San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, A Mouthwatering 5-Day Feast
The festival—among the country’s very biggest, very liveliest epicurean extravaganzas—celebrates its 10thanniversary from November 18 to 24, once again bringing together astoundingly talented chefs, sommeliers, brewers, distillers, and culinary experts with thousands of bon vivants.
Keep this in mind, too: In some parts of the country, November may be dreary and cold, but—with temperatures typically no crueler than sweater-weather—the season is perfect for a balmy San Diego visit.
The San Diego Wine & Food Festival is a gourmet’s fantasyland, a sensual five-day adventure into the world-class gastronomic landscape of Southern California. And this year’s iteration boasts some heady statistics: Some 70 restaurants and better than 200 wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be represented in the proceedings.
Culinary trendsetters from San Diego and far beyond participate in this epic party, giving you an incomparable chance to feel the pulse of the regional and national food scene firsthand. Sample the fruits of the vine with legendary winemakers such as David Arthur Vineyards and Veedercrest Estates, then foray into other realms of the fermentation spectrum with some of the nation’s top brews and spirits. The vast variety of libations syncs nicely with a diverse palette of eats and sweets whipped up by standout restaurants such as Amaya La Jolla, Casanova Fish Tacos, and Gang Kitchen, among many others. Celebrity chefs and cooking demos round out the festivities.
With the caliber of restaurateurs on hand, it makes sense that the San Diego Wine & Food Festival features a little competitive cooking. At the Grand Tasting Event, you can judge the creations of kitchen gladiators squaring off in the Chef of the Fest matchup, and also vote on the festival dish that most impressed you in the People’s Choice Award.
You can burn off calories in the Cooking Light and Health Fit Foodie 5K; participating runners enjoy plenty of perks, including tastings from Stella Artois and Cupcake Vineyards.
The San Diego Wine & Food Festival is a spectacular event you (and your stomach) won’t soon forget. Your room at the Sofia Hotel, meanwhile, will supply the R&R.