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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 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!) 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


San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month
January 1-31, 2022

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


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

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


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

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest
March 3-6, 2022

Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend
March 19-21, 2021***


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

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

April 9, 2022

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

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

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


Santa Barbara Vintner’s Festival
May 7, 2022

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
Opening Day Celebration, Lompoc

May 7, 2022

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

Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
May 16-22, 2022

Viva Cerveza, San Luis Obispo
May 28, 2022

Buellton Brew Fest
May 1, 2021***

Templeton Wine Festival
May 2, 2020***

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***


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

2021 – cancelled due to Covid


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***


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

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

Evening Under the Estrella Sky
Winemakers Dinner – San Miguel

August 20, 2022

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***


California Brew & BBQ Festival, Santa Barbara
September 24, 2022

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 4, 2021***

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

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

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
September 12, 2021***

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

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

Los Alamos Old Days
September 24-26, 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***


Carpenteria Avocado Festival
October 2 & 3, 2021***

Taste of Carmel
October 6, 2021***

Ventura Surf & Suds Festival
October 9, 2021***

Cioppino & Vino, Paso Robles
October 13, 2019***

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


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

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***


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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