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Southern California’s Largest Wine & Food Festival Raises a Glass to Celebrate its 12­‐Year Anniversary

San Diego, CA (September 15, 2015) – The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns to America’s Finest City November 15-22, 2015, and is bigger and better than ever. Ticket sales have officially launched for the 12th annual festival, and co-producer Michelle Metter says that food, wine, and local enthusiasts can expect to see exciting new additions throughout the week as well as the return of festival classics such as the iconic Grand Tasting and signature Taco TKO Fish Taco Competition.

“The city of San Diego is a hub for culinary tourism, and is home to a selection of the nation’s best restaurants, breweries, chefs, sommeliers and beyond,” continued Metter. “Each year, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival showcases our city’s best talent, and allows over 10,000 guests from around the world to indulge in an epicurean experience of a lifetime.”

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wines and spirits, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. The week- long experience celebrates San Diego’s vibrant culinary community with over 100 citywide events, wine and cooking classes, chef dinners, and multiple tasting events throughout the week. The Festival’s legendary Grand Tasting, presented by Lexus, transforms the beautiful San Diego Bay into a food lover’s paradise, featuring over 200 wineries, breweries and sprits from around the world, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation.

Additionally the Festival attracts celebrated chefs from across the country, including host of the 1970s PBS television series Cooking Mexican, Rick Bayless; James Beard award-winning chef, Gale Gand; Antonin Careme medal holder, Suzette Gresham; Iron Chef America winner, Katsuya Fukushima; authors of Talk With Your Mouth Full, The Hearty Boys; Executive Chef for Cooking Light, Anna Bullet; Maître Cuisinier De France, Bernard Guillas; Chef of Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Javier Plascencia; Chef and Owner of Común Kitchen & Tavern, Chad White, and the 2014 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Chef of the Fest Winner, Duvinh Ta, Executive Chef of Jake’s Del Mar.

Local culinary standouts also fill out the roster of chef all-stars, including: Steve de Barril, Executive Chef and Partner, Seasons 52; Adam Gunderson, Executive Chef, The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Trevor Chappell, Executive Chef, The Barrel Room; Priscilla Curiel, Chef and Manager, Talavera Azul; Mark Kropczynski, Executive Chef, Grant Grill; Giorgio Lo Verde, Chef, Il Fornaio Coronado; Jason McLeod, Executive Chef / Owner, Ironside Fish & Oyster; John Medall, Executive Chef, The Patio Restaurant Group; James Montejano, Executive Chef, The MED at La Valencia; Anthony Sinsay, Executive Chef, Duke’s La Jolla; Amy DiBiase, Executive Chef, Tidal; Steve Stawinski, Executive Chef, Creekside Grill; Chef Kappa, Executive Chef, Bang Bang; Kimberly Kramer, Executive Chef, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa; Giorgio Lo Verde, Executive Chef, Il Fornaio Coronado; Sam Kambo, Executive Chef, Royal India; Leticia Gonzalez, Chef, Uptown Tavern; Jarrod Moiles, Executive Chef, Veladora; Kevin Templeton, Executive Chef, barleymash, and many more!

New this year, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has partnered with SommCon - a four-day educational conference for wine, beer and spirit professionals as well as serious enthusiasts. Held November 18-21, 2015, this new partnership gives festival attendees access to over 50 new tasting and educational experiences led by the brightest minds in the business. Committed to enhancing the “business of wine,” the educational content featured at SommCon was designed by a team of over 25 of the wine industry’s top professionals who have joined together to form “Team SommCon."

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival offers several ways for epicurean enthusiasts to indulge in the most decadent culinary experience of the year, including all-inclusive ticket packages that offer overall savings, and feature hotel accommodations as well as admission to a selection of the food and wine festival’s premier events. Discounted accommodations are available at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, hotel reservations and ticket packages can be reserved by calling, 877.385.9595.

To preview the schedule of events and featured celebrities visit the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival online at Events, personalities and participating wineries and restaurants are updated daily.


The 12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 15-22, 2015, the event benefits culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies, 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies will participate in the 2015 Festival. For more information visit Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. For more information call 619-312-1212.