March 23-March 24
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
The California Artisan Cheese Festival is a weekend long celebration of the artisan cheesemaking community, which means you get to take farm and producer tours, go to seminars, and spend all of Sunday afternoon tasting products from more than 100 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and more.
Cost: Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace: $50
The Regency Ballroom
SF’s culinary community will be out in full force for Taste of the Nation, a fundraiser for No Kid Hungry. Participating restaurants include China Live, Frances, The Slanted Door, and many more. Not that you need an excuse to eat delicious food, but in case you do, this is one of the best there is.
Cost: Tickets start at $150
SF County Fair Building
If unlimited samples of artisan, gourmet, and premium chocolate sounds like something you’d enjoy, you won’t want to miss the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Check out demonstrations and chef and author talks between bites. Or during. No judgment.
Cost: $20 in advance; $30 at the door
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Dozens of breweries will be pouring at Battle of the Brews, a beer competition and festival with all-inclusive beer and food tastings, live music, and your chance to vote for the People’s Choice award. Get VIP if you want to attend the VIP Craft Cup Competition and start the day three hours earlier.
Cost: VIP: $100; Main event: $50
April 10-April 23
Various movie theaters
There will be over 200 films from over 50 countries at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival. This is your chance to see films that have not yet secured US distribution, as well as the world premiere of Netflix’s new original series “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.”
April 13-April 14
SoMa StrEAT Food Park
SF Grilled Cheese Fest is the ultimate festival celebrating possibly the best comfort food on earth. There will be tons of food trucks all serving up different grilled cheese concoctions, plus optional all-you-can-drink craft beer.
Cost: $5 admission; optional all-you-can drink beer: $36
Civil War Parade Ground, Main Post, The Presidio
Cider Summit SF: Because sometimes you need a break from beer. There will be more cider than you can possibly drink at this outdoor festival. VIP gets you 18 tasting tickets and early admission, while GA gets you 15 tasting tickets. (Additional tickets are available to purchase for $2 each.)
Cost: GA: $40 in advance; $45 at the gate; VIP: $50 (not available at the gate)