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Central Coast 2021 / 2022 Food Festivals and Wine Events

The Central Coast region is one of our favorite places to travel – for many reasons, actually, but high on the list is enjoying California’s culinary delights courtesy of the land, the sea and the grapevines.

Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, CAWhile there certainly doesn’t need to be a festival on the agenda to have a fun and tasty Central Coast vacation or weekend getaway, planning your visit around one can provide an efficient way to sample the wares of several different restaurants (sometimes) and/or local wineries.  Many of these events take place in the summer, of course, when fruits and vegetables are at their peak, and most people will agree that there’s really no bad time to enjoy a wine (or beer!) festival.

California Tourist Guide compiled information for the Central Coast’s 2021 food and wine events — and added some for 2022, as well — in the list below.  For each event, you’ll find the date(s), city and a link to a website where you can learn additional details.  (Events for which a 2022 date is not yet available are marked with a triple-asterisk.)

If you know of any other Central Coast events we should add to this list, would you please use our Contact form to let us know?  (Thanks in advance!)

January
Big Sur Foragers Festival
January 20-23, 2022

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
January 28-30, 2022

February
SLO Craft Beer Fest – Madonna Expo Center
February 25 & 26, 2022

Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival – Solvang
February 2022

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew at Home
February 13, 2021***

March
World of Pinot Noir – Shell Beach
March 3-5, 2022

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest
Carmel-by-the-Sea
March 3-6, 2022

April
From the Barrel
(at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch near San Luis Obispo)
April 8, 2022

Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical GardenSanta Maria Strawberry Festival
April 28 through May 2, 2021***

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival
April 16-19, 2020***

Taste of Pismo Wine & Culinary Event
April 27, 2019***

May
Santa Lucia Highlands Sun Wind & Wine Festival
May 14, 2022

Buellton Brew Fest
May 1, 2021***

Paso Robles Wine Festival
May 20-23, 2021***

Santa Barbara Downtown Art & Wine Tour
2021 postponed***

Wine, Waves and Beyond Festival in San Luis Obispo CountyWine, Waves & Beyond
San Luis Obispo County
May 3-5, 2019***

Roar & Pour at the Santa Barbara Zoo
May 9, 2020***

Avila Beach Tequila Fest
May 25, 2019***

Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival
May 23-25, 2020***

June
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 4, 2022 – (This event sells out FAST every year; start checking in December 2021 for when ticket sales begin.)

Castroville Artichoke Festival
June 11 & 12, 2022

Santa Barbara Wine Festival
June 25, 2022 (tickets on sale 6/26/21)

Roll Out the Barrels Festival
San Luis Obispo
June 24-28, 2021***

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 26, 2021***

Accordian Player and Singer at Santa Barbara French FestivalSanta Barbara French Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

Paso Pinot & Paella Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
Chapman Estate – Pismo Beach
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

Monterey Wine Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

Carmel-by-the-Glass
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

July
Central Coast Renaissance Festival – San Luis Obispo
July 16 & 17, 2022

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 20-31, 2022

Pebble Beach Food and Wine FestivalPaso Robles Olive Festival & Central Coast Lavender Festival
July 10, 2021***

August
Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival
August 7, 2021***

Wine and Fire – Sta. Rita Hills AVA (Lompoc)
August 12-15, 2021***

Carpenteria Beer Festival
August 14, 2021***

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 14, 2021***

Jewish Food Festival – Carmel
August 22, 2021***

California Wine Festival – Dana Point
August 27 & 28, 2021***

California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival – Monterey
August 28 & 29, 2021***

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast FestivalMonterey Greek Festival
August 28 & 29, 2021***

September
Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 4, 2021***

Avocado and Margarita Festival – Morro Bay
September 11, 2021***

Paso Robles Taste of Downtown Festival
September 11, 2021***

Solvang Danish Days
September 17 & 18, 2021***

Santa Barbara County Farm Day
September 18, 2021***

California Wine Festival – Santa Barbara
September 24 & 25, 2021***

Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 24 & 25, 2021***

Buckles and Brews Invitational – Carriage Museum, Santa Barbara
September 25, 2021***

Goletta Lemon Festival
September 25 & 26, 2021***

Taste of the Town Santa Barbara
September 6, 2019***

October
Carpenteria Avocado Festival
October 2 & 3, 2021

Taste of Carmel
October 6, 2021

Ventura Surf & Suds Festival
October 9, 2021

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend
October 15-17, 2021

Seafood boil dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach, CAPismo Beach Clam Festival
October 16 & 17, 2021

Monterey Bay Tequila & Cuisine
October 23, 2021

La Lomita Ranch Winemaker’s Dinner, San Luis Obispo
October 27, 2021

Cambria Scarecrow Festival
October 30, 2021

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
2021 – cancelled due to Covid

November
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 4-6, 2021

California Wine Festival – Huntington Beach
November 5 & 6, 2021

Firestone Walker 25th Anniversary
November 6, 2021

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival
Paso Robles
November 12 & 13, 2021

December
Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk
November 27, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Photo of Santa Barbara Wine Festival by Roberta DePoppe via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden by Devra via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Wine and Waves Festival by Randy Aquilizon via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Santa Barbara French Festival by DieselDemon via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Chef David Meyers (of LA’s Comme Ça) at Pebble Beach Food & Wine by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Tillamook VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast Festival by Joe Bierman via flickr (Creative Commons); and Photo of Dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach by emdot via flickr (Creative Commons).

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