Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival consists of the tastes, sights, and sounds that encompass the Salinas Valley’s wealth of individual talents combined with the bounty of our fields, vineyards, farms, and ranches. The Festival boasts foods straight from Salinas Valley fields, ranches, and farms and tastings perfectly prepared by the exceptional chefs and restaurants of our Valley.

This is your complete Salinas Valley culinary experience with select chefs focusing upon the Food Heritage of the Salinas Valley. We have identified culinary brilliance from many of our Valley towns found along the 101 and brought them all together for this one-day annual Festival.



Featured in 2018

Chef “EJ” Estevan Jimenez –
Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, Drummond Culinary Academy Executive Chef – Specialty Item featuring Olinday Farms Duck Eggs

Castroville – The Choke Coach – Grilled Artichokes with Artichokes from Ocean Mist

North County – Schock Family Farmstead – Local Handcrafted Cheese

Salinas -Salinas City BBQ – Pulled Pork & Ribs

Salinas – Gutierrez Drive-In – Carnitas and Salsa

Salinas – Giorgio’s at 201 Main – Specialty Item

Salinas – Tacos Don Beto – Specialty Item

Gonzales – Olinday Farms  – Duck Eggs to be prepared by Chef EJ

Gonzales – Bobbie Francioni of Pessagno Winery with guest Chef Steve Benson – Polenta & Beef Stew

Soledad – Chef Tony Vasquez – “Soledad” Seasoned Tri-tip


PLUS, other incredible offerings with fruits and vegetables straight from Salinas Valley fields:

Carmel Berry Company – Specialty Dessert – Berries and Cream with Elderberry Syrup

Sundance Berry Farms – Berries, berries, and more berries

Driscoll’s – Even more berries

Taylor Farms – Salad Samplings

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s “More Produce in Schools” Program with “Snacking Favorites” from Mann Packing Co.

Max Fit Meals – Healthy Meal offerings To Go

JC Gonzalez and Rudy Jimenez of Urban Arts Collective – Salad Mandalas Living Art (display only) featuring produce by Andy Boy and Green Thumb Organics Farms

THANK YOU to Sundance Berry Farms, Ocean Mist, Mann Packing, Driscoll’s, and Andy Boy for donations of produce!

Special THANKS to the Grower-Shipper Association and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation for the tremendous support in coordinating the featured food elements of the 2018 Festival!