Professional Food Competition

Some of Sonoma County’s best and brightest food artisans participate in the Harvest Fair’s Professional Food Competition. Professional chefs, caterers and bakers bring unique culinary creations to be sniffed, tasted and finally critiqued in a blind judging by industry experts to determine which dishes and products are the best of the best. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair uses a Danish system of judging, which considers each item individually. If judges deem necessary, multiple gold medals may be awarded per category. Entries can be awarded Best of Show, double gold medals, gold medals, silver rosettes or bronze rosettes.

Taste the Best

All of the award winning foods will be served in the Tasting Pavilion on a rotation over the three day event, offering guests a unique pairing experiene each day. More...

This year's professional food judging will take place as follows:

Cakes/Pastries (Aug. 26) | Desserts (Aug. 27) | Vinegar (August 28) | Bread (Aug. 29) | Appetizers (Sept. 2) | Deli & Sauces (Sept. 3)
Dairy Products (Sept. 4)


2014 Winners


2013 Restaurant Competition Winners

  • Salad: John Ash- Fig Chevre and Arugula
  • Appetizer: John Ash- Mary's Crispy Chicken Slider
  • Vegan Entrée: El Coqui- Vegetable Conoa
  • Pasta Dish: Catelli's- 10 Layer Lasagna (Best of Show)
  • Seafood Entrée: Thai Time- Ole's Ocean Seafood
  • Meat Entrée: El Coqui- Pollo Al Horno
  • Dessert: John Ash- Russian River Raspberry Cheesecake

Honorable Mention:
Twist Eatery-Pulled Pork Sandwhich
Taverna Sofia- Gyro Sandwhich

2013 Winners