San Francisco Magazine's Best of the Bay
The Modern Luxury publication's 13th annual celebration of the year's biggest issue will include bites from 40 restaurants and 12 open bars. Thursday June 27, 7 to 11 p.m. $125 at the door; $100 advance. City View at Metreon, 135 Fourth St., San Francisco, 94103 (at Mission), BestOfTheBayArea2013.eventbrite.com.
Wine Country Big Q
The Kansas City Barbecue Society holds its third Northern California competition of pit masters grilling up their best to a bluesy beat. Saturday, July 13, 1 to 5 p.m. $45 for adults; $20 for children 12 and under. Sonoma Academy, 2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, 95404. WineCountryBigQ.com.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
One of the granddaddies of all food festivals in California, this deliciously stinky affair attracts upwards of 100,000 garlic fans all weekend. Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $17 adults; $8 for children (ages 6-12); and $8 for seniors. 7473 Monterey St., Gilroy, CA. GilroyGarlicFestival.com.
This food, wine, and spirits festival turns 5 years old this summer, which means the Union Square tastings, cooking demonstrations, and parties will be even bigger in 2013. Expect big chef names like Michael Mina, Charles Phan, and Tyler Florence, among many others. From Sunday, July 28, to Sunday, Aug. 4. Various prices, time and locations. San Francisco. SFChefsFoodWine.com.
75 restaurant and mobile food vendors, plus dedicated areas for beer, wine, and chocolate mean this is much more than a music festival. Performances by Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers will keep your ears happy, too. From Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $249 three-day ticket. Golden Gate Park; SFOutsideLands.com.
San Rafael Food & Wine Festival
The seventh year of Marin County's focal sipping event features 25 wineries ready to pour their hearts out for you. Saturday, Aug. 10, 1-5 p.m. $30 on-site tickets and $25 for advance. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael, CA. SResProductions.com.
San Francisco Street Food Festival and Night Market
Pre-party at the Asian street food-inspired Night Market, which this year will include karaoke, Berlin-style ping-pong, and even a pig roast in addition to plenty of vendors. The next day, enjoy blocked off streets in the Mission, where a wonderland of roaming carts, temporary cocktail bars, and restaurant booths ensure you'll have plenty of opportunities to splurge. From Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 18. Alemany Farmers Market and Mission District. SFStreetFoodFest.com.
Family Winemakers of California Tasting
Looking for the most concentrated tasting of family-owned California wines that you'll get all year? Mark your calendar for this weekend now. From 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 18. Prices vary. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. FamilyWinemakers.org.
Eat Real Fest
The summer will technically be over by the time this annual extravaganza in Oakland begins, but the Indian Summer that usually brings better weather will be in effect for one of the year's most special mobile food events. From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. Jack London Square, Oakland. EatRealFest.com.