Taste Award-Winning Wine and Food at Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Celebrate the abundant and delectable Wine Country harvest with wine tasting and food pairings at the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, California. This three-day event features vintages from more than 100 wineries, craft beer and cider tasting, food pairings, chef demonstrations, seminars by wine experts, and more.
Running Oct. 4 and 5, 2019, this year's event is as grand as ever, under its theme of 'Taste the Best of Sonoma County.'
Grand Tasting Tickets and two day passes go on sale Aug. 1, 2019, and it's worth planning ahead because there are Early Bird discounts if you buy in advance.
At the heart of the Harvest Fair is the Grand Tasting Pavilion (age 21 and older), which lets guests sample award-winning varietals from the year's Professional Wine Competition and savor innovative cuisine from the year's Professional Food Competition. These all-inclusive tastings (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday) also include craft beer and cider producers.
If you just want to wander around without sampling all that food and wine, you can enter the grounds for just a low fee (ticket prices available in August 2019). There's plenty to see, with events running 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Notable activities at the festival include the World Championship Grape Stomp competitions, harvest workshops, chef cooking demonstrations, and a number of tasting experiences; details available in August 2019.
Another highly anticipated event connected with the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is the Harvest Fair Awards Night, set for Sunday, October 4, 2020. This event celebrates the region's top winemakers, winegrowers, microbrewers, and culinary artists. The evening includes a gourmet dinner served with award-winning wines.
All in all, it's about community. Rather than presenting million-case vintages from large wineries, the Harvest Fair places its emphasis on the real Sonoma County wine and craft brew community, from the pioneers to the new upstarts, and the carefully crafted food that pairs so well with their vintages.
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is held each fall at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets for the festival and Awards Night go on sale Aug. 1, 2020.