California is leading the production of organic foods and it is probably the most diverse destination for culinary tourism in America. Culinary tourism in California has so much to offer, you will be licking your fingers.
Yolo county has a little bit of everything to satisfy your different food interests. Also known as the Beer-muda Triangle, because of the growing craft beer production. Yolo towns boast some awesome local brews. If wine is your thing, Yolo has plenty of wineries and wine tasting rooms to enjoy. There are many local food & wine events that attract foodies from all over the state. Fourth Friday Downtown Feast is held in Winters once a month and offers visitors to taste local craft beers, wine and locally grown produce. Another one is Food Truck Mania, hspprning every first Sunday of the month in Woodland. Don’t miss one of the oldest and biggest farmers’ markets in the country, the Davis Farmers Market.
San Diego’s food scene is certainly leading the way, when it comes to innovative restaurants. The city attracts celebrity chefs, who have opened famous restaurants. Baja Med cuisine is very popular in this part of the state, due to the proximity of Mexico and there are plenty of restaurant that offer it. Along with its award-winning restaurants, San Diego has fantastic cocktail bars and breweries. And for those who like to shop locally, there is the public market at historic Liberty Station.
San Joaquin Valley
If you are a fan of the farm-to-table concept, California has a lot to offer. Agricultural tourism in the Golden state is well developed, with many farms offering guided tours, al fresco dining, picking your own fruit and vegetables and interacting with animals. San Joaquin Valley is one of the largest agricultural regions in California and it consists of many counties. Fresno has several farms with goats, cows, hens and other farm animals. Many farms specialize in growing certified organic fruits from dozens of varieties. Kern county has a few farms that grow rare animals such as alpacas and ostriches. In Merced county, you can visit farms with beautiful orchards growing cherries, apricots, peaches, almonds, walnuts and pecans. You can even buy your Christmas tree there! In San Joaquin county you can choose between several wine tasting experiences and many fruit and vegetable farms. You can find the complete California Agricultural Tourism Directory here.