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Central Coast 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 13-15, 2017

Cayucos Wine and Food Festival
January 21, 2017

Winter Wine Classic – Santa Barbara
January 21, 2017

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
January 27-29, 2017

February
San Luis Obispo Friends of Prado Day Center Culinary Carnival
February 25, 2017

Windmill in Downtown Solvang

Paso Port & Truffle Pairing
February 11, 2017

International Flavors of Marina (near Monterey)
Febuary 16, 2016***

Paso BlendFest on the Coast
February 13-15, 2017

SLO Craft Beer Fest – Madonna Expo Center
Febuary 24 & 25, 2017

March
World of Pinot Noir – Shell Beach
March 3 & 4, 2017

Santa Barbara Wild Brew Fest
March 11, 2017

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
March 19, 2017

Taste of Solvang
March 15-19, 2017

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest
Carmel-by-the-Sea
March 16-19, 2017

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend
March 17-21, 2017

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival
Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang)
March 31 & April 1, 2017

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 7, 2017

Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend
April 8, 2017

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival
April 20-23, 2017

Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Spring Weekend – Buellton
April 20-23, 2017

Taste of Pismo Wine & Culinary Event
April 22, 2017

Santa Maria Strawberry Festival
April 28-30, 2017

May
Monterey / Carmel Chocolate Salon
May 2, 2015***

Buellton Brew Fest
May 6, 2017

Templeton Wine Festival
May 6, 2017

Roar & Pour at the Santa Barbara Zoo
May 6, 2017

Winemaker’s Celebration – Monterey
May 7, 2017

Paso Robles Olive Festival
May 8, 2018***

Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Gala
May 20, 2017

Paso Robles Wine Festival
May 18-21, 2017

Santa Barbara Downtown Art & Wine Tour
May 25, 2017

Wine Waves & Beyond Festival in San Luis Obispo County

California Festival of Beers
(Beer is food, right?)
San Luis Obispo
May 26 & 27, 2017

Avila Beach Tequila Fest
May 27, 2017

Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival
May 27 & 28, 2017

June
Wine, Waves & Beyond
San Luis Obispo County
June 2-4, 2017

Monterey Wine Festival
June 10-12, 2017

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 3, 2017 (This event sold out FAST in 2016; 2017 tickets on sale February 6, 2017.)

Zoo Brew at the Santa Barbara Zoo
June 3, 2017

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
June 3, 2017

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
June 3 & 4, 2017

Castroville Artichoke Festival
June 3 & 4, 2017

Paso Pinot & Paella Festival
June 4, 2017

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
Chapman Estate – Pismo Beach
June 4, 2017

Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
June 16, 2018***

Roll Out the Barrels Festival
San Luis Obispo
June 22-25, 2017

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 23 & 24, 2018***

Macaroni and Cheese Festival – Avila Beach
June 24, 2017

Santa Barbara Wine Festival
June 30, 2018***

Accordian Player at Santa Barbara French Festival

Monterey Bacon Fest
June 24 & 25, 2017

July
Monterey Beer Festival
July 8, 2017

Central Coast Oyster Festival
Avila Beach Golf Resort
July 8, 2017

Central Coast Lavender Festival – Paso Robles
July 8, 2017

California Wine Festival – Santa Barbara
July 13-17, 2017

Benefit for the Kids – Greengate Ranch, San Luis Obispo
July 15, 2018***

Santa Barbara French Festival
July 15 & 16, 2017

Central Coast Renaissance Festival – San Luis Obispo
July 15 & 16, 2017

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 19-30, 2017

Cambria Kitchen Tour
July 29, 2017

August
Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta
August 2-6, 2017

California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival – Monterey
August 5 & 6, 2017

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast Festival

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 12, 2017

Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival
August 12, 2017

Carpenteria Surf & Suds Festival
August 12, 2017

Wine and Fire – Sta. Rita Hills AVA (Lompoc)
August 18-20, 2017

Central Coast Wine Classic
San Luis Obispo
August 25-27, 2017

Jewish Food Festival – Carmel
August 27, 2017

September
San Luis Obispo Brew & Bites
September 2, 2017

Orcutt Tour and Taste of the Valley
September 2, 2017

Monterey Bay Greek Festival
September 2-4, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)

Avocado and Margarita Festival – Morro Bay
September 9, 2017

Taste of the Town Santa Barbara
September 10, 2017

Santa Barbara Fermintation Festival
September 10, 2017

Solvang Danish Days
September 15-17, 2017

Paso Robles Taste of Downtown Festival
September 16, 2017

Goletta Lemon Festival
September 16 & 17, 2017

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 16 & 17, 2017

Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 22 & 23, 2017

Central Coast Classique – Arroyo Grande
September 30, 2017

October
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Santa Barbara celebrates food, wine and good times on various dates throughout the entire month of October!
October 2017

Taste of Carmel
October 4, 2018***

Carpenteria Avocado Festival
October 6-8, 2017

Santa Barbara Vitners’ Celebration of Harvest
October 6-9, 2017

Autumn Art, Grapes & Grains Festival – Santa Maria
Beer, Wine and Santa Maria-Style Barbeque!
October 7, 2017

Morro Bay Harbor Festival
October 7, 2017

San Benito Olive Festival
October 14, 2017

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 14, 2017

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend
October 20-22, 2017

Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 19-21, 2018***

Hardcore Cider Tour – San Luis Obispo
October 21, 2017

November
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 2-4, 2017

SLO Wine Harvest on the Coast Festival
November 3-6, 2017

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival
Paso Robles
November 10-12, 2017

Cambria Christmas Market
November 24 through December 23, 2017 (Wed-Sun)

December
Carmel-by-the-Glass
December 9, 2016***

Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk
December 9 & 10, 2017

Photo of Downtown Solvang by Meg Lessard 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 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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Note: Information in this article was accurate
when it was published, but hours, prices, etc.
change constantly. Please confirm details
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