…let’s see, are we forgetting anyone? Oh yes, the Inland Empire Food and Wine Festival in Ontario.
Ah…spring is in the air and food festivals are cropping up everywhere. Odd thing is, they’re all happening in April.
These food festivals are great ways to sample items from local restaurants without having to risk paying for a full meal.
First up is the Inland Empire Food and Wine Festival, which is part of the Inland Empire Super Show. It takes place April 10 and 11 at the Ontario Convention Center.
If you’re still hungry, the next day is Taste of the Pomona Valley at the Pomona Fairplex.
On April 22, you can experience a Taste of the Chino Valley at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center.
Two days later, you can have a Taste of Claremont at Taylor Hall in Claremont.
Follow the jump for all the details on these events.
Inland Empire Food and Wine Festival (part of the Inland Empire Super Show)
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11
Where: Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario
Cost: Tickets start at $7 (two-for-one coupon available here), samples run $1 to $4.
Participants: Unknown. “Over 30 restaurants and 6 wineries,” according to the Web site.
Ticket info: Available at the door
Information: Inland Empire Super Show
6th Annual Taste of the Pomona Valley
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 12
Where: Avalon Pavilion, Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Participants: JT Schmid’s Brewery, Double Tree Hotel, McKinley’s Grill, Certified Hands, Pomona Valley Hospital Food & Nutrition, Finish Line, Hooters, Tony’s Famous French Dips, Casa De Salsa, Candy Bouquet #3985, Packing House Wine Merchants, 2nd Street Bar and Grill, Coco Palm Restaurant, Euro Cafe
Ticket info: Available in advance by calling the Pomona Chamber of Commerce, 909-622-1256, or by contacting any chamber board member
Information: Pomona Chamber of Commerce, 909-622-1256, firstname.lastname@example.org
14th Annual Taste of the Chino Valley
When: 5 to 8 p.m.,
Monday Thursday, April 22
Where: Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Ave., Chino
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Wine will be be sold at the event. Bottled water will be free.
Participants: Arianno’s Pizza & Pasta, Avocado House, BAPS Chino Hills, Blue Fire Grill, Cannatario’s, Chaffey College Culinary Arts, Chick-fil-A, City Broiler, Costco Wholesale, Empanadas To Go, Fuji Grill, Graber Olive House, Honolulu Harry’s, Larios Meat Market, Marie Callendar’s, Masala Bowl, Mimi’s Cafe, PapaChino’s Greens & Grill, Pomona Valley Medical Center, Riverside Grill, Royalty Cakes, Sandra’s Mexican Grill, Santa Maria BBQ & Grill, and Tropical Smoothies Cafe
Ticket info: Available at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, 13150 Seventh Street, Chino; 909-627-6177
Information: Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce;
11th Annual A Taste of Claremont
When: 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24
Where: Taylor Hall, 1775 Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
Cost: $50; entry restricted to ages 21 and older
Participants: Anheuser-Busch, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Bert & Rocky’s Cream Company, Brandt Family Winery, Buca di Beppo, Casa de Salsa, Casa Moreno, Casablanca Bar & Grill, The Cheese Cave, The Corner Butcher Shop, Dale Bros. Brewery, Darvish Restaurant, Euro Caf, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Hayato Sushi & Grill, Heroes and Legends Bar & Grill, Hillcrest – Village Center Cafe, Hotel Casa 425, Inka Trails, Jouni’s Cafe & Catering, Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards, La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, The Orchard Restaurant at the Doubletree, Packing House Wine Merchants, Rincon Azteca, So Fresh Salads and More, Specialty Cellars, Starbucks Coffee, Sweet Addictions Bakery, A Taste of Asia, Trader Joe’s, Wine Styles
Ticket info: Available online at A Taste of Claremont; 909-447-7717; also available at the following Claremont businesses: Bejeweled, 260 W. Bonita Ave.; Carkle Sudie, 216 W. Second St.; Euro Caf, 546 E. Base Line; Prudential Wheeler Steffen Real Estate, 500 W. Foothill Blvd.; Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd.; Xerxes, 319 Yale Ave.