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Central Valley Food and Beverage Festivals – 2021 / 2022

Obviously, taking a road trip through California’s Central Valley will be different than vacationing in one of the state’s big cities. The area’s towns are a lot less densely populated, and the residents’ livelihoods are often agriculturally based. The pace is generally more laid-back, you’ll see farms or orchards instead of business parks and shopping malls, and you may enjoy an enhanced sense of community when interacting with local residents.

Farmland in California's Central ValleyBut there’s also no shortage of things to do and interesting places to see in the Central Valley. If you’re resourceful, you shouldn’t have much trouble filling your days. Check out this article for some fun ideas!

You’re also not far from Yosemite National Park (Central Valley’s Fresno is the closest airport to the park, about a 90-minute drive away), so you may want to check that out, too, while you’re in the area.

Traveling through “America’s Fruit Basket” might also afford you the opportunity to experience a taste of the local culture — and we do mean “taste” quite literally, and not just in restaurants, either. Like the bounty they celebrate, there is a bevy of food, beer and wine events in the Central Valley, and we have compiled information for this year’s offerings in the list below.

For each event, you’ll find the date, the host city and a link to a website where you can find additional details. Events for which a 2022 date is not yet available are noted with a triple-asterisk (***) to avoid confusion. We’re also leaving events in years prior to 2021 here for a while since schedules were so chaotic during the pandemic. Hopefully, things will be back to normal in 2022!

If you know of any other Central Valley events we should add to this list, would you please use our Contact form to let us know? (Thanks in advance!) And, here are some jump links that you can use to skip to a certain month’s events quickly:

January *** February *** March *** April ***
May *** June *** July *** August ***
September *** October *** November *** December

January

Sacramento Dine Downtown
January 7-17, 2022

Sacramento Chocolate Salon
January 26, 2020***

February

Visalia Restaurant Month
February 1-28, 2022

Lodi Wine & Chocolate
February 4 & 6, 2022

Spam Festival – Isleton
February 5, 2022

Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
February 25-27, 2022

Capay Valley Almond Festival
February 26, 2022 (always the last Sunday in February)

March

Oakdale Testicle Festival
March 28, 2022

Taste of Elk Grove
March 16, 2020***

April

Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival
April 2-9, 2022

Visalia Wine Walk
April 7, 2022

Lincoln Wine Fest
April 23, 2022

Central Valley Pizza Festival – Lemoore
On Hiatus for 2021***

Scottish Games Festival – Woodland
Postponed for 2021***

Lodi Wine & Food Festival
April 4, 2020***

Macaroni and Cheese Festival – Bakersfield
April 18, 2020***

Lodi Beer Fest
April 25, 2020***

Hughson Fruit & Nut Festival
April 25 & 26, 2020***

Selma Raisin Festival
April 29, 2020***

May

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival – Stockton
May 6-8, 2022

California Honey Festival, Woodland
May 7, 2022

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer & Wine Festival
May 7 & 8, 2022

Lodi Row x Row
May 13 & 14, 2022

Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival
May 14 & 15, 2022

Craft Brew Festival – Downtown Sacramento
Undetermined for 2021***

Old Sacramento Chocolate Week
Undetermined for 2021***

Visalia Ag Fest
May 2, 2020***

Vacaville Fiesta Days
May 21-25, 2020***

June

Patterson Apricot Fiesta
June 3-5, 2022

Wine in the Pines – Frazier Park
June 11, 2022 (second Saturday in June)

Taste of Oakdale
June 16, 2022

July

Marysville Peach Festival
July 15 & 16, 2022

California State Fair – Cal Expo in Sacramento
July 15-31, 2022

Slice of Chico
July 10, 2021***

Courtland Pear Fair
Cancelled for 2021***

August

Central Valley BrewFest – Turlock
August 7, 2021***

Woodland Tomato Festival
August 14, 2021***

Blues, Brews & BBQ – Yuba City
August 28, 2021***

Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

Taste of the Delta – Lodi
Undetermined for 2021***

September

Bakersfield Village Fest
September 10, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

Fresno Greek Fest
September 16-18, 2022

Serbian Food Fest
September 24, 2022

Fig Tree in the Central Valley of CaliforniaSacramento Legends of Wine
September 9, 2021***

Stockton Beer Week
September 10-19, 2021***

Edible Extravaganza – Modesto
September 16, 2021***

Lodi Grape Festival
September 16-19, 2021***

Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival
September 17 & 18, 2021***

Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
September 18, 2021***

Modesto Greek Festival
September 18 & 19, 2021***

Taste of Chico
September 19, 2021***

Fresno Restaurant Week
September 20-29, 2021***

Oktoberfest – Visalia
September 24, 2021***

California Nut Festival – Chico
September 25, 2021***

Oakdale Chocolate Festival
September 25 & 26, 2021***

Weekend in Greece – Elk Grove
September 25 & 26, 2021***

Livingston Sweet Potato Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

Fairfield Tomato Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

October

Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival
October 7-9, 2022

Sunset in California's Central ValleyTaste of Downtown Visalia
October 11, 2022

Sheep & Lamb Festival
October 1-3, 2021***

Sacramento Taco Festival
October 3, 2021***

Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest
October 8, 2021***

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
October 9 & 10, 2021***

Capitol Beer Fest, Capitol Mall
October 16, 2021***

Tehachapi Apple Festival
October 16 & 17, 2021***

Sacramento Cocktail Week
Undetermined for 2021***

Manteca Pumpkin Fair
Undetermined for 2021***

Los Banos Tomato Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

November

Madera Pomegranate Festival
November 6, 2021***

Best of Sacramento Party
November 12, 2021***

Séka Hills Olive Crush Festival, Brooks
November 13 & 14, 2021***

Olio Nuovo Festival
UC Davis Olive Center
November 20, 2021***

December

Bondolio Olive Oil Holiday Event, Winters
December 12, 2021

Photo of Central Valley farmland by Eric Sonstroem via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Central Valley farms by David Prasad via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Pizza Oven at Sacramento Food Festival by Robert Couse-Baker via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Fig Tree by whologwhy via flickr (Creative Commons); and Photo of Central Valley Sunset by Eric Sonstroem via flickr (Creative Commons).

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