Something for everyone at this year’s San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival


The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival returns for a week-long showcase of San Diego culinary talent along with an international showing of some of the world’s premiere wine and spirits.

Hosted at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, the 14th annual festival runs from Nov. 12-19 and features food from San Diego restaurants, wines and spirits, a culinary showdown to determine this year’s Chef of the Fest, The Tasting at SommCon Sommelier convention and of course, the culminating Grand Tasting event on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Signature events during the week include a Golf Classic at the Maderas Golf Club in Poway, a film screening of celebrity chef Ed Lee’s documentary Fermented at The Lot in Liberty Station and a Fish Taco TKO at the Broadway Pier.

For those wanting a unique experience, Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky is hosting a “Porta Party” Speakeasy event during the Grand Tasting. Don’t let the porta potty front fool you. Once inside, there will be neat pours, cocktails, a photo booth and music to enhance the rustic vibe feeling. This speakeasy event will be available to all ticket holders, the key will be figuring out which john is hiding the entrance to the speakeasy.

The festival also will feature brunches, multi-course luncheons and the Roots Dinner Experience at the Marina Kitchen, which is a wine-paired dining experience hosted by Chef Aron Schwartz and his guest chefs. Chef Schwartz is also among the hosting chefs for the Culinary Icons event featuring visiting chefs from the Relais & Châteaux hotel in France.

Tickets for events at the festival are priced individually, but packages are offered as way to customize an exclusive experience. Packages range from $310-$665 with the most prestigious package being offered at $25,000. For those just interested in just the Grand Tasting event, general admission is $85-$135.

Information about the schedule of events and ticket prices can be found at

Various locations around town, 619.312.1212,