Crab & WIne Days, Mendocino California
Showcasing locally caught crab and locally produced wines, this celebration (January 23 and 24, 2009) kicks off Taste Mendocino, a three-weekend festival welcoming winter's Dungeness crab season. Festivities include cooking classes, crab tours, fishing excursions crustacean-and-wine dinners, and the annual crab cake cook-off and wine tasting at Fort Bragg's Noyo Harbor. For more info call 1-866-466-3636 or visit on the web www.gomendo.com.
Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, Longboat Key, FL
The Colony Resort has rung in the past 18 fall crab seasons with a four-day fete that showcases the sweet meat. Highlights include cooking demonstrations, wine offerings, a beachfront Sand-Between-Your-Toes Tasting, and a gala with wines and seven-course meal. This year, it's October 23-26; ColonyBeachResort.com/stonecrab.
Kapaula Wine & Food Festival, Maui, Hawaii
Started in 1981, this festival has become one of Maui's most popular , attracting chefs, winemakers, critics and food lovers by the thousands to the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. The event, held June 26-29, invites sippers to tour the world's best wine regions during a tasting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The revelry concludes Sunday evening, when more than a dozen chefs offer their two best dishes, paired with the host's and master sommelier's wine choices. For more info call 1-866-669-2440.
Clayoquot Oyster Festival, British Colombia
Shellfish farms on the west coast of Vancouver Island harvest roughly 50,000 gallons of oysters a year. The region celebrates the bounty each November -- known to locals as "Oysteremember"-- by uniting area chefs and British Colombia wineries for an oyster-centric event (November 20 through 23 this year). Restaurants host oysters and wine pairing dinners, and oystermen and scientists give farm tours and seminars.
For more info call 1-250-725-3414.