There are a bunch of California food festivals happening in spring, whether you want to see TV chef demonstrations or hop from food truck to food truck. Here are four festivals worth checking out.
San Diego: Love the food trucks? The Great American Foodie Fest for the first time comes to
Cost: $8 a day or $13 for a weekend pass if purchased in advance ($10 and $15 respectively at the door).
Palm Desert: Before the
Cost: Single-day VIP Grand Tasting Pass for Sunday is $125 per person; other events are separate charges.
Santa Barbara: Bacara Resort & Spa hosts a food fest that honors
Proceeds from the festival go to the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
Cost: Events are $25 to $199 per person.
Chico: Check out locally grown almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios at the 2015 California Nut Festival on April 18. Visitors will sample wines and beer as well as watch chefs create dishes like pistachio-crusted sea bass, kale-walnut pesto and gluten-free chocolate torte made with almonds glazed with dark chocolate. Food Network champ Ashurina "Chef Rina" Younan will appear too. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the event. The festivities take place (and the proceeds go to benefit) the Patrick Ranch Museum, a newly restored mansion and working farm in Durham, according to a statement.