Come for the Food, Stay for the Wine at This Year’s San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Are You Ready for the Foodie and Wino Festival of the Year?

Written By: Luis Lopez San Diego Bay Wine & Food 2017
Photography By: Bhadri Kubendran San Diego Bay Wine & Food 2017

The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is fast approaching and you will soon get your chance to be a part of an unforgettable day filled with excitement, great food and great drinks. The festival is an international showcase of the world’s best, as the name suggests, wine and food. This citywide tasting experience goes on from Nov. 12-19 packed with over 40 tasting experiences across the city. Let us explain why you should get yourself a ticket as soon as possible.

A week of extravagance, cooking classes, chef dinners, expeditions and multiple events all jump off with the festival’s legendary Grand Tasting on Saturday, Nov. 18, featuring over 200 wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world and 60 of San Diego’s best chefs and restaurateurs. With all the options available at the Grand Tasting, this event should be referred to as a ‘feastival.’ Plus, you’re in luck because all-inclusive packages are available that offer savings, hotel accommodations, and admission to food and wine festival’s premiere events. But wait, there’s more! The weekend long food and wine festival raises funds for Fast Forward Futures, which awards culinary, enology and hospitality scholarships to San Diego County students and professionals seeking to further their careers in these disciplines.

Here some SD Bay Wine & Food events to get excited for:


Fish Taco TKO

For only $45, you can be part of this fish taco battle royal. No punches are pulled here as chefs go head-to-head as they attempt to ‘wow’ your taste buds into naming them as the best. If I’ve already got you hooked on the idea of chefs attempting to make the very best fish taco just for you, then let me reel you in with a little bit more information. The event isn’t just tacos; there will also be unique beer and tequila stations alongside live music. Get ready to have a great time and attempt to dance along to the music because, let’s face it, we’ll have way too much food and alcohol in us to dance unhindered.

Broadway Pier
1000 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101


Wine and Music at the SommCon

If you want to be part of scientific research involving music and wine, then this is your chance. For $65, experience Clark Smith and his research—since 1990—on the impact of music on the taste of wine, and with his many accolades since, it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing.


The Tasting at SommCon, The Vault Access

For $65 on Nov. 17, take part in the Tasting at SommCon and get up close access to over 100 wineries and winemakers from around the world. Feel like a superstar as you spend the time with Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. If you don’t want the fun to end there, be sure to book dinner at Marina Kitchen’s Roots Dinner Experience, featuring San Francisco’s two-star Michelin chef Suzette Gresham Acquerello, Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room and Chef Aron Schwartz of Marina Kitchen.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W Harbor Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Steve Brown’s Farmer Table

Take a seat at Chef Steve Brown’s table as he prepares a multi-class dinner for you. As you enjoy an evening at the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, you’ll be presented with food inspired by Steve Brown’s own farm. The courses will include Heritage Berkshire Kurobuta Pork, A5 Satsuma Wagyu Beef and Imperial Wagyu.

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
2525 N Ave
National City, CA 91950


Flix Fermented

If you’ve been enjoying cheeses, wines and beers for some time, you are probably aware that fermentation is the necessary catalyst that make all these wonderful delicacies worth enjoying. Even if you are well versed in the fermentation process, you still won’t want to miss an opening night party and film screening of celebrity Chef Ed Lee’s new documentary, Fermentation. Come on and enjoy opening night by learning a bit more about this fascinating process and once the movie is over you’ll be greeted with a post-screening party containing cocktails, beers, wine, music, tasting stations and wonderful company for only $65.

The LOT Liberty Station
2620 Truxtun Rd
San Diego CA 92106

To preview more events and featured celebrities, visit the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival at

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