That Sonoma vs. Napa valley battle may drone on and on with terroir dweebs and those who love them, but don't let that stop you from using your upcoming staycation holiday weekend to do some “research” of your own. Food festivals that often have a charitable component are one way to measure the culinary scene region and definitely a familiar thing around here these days. Eat Drink SF recently took over Fort Mason in San Francisco, and food fests of all sorts are popular and pretty easy to find this time of year; it's more a question of finding a tribe and blocking an entire day or weekend to dedicate oneself fully to the art of eating, drinking, and repeating.
On the surface, the upcoming Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
feels like a familiar entity, since it includes a slew of people in chef pants with juicy and often meaty offerings – vegans and dieters are sorta SOL for this vein of food event (that right there often narrows who I invite). Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features winemakers and a variety of events from BBQs to lunches and a fancy wine auction, all happening on Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to 31.
The Taste of Sonoma Saturday tasting event at the MacMurray Estate Vineyards in the Russian River appellation, in Healdsburg goes for five hours – way more than enough time to research the food offerings from 60 chefs and restaurants (including: Costeaux French Bakery, El Dorado Kitchen, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Madrona Manor, Mateo's Cocina Latina, Nick's Cove, The Spinster Sisters, and Zazu Kitchen + Farm). Check out 200 wineries under big tents to keep you nice and cool. Tickets run $165 to $195 and do sell out, so act fast.
Hot tip: At this type of festival, high heels and too much wine equal injury in real time. Truth. Flats or low-ish heels are a safe yet fab idea if you're gonna party down, ladies.
Taste of Sonoma
MacMurray Estate Vineyards, 9015 Westside Rd., Healdsburg
$165-$195 (Visa signature card holders nab the best price)