Wine Festival

Wine Festival

Food & Wine Events

Nearly every event on Monterey County's jam-packed calendar features a collection of culinary creations and wine celebrations reflective of the destination's people, culture and agriculture. A handful of events, though, are dedicated primarily to gastronomical pleasures. 

For die-hard foodies, Pebble Beach Food and Wine in April matches 200 acclaimed wineries with 60 celebrity chefs for a weekend of wine and beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.

Learn the ins and outs of sustainable seafood at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's gourmet event, Cooking for Solutions. The two-day fête spotlights celebrity chefs, selected and recognized for their leadership in promoting cuisine that protects the health of the ocean and soil, as they create cutting edge dishes, host food and wine adventures, and present cooking demonstrations that feature sustainable seafood and organic ingredients.

The Monterey Greek Festival invites visitors to go Greek over Labor Day weekend. Held in Monterey's historic Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park near Old Fisherman's Wharf, the festival's aroma of pork, lamb, chicken and fresh pastries is hard to resist, along with its music, dancing and general merrymaking.

Ever tried artichoke ice cream? Check it out at the Artichoke Festival. Culinary artichoke creations at the May festival include breads, soups, burritos and more. Also enjoy wine tasting, an agricultural art competition, a parade and live entertainment.

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09-01-2014

Special Events

Monterey Bay Greek Festival

08/30/2014 - 09/01/2014
4 Custom House Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Custom House Plaza
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The St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Monterey County will hold its 28th annual Monterey Bay Greek Festival Labor Day Weekend at the Monterey Custom House Plaza Monterey State Park near Fisherman's Wharf. The event is open to the public and admission is free. In addition to traditional Greek foods, the festiva... more

09-02-2014

Old Monterey Farmers' Market

Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl
Type: Special Events
Location: Old Monterey
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The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it's the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding a... more

Tuesday Italian Night Dinner Show

5:30pm-9:30pm
2110 Fremont St
Venue: Planet Gemini Comedy and Dance Entertainment
Type: Special Events
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Great homemade Italian food with "fresh everything" including chicken / eggplant Parmesan, fettuccine alfredo , spaghetti and meatballs and Frankie's special lasagna. Amazing food, family and friends. Doors open at 5:30pm and show begins at 7pm. Don't miss the show where the Lane Brothers entertain you with... more

09-05-2014

Festa Italia

09/05/2014 - 09/07/2014
4 Custom House Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Custom House Plaza
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Festa Italia will include Italian food booths, beer & wine, calamari, pasta, steak sandwiches, Italian rice balls, sausage, cannoli, pizza gelato & plenty of fun! Admission is free. more

Summer Live Music Series at Carmel Plaza

09/05/2014
5pm-7pm
Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Venue: Carmel Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Carmel Plaza
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It's summer and it's time to party on the Plaza! Carmel Plaza's SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SERIES opens Friday, July 25 and continues through September 26 with ten consecutive Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Enjoy two hours of free entertainment at the garden courtyard of the Plaza. Come listen and dance, sip regional wines and s... more

09-06-2014

Festa Italia

09/05/2014 - 09/07/2014
4 Custom House Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Custom House Plaza
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Festa Italia will include Italian food booths, beer & wine, calamari, pasta, steak sandwiches, Italian rice balls, sausage, cannoli, pizza gelato & plenty of fun! Admission is free. more

Hahn Estate Harvest Party

09/06/2014
12pm-3pm
37700 Foothill Road
Venue: Hahn Estates
Type: Special Events
Location: Hahn Estates
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You won't want to miss out on all of the fun activities we have planned not to mention the delicious wines that we will pouring. Savor our newest releases and groove to live music overlooking the breathtaking Salinas Valley. Converse with our winemakers and enjoy samples of future vintages straight from the barrel. ... more

Heirloom Tomato Lunch at Bernardus Lodge

09/06/2014
11am-2pm
415 W Carmel Valley Road
Venue: Bernardus Lodge
Type: Special Events
Location: Bernardus Lodge
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Tomato lovers rejoice! For our reception, step into the Carmel Valley sunshine, enjoy live music, roasted heirloom tomato bloody marys and tomato inspired appetizers on the croquet lawn. Dick and Bonnie Swank, of Swank Farms will guide guest through over 8 varieties of Swank's certified organic heirloom tomatoes. Then, ... more

09-07-2014

Festa Italia

09/05/2014 - 09/07/2014
4 Custom House Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Custom House Plaza
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Festa Italia will include Italian food booths, beer & wine, calamari, pasta, steak sandwiches, Italian rice balls, sausage, cannoli, pizza gelato & plenty of fun! Admission is free. more

09-09-2014

Old Monterey Farmers' Market

Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl
Type: Special Events
Location: Old Monterey
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The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it's the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding a... more

Tuesday Italian Night Dinner Show

5:30pm-9:30pm
2110 Fremont St
Venue: Planet Gemini Comedy and Dance Entertainment
Type: Special Events
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Great homemade Italian food with "fresh everything" including chicken / eggplant Parmesan, fettuccine alfredo , spaghetti and meatballs and Frankie's special lasagna. Amazing food, family and friends. Doors open at 5:30pm and show begins at 7pm. Don't miss the show where the Lane Brothers entertain you with... more

09-11-2014

Carmel Valley Ranch's Wine Dinner Series

09/11/2014
1 Old Ranch Road
Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch
Type: Special Events
Location: Carmel Valley Ranch
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Introducing the long awaited Wine Dinner Series hosted by Carmel Valley Ranch's very own Dynamic Duo: Executive Chef Tim Wood and Sommelier Dave Eriksen. Tonight's special menu will be paired with wines from Morgan Winery. more

09-12-2014

Summer Live Music Series at Carmel Plaza

09/12/2014
5pm-7pm
Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Venue: Carmel Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Carmel Plaza
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It's summer and it's time to party on the Plaza! Carmel Plaza's SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SERIES opens Friday, July 25 and continues through September 26 with ten consecutive Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Enjoy two hours of free entertainment at the garden courtyard of the Plaza. Come listen and dance, sip regional wines and s... more

09-13-2014

Carmel-by-the-Glass

09/13/2014
1:30pm-5pm
Corner of Ocean Avenue and Junipero
Type: Special Events
Location: Devendorf Park
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Please join your friends and neighbors at the 3nd Annual Carmel-by-the-Glass. Mingle with locals and visitors while you enjoy regional wines, light bites and music all set to a wine harvest theme. All twelve of Carmel's wine tasting rooms will showcase their wines, with light appetizers provided by Carmel restaurants and... more

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay

09/13/2014 - 09/14/2014
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Venue: Monterey County Fair & Event Center
Type: Special Events
Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center
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This traditional German style outdoor festival promises to be a rousing beer garden party, with all the foamy fun and frivolity that millions of beer lovers across the world have come to enjoy! more

09-14-2014

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay

09/13/2014 - 09/14/2014
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Venue: Monterey County Fair & Event Center
Type: Special Events
Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center
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This traditional German style outdoor festival promises to be a rousing beer garden party, with all the foamy fun and frivolity that millions of beer lovers across the world have come to enjoy! more

09-16-2014

Old Monterey Farmers' Market

Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl
Type: Special Events
Location: Old Monterey
Visit Website

The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it's the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding a... more

Tuesday Italian Night Dinner Show

5:30pm-9:30pm
2110 Fremont St
Venue: Planet Gemini Comedy and Dance Entertainment
Type: Special Events
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Great homemade Italian food with "fresh everything" including chicken / eggplant Parmesan, fettuccine alfredo , spaghetti and meatballs and Frankie's special lasagna. Amazing food, family and friends. Doors open at 5:30pm and show begins at 7pm. Don't miss the show where the Lane Brothers entertain you with... more

09-19-2014

Summer Live Music Series at Carmel Plaza

09/19/2014
5pm-7pm
Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Venue: Carmel Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Carmel Plaza
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It's summer and it's time to party on the Plaza! Carmel Plaza's SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SERIES opens Friday, July 25 and continues through September 26 with ten consecutive Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Enjoy two hours of free entertainment at the garden courtyard of the Plaza. Come listen and dance, sip regional wines and s... more

09-23-2014

Old Monterey Farmers' Market

Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl
Type: Special Events
Location: Old Monterey
Visit Website

The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it's the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding a... more

Tuesday Italian Night Dinner Show

5:30pm-9:30pm
2110 Fremont St
Venue: Planet Gemini Comedy and Dance Entertainment
Type: Special Events
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Great homemade Italian food with "fresh everything" including chicken / eggplant Parmesan, fettuccine alfredo , spaghetti and meatballs and Frankie's special lasagna. Amazing food, family and friends. Doors open at 5:30pm and show begins at 7pm. Don't miss the show where the Lane Brothers entertain you with... more

09-26-2014

Summer Live Music Series at Carmel Plaza

09/26/2014
5pm-7pm
Ocean Avenue and Mission Street
Venue: Carmel Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Carmel Plaza
Visit Website

It's summer and it's time to party on the Plaza! Carmel Plaza's SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SERIES opens Friday, July 25 and continues through September 26 with ten consecutive Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Enjoy two hours of free entertainment at the garden courtyard of the Plaza. Come listen and dance, sip regional wines and s... more

09-27-2014

4th Annual Monterey Beer Garden

09/27/2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm
20 Custom House Plaza
Type: Special Events
Location: Custom House Plaza
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Custom House Plaza behind the Portola Hotel & Spa is home to the Fourth Annual Monterey Beer Garden. Hosted by Monterey’s Only Craft Brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, the Monterey Beer Garden is an event for beer enthusiasts featuring California regional breweries within 150 miles of Monterey. Interact with the... more

Harvest Chill Out and Grill Out

09/27/2014
1:00pm – 4:00pm
8940 Carmel Valley Road
Type: Special Events
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From vine - to barrel - to bottle! Enjoy samples of local sausages right off the grill paired with select vintages of our Estate Sangiovese. This wine was produced from one hundred percent Sangiovese grapes grown on the five acre Carmel Valley Estate Vineyard. more

09-30-2014

Old Monterey Farmers' Market

Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl
Type: Special Events
Location: Old Monterey
Visit Website

The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it's the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding a... more

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