San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival

When the rest of the county cools down this fall, travel to San Diego heats up as one of the nation’s largest epicurean experiences takes the spotlight.  Nationally acclaimed celebrity chefs, legendary winemakers, 70 of San Diego’s trendsetting chefs and top dining restaurants converge in America’s Finest City for the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

San Diego Food and Wine Festival
2011 San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival

Taking place November 16-20, the weeklong culinary classic offers several Wine Weekend Getaway and VIP packages for those looking to turn their experience into an extended culinary vacation, with stays at one of San Diego’s distinguished hotels.

San Diego’s hottest hotels have partnered with the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival to offer hotel and travel packages to ensure a perfectly relaxed and enjoyable experience.  With a dozen hotels participating, rates and packages are available at a variety of price ranges while supplies last, and include savings on Festival tickets and choice of participating hotel.  Packages include tickets and hotel stay with access to a range of events, including tickets to the elegant Reserve Tasting, cooking classes taught by celebrity chefs, wine-tasting classes led by sommeliers and industry experts, a Celebrity Chef Luncheon prepared by five of today’s nationally acclaimed chefs, and the Grand Tasting, where 170 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies, and 70 of San Diego’s top dining restaurants converge on the Embarcadero for the largest wine and food festival in Southern California.

The Wine Weekend Getaway packages include:

Wine Weekend “Grape Escape” Package – San Diego: Save 23%
With packages starting at $602, this package includes (2) tickets to the Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction, (2) tickets to the Grand Tasting, and (2) nights at your choice of participating hotel.  This equates to a savings of $100 versus purchasing the packaged items separately.

Wine Weekend VIP Treatment Package – San Diego: Save 36%
With VIP packages starting at $1,168, this package includes (2) tickets to the Reserve Tasting, (2) VIP passes to the Grand Tasting, (4) Wine Tasting and/or Cooking Class tickets of choice, (2) tickets to the Celebrity Chef Luncheon, (2) Festival VIP gift bags with posters, Collector’s Festival wine waiting “en suite,” VIP lanyards granting special access to early Grand Tasting admission, exclusive access to the VIP tent during the Grand Tasting, and (2) nights in choice of participating hotel.  This equates to a savings of $500 versus purchasing the packaged items separately.

Participating Hotels Include:

Marriott Marquis $815 $1,382
Manchester Grand Hyatt $741 $1,308
Embassy Suites $767 $1,334
Omni San Diego $697 $1,262
Porto Vista $602 $1,169
Paradise Point $822 $1,389
Kona Kai $649 $1,216
Holiday Inn on the Bay $649 $1,216
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay $791 $1,358
Doubletree Mission Valley $649 $1,216
Doubletree Downtown
Bristol Hotel
Catamaran Hotel & Spa

Each package includes tickets, (2) night stay, and hotel taxes for two people.  Single packages also available—please inquire for details.

To take advantage of the Wine Weekend Getaway packages during the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, call 877-385-9595.

For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival outside of the package deals, visit or call 619-342-7337.


The 8th 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 16-20, 2011, the event benefits the American Institute of Wine & Food culinary arts scholarship program.  Over 800 wines, 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and gourmet food companies, and exhibitors participated in the 2010 Festival.  For more information Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions.  For more information call 619-342-7337.


As an award-winning turnkey event management and marketing solutions provider, Fast Forward Event Productions specializes in the creation of world-class trade and consumer events, brand activation and experiential marketing strategies, street team and mobile marketing tours for the luxury marketplace.  From elite wine and food experiences for thousands of discriminating palates to intimate brand-to-press networking events in the heart of Manhattan, productions by Fast Forward Events accelerate human connections, put brands in front of key influencers, and deliver an unparalleled return on experience.  Fast Forward Events is the producer of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Southern California’s largest luxury wine and culinary experience now in its eighth year.

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