If you love Food & Wine- then the Bay Area is your personal Mecca! We have compiled a list of our top picks for events, let us know if we forgot your favorite!
2011 Sonoma Valley Crush — Sept. 14-18. Sixteen wineries will participate in this hands-on harvest experience, which features a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during harvest, as well as grape sampling, Crush Pad tours and winemaker lunches and dinners. Tasting passes are $35 per person. Get details at www.heartofsonomavalley.com
Food Truck Frenzy: Part Deux — 5-9 p.m. Sept. 16. Guests are invited to enjoy some of San Francisco’s most spectacular views of the bay and city skyline while sipping award-winning Rock Wall wines and noshing on delicious bites from local, gourmet food truck vendors. 2301 Monarch St., Suite 300, Alameda. $5-$10. www.rockwallwines.com.
SonRise Wine and Equine Festival — 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Enjoy a relaxing evening of estate-grown wines, gourmet food, dancing and a wine raffle at this benefit for SonRise, which helps rescue horses and assist children with challenges. $150. 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore; 925-838-7433, www.sonriseequestrianfoundation.org.
McEvoy Ranch events — Sept. 16-Oct. 8. Stroll the olive orchards and gardens, learn how olive oil is made and indulge in a harvest lunch when McEvoy Ranch opens its private grounds to the public for a series of fall events including a garden walk and luncheon ($90) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept.6; olive harvest prep workshop ($50) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1; and an orchard walk and mill tour ($30) 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 8. McEvoy Ranch, 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma; http://mcevoyranch.com/events.
Ferry Building Cookbook Festival — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17. The shopkeepers of the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace will be featuring the cookbooks — and delicious fare — that most inspires them during this inaugural cookbook fest. Browse the books, then head over to the CUESA Kitchen at 11 a.m. for a cooking demo by chocolatier Michael Recchiuti. Free;www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com.
Street Eats Gala: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 18. Sample gourmet street food from around the world at this star chef-studded charity gala at San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Three Michelin-starred chefs and more than three dozen of the Bay Area’s top restaurants, food trucks and wineries will serve one-of-a-kind takes on street food during this benefit for the nonprofit One Vietnam Network, which connects people and philanthropic causes using social media. Tickets $125-$145; http://go.onevietnam.org/streeteats.
Taste of First Street: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Stroll Benicia’s First Street and enjoy tastes at 18 restaurants and cafes — including Aroma Indian Cuisine, Lucca and Sahara — during this special event. Tasting tickets are $30, or $50 for two; available at Benicia Main Street, 90 First St.; www.beniciamainstreet.org.
Slow Food film screening — 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Join Slow Food San Francisco and Applegate Farms for a screening of Ernie Park and Michael Graziano’s “Lunch Line,” a documentary about hunger and school lunch reform. The event includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and a reception. Presidio Theater, 2340 Chestnut St., San Francisco. $5.http://sfsflunchline.eventbrite.com.
Foreign Cinema Anniversary Celebration — 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Celebrating 12 years of renowned California-Mediterranean cuisine, an extensive and eclectic wine and cocktail list and countless film screenings, this memorable party benefits the Bay Area chapter of Little Kids Rock. $85. 2534 Mission St., San Francisco. Reservations: 415-648-7600.
Enogastronomia series — 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco’s newest foodie speaker series opens with a cooking demo, food tasting and talk by Bay Area author Elisabeth Crawford about her book “Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy.” $10. Future events include “Viva la Focaccia,” a talk by food blogger Vittorio Viarengo on Sept. 29 ($20), “Battle of the Italian Chefs” Oct. 20 ($45) and a film screening of “Focaccia Blues” Oct. 25 ($10). 814 Montgomery St., San Francisco; www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it.
Eat Real Festival — Sept. 23-25. This famous urban fest returns to Oakland’s Jack London Square for three days of food adventure including cooking demos, butchery contests, craft beers, local wines and noshes from more than 60 food trucks and street food vendors. Free admission. For details and a full schedule, visit www.eatrealfest.com.
Berkeley Coffee and Tea Festival — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24. Sample dozens of tastes and treats from specialty coffee, tea and dessert vendors. $20, including a small souvenir coffee mug. Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley. $20. 510-549-7000, www.berkeleychamber.com/cms2/view.htm/40/955/Events,http://berkeleycoffeeteafest.com.
Wild, foraged foods demo: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24. Join the Foraging Society and Kevin Feinstein, also known as Feral Kevin, as they discuss wild food foraging and offer tastes of edible wild plants. Free. Berkeley Farmers Market, Center Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way; www.EcologyCenter.org.
Crabby Chefs Seafood Festival — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25. The annual Crabby Chefs fest and cook-off is back for another round of seafood delights, with an Iron Chef-style cook-off at 2 p.m. Sample the cooked crab, crab cakes and chowder, and enjoy the seafood spectacle at this Spenger’s-hosted benefit for Cal Sports’ camp scholarship program for needy children. Free admission. 1919 Fourth St., Berkeley; 510-845-7771.
Cookbook discussion series: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Meet Rachel Saunders, author of “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook,” and join the discussion at the next installment of Moe’s Books’ cookbook discussion series, moderated by Moe’s cookbook buyer Stanislaw Sobolewski. Free. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley; www.moesbooks.com.
Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop — Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 1. This annual event brings nearly 1,000 attendees to shop and stroll in historic Truckee while indulging in some of the finest vintages and varieties matched with food samples prepared by chefs representing the best restaurants and caterers in the region. $30-$40.www.truckeewinewalk.com.
Vegetarian Fest — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1-2. Hear lectures by the movers and shakers of the vegetarian movement, watch creative vegan cooking demos, and even dabble in vegan speed dating during this extended celebration of World Vegetarian Day. $8 general admission; free for kids, students and seniors. San Francisco County Fair Building, Lincoln and 9th Avenue entrance to Golden Gate Park; www.sfvs.org/wvd.
Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week — Oct. 2-9. Enjoy three-course, prix fixe menus at more than 60 participating restaurants throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20, $30 or $40 per person; www.TahoeRestaurantWeek.com.
3rd annual Calivirgin Olive Oils Harvest Festival — 5-11 p.m. Oct. 22. The festival will include: Appetizers featuring Calivirgin Olive Oils and Calivinegar Balsamic by Chef Wes Nilssen of de Vere’s Irish Pub; wood-fired pizza by Guantonio’s featuring Calivirgin Olive Oils; oil and vinegar tastings; olive oil ice cream bar; wines from local wineries; and music by Crosstown 5. Coldani Olive Ranch, 14000 N. Guard Road, Lodi. $34-$40.http://calivirgin.com.
Gingerbread Wishes — Throughout November. The Lark Creek restaurant group will be hosting its fifth annual Gingerbread Wishes benefit the month of November. Order a gingerbread star, which comes with frosting, sprinkles and embellishments for DIY decorating, and the $10 tab goes straight to the Greater Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation. Participating restaurants include Lark Creek Walnut Creek, and Yankee Pier in Lafayette and San Jose’s Santana Row; www.larkcreek.com.
Best of the Blue — Nov. 12. This gathering for passionate gourmets and wine lovers features wines from Monterey County and gourmet food trucks, offering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. $60. 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey; 831-375-9400, www.montereywines.org.