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Accommodations for the 2019 San Diego Bay Wine + Food
Festival

An epicurean’s dream to be sure, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is about to launch its 16th annual edition, and you’ll have boutique accommodations just minutes away from its main event at the Sofia Hotel!

This weeklong smorgasbord soiree celebrates chefs, winemakers, and other food and drink personalities from not only San Diego but also the rest of Southern California and, indeed, the wider world. It’s widely considered one of the top foodie events in the country: Indeed, this year it landed the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for “Best General Food Festival.” 

The 2019 San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival 

This year’s San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival takes place Saturday, November 9th through Sunday, November 17th. There are special dinners and tastings across town, plus culinary lectures, workshops, foodie safaris, and other awesome events on the itinerary.

Among those festival happenings this year are a lesson in Neapolitan-style pizza making at Buona Forchetta (Tuesday, November 12th) and an introduction to the wines and cheese of Basque Country at Ranch 45 (Thursday, November 14th).

There are also loads of swanky parties with a foodie focus, fieldtrips to Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe and the speakeasies of the Gaslamp Quarter (right next door to the Sofia!), and a spirited battle that’ll establish who whips up San Diego’s finest taco (going down in Lane Field Park on Sunday, November 17th). 

The culmination of the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, meanwhile, is the Grand Tasting, which takes place on Saturday, November 16th at Embarcadero Marina Park North less than a mile from the Sofia Hotel. It’s a truly fantastic lineup of food, drink, and good times along the bayfront that you really won’t want to miss.

This Year’s Wine + Food Festival Talent

From special events throughout the week to the Grand Tasting, the 2019 San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is, as usual, featuring a top-class roster of culinary talent. They include such local San Diego County chefs as Amy Diabase of Vistal, Andrew Reyes of Tidal, and Bernand Guillas of the Marine Room. Winemakers taking part this year include Chris and Kathryn Hermann of 00 Wines, Greg Burns of Jessie’s Grove Winery, Linda McWilliams of San Pasqual Winery, and Lulú Martínez Ojeda of Henry Lurton; sommeliers such as Gillian Balance MS of Treasury Wine Estates and Larry O’Brien MS of Jackson Family Wines, plus such notable thinkers as Lia Jones of Diversity in Wine & Spirits, will also be on hand.

Live music will be supplied by San Diego’s very own Bulevar Descarga, whose members hail both from here and from our sister city of Tijuana. 

You can peruse the full list of San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival talent right here.

Enjoy the Best Accommodations in Downtown San Diego for the 2019 San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Join us here at the Sofia Hotel for this year’s San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival! We’re just a stone’s throw from the Grand Tasting delights at Embarcadero Marina Park North and conveniently situated for all the other fun around town (including those Gaslamp Quarter watering holes!). Book your guest room or VIP suite at the Sofia today for the culinary awesomeness about to unfold!