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Central Coast Food Festivals and Wine Events – 2021 / 2022

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 or restaurant week 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 food and wine events — for 2021 and 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!) 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

Carmel Culinary Week
January 14-23, 2022

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks
January 17-31, 2022

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 25 & 26, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Goleta

February 5 & 6, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at
Rincon Tropics, Carpinteria

February 20, 2022

Lompoc Valley Restaurant Week
February 21-27, 2022

Blendfest on the Coast, Cambria & San Simeon
February 24-27, 2022

March

World of Pinot Noir
Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
March 3-5, 2022

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

Santa Barbara Burger Week
March 10-16, 2022

Paso Spring Release Weekend
March 18-20, 2022

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
March 20, 2022

Central Coast Craft Beer Fest, Atascadero
March 26, 2022

April

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

Lagerville – Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Buellton
April 9, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at
Cuyama Buckhorn, New Cuyama (near San Luis Obispo)

April 9, 2022

Hospice du Rhône, Paso Robles
April 21-23, 2022

Taste of Pismo Wine & Culinary Event
April 23, 2022

La Lomita Ranch Spring Wine Dinner, San Luis Obispo
April 27, 2022

Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical GardenSanta Maria Strawberry Festival
April 29 through May 1, 2022

May

Monterey County Winemakers Celebration, Carmel-by-the-Sea
May 7, 2022

Santa Barbara Vintner’s Festival
May 7, 2022

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
Opening Day Celebration, Lompoc

May 7, 2022

Paso Robles Olive Festival & Central Coast Lavender Festival
May 7, 2022

Buellton Brew Fest
May 7, 2022

Roar & Pour at the Santa Barbara Zoo
May 7, 2022

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

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
May 16-22, 2022

Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
May 16-22, 2022

Santa Barbara Downtown Art & Wine Tour
May 19, 2022

Paso Wine Fest
May 19-22, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Tira Nanza Wines, Carmel Valley
May 21, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
May 24, 2022 – Tickets on sale March 20!

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
May 25, 2022 – Tickets on sale March 20!

Viva Cerveza, San Luis Obispo
May 28, 2022

Avila Beach Tequila Fest
May 28, 2022

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

June

Unvitational World Champions Celebration
Wild Fields Brewhouse, Atascadero

June 3, 2022

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 4, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew at Home
June 4, 2022

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
June 4 & 5, 2022

Pinot & Paella Festival, Templeton
June 5, 2022

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
June 11, 2022

Artichoke Festival, Monterey
June 11 & 12, 2022

Avila Beach Macaroni & Cheese Festival
June 18, 2022

Juneteenth Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang
June 18, 2022

Juneteenth Santa Barbara, Funk Zone
June 19, 2022

Roll Out the Barrels Festival,
San Luis Obispo
June 23-26, 2022

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 25, 2022

Santa Barbara Wine Festival
June 25, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Accordian Player and Singer at Santa Barbara French FestivalSanta Barbara French Festival
Postponed for 2022

Monterey Wine Festival
Postponed for 2022

July

Outstanding in the Field at Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez
July 2, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Outstanding in the Field at Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez
July 3, 2022

An Evening of agriCULTURE
Studios on the Park, Paso Robles

July 15, 2022

California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara
July 15 & 16, 2022

California Brew & BBQ Festival, Santa Barbara
July 16, 2022

Lavender Harvest Celebration
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley

July 16, 2022

Savoring Summer Table to
Farm Dinner, Los Osos

July 16, 2022

SLO Open Farm Days at
Farms throughout SLO County

July 16 & 17, 2022

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

Pebble Beach Food and Wine FestivalCalifornia Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 20-31, 2022

Lobsterfest, Chamisal Vineyards, San Luis Obispo
July 22 & 23, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Monterey Beer Festival
July 30, 2022

August

Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta
August 3-7, 2022

Salinas Valley Food & Wine
Festival, Old Town Salinas

August 6, 2022

Ocean Breeze Farms Field-to-Vase Dinner, Arroyo Grande
August 6, 2022

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Fest, Carpinteria
August 13, 2022

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 13, 2022

Ice Cream Zoofari
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

August 13, 2022

Midsummer Night’s Dinner at
Calera Wine, Hollister

August 13, 2022

Central Coast Cider Festival, Atascadero
August 13, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

Wine and Fire, Sta. Rita Hills AVA
August 18-21, 2022 – Tickets on sale April 15!

Evening Under the Estrella Sky
Winemakers Dinner, San Miguel

August 20, 2022

California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival, Monterey
August 27 & 28, 2022

Sand City West End Celebration
August 27 & 28, 2022

September

Monterey County Fair
September 1-5, 2022

Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival,
Monterey State Historic Park

September 9-11, 2022

Avocado and Margarita Festival, Morro Bay
September 9-11, 2022

Solvang Danish Days
September 16-18, 2022

Taste of Downtown Paso Robles
September 17, 2022

Santa Barbara County Farm Day
September 17, 2022

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast FestivalArroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 23 & 24, 2022

Monterey Greek Festival
September 23-25, 2022

Los Alamos Old Days
September 23-25, 2022

Santa Barbara Greek Festival
September 23-25, 2022

Goleta Lemon Festival
September 24 & 25, 2022

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 4, 2021***

Buckles and Brews Invitational, Santa Barbara
September 25, 2021***

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

October

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Month
October 1-31, 2022

Carpinteria Avocado Festival
October 1 & 2, 2022

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

Outstanding in the Field at Elder Flat Farm, Los Alamos
October 12, 2022

Monterey Bay Tequila & Cuisine
October 15, 2022

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 15, 2022

Seafood boil dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach, CAPismo Beach Clam Festival
October 15 & 16, 2022

The Golden Oak Honey & Pumpkin Festival, Paso Robles
October 22, 2022

Great Valley Cook-off
Kalyra Winery, Santa Ynez

October 22, 2022

Firestone Walker From the Barrel, Santa Margarita Ranch
October 28, 2022

Taste of Carmel
October 6, 2021***

November

Outstanding in the Field at Hearst Ranch, San Simeon
November 2, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Hearst Ranch, San Simeon
November 3, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 3-5, 2022

Wine Harvest on the Coast, San Luis Obispo
November 4-6, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
November 5, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
November 6, 2022

Santa Barbara Wine Auction
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

November 11 & 12, 2022

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival, Paso Robles
November 11 & 12, 2022

Buellton Fall Festival
November 11-13, 2022

Atascadero Fall Festival
November 18-20, 2022

December

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

Annual Tamale-Making Class
Santa Barbara
December 12, 2021***

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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