santa Rosa
707-544-5575
sonomafb.org/Annual+Events/Crab+Wine+Fest.htm
VinOlivo – Annual Olive Festival
Gala celebration fundraiser and feast for the senses. Enjoy Sonoma Valley’s best wines as you get to know the personalities behind the wine, sample fine foods from restaurants, caterers, local artisans’ olives and olive oils and more.
The Lodge at Sonoma
707-935-0803
www.sonomavalleywine.com

March
Artisan Cheese Festival
Meet celebrated cheese makers and sample artisan cheeses from California, Oregon and
Washington.
Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma
www.artisancheesefestival.com
Charlie Palmer’s Annual Pigs and Pinot Celebration – Taste of Pigs & Pinot
Pinot Noirs compete in Pinot Cup competition, both from Sonoma County and around the world.
Hotel Healdsburg – Healdsburg
800-889-7188
www.hotelhealdsburg.com/pigsandpinot/
Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting
For two weekends, sample wine directly from the barrel at more than 100 wineries throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. Purchase “futures”, meet winemakers, discover new wineries and visit your favorites.
Various Locations
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com
Savor Sonoma Valley – A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience
Celebrate wine, culture and culinary arts at 20 wineries throughout Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Valley
866-794-WINE (9463)
www.HeartofSonomaValley.com

April
Annual Pinot Family Reunion
Chef Thomas Schmidt prepares some great appetizers to taste while sipping on exceptional Pinot Noirs and enjoying live music throughout the day.
Vintners Inn – Santa Rosa
707.575.7350
http://www.vintnersinn.com/
Apple Blossom Festival & Parade
Two-day festival features a food & wine pavilion of local Sonoma County products, old
fashioned parade down Main Street, arts and crafts, music, children’s activities and more.
Sebastopol
877-828-4748
www.sebastopolappleblossom.org
Butter & Egg Day Parade
A unique, outrageous all day celebration of Petaluma’s agricultural heritage. Parade travels
through Historic Downtown.
Petaluma
707-763-0344
www.butterandeggdays.com
Passport to Dry Creek Valley
Many wineries create themes around which they showcase wine, paired with food and
entertainment. All showcase the best current releases, library wines and special bottlings only available during Passport. Presented by Winegrowers of Dry Valley.
Healdsburg
707-433-3031
www.wdcv.com
Sonoma International Film Festival
Celebrating the senses; the best in film, food, wine, art and music. A five-day festival of
independent films.
707-933-2600
www.sonomafilmfest.org

May
Russian River Valley Pinot Classic (Passport to Pinot)
Celebrating the Russian River Valley AVA, this exciting event includes seminars, Passport to Pinot, and the highly anticipated Paulée dinner. You’ll explore the wines reigning from this unique wine region in Sonoma County learn about the tradition and timely relevance of this bright and beautiful varietal.
Various Locations – Russian River Valley
707-521-2534
pinotclassic.com/
Passport to Sonoma Valley
Wineries up and down the Sonoma Valley showcase the very best of their current releases,
library wines and special bottlings, along with wines paired with sumptuous treats and fun
entertainment. Presented by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance.
Sonoma Valley
707-935-0803
www.sonomavalleywine.com
Sonoma Jazz+
Sonoma Jazz + is a four-day celebration of world class music, food and wine.
Sonoma Valley
866-468-8355
www.sonomajazz.org

June
Matanzas Creek Winery Lavender Gardens
A one-acre plot is home to more than 4,500 lavender plants that produce about two million
stems of lavender a year.
Matanzas Creek Winery
800-590-6464
www.matanzascreek.com
Sonoma Lavender Festival
Sonoma Lavender grows and manufactures more than 300 products. The weekend festival
allows the public to experience this fragrant lavender farm in full bloom.
707-523-4411
www.sonomalavender.com
Russian River Passport
Unlimited wine tasting at up to 50 wineries, many not available to the public. Tours and wine
education, great food and live music in a festive weekend.
Russian River Valley.
707-922-1096
www.russianriverpassport.com
Taste of the Valley
Two-day event in Alexander Valley. Indulge in tantalizing food, barrel-making demonstrations, tours of vineyards, caves and cellars, live music, discounts on purchases, and more!
Alexander Valley
888-289-4637
www.alexandervalley.org

July
Catalan Festival of Food, Wine and Music
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
707-933-1999
www.gloriaferrer.com
Love of the Land
Sonoma County Farm Bureau sponsored food & wine tasting, which includes a dinner featuring Sonoma County-grown products.
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens – Fulton
707-544-5575
sonomafb.org//Annual+Events/Love+of+the+land.htm

August
West of the West Festival
Weekend of Activities: Friday, Winemaker dinners. Saturday seminars (2014 Pinot Pairing & Heintz Chardonnay) and Grand Tasting (intimate setting with the winemakers themselves sharing the stories of their work. Many are boutique, small production stars who rarely offer their acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah outside their West Sonoma County neighborhoods). Saturday Gala Dinner.  Sunday tasting.
West Sonoma Coast
707-###-####
www.westsonomacoast.com

Grape to Glass Weekend
A weekend of activities: Leisurely bike ride through Russian River back roads; meet growers
and prize-winning winemakers behind the scenes; Russian River Valley backyard Bar-B-Q;
elegant Sunday brunch.
Russian River Valley
707-521-2535
www.rrvw.org
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Showcasing the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities. Experience the unique flavor of an old-time country get-together and celebrate the Gravenstein apple.
Sebastopol
800-207-9464
www.gravensteinapplefair.com
Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Wine and microbrew tasting, live entertainment, seafood and other yummy edibles. Top-quality art, environmental exhibits, kidzone, carriage rides.
Bodega
707-824-8717
www.winecountryfestivals.com

September
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
The biggest wine and food weekend of the year! Enjoy more than 200 wineries at Taste:
Showcase of Sonoma Wine & Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, along with
winery lunches, private dinners, special events, and a full weekend to explore Sonoma Wine
Country.
Locations throughout Sonoma County
800-939-7666
www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com
Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Sample more than 140 varieties of tomatoes and enjoy superb food and wine pairing.
Santa Rosa
800-769-3649
www.kj.com
Sonoma County Grape Camp
Learn from master winemakers, experience Sonoma Wine Country from the vineyard to the
bottle and more. Spend three days picking grapes and blending your own wine with your ownhands. Includes food pairings, cheese making and fine dining. End your days with a relaxing stay at the luxurious Vintners Inn.
707-522-5860
www.sonomagrapecamp.com
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Wine tasting, food, live music, grape stomp, art displays, parade.
Sonoma Valley
707-996-2109
www.sonomavinfest.org
Weekend Along Farm Trails presented by Sonoma County Farm Trails
During fall harvest Sonoma County farms open their doors for a special weekend of fun
activities and informative tours.
800-207-9464
www.weekendalongfarmtrails.com

October
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Taste and buy over 500 award- winning wines made from Sonoma County grapes, all under
one roof. Competitive exhibits, displays, live music, grape stomp, kid’s carnival, contests, &
family activities. Santa Rosa
707-545-4200
www.harvestfair.org
Pinot on the River
Weekend of in-depth tastings, seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. Focus on highly allocated, limited-production Pinot Noirs from Sonoma County and other top regions up and down the West Coast.
Forestville
707-922-1096
www.pinotfestival.com

November
A Wine & Food Affair
75 wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Sample wine and food.
Receive new “Tasting Along the Wine Road” cookbook upon check-in, then sample those
recipes as you go from winery to winery.
Various Locations
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com
Annual Festival of Trees
Contest of decorated trees and gingerbread houses. Champagne gala and auction of trees
and gingerbread houses. Live entertainment, food vendors, complimentary cider and cookies.
Redwood Coast
707-884-1138
www.redwoodcoastchamber.com