11 Festivals In Northern California That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss

Northern Californians are a fun bunch. We grow some of the best produce and make some of the best wine in the entire world, so it makes sense that we love to celebrate it. There’s not a month on the calendar without a city or small town making any excuse to throw a fantastic shindig. And what better reason is there than food and wine?

Morgan Hill knows about mushrooms! It’s their biggest crop. The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival is now in its 37th year of turning Memorial Day weekend into a celebration of the mushroom. The free event is May 28-29 in downtown Morgan Hill, California.

The two-day festival of family-fun includes live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers, and several city blocks of unique booths. For children, Munchkinland captivates kids with rides, games and continuous entertainment. And, who doesn’t want a portobello and cheese burger?


Yes, I know we’re supposed to be talking about food, but c’mon – how cool is this? The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival blows into town on Sun. and Mon. May 29-30th at San Ramon Central Park. The festival includes over 200 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on three stages, kite-flying demos, free kite making workshops, kids’ activities, a non-profit info alley, displays, and more!


You can’t say festivals without mentioning wine, and we know California does wine right! That makes the Barbera Festival in Plymouth especially hard to miss. The June 11th festival includes more than 80 wineries from all over California, top area restaurants and chefs offering gourmet food, live music by Knucklehead, local artists and vendors, and of course beer and white wine available for purchase!



Merica! We can’t enjoy our foodie freedom without these guys! Have you ever wanted to be a pilot or see the underbelly of a cargo plane? Now you can! Get up close and personal with aircraft, talk with pilots and crew and experience unique exhibits. On October 1-2, 2016, explore miles of entertainment, music, food, exhibits and FUN along the ramp. This thrilling, family-friendly and patriotic event has something for everyone. But, let’s be honest – you had me at “Blue Angels.”


The City of Alameda may be known for its adorable Victorian homes and bayside location, but these folks LOVE their Oktoberfest. On the first Saturday in October, come and enjoy some great beer and pretend you’re German for the day!





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