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A celebration of Jewish foods like latkes and bialys, strudel and kugelhopf, plus Jewish culture: Klezmer music, crafts, cooking demos, folk dancing, and art exhibits.

Saturday, August 25th. For more information, call (831) 624-2015, or visit


Nearly 40 Monterey County wineries will pour new releases and special wines in Monterey’s Custom House Plaza. Also featuring educational seminars, barrel building, live music and a silent auction.

Saturday, August 11th, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. For more information, call (831)375-9400 , or visit

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Food and Wine

Wine Country Map (PDF format)

From its five-star restaurants to its award-winning wines, Monterey County is a gourmet food lover’s paradise. With the seafood bounty of the Monterey Bay, a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Salinas Valley, and the fine wines produced throughout the region, local chefs can create a meal you won’t soon forget.

You might celebrate your anniversary with a romantic dinner for two in one of our charm-filled restaurants in Carmel, or bring the whole family to Monterey's Fisherman’s Wharf for casual dining with a waterside view. An eclectic mix of ethnic cuisine is also available for the adventurous visitor. Try one of our many Thai or Pacific Rim restaurants, or Mexican taquerias. (Of course, if it’s a good old-fashioned hamburger you crave, you can get that, too.) And don't forget to save room for dessert!

Food and WineNo visit to Monterey County would be complete without a trip to one of our many award-winning wineries. Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Paraiso Springs Vineyards, Chalone Vineyard, Smith & Hook Winery — Hahn Estates and Galante Vineyards are just a few of the wine labels you might recognize. With a whopping 40 tasting rooms to choose from, we guarantee you will be back again and again. Cheers!

Seen from the air, Monterey County seems a patchwork of sprightly greens and rich browns: thousands of intensively farmed acres. Few nights here see frost, except on the hillsides where cattle graze; even the hot, sunny inland valley is often tempered with fog on summer days. This moderate year-round climate allows our farmers to grow virtually any crop successfully, with tender lettuce, luscious strawberries and the prickly artichoke our best-known produce.

Upcoming Food & Wine Events

Sunday, September 16
The 16th Annual NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest®, "America’s Favorite Tomato Harvest Festival”, will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2007 at the spectacular countryside setting of Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, California. At the NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest, experience a wondrous feast of delights that includes; an unforgettable display of more than 350 heirloom tomato varieties from around the world; exceptionally delicious and innovative tomato dishes created by 60 of America’s top chefs; a tasting of more than 100 premium wines; and live music and dancing under Carmel Valley’s oak covered hillsides. Ticket includes all foods, wines and activities. Children under 12, with parent, are admitted free. Come bring the whole family! For more information, visit Carmel TomatoFest.

September 13th & 14th

Think that the salad-in-a-bag concept happened in a slick Manhattan board room? Bagged salad and hundreds of other agriculture innovations were born right here in the Salinas Valley. Join this 3 billion dollar ag industry as it celebrates with an evening food & wine event, chef demonstations and behind-the-scenes ag tours. Visit or call for complete schedule of events.

Monterey County Vinters and Growers Association

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To whip up some Monterey County specialities with cookbooks and winery guides, click here to visit our new Bookstore page»