Celebrating the fall season is on everyone’s mind during the month of October.Falling leaves, searching for pumpkins, changing diet patterns to heart warming foods and hunkering down with a cozy cup of cider celebrate the festive season linking family, community and terroir. Sonoma County, California has honored the season for the past 37 years with the Harvest Fair that takes place September 30th, October 1st and 2nd at the Sonoma County fairgrounds. This is a “must do” for locals as well as visitors to the region.
Each year, locals look forward to the annual food competition where local chefs showcase their favorite delights. Each year, entries perservere to new levels with judges arriving from all across the nation. Winners, announced before the fair begins, present delectable dishes from comfort food and artisan cheeses to gluten-free desserts and French macaroons. A Grand Tasting event takes place at the Grace Pavilion from 5:30-8:30PM Friday, September 30th that shouldn’t be missed.
What is food without wine? The powerful duo are signature components of the area threading culture, heritage and community together. Wine makers tend to be a bit fatigued at harvest time, but it doesn’t stop them from uniting at the largest wine competition in the United States, according to Honore Comfort, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners and also on the board of the Harvest Fair. Don’t miss the Grand Tasting bringing together the best in show wine and food.
Harvest Fair pays tribute to abundance, sustainability and heritage. Being able to celebrate the land of the region is an honor to local farmers within the community. Not only does it recognize the abundant treasures of the region, it showcases the community as defending their agricultural heritage.
Culture and Tradition
The Harvest Fair has been going strong for the past 37 years. Preserving the culture is powerful to the area. Also, uniting food with responsibility and being able to weave harmony with nature are important ingredients to local chefs, farmers and land owners.
Activities are available for all ages at the fair. Besides jazzy music and local artists, there will be wine seminars and food presentations for adults along with puppet shows, apple tastings and farm animals for the kids. Grape stomping is for everyone. There is a 2PM stomping contest on Sunday for children 13 years of age and younger.
Tickets can be purchased online at Harvestfair.org or at the front gate during event hours. Hours, events and admission prices are listed on the website. The harvest Fair is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa, California.