The purpose of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is to highlight our County’s agricultural, industrial and recreational opportunities. The Fair’s inception was in 1975, and is considered one of the premiere regional wine judgings in the country. It draws a considerable amount of attention and interest on both a statewide and national level.
The Harvest Fair recruits 18 judges representing trade, education, writers, retailers and others in the wine and hospitality industry to judge the professional wine competition. Over two days they judge over 900 wines, all made from grapes grown in our premiere Sonoma County growing region. They stimulate both local and national recognition of Sonoma County’s premium wines. The Harvest Fair also highlights Sonoma County’s innovative cuisine through its professional food competitions.
The Harvest Fair, though very much in the national spotlight, is still able to retain its exclusively local flavor. In addition to our wine and food judgings it holds a Grand Tasting where over 1,500 people can sip and taste all the Golds and Best of Class wines. Patrons can also venture outside the tasting pavilion to enter or watch the World Champion Grape Stomps held in conjunction with the Grand Tasting.
The Harvest Fair is a major tourist event, yet continues to focus its emphasis on the community.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Mission Statement
Our mission is to showcase and promote locally produced agricultural products; to celebrate our region’s culinary, visual and performing arts and to provide family entertainment while fostering and enhancing agricultural prosperity and our county’s cultural resources.