We've covered the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival for the past two years, and although the events vary year after year, we have a good idea of what to expect. We've looked over the schedule of nearly 30 meals, demos, classes and events offered throughout the weeklong epicurean extravaganza and have broken down our top 5 picks for the 10th incarnation of Southern California's largest culinary festival.
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival spotlights the ever thriving and evolving culinary scene of America's Finest City. There are event packages offered that will give participants an overall discount and help guide the experience, but a la carte may be the best option for attendees looking to truly customize their SDBWFF experience. We've scoured the events, and although it wasn't easy, below we run through down our top 5 choices from the lengthy list of options taking place durng the week of November 18-24.
1) La Plancha Pop Up Dinner: Celebration of Baja & Tequila Tasting (Monday, Nov. 18) - Chefs Chad White, Javier Plascencia, Jason Knibb and Food Network Star Marcela Valladolid will collaborate on 6 Baja-inspired courses paired with handpicked tequila. Taking place at Javier Plascencia's Romesco Baja Med Bistro, this dinner will be fantastic, and you'll likely leave pleasantly stuffed and tipsy. For $75, it's a bargain for a meal that may later be declared the event of the festival.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting (Saturday, Nov. 23) - This is the biggest party of the festival, featuring more vendors than you can count, dishing out everything from jelly beans to jambalaya. Held on the Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village, this lavish seaside affair features live entertainment, cookbook signings, 170 wine and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego's top chefs, over 30 gourmet food vendors, and a riveting "Chef of the Fest" competition, making for the premier tasting opportunity. Come very hungry.
Photo by Kevin Hulett
|Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station|
|San Diego Public Market|
Most SDBWFF events require that participants be over 21 years of age to attend. For more information on the 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival and to purchase tickets, visit sandiegowineclassic.com, and be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter.