San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival this week

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The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is the largest wine and culinary event in Southern California. Now in its 8th year the event promises to be another grand celebration of wine, food, and entertainment. During last years’ event, an estimated 10,000 festival-goers enjoyed over 800 wines, samplings from 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and gourmet food companies and exhibitors.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is the largest wine and culinary event in Southern California and is nationally recognized by wine and food enthusiasts, media, chefs and winemakers alike.

The 2011 festival culminates this weekend, but activities throughout the week also feature a high-profile lineup of celebrity chefs, winemakers and culinary personalities. The best talent in the food and wine industry will headline the festival’s cooking and wine tasting classes this year.

This year’s lineup includes countless James Beard Foundation award-winners as well as winners of The Next Food Network Star, The Hearty Boys and former contestants on Bravo TV’s Top Chef. Local favorites Chef Bernard Guillas, Executive Chef of The Marine Room and Chef Denise Roa, Executive Chef of Rancho La Puerta will also be attending.“Wine and food enthusiasts can expect a world-class epicurean experience at this year’s 8th annual festival,” said Michelle Metter, the Festival’s co-producer.  “This year’s star-studded lineup of celebrity chefs touches on every end of the culinary spectrum, from James Beard and Michelin Star award-winning chefs to television personalities from Top Chef and The Next Food Network Star. Additionally, this year we are also pleased to announce the Bocuse d’Or Culinary Council Dinner, featuring four celebrated American chefs from around the country.”

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy tasting seminars and discussions from award-winning winemakers, sommeliers and master sommeliers.

Many of these celebrity chefs, winemakers, and culinary personalities will be present at the Grand Tasting Event held on Saturday, November 20. Seen by many as one of the highlights of the festival, The Grand Tasting features 170 wineries, 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants, 30 gourmet food companies, the lively “Chef of the Fest” competition, live entertainment, and more. Tickets start at $125 and are a great deal for such an amazing array of gourmet food and high end wines.

A complete schedule of events and online ticketing is available at www.worldofwineevents.com.

The event benefits the American Institute of Wine & Food’s culinary and enology arts scholarship program.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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