Week-Long Event Features 35 Tastings & Happenings
San Diego is set to host one of its biggest events of the year – certainly for those who love good food and drinks – the week-long Wine & Food Festival.
The dates are Nov. 16-22 and it is comprised of 35 events. Many of these are intimate pairings and tastings of food and drink, building into two big tastings on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
More than 150 wineries, breweries and spirits makers – yes, there’s more to drink here than just quality wines – combine with chefs and 60 local restaurants to serve more than 10,000 people at all the events.
San Diego Wine & Food Festival’s Biggest Events
The two biggest events are The collection at the SommCon Tasting on Friday night (5:30-7:30 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt) and the Lexus Grand Tasting on Saturday (noon-3 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park).
It is this last event that is the most treasured, literally a feast of food, wines, beers and – let’s face it – fun people who are out to socialize as much as they are to savor the flavors.
In fact, PubClub calls it one of the city’s top singles events.
This year, there’s a big emphasis on food and drinks from Mexico. The event’s opening dinner on Monday features a four-course dinner paired with wines from Baja (this event is sold out), there’s a Taco Tuesday TKO cookoff ($45), Thursday there’s a trip to Vlle de Guadalupe and Tijuana ($325) and Mexican wines are part of the new SommCom wine conference ($55).
With the exception of the excursion to Mexico, all the activity for the festival takes place in and around the Gaslamp Quarter, the dynamic downtown area that is full of restaurants and bars, where people go to continue to experience the culinary and drinking pleasures of the city.
Event website & tickets: sandiegowineclassic.com