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Four Fabulous Food Festivals in February


The Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend

The Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend 


Fall may be music-festival season in the Bay Area, but winter is secretly one of the best months for food festivals. And February in particular has a smorgasbord of offerings:

Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest, Saturday Feb. 7
This one-night event is as good and as simple as it sounds, with fresh caught Sonoma coast crab paired with some of the region's best white wines. Taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with wines and appetizers prepared by Sonoma chefs, followed by an all-out crab feed dinner and live auction.

International Alsace Varietals Festival, Saturday & Sunday Feb. 7 & 8
Escape the concrete jungle and head to Mendocino’s rolling, vineyard-strewn hills for a taste of the region's aromatic white wines. Bonus: oysters and tartes flambées will be on offer to accompany riesling, pinot gris, and muscat being served by international wineries.

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Saturday & Sunday Feb. 7 & 8
More than 50 Lodi wineries will be pouring zins, cabs, and other homegrown varietals—all meant to be paired with chocolate—at this raucous, group-friendly event an hour and a half from the city. Head to downtown Lodi for food or more wine tasting after the event.

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Fest, Saturday Feb. 21
This month, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk morphs into a Top Chef competition, drawing amateur and professional chefs from across Northern California competing for the title of best chowder in NorCal. Buy a $9 tasting kit on arrival, then spend the day sampling variations of Boston and Manhattan chowdas.


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