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April 2015 Events Calendar

LocalEats list of April 2015 food events, festivals, conventions and restaurant weeks. Events are listed by state - then date. We're happy to post your event here, simply email details to:


State / Event Name

April 22 Earth Day Worldwide
April 10-11 Tri State BBQ Festival 2015 Dothan
April 11 Asian Cultures & Food Festival  Birmingham
April 2-5 The Great Alaska Sportsman Show Anchorage
April 7-12 Scottsdale Culinary Festival Scottsdale
April 18 27th Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival Mesa
April 18-19 12th Annual Polish Festival Phoenix
April 4 World Cup of Beer Homebrew Competition Finals Oakland
April 5 Union Street's 24th Spring Celebration & Easter Parade San Francisco
April 11 A Celebration of Mendocino Sparkling Wines Hopland
April 11-12 & 18-19 24th Annual El Dorado Passport Placerville
April 16-19 Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend Santa Barbara
April 17-18 California Wine Festival Orange County Dana Point
April 17-19 San Joaquin Asparagus Festival Stockton
April 18 Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival Sacramento
April 18 3rd Annual Riverside Tamale Festival Riverside
April 19 Los Angeles Avocado Food Festival Los Angeles
April 22-24 16th Annual Worlds of Flavor 2015 Napa Valley
April 23-26 Santa Barbara County Vintners' Spring Weekend Buellton
April 25 34th Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Day Petaluma
April 25 27th Annual Winter Wine & Food Fest Sacramento
April 25-26 The Union's 30th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show Grass Valley
April 25-26 KHTS Home & Garden Show Santa Clarita
April 2 Flavors of Denver Denver
April 7 Tapas & Tasters Tour Fort Collins
April 10 Celebrity Chef Tour Vail
April 19 Taste of Pearl Boulder
April 12 Madison Lions Club Wine Tasting  Madison
April 10 5th Annual Get Down In Town Rehoboth Beach
District of Columbia
April 13 Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Washington
April 2-11 Clay County Agricultural Fair Green Cove Springs
April 4 4th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival Fort Pierce
April 9-12 Levy County Fair Williston
April 9-18 Lake County Fair Eustis
April 10-12 Better Living Home & Garden Show Miami
April 10-18 Hernando County Fair & Youth Livestock Show 2015 Brooksville
April 16-19 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival 2015 Sandestin
April 17-19 Cooking for Life Festival North Miami
April 17-19 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Miami
April 18-19 The Festival of Chocolate 2015 Tampa
April 25-26 St. George Annual Greek Festival Hollywood
April 17-19 47th Annual Blessing of the Fleet Darien
April 24-26 Sacred Heart Garden Festival Augusta
April 24-May 3 7th Ka'u Coffee Festival Pahala
April 25 23rd Annual East Maui Taro Festival Maui
April 10 WhiskyFest Chicago Chicago
April 16 Celebrity Chef Tour Chicago
April 25 5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Chicago
April 12-14 ChefConnect: Indy Indianapolis
April 21-22 Hoosier Hospitality Conference Indianapolis
April 1 Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo Portland
April 6-12 EAT Brunswick! Brunswick
April 18 Main Street Heat Chili Cookoff Mt. Airy
April 18 Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ Fest Mt. Airy
April 11 9th Annual Future of Food & Nutrition Student Research Conference Boston
April 13 Taste of Newton-Needham Needham
April 30 16th Flavors of Neponset Valley Gala Foxboro
April 17 Noto's Spring Charity Wine Fest Grand Rapids
April 4-5 New Vintage Days Chisago City
April 11 A Taste of Wabasha Wabasha
New Jersey
April 11 MFEE Chili Cook-Off Montclair
April 18-19 5th Cumberland County's Spring Home Improvement Show Vineland
April 25-26 Fast Tracks & Food Trucks Jackson
New York
April 2 New York Weddings Event New York
April 9 Mediterranean Diet Roundtable New York
April 18-20 Women Chefs & Restaurateur's National Conference New York
April 19 North Fork Horseradish Festival Riverhead
April 24-26 & May 1-3 Annual Wine & Herb Festival Romulus
April 25-26 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo New York
North Carolina
April 18 Stanly Spring Brew Fest Albemarle
April 2-4 Spring Dairy Expo Columbus
April 10-11 Wine Forum of Oklahoma Stillwater
April 11 2nd Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest Hood River
April 25 Celebrity Chef Tour Dayton
April 11 Gettysburg Firkin Fest Gettysburg
April 16 Flavors of Philadelphia Philadelphia
South Carolina
April 26 Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival West Columbia
April 3-4 Annual One Shot Turkey Hunt Pulaski
April 6-12 Mule Day Columbia
April 26 Flavors of Memphis Memphis
April 30 Celebrity Chef Tour 2015 Nashville
April 8-12 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Sugar Land
April 10-12 Pearland Crawfish Festival Pearland
April 24-26 Chicken Fried Steak Festival Lamesa
April 25 Côtes du Coeur Int’l Fine Wine Auction & Celebrity Chef Dinner Dallas
April 1 Benefit for Virginia Wounded Warror Program Pentagon
April 11 Cherry Blossom Celebration & Rosé Release Purcellville
April 18 Breaux Vineyards Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting Purcellville
April 10-12 Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo 2015 Madison
April 11 Anacortes Spring Wine Festival Anacortes

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

The First Ever South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
April 26, 2015, from noon – 5:00PM
South Carolina Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29172

Gourmet food on wheels arrives in Columbia! Food Truck Festivals of America is excited to announce the first South Carolina Food Truck &Craft Beer Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market on Sunday, April 26th, from Noon - 5:00 PM.

And in true food truck harmony, Sam Adams craft beers will be available to pair with every truck’s cuisine.

The festival will include more than 20 trucks from the area, serving up a variety of savory dishes, from new American, to bacon wrapped jumbo brats, to all-natural handmade popsicles. Some of the participating trucks include:

  • Cuzzo’s Cuisine…Columbia’s own!
  • King of Pops…bringing us treats from Charleston
  • All-Star Café…one of Charlotte’s finest
  • Plated Palette…another great addition from Charlotte

After producing more than 22 food truck festivals in New England over the past few years, “It was time,” says FTFA Executive Producer Anne-Marie Aigner, “to chase the sun during the snowy months in New England.  We’re delighted to be producing a series of warm-weather festivals, including the one in Albuquerque – and we’re sure the trucks and the guests will love the festival enough that it will become an annual tradition.”

For more information about the 2015 South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, please visit: . The list of participating trucks changes constantly, so getting the latest from the website will be most helpful.  It’s also possible to buy tickets in advance ($5 entry fee—buy food separately) and avoid the lines. 

Benefit for Virginia Wounded Warrior Program



PENTAGON, VA (February 2015) – Champps in Pentagon is teaming up with Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) for a special celebration.  Due to inclement weather, Champps, located at 1201 South Joyce Street, has rescheduled their celebration to benefit VWWP from Thursday, February 26 to Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The party will be held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., where guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary sampling of Champps’ signature dishes, including Champps Americana Chopped Salad, Chipotle Burger, Pepper Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos and Calamari Fritti

Featured signature cocktails include Grand Sangria, Island Rum Punch and Champps Long Island Tea for $4 each; draft beer will be available for $2 each.

Champps will donate 10% of sales for the entire day and night of Wednesday, April 1 to Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, which is dedicated to improving and expanding services to Virginia veterans and their family members coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress and/or traumatic brain injury.  Donations help VWWP meet the critical treatment and supportive service needs of the Veterans and their families.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Champps for their celebration event and are so grateful that they have chosen to support our efforts to serve Virginia Veterans and their families,” said Brandi Jancaitis, Executive Director of Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.  “We are looking forward to a fun and festive event.  We invite everyone to come and join our Northern Virginia team on April 1!" 

Champps in Pentagon offers 44 High Definition TVs; nearly 100 kinds of beer, including 27 beers on tap, 19 craft beers, eight of which are local; Golden Tee Golf; and a deliciously crafted menu for sharing, snacking and dining.

Champps in Pentagon is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday – Wednesday;11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday – Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.  For more information, reservations or to book a private event, call Champps at (703) 414-3601, or visit us at on Facebook and Twitter.

About Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP)

Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) was established in 2008 in response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation’s veterans and their family members coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress and/or traumatic brain injury.  VWWP monitors and coordinates the delivery of behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services for Virginia Veterans and their families.

The VWWP works to ensure that Virginia Veterans do not slip through the cracks and that adequate and timely assessment, treatment, and support are available to promote resilience and recovery.  Through an extensive network of Federal, State, and Local partnerships, the VWWP proudly serves veterans of any era who are Virginia residents; members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves not in active federal service; and family members of those veterans and service members.  For more information,

About Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF)

VVSF is a charitable organization as defined in section 170 (c) (1) of the US Internal Revenue Code and sections 2.2-2715-2719 of the Code of Virginia.  VVSF is authorized to raise and accept donations for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program by the referenced Code sections and the Virginia state office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) manages donations to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP).  100% of donations received go to veterans and their families.  No donations to VWWP are used for administration, staff or fundraising.  More information on VVSF can be found at or

About Champps

Champps owns and operates 25 restaurants in 13 states.  The sports oriented restaurant began over 30 years ago in Minnetonka, Minnesota and to this day maintains a comfortable venue for people to gather and watch a game, grab a bite to eat or socialize with a beverage.  Their state of the art kitchens and culinary expertise allow the restaurants to serve guests authentic, high-quality, hand-crafted, American cuisine inspired by their local communities.  With a full bar of beer, wine and spirits; an extensive menu; plenty of seating; and TVs for a high quality viewing experience, Champps is the perfect place for any occasion.  For reservations or to book a private event, please call your Champps or visit, Facebook and Twitter.  

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Cooking for Life Festival, North Miami, FL April 17 to 19, 2015


Date: 4/17-4/19
Time: 9:30am-6:pm (for 4/18)

FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism
3000 NE 151 ST, North Miami, FL, 33181

Kick of the weekend on Friday at Mignonette which has agreed to donate a percentage of Friday night’s sales to Common Threads. Festival events commence Saturday morning. Festival events include: a culinary boot camp and mid-day reception at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management featuring demonstration and interactive cooking classes; a Saturday night exclusive VIP and tasting event with local Miami restaurants and chefs welcoming Common Threads and Chef Masaharu Morimoto to South Beach at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach; a Sunday beach yoga class held on the property of the Thompson Miami Beach; a special VIP reception and a Sunday brunch prepared by some of the nation’s celebrated chefs including host Michelle Bernstein at the Thompson Miami Beach.

This fundraising weekend raises monies that go towards programming in schools nationwide that include 40 schools in Miami alone. Through hands-on curriculum Common Threads is empowering students and families to cook and learn healthier choices working together to reverse the trend of childhood obesity and related health complications.

Cost of Tickets: $60-250
Phone Number to Publish for Information: (312) 462-0722


Taste of Newton-Needham, Newton, MA, April 13th, 2015

Announcing our 2015 participants
“Spring Seasonings: A Taste of Newton and Needham”
Monday April 13, Newton Marriott Hotel

More than 40 of Newton’s and Needham’s top restaurants and beverage providers will participate at the annual ‘Spring Seasonings: A Taste of Newton and Needham, Monday April 13 at the Newton Marriott Hotel, from 5:30-8 p.m.

The popular all-you-can-eat event includes many of the area’s newest establishments but also many returning favorites. Attendees will enjoy bite-sized versions of dishes taken directly from the menus of the area's top chefs plus extensive wine tasting and beer samplings.

“This is the only night of the year when you can sample culinary creations from Newton's and Needham's best restaurants under one roof,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Chamber. Tickets for Spring Seasonings are $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling 617-244-5300

Our 2015 Spring Seasonings’ lineup

  • 3 Squares Restaurant
  • Bakers' Best Catering
  • Bertucci's Needham & Newton Corner
  • Besito Mexican Restaurant
  • The Biltmore Bar & Grille
  • Bin Ends
  • Blue on Highland
  • BOKX 109 American Prime
  • BRIO Tuscan Grille
  • Cabot's Ice Cream and Restaurant
  • The Capital Grille
  • The Center Cafe
  • COOK Newton
  • The Cottage
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Crowne Plaza Boston Newton
  • Davio's Chestnut Hill
  • Del Frisco's Grille
  • Dunn-Gaherin's Food & Spirits
  • Farm Grill Rotesserie
  • Fiorella's
  • Gubba Rum
  • Johnny's Luncheonette
  • J.P. Licks
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • The Local
  • Masala Art
  • Nature Springs Water Co.
  • Needham Center Fine Wines
  • Not Your Average Joe's
  • Riverbend Bar & Grill
  • Seasons 52
  • Link Café at the Sheraton Needham Hotel
  • Showcase SuperLux
  • Social Restaurant and Bar
  • Stacy's Juicebar
  • Terry O'Reilly's Irish Pub
  • Treat Cupcake Bar
  • Union Street Restaurant
  • Upper Falls Liquors
  • Wegman's
  • Whole Foods Market

‘Spring Seasonings: A Taste of Newton and Needham,” April 15 at the Newton Marriott Hotel, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at or at 617-244-5300.

Greg Reibman

281 Needham Street
Newton, MA 02464

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