Professional Food Competition

The 2017 Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition is currently open. With an expected 1,500 people attending the 2017 Harvest Fair each day, this is a great opportunity for you to enter your products, win awards and promote your business. The Tasting Pavilion offers a unique space to connect with customers and promote local foods. Expose your business to the thousands of expected people at the Harvest Fair. Choose either Friday, Saturday or Sunday to serve your award winning products.

Competition Details

Competition Coordinator
Sheila Quince
sheila@sonomacountyfair.com

Participants
All Sonoma County based businesses are invited to participate!

Entry Deadline
Friday, August 12



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. New this year, participants of our Coffee Roasting category will be pouring tastes of their locally roasted coffee. More info...

2017 Results

Introducing our 2017 Professional Food Judges

APPETIZERS/HORS D’OEUVRES/SMALL PLATES

Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Winery, Healdsburg
Steve Garner, Culinary Consultant, KSRO “The Good Food Hour”, Santa Rosa
Madeline Kelley, Chef, Kelley & Young Inn, Cloverdale
Jim May, Chef, Santa Rosa
Mark Mazzaferro, Restaurant Reviewer, Vacaville
Rosina Wilson, Author, San Rafael

BREAD

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

CAKES

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

DAIRY PRODUCTS

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

DELICATESSEN

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

DESSERTS

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

OLIVE OIL

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

SAUCES & VINEGARS

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

2016 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results

Testimonials


                 "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