Professional Food Competition

Professional Food Competition

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair strives to create a premier showcase event celebrating Sonoma County’s agricultural diversity. We focus on the locally produced distinctive artisan foods, microbrews/ciders and premium wines that distinguish Sonoma County as a world-class destination for an amazing farm-to-table dining experience. The tasting experience is an all-inclusive tasting for the fair patron each day. Guests will experience the same level of superb food and wine each day. The Tasting Pavilion will showcase all the foods from our professional competition along with the fine wines; and microbrews and ciders will further enhance their experience. More info...

2017 Results

Introducing our 2017 Professional Food Judges


Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Winery, Healdsburg
K.C. McClure, Chef, Phil Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa
Madeline Kelley, Chef, Kelley & Young Inn, Cloverdale
Jim May, Chef, Santa Rosa
Mark Mazzaferro, Restaurant Reviewer, Vacaville
Patti Robarts, Chef/Owner Catered by Patti & Friends, Cloverdale


Steve Hartz, Culinary Consultant, Santa Rosa
Ron Misasi, Bakery Consultant, Santa Rosa
Evan Wizner, Baker, Rustic Bakeries, Novato


Lisa Kaufman, Pastry Chef, Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg
Tracy Mattson, Owner, “Cookie…Take a Bite”, Santa Rosa
Christy Polley, Pastry Chef, Sebastopol


Doralice Handel, Cheese Consultant, Healdsburg
Colette Hatch, Cheese Director, Oliver's Market, Santa Rosa
Emily O'Conor, Gourmet Cheese Manager, Oliver's Market, Windsor


Lucia Azevedo Fincher, Owner, Café Lucia, Healdsburg
Tim Bodell, Executive Chef, Rustic, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
Perry Hoffman, Culinary Director, Shed, Healdsburg
Karen Brock, Deli and Catering Manager, Big John's Market, Healdsburg
Wade Nobles, Manager, Spoonbar, Healdsburg
Kolin Vazzoler, Executive Chef, Simi Winery, Healdsburg


Nicolas Abrams, Culinary Director, Rustic Bakery, Novato
Anthony Bonviso, Owner/Pastry Chef, Gotta Havit Desserts, San Rafael
Mr. Jean-Yves Charon, Owner/Pastry Chef, Galaxy Desserts, Richmond Reg Elgin, Pastry Chef, Santa Rosa
Bruce Johnstone, Pastry Chef, Insalata Restaurant, San Anselmo
Regina Rolland, Owner, Chocolate Boutique, Kenwood


Lawrence Jacobs, Oliver's Markets, Santa Rosa
Julie Menge, Sacramento
Louis Gonzales, Oakland


Debra Del Fiorentino, Consultant, Petaluma
Bob Peak, Consultant, Santa Rosa
Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Vineyards, Healdsburg

2016 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results


                 "We have entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for several years now and are fortunate enough to display our Gold Medals and Best of Category Award s proudly in our restaurant."
Olarn Tonverapongsiri, Thai Time Asian Bistro


"The Harvest Fair has promoted the bounty of Sonoma County for decades. We are honored to participate in this annual event that recognizes the outstanding wines and specialty foods from our region, since our initial entry earning the only gold medal and Sweepstakes award for our classic sour deli roll in 1981."
Wlliam K. Seppi, CEO Costeaux French Bakery


                   "I entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for the first time in 2014 and medaled with every one of my entries, even earning a double gold for my Lemon Cheesecake. It gave me the confidence I needed to take the next step and open my own restaurant!"
Emily Nagan, Emily's Kitchen


"Entering the Professional Food Competition is a win-win for Oliver's Markets. We are proud supporters of Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and our culinary and baking teams enjoy the recognition from the judges. We hear great feedback from our customers, too." - Tom Scott, CEO, Oliver's Markets