Keep checking back for our 2018 partners!
Chef of the Fest + People's Choice Award
Congratulations to Chef Mark Kropczynski of Grant Grill for being named the 2017 Chef of the Fest! Chef wowed the judges with his dish of Salmon & Eggs: Crispy salmon, salmon eggs, sugar cured eggs and egg lemon curd.
Celebrated as one of the largest culinary showdowns in Southern California the Chef of the Fest Competition at the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival challenges seasoned and up-and-coming chefs in the San Diego culinary scene to prove their skills in the kitchen and at the Grand Tasting.
2018 Competition Sponsors:
Directions + Parking
Directions to Embarcadero Marina Park North:
Take Front Street Exit from I-5 S, continue on Front St. Merge on to Front St, in .5 miles turn right on to W. Broadway, in .3 miles turn left onto Kettner Blvd, keep right. Embarcadero Marina Park North will be on the right.
Take Cesar E. Chavez Parkway Exit from I-5 N, merge on to Kearney Ave, in .4 miles turn left onto Cesar E. Chavez Parkway, in 1.6 miles turn right onto E Harbor D, in .3 miles turn left onto Kettner Blvd, keep right. Embarcadero Marina Park North will be on the right.
Limited Metered Parking– There is limited metered parking available on many of the surface streets in the area. All meters are $1.25 hour; Check max times before paying the meter.
Parkopedia.com is a free website that lists all the publicly available parking lots and garages and also provides information about street parking. Click here to scope out available parking in the surrounding areas of the Festival.
IMPORTANT: Give yourself plenty of time to find parking! San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival does not own or operate the parking lots or meters. Listed parking lots are public Rates and hours subject to change without notice.
Scholarships + Fest Charities
Fast Forward Futures + Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Scholarships
The activities of the Fast Forward Futures, Inc. are the development, organization, and delivery of community events for the public that focus on culinary, hospitality, and enology needs raising funds for scholarships. The monetary proceeds of all events created and delivered by the Fast Forward Futures, Inc. will go to either a 501(c)3 charity that is selected as a benefiting charity operating within the parameters set by the Fast Forward Futures Scholarship Committee or to individuals seeking education in the culinary, hospitality, and/or enology fields. The benefiting charity or individual may be different each year.
Fundraising activities for the Fast Forward Futures, Inc. consist of silent and live auctions, a golf tournament, and ticket proceeds from certain events and activities held during the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival. Scholarships and funding to nonprofits are awarded based on a Fast Forward Futures Scholarship Committee. This committee is comprised of local restaurateurs, chefs, certified sommeliers, and members of the hospitality trade. Scholarships and funding to nonprofits are awarded annually, with the application process beginning in May, the selection process beginning in October, and awards to applicants administered in November.
Fast Forward Futures applications must be completely filled out, along with the statement and letter of recommendation in order to be considered. Please send all applications to:
c/o Fast Forward Futures Scholarship
San Diego Chapter
1399 N. Cuyamaca Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
2018 Application Coming Soon!
The Chaîne is an international organization with headquarters in Paris, France and is the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. The American administrative offices are in Madison, New Jersey. About 80 countries have Baillages (Chapters) with about 22,000 members worldwide. The Chaîne was founded in 1248 in France, hence the name of the guild that was formed. It continued to be primarily a guild for chefs until its renewal after WWII when it grew to include restaurateurs, hoteliers, winemakers, and lovers of fine food and wine.
The Chaîne awards scholarships for the pursuit of culinary arts and enology/viticulture or hotel management in full or part-time accredited continuing education programs. The scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 and the funds do not need to be repaid. All schools must be accredited, and offer continuous relevant hands-on, in- person experience. As the money for the scholarships is raised by the San Diego Chapter, they are only awarded to people who are connected to San Diego by school, work, or recent involvement in food or wine or hotel management in the area. The scholarship money may be used for study within or outside of San Diego County.
2018 Application Coming Soon!
Looking for a fun and exciting way to meet some of the most influential people in the culinary arts industry? Want to make a difference in the lives of current culinary, enology, viticulture, and hospitality students? Volunteer for the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, a scholarship fundraiser for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and Fast Forward Futures! A large part of the event's success is due to the participation of community volunteers. Some intern credit may apply.
Tasks will include pre-event setup, auction lot administration, exhibitor relations, registration, security support, and post-event clean up. 2018 Volunteer Registration Coming Soon!
If you are a new volunteer to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival and would like to be notified about future volunteer opportunties, we invite you to join our email list by clicking HERE! Be sure to select the box next to the "Volunteer Opportunties" email notification list.
Grand Tasting Trade Registration
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North
2018 Trade Registration Coming Soon!
Safety + Responsibility
Wine enthusiast safety and responsible tasting is always encouraged when enjoying wine, beer and spirits at the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival. While tasting, remember to drink lots of water and spit- it's totally acceptable.
To ensure a safe enjoyable experience for all attendees of Festival events, please refrain from bringing pets and animals.
Due to the close quarters of this event, we ask that a smoke free environment is respected in consideration of others' health and palates. Should any medical situations arise, a first aid station and medic will be available during the tasting.
Ticket Policies + Conditions
Ticket Policies + Conditions:
All ticket holders will agree to the following ticket waiver: All San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival (SDBWFF) events are 21+. No one under 21 will be admitted, including infants. ID's will be checked at the gate. All attendees must have a valid photo ID. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. All tickets are non-refundable. No exchanges, no exceptions. Event schedule is subject to change without notice.
San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival reserves the right to refuse admission to or reject or remove any person that is intoxicated or whose conduct is deemed unbecoming, without refund. SDBWFF urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly. The holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to SDBWFF and agrees SDBWFF, their agents, venues, vendors, sponsors, and employees are not liable for any resulting injuries. This ticket will not be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. Patrons may not bring food or drink products onto the Festival grounds. As condition of admission, all personal items are subject to search. Sound recordings and videography of SDBWFF are expressly prohibited unless prior permission is approved. Skateboards, bicycles, skates, rollerblades, pets (unless trained to assist), are prohibited. You must have your wrist-banded daily in order to be re-admitted. Events, dates, times, venues, and personalities are subject to change.
This ticket is a revocable license, which may be withdrawn, and admission refused anytime upon refunding the printed purchase price. This ticket may not be duplicated. Holder shall not transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture or reproduction of the event to which this ticket is issued. Holder expressly grants the promoter and its licensees to use holder's image or likeness in connection with any live or recorded transmission or reproduction of such event. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted. No re-admittance. Access to venue by any person other than the original purchaser of this ticket may be denied. Management may revoke the license and eject or refuse entry to the holder for violation of facilities rules, illegal activity or misconduct. Persons selling or reselling tickets in violation of any applicable city, county or state regulations, ordinances or laws are subject to arrest and prosecution.
Policies + Conditions Continued:
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All tastings/samples are included in ticket prices - there are no additional fees for tasting. Alcohol will stop being served 15 minutes prior to closing of each event. Food and alcohol will last as long as exhibitors have product.
Pricing and Other Errors
All tickets are subject to service fees. Our tickets are processed through a third party, which charges a convenience fee per ticket to offset operational and product costs. Phone order or mail in ticket fees are $4 per ticket, internet "print at home" tickets are $4 per ticket.
If the amount you pay for a ticket is incorrect regardless of an error in a price posted on this website or otherwise communicated to you, or you are able to order a ticket before its scheduled on-sale or presale date or you are able to order a ticket that was not supposed to have been released for sale, then: Event Management will have the right to cancel that ticket (or the order for that ticket) and refund to you the amount that you paid. This will apply regardless of human error or a transactional malfunction of this website.
Billing Information and Verification
Orders are processed only after a billing address, and other billing information, has been verified. Occasionally, we receive incorrect billing or credit card account information for a ticket order that can delay processing and delivery. In these cases, Customer Service will attempt to contact you, using the information provided at the time of purchase. If Customer Service is unable to reach you after its initial attempt, Customer Service may cancel your order and may sell your tickets to another customer without further notice.
Unlawful Re-Sale of Tickets
Unlawful re-sale of tickets (or attempted re-sale) is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. A ticket shall not be used for advertising, promotions, contests or sweepstakes, unless formal written authorization is given by Event Management, provided that even if such consent is obtained, any use of Event Promoter's trademarks and other intellectual property is subject to Event Management’s consent.
You expressly understand and agree that: (a) this site and any of the services are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis and that this site makes no warranties, representations or conditions (as used in this section "warranties") of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement and that any such warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed, and (b) this site specifically makes no warranties that it or any of its services, including any content, information, products or services obtained from or through the use of this site or any of the services, will be provided on an uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free basis or that such services or the results derived therefrom will meet your requirements or expectations.
Occasionally, events are canceled or postponed. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival will not provide refunds for cancellations. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, World of Wine Events, and Fast Forward Events shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that an event is rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this event impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. Fast Forward Events, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival and World of Wine Events will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case the event cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.
Limitation of Liability
You expressly understand and agree that in no event shall this site, including its affiliates and licensors, be liable for any damages whatsoever, including any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages, and any damages for loss of profits, savings, goodwill or other intangible losses, regardless of whether this site had been advised of or could have foreseen the possibility of such damages, arising out of or in connection with: (a) the use, inability to use or performance of any of the services of this site, or (b) any unauthorized access to or modification to any of your content or transmissions, or (c) any other matter relating to this site or any of the services.
Use of Likeness + Voice
Attendee authorizes the Event (San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival) and anyone authorized by them, to retouch or alter any photographs taken of the event Participant and use it, in whole or in part, with or without the Participant's name, signature, and/or other identification of any other fictitious or real person, in any and all media, for advertising or commercial purpose, and to claim and register its copyright in same; and further, release the Event, and their respective employees, directors, officers, agents, successors, and assigns from any and all liability arising from the use of the participant's photograph and from any blurring, distortion or optical illusion which may occur or be produced, as well as from the use of the Participant's name, signature, and/or information; and further relinquish all right, title and interest in and to the negatives and prints and their reproduction, including the right to approve their final form, context and use.
No camera or recording devices are permitted at the Event, except as approved by Festival Management.
Collection of Data
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Editing or Deleting Your Account Information
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We may make changes to this Policy from time to time. We will notify you of substantial changes to this Policy either by posting a prominent announcement on our site and/or by sending a message to the e-mail address you have provided to us that is contained within your user settings.
San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival Fueled by:
1399 North Cuyamaca Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: 619-312-1212; Fax: 619-312-1211
Festival Producer / Owner
Festival Producer / Owner
Associate Director, Events / Ext. 107
Senior Coordinator, Events + Sponsorship / Ext. 114
Manager, Events / Ext. 105
Associate Director, Sponsorship Development / Ext. 112
Sales Coordinator, Events + Sponsorship / Ext. 121
Account Manager, Public Relations / Ext. 107
Director, Content / Ext. 104
Marketing + PR Assistant / Ext. 103
Director, Finances + HR / Ext. 113
Administrative Assistant / Ext. 111
Past Sponsors + Exhibitors
To view our 2017 sponsors and exhibitors, click here!