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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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Special Events

Call to the Coast - Martino Hoss Artist's Reception

Dolores between Ocean and 7th
Venue: Trio Carmel
Type: Special Events
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Martino Hoss grew up in the Salinas Valley enjoying the beauty of the local area. A strong call to the coast has brought him back to the Monterey Peninsula with a fresh eye and appreciation of this rich landscape, explored through his pastel on copper medium. He hopes this work invokes a memory of a place you may have ... more

Cima Collina Winery's Trashion Show

2pm - 5pm
19 East Carmel Valley Road
Venue: Cima Collina
Type: Special Events
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You’re invited to Cima Collina Winery’s first ever Trashion Show from 2 to 5 p.m. Designers compete to win the title of “Dumpster Diva(o)” as they bring their couture enthusiasm to promote environmental awareness using recyclable-reusable materials in their designs. Benefits Sustainable Carmel. ... more


Dinner for the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival at Cibo Ristorante

301 Alvarado Street
Venue: Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Type: Special Events
Location: Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Here's our own version of a "Spaghetti Western!" right here in downtown Monterey. Don your cowboy hat, put on your boots, and come celebrate the Cowboy Way of Life with some Western fun and delicious Italian cuisine at the "Dinner for the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival" at Cibo Ristorante... more


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

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