Foodies and winos rejoice because Southern California’s largest food and wine festival is making its way to San Diego's Embarcadero this weekend.
The 15th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival arrives on Nov. 11 to treat locals and visitors to eight-days of wine tasting seminars, cooking classes, bites from award-winning chefs and unforgettable celebrity chef dinners.
The star-studded event this year features famous tastemakers such as TV personality and author Graham Elliot, host and food blogger Alex Thomopoulos and winner of the sixth season of MasterChef Claudia Sandoval, just to name a few.
Here's a sample into what you could be enjoying during this grand event:
Pitmaster’s Veterans Day Barbecue
Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
Join Graham Elliot, celebrity chef, author and MasterChef television personality, And Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa chefs Micheal Poompan and Aaron Obregon for a Veterans Day Barbecue by the beach. Tickets are $65 or $35 for children ages 6-13. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include early event access, meet and greet and photo opp with Graham Elliot, plus a specialty cocktail as well as charcuterie and cheese board.
Raised by Wolves
Nov. 12, 7 to 10 p.m., Raised by Wolves
If you’ve never been to a speakeasy brace yourself for a unique experience. Raised by Wolves (4301 La Jolla Village Drive) is located inside what looks like a liquor store and is accessed only through a hidden fireplace entrance. Once inside you’ll find a cocktail and spirits apothecary. You can join Graham Elliot and Jason McLeod at this secret opening party event with a $95 ticket.
Nov. 13, 6 to 9:00 p.m.,Nolita Hall
Enjoy a movie with a sip of wine at Nolita Hall (2305 India St). SOMM, the acclaimed documentary series, continues with a third installment to follow the initial film’s subjects on their wine journey. There will be select wines and canapés with a guided blind tasting and Q & A with featured sommeliers, all for $85.
Food Tank Summit
Nov. 14, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., The Alexandria at Torrey Pines
Food Tank and the Berry Good Food Foundation will host the inaugural San Diego Food Tank Summit. The theme will be "Growing the Food Movement." This event will feature more than 30 different speakers from the food and agriculture industry and includes a delicious breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Tickets start at $199. Guests can receive a $50 discount on the ticket price by entering the code SDFWF upon checkout.
Argentine Asado and Wine Pairings: A Coasterra Cookout
Nov. 15, 12-2p.m., Harbor Float at Coasterra
For $75, Guests can join renowned chef’s Deborah Scott from Cohn Restaurant Group, Coasterra’s Chef de Cucine, Aaron Allen, and guest chef Travis Swikard for a fire-fueled Argentine cookout out on the water at Coasterra’s Harbor Float (880 Harbor Island Dr).
The Grand Decant
Nov. 16, 4- 7p.m., Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina
The Grand Decant is a great way guest can kick off the Wine and Food Festival's final weekend. Join the top sommeliers, wineries and winemakers to taste more than 200 domestic and international wineries representing more than 500 wines with tickets starting at $75. VIP tickets are available for $125 and upgrades your wine tasting at The Grand Decant with exclusive access to rare and high end wines curated by the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Event Producers.
Nov. 17, 12-3p.m. Embarcadero Marina Park North
The culminating part of it all, the Grand Tasting. This is what the whole week has prepared you for. For $135, taste from more than 60 celebrity chefs and restaurants, hundreds of domestic and international wine, beer and spirit purveyors and gourmet food companies. VIP packages are available at $225 and include early event access and a VIP tent that includes hours of entertainment with live musical acts, exclusive tastings by celebrity chefs and luxury winemakers.
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