The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival opens its festivities November 16th and finales on the 23rd. The event is a marathon for foodie and wine aficionado alike and for the amateurs, an opportunity to stretch the gastric muscles before the Thanksgiving holiday. This November marks the events eleventh year as a unique and gourmet experience that shines a light on San Diego’s culinary prowess as well as award prestigious culinary and enology scholarships for the preservation of gastronomical talent.
There isn’t a single meal of the day that isn’t discussed, concocted, or delightfully enjoyed at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Dessert is no exception.
This year Cooking Light is sponsoring a holiday inspired cooking demonstration, Deceptively Decadent Holiday Desserts & Port Pairing, on Thursday, November 20th. This will be the first event with this focus to be held at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Cooking demonstrations at the Festival are intimate crowds who often have the opportunity to bring their own culinary questions to the chef as well as become educated with new recipes and kitchen techniques. With Cooking Light as its sponsor, the event focuses on creating lighter versions of decadent favorites. May sound like an impossible feat, however nothing but the best is offered by San Diego’s finest. From chocolate baklava to molten cakes, share the sweet tooth delights first with foodie peers then at home straight from your own kitchen. Priced at $40 per ticket, the cooking demo is one of the Festival’s least expensive events but just as sweet.
The Festival’s Grand Tasting Event happens on Saturday, November 22nd beginning at noon for general admission and earlier at 11:00 a.m. for VIP and early entry ticket holders. The Grand Tasting Event brings together over 200 wineries and spirit purveyors, 70 plus of San Diego’s best restaurateurs, and over 10,000 foodies to the seat of the San Diego Bay. Grand Tasting Event general admission prices at $135 a ticket for imbibing patrons and $75 per ticket for designated drivers. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in the People’s Choice Award to be given to the favorite restaurant represented at the Grand Tasting Event.
The Festival guest chefs include notable names as Richard Blais of San Diego’s own Juniper & Ivy as well as Brian Malarkey of Searsucker et. al. Adding further sweetness is The Cravory’s Derek Jaeger, known for his unique cookie flavors and a slough of extraordinary culinary talent and sommeliers.
For out of town guests, the location without a doubt lays bare San Diego’s greatest attributes. Set along the embarcadero marina, guests will take in the shining San Diego Bay along with their chardonnay. Several hotels are positioned with convenient locations making the event accessible by foot or pedicab. In addition to single ticket sales, the Festival offers several ticket packages to encourage patrons to enjoy and explore the flavorful scene to their delight. Whether you are in the industry, at-home chef, or wine collector, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival welcomes your palate once again.