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Central Coast 2021 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.

While 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 in the list below.  You’ll find the dates, cities and a link to a website where you can find additional details.  (Events for which a 2020/2021 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 21-24, 2021 [CANCELLED due to Covid-19]

February
SLO Craft Beer Fest – Madonna Expo Center
February 19 & 20, 2021

March
World of Pinot Noir – Shell Beach
March 2021

Taste of Solvang
March 20-22, 2020***

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest
Carmel-by-the-Sea
March 14-17, 2019***

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival
Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang)
March 2021

Chef David Meyers (of LA’s Comme Ça) at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April
From the Barrel
(at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch near San Luis Obispo)
April 9, 2021

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

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

Santa Maria Strawberry Festival
April 24-26, 2020***

May
Buellton Brew Fest
May 1, 2021

Wine, Waves & Beyond
San Luis Obispo County
May 3-5, 2019***

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

Paso Robles Olive Festival
May 1-3, 2020***

Santa Lucia Highlands Sun Wind & Wine Festival
May 15, 2021

Ventura Surf & Suds Festival
May 18, 2019***

Paso Robles Wine Festival
May 20-23, 2021

Santa Barbara Downtown Art & Wine Tour
May 21, 2020***

Wine Waves & Beyond Festival in San Luis Obispo County

Avila Beach Tequila Fest
May 25, 2019***

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

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
*May ?, 2021 (check in Jan)

June
Monterey Wine Festival
June 13-14, 2020***

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 5, 2021 (This event sells out FAST every year; start checking in December 2020 for when ticket sales begin.)

Zoo Brew at the Santa Barbara Zoo
June 1, 2019***

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
June 8, 2019***

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
June 1 & 2, 2019***

Castroville Artichoke Festival
June 5 & 6, 2021

Paso Pinot & Paella Festival
June 6, 2021

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
Chapman Estate – Pismo Beach
June 2, 2019***

Carmel-by-the-Glass
June 14, 2019***

Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
June 22, 2019***

Roll Out the Barrels Festival
San Luis Obispo
June 20-22, 2019***

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 22, 2020***

Macaroni and Cheese Festival – Avila Beach
June 8, 2019***

Santa Barbara Wine Festival
June 26, 2021

Accordian Player at Santa Barbara French Festival

July
Central Coast Lavender Festival – Paso Robles
July 6, 2019*** [tentatively set for July 10, 2021]

Santa Barbara French Festival
July 18 & 19, 2020***

Central Coast Renaissance Festival – San Luis Obispo
July 17 & 18, 2021

California Wine Festival – Santa Barbara
July 16-17, 2021

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 21 – August 1, 2021

Cambria Kitchen Tour
July 25, 2020***

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

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast Festival

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 15, 2020***

Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival
August 8, 2020***

Wine and Fire – Sta. Rita Hills AVA (Lompoc)
August 16-18, 2019***

Jewish Food Festival – Carmel
August 29, 2021

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

Monterey Greek Festival
September 4, 2021

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

Solvang Danish Days
September 18-20, 2020***

Paso Robles Taste of Downtown Festival
September 12, 2020***

Goletta Lemon Festival
September 12 & 13, 2020***

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 4, 2021

Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 26 & 27, 2020***

October
Carpenteria Surf & Suds Festival
October 4, 2019***

Carpenteria Avocado Festival
October 2-4, 2020***

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 17, 2020***

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend
October 16-18, 2020***

Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 16-18, 2020***

November
Taste of Carmel
November 2020***

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 5-7, 2020***

Firestone Walker 25th Anniversary
November 6, 2021

SLO Wine Harvest on the Coast Festival
November 3-9, 2020***

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

December
Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk
November 30, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Photo of Downtown Solvang by Meg Lessard via (deleted account at) 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 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 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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