What a year!! Starting with the 8th Annual San Diego Wine & Food Festival last November, we were so fortunate to be able to cover the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival Lexus Grand Tasting and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Lexus Grand Tasting, with so many awesome events and experiences in between. Since beginning the food-fiscal-year over with the 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, we cannot wait to see what next years' events have in store for us at SanDiegoVille. Going into this year's San Diego Grand Tasting with much more experience, we felt beyond prepared to navigate the venue in order to best share the experience with our loyal readers. Impressed we were, as lines were shorter, food was better, drinks flowed faster, and unlike other grand tastings, we were getting a tan throughout. San Diego is THE BEST! There, we said it! Now you know.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is the star-studded Grand Tasting Event which was held on the Embarcadero Marina Park North, tucked behind Seaport Village. Unlike the food festivals in Los Angeles and Pebble Beach, San Diego offers its Grand Tasting under the warmth of the sunny sky, and while I understand the inherent risk of inclement weather, we had a perfect San Diego afternoon for this year's event. Attendees took in the beautiful panoramic views of the San Diego Bay while partaking in the largest wine and food festival in Southern California. And with over 700 different wines poured amongst multitudes of spirits and beer offerings, it was impossibly dangerous to attempt to try them all, but we sipped and swirled with the best of them.
|Chef Sinsay's amazing sweetbread sample|
|NOBU's pork belly donut|
|Caught Chef Joly off guard|
Other highlights from the San Diego Wine & Food Grand Tasting include:
|Chef Katsuya Fukushima|
- #1 - Iron Chef killer and co-host of Celebrating Julia, Chef Katsuya Fukushima may be the coolest chef ever, as he consistently sports a Domino's Pizza bag that he found on the street awhile back (pizza pie included); this super chill super human also gives out handwritten business cards on the back of Ultraman collector cards;
- Getting Trumer Pils glasses as gifts from our ole buddy Steve Conti of the Gambrinus Company; then proceeding to get almost-assaulted for them as we flaunted the tall boys around the Festival;
- Staying until the very end is recommended as often times vendors want to forgo numerous trips to bring back leftovers. This year, we received a box of goodies from the Fresh & Easy market tent including two bottles of wine, a bunch of Kerrygold butter, cheese and crackers, and too many boxes of chocolate truffles.
- We always love seeing friendly faces from the 'foodie circuit' that we've come to know and love including Chef Anthony Sinsay of Burlap, Chef Daniel Joly of Stella and Beaver Creek, Sarah Grossman of Firestone Walker, and local media pals: Tony Acevedo and Josh Kopelman of DiningOut Magazine, Ron Donoho of The San Diego Bugle, and Denise from There's a Newf in My Soup!.
|People's Choice Winner - Chef Jaison Burke of The Pearl|
Next year's 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has already been announced for November 13-17, 2013, so mark your calendars!! For more information on the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com, and be sure to follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter.