September: The month when it’s safe for people and food to go outdoors.
Maybe it’s the cooling weather, or maybe it’s just coincidence, but a slew of foodie events are happening in the days to come.
Here’s the rundown.
▪ California Wine Month will be celebrated by the the Madera Vintners Association at the Fäsi Estate Winery, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
Local wineries, restaurants and caterers will provide food and wine. Jazz Xperiment will provide live music. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for Fresno State students studying viticulture or enology.
Tickets cost $35 and are available online at http://www.maderawinetrail.com/. Fäsi is at 42415 Road 208, in Friant. Details: (559) 706-8216.
▪ A Taste of River Park, Saturday, Sept. 17, at The Shops at River Park. This event combines food, fashion and wine on the street near Yoshino’s. A portion of the ticket sales goes to the American Red Cross.
You can sample food from River Park restaurants and taste wine from local wineries.
River Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary, so this year’s event theme is “Kickin’ It Old Skool.” A DJ will play music from the 1980s and 1990s.
A fashion show and performance by the Jazzy D Dance Studio are also scheduled.
Tickets cost $30 before the event and $40 at the door and are available online or at the River Park management office near Yard House. The event is for age 21 and older. Details: 559-437-4855.
▪ The Old Town Clovis Craft Beer Crawl runs 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Sample brews from local breweries, ones from across the state and from home brewers. Food trucks will be there, too.
This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets cost $35 before the event, $45 the day of and can be purchased online at http://oldtownclovis.org/craft-beer-crawl/.
▪ The Tower Brew Fest, from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, will happen behind the Tower Theatre.
More than 60 craft beers and food from Tower District restaurants will be available for tasting and included in the ticket price. Food is from Bobby Salazar’s, Sequoia Brewing Company, Me-N-Eds and Zen Wok Fusion.
Live music will be provided by Ed Hull’s Polkateers followed by Eva Scow and The Experience.
Tickets cost $35 ($37.22 with service fee if purchased online). They can be purchased at the gate, Sequoia Brewing Company, Livingstone’s, the Tower Theatre box office, Grandmarie’s Chicken Pie Shop, Irene’s Cafe and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
▪ Fiestas Patrias celebrates Mexico’s independence from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. The event is at Fulton Street (formerly Fulton Mall) and Mariposa Mall.
The event features traditional and pop Mexican music, folkloric dancing, food and other vendors. Admission is free.
▪ The Fig Garden Village Wine Walk is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
Wine and food from 11 restaurants will be available for sampling. The event benefits Habitat for Humanity Fresno County.
The public is invited to watch, sample the competitors’ coffee and learn about the AeroPress.
House of Pendragon will be selling beer with the proceeds going to Lanna’s foundation that benefits people in northern Thailand.
Details: www.facebook.com/lannacoffeeco or 888-249-2645.
▪ Taste of the Valley, Burris Park, south of Kingsburg, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 lets visitors sample food and drink from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. There will be live music, a silent auction and the historic wagon barn and museum will be open.
One change this year: The Kings County Farm is sponsoring the event, instead of the Burris Park Foundation, which has raised money for outdoor education for area students. A donor bequeathed his estate to the foundation, which decided it didn’t need to do the fundraiser anymore.
The foundation is passing the event along to the farm bureau because it shares similar goals of educating Kings County students.
Tickets cost $50 each, and can be purchased online at kcfb.org or the bureau’s office at 870 Greenfield Ave., Hanford. Details: 559-584-3557.
▪ California Wine Month will be celebrated with food, music and wine at Moravia Wines from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Six Fresno wineries are participating, including Cardella Winery, Engelmann Cellars, Marechal Vineyards, Moravia Wines, Old Fig Wine Cellars and Ubick Vineyards.
The Painted Table catering company will have a gourmet burger bar and the Rich Severson Jazz Quartet will perform.