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The 6th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns to downtown San Diego November 18-22.

Billed as the largest event of its kind in Southern California, the festival features 170 wineries, 70 of the finest dining establishments from around San Diego, live entertainment, exclusive tasting opportunities and more. Attendees will be able to rub elbows with elite winemakers and chefs throughout the multi-day event.

The Grand Tasting, marquis event of the festival, takes place on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village. Tents line the bay offering gourmands the opportunity to taste some of the best food in the region, including items from popular local restaurants such as Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, Roy’s Downtown San Diego, Oceanaire and The Prado, among dozens more.

Also at The Grand Tasting are wines and spirits from around the world and close to home. Local favorites such as St. Petersburg Russian Vodka and Orfila Vineyards and Winery will be offering samples alongside international stars such as Whitehaven Wine Company and Veramonte Winery. From Albarino to Zinfandel, an estimated 800 wines will be available to sample.

Educational opportunities continue to be a large part of festival offerings. Featured among the wine classes is local wine professional and author John Alonge who will lead Brandt Beef and Big Red Wines on Thursday, November 19th at The San Diego Wine and Culinary Center. Other wine classes available include subjects such as Paso Robles, saki and a Charles Krug Winery vertical tasting.

Television star Sam Zien, better known as Sam the Cooking Guy, is once again involved with the festival as a celebrity chef instructor. His subject this year is Holiday Brunch, a class designed to help take the stress out of holiday entertaining.

“The festival is everything that is good with food in San Diego all combined in one,” said Zien. “It is in one of the prettiest spots in San Diego with the best food in San Diego.”

New for attendees in 2009 is the availability of a Wine Weekend Getaway package. Options include choices of downtown hotels, VIP amenities, select classes and more.

“Wine and food enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience Southern California’s largest wine and food festival with affordable (getaway) packages that put them right in the action,” said Michelle Metter, the festival’s co-producer. “Our packaged deals give attendees an experience of downtown San Diego’s unique hotels and VIP accommodations combined with the culinary excellence found only at the festival.”

The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival has a proud history of supporting a local scholarship program administered by the San Diego Chapter of The American Institute of Wine and Food. Two events, The Master Sommelier Reserve Tasting and The Big Bottle Live Auction, help support scholarships for local culinary and enology students. To date, more than $125,000 has been raised for this program.

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  1. Melanie Harrison
    Posted 11/13/09 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I were in town for last year’s event and it was fantastic! A great way to further your wine education while having a great time in a beautiful city!

    Something I thought I would pass along here is a great free offer I found on the web after I took a wine survey. At the end of the survey, you can choose one of two items, one of which is a free subscription to Wine Spectator magazine. (This was a full year subscription and I wasn’t asked to give a credit card). I passed this link on to some friends, too, and I think readers of this blog will enjoy it as well. Cheers!

  2. Posted 11/13/09 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the advice Melanie. I’d also add the filet mignon burritos from Donovan’s last year were DIVINE!

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