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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

Stockton Restaurant Week
January 14-23, 2022

Elk Grove Restaurant Week
January 14-23, 2022

Sacramento Chocolate Salon
January 26, 2020***

February

Lodi Wine & Chocolate
February 4-6, 2022

Benicia Wine & Chocolate Walk
February 5, 2022

Spam Festival – Isleton
February 5, 2022

Fresno County Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend
February 5 & 6, 2022

Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
February 25-27, 2022

Capay Valley Almond Festival
February 27, 2022 (always the last Sunday in February)

March

Chinese New Year Celebration – Stockton
March 2022 – CANCELLED

Capitol Beer Fest – Sacramento Capitol Mall
March 5, 2022

Bok Kai Parade, Marysville
March 5, 2022

Oakdale Testicle Festival
March 28, 2022

Taste of Elk Grove
March 16, 2020***

April

Cambodian New Year Celebration – Stockton
April 2022 – CANCELLED

Foothill Wine Fest – Folsom
April 2, 2022

Lodi Wine Festival
April 2, 2022

Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival
April 2-9, 2022

Visalia Wine Walk
April 7, 2022

Macaroni and Cheese Festival – Bakersfield
April 16, 2022

Sacramento Beer Week
April 22 through May 1, 2022

Full Exposure to Full Belly Farm, Guinda (Capay Valley)
April 23, 2022

Lincoln Wine Fest
April 23, 2022

Lodi Beer Fest & State BBQ Championship
April 30, 2022

Hughson Fruit & Nut Festival
April 30 & May 1, 2022

Scottish Games Festival – Woodland
Postponed for 2022

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

May

Selma Raisin Festival
May 4-8, 2022

Feast at The Fox – Stockton
May 6, 2022

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

California Honey Festival – Woodland
May 7, 2022

Central Valley BrewFest – Turlock
May 7, 2022

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

Lodi Row x Row
May 13 & 14, 2022 – CANCELLED

National Garlic Festival – Fresno
May 13-15, 2022

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Chico
May 14, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival
May 14 & 15, 2022

Stockton Flavor Fest
May 14 & 15, 2022

Linden Cherry Festival
May 21, 2022

Oakdale Chocolate Festival
May 21 & 22, 2022

Wilson Family Winery
Annual Rib Cookoff, Lodi

May 29, 2022 – SOLD OUT

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

Old Sacramento Chocolate Week
Undetermined for 2021***

Kingsburg Swedish Festival
May 15, 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)

Celebrate Lodi Rosé
June 11 & 12, 2022

Taste of Oakdale
June 16, 2022

Fresno County Sip Into Summer Wine Journey
June 25 & 26, 2022

July

Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee – Clovis
July 9, 2022

Marysville Peach Festival
July 15 & 16, 2022

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

Courtland Pear Fair
July 31, 2022

Slice of Chico
July 10, 2021***

August

Foodie Land Night Market – Sacramento
August 2-5 and August 19-21, 2022

Taste of the Delta – Stockton
August 6, 2022

Lodi Tour of Albariño
August 6 & 7, 2022

California Garlic Festival, Stockton
August 13 & 14, 2022

Best of Sacramento Party
August 18, 2022

Foodieland Night Market,
Sacramento Cal Expo

August 19-21, 2022

Sacramento Banana Festival
August 20 & 21, 2022

Blues, Brews & BBQ – Yuba City
August 27, 2022

Woodland Tomato Festival
August 14, 2021***

Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

September

World Butchers’ Challenge, Sacramento
September 2 & 3, 2022 – Tickets on sale June 16!

Foodieland Night Market,
Sacramento Cal Expo

September 2-4, 2022

Assyrian Festival – Turlock Fairgrounds
September 3 & 4, 2022

Fig Tree in the Central Valley of CaliforniaSacramento Legends of Wine
September 8, 2022 – Tickets go on sale July 15, 2022

Stockton Greek Festival
September 9-11, 2022

Bakersfield Village Fest
September 10, 2022

Crawfish & Catfish Festival, Sacramento
September 10 & 11, 2022

Tower Bridge Dinner, Sacramento
September 11, 2022 – Random drawing registration for chance to purchase two tickets begins on July 15, 2022

Lodi Grape Festival
September 15-18, 2022

Fresno Greek Fest
September 16-18, 2022

Sacramento Salsa Festival
September 17, 2022

Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
September 17, 2022

Modesto Greek Festival
September 17 & 18, 2022 – TAKE-OUT DINNER

Sacramento Street Festival
September 23 & 24, 2022

Bakersfield Pinot, Paella & Pints Festival
September 24, 2022

Serbian Food Fest – Fresno
September 24, 2022

Uncapped & Uncorked, Elk Grove
September 24, 2022

Weekend in Greece – Elk Grove
September 24 & 25, 2022

Edible Extravaganza – Modesto
September 29, 2022

Fairfield Tomato & Vine Festival
September 9-11, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

Livingston Sweet Potato Festival
September 29 through October 2, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

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***

October

Bike the Bridges & Brewfest, Benicia
October 1, 2022

Lambtown Festival, Dixon
October 1 & 2, 2022

Manteca Pumpkin Fair
October 1 & 2, 2022

Sacramento Greek Festival
October 7-9, 2022

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
October 8 & 9, 2022

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

Springville Apple Festival
October 15, 2022

Tehachapi Apple Festival
October 15 & 16, 2022

Hops & Goblins BeerFest – Lodi
October 29, 2022

Sacramento Taco Festival
October 3, 2021***

Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest
October 8, 2021***

Sacramento Cocktail Week
Undetermined for 2021***

Los Banos Tomato Festival
Undetermined for 2021***

November

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo
November 12 & 13, 2022

Madera Pomegranate Festival
November 6, 2021***

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

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

December

There are currently no events scheduled for December.

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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