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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition



November 19, 2011 (Saturday)


Grand Tasting Event

Date:          November 19, 2011
Time:          11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (VIP, TRADE & MEDIA ONLY)
Time:          12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   (Open to public)  

Note:           All alcohol and food will stopped being served at 3:00 pm

Price:            $125 (in advance)    $150 (at festival)
                      $150 (early entry;   $175 VIP (Early entry, Gift Bags, and VIP tent access, not available onsite)

Location:      Embarcadero Park North Behind Seaport Village    Directions > >
Note: Alcohol and food will stop being served at 3:00 pm at this event

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The Grand Finale of the sizzling five-day festival is the star-studded Grand Tasting Event held November 19 on the Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village.  Take in the beautiful San Diego Bay and enjoy the ocean breeze as you partake in the largest, most talked about wine and food festival in Southern California. 
Note: This Event Sold Out last year...

As we like to say, its glass clinking, celebrity watching, swishing, swirling, mouth watering kind of fun!  This year you will enjoy:

170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors
With over 700 different wines being poured at this year’s Grand Tasting we challenge you to pick out just one favorite!  Taste from a wide range of domestic and international wineries, discover new labels to add to your home collection, and visit old favorites.

70 of San Diego’s Top Chefs
Your inner foodie will be in heaven as you taste cuisine from over 60 of the city’s most talented chefs as they pull out all the stops to wow you for their chance to win over $50,000 in cash and prizes! 

Gourmet Foods, Art & More!
As if 70 chefs weren’t enough we’ve also brought together just over 30 gourmet food companies for you to nosh your way through. 

Chef of the Fest: The “Chef of the Fest” competition is an action-packed culinary showdown involving all chefs during the Grand Tasting event on November 20. Chefs compete in one of five categories and are judged by a panel of local and national celebrity chefs, authors and members of the food and wine media. Through a tiered judging process, one chef is selected as the best representation of innovative, fresh, flavorful cuisine and crowned “Chef of the Fest” walking away with up to $50,000 in cash & prizes and some serious bragging rights

Cookbook Author Signing:   Celebrity chefs will be on hand in the Border's Bookstore book tent to autograph copies of their best selling cookbooks.

Live Entertainment:   Live musical performances will take place on both ends of the Festival.

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The Clay Colton Band has been entertaining audiences across Southern California with an eclectic blend of authentic original and popular music since 1999.

While opening for the Zac Brown Band, placing 3rd in Kenny Chesney's "Next Big Star" competition, and winning the Viejas Casino/KSON $10,000 Big Country Showdown, the Clay Colton Band has made a respected name for itself in San Diego and can be found playing regularly at many hot spots throughout Southern California and the western US. Their music crosses through every modern genre while tapping into the influence of musical history from the past 60 years of popular music. Throughout their experiences of performing up to 240 shows per year for almost a decade to a variety of fans of all backgrounds and ages, the CCB has discovered their own sound that is at the heart of American culture.

Audiences have come to love the band for their entertaining demeanor, rustic rock sound and energetic stage presence. Some would categorize them as Americana, Southern Rock, Alt-Country, or Alternative Rock, but the truth is, they simply ROCK, with any adjective you prefer to put in front of the word. They can be found online at

Charity:   Proceeds from auctions at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival benefit the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) culinary arts scholarship programs. AIWF Scholarship

Note: Alcohol will stop being served at 3:00 pm at this event
Food and Alcohol will last as long as vendors have product


All-Star Mixologist  Afterparty
Featuring Mixologists from Grant Grill, Searsucker, Prohibiton, Nobel ExperimentVin de Syrah, Craft & Commerece, and Tower 23

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Saturday, November 19, 2011
8:00 pm – Midnight

US Grant , a Luxury Collection Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA  92101

Price: $50
To RSVP call The Grant Grill: 619-744-2077

The city’s most talked about and celebrated mixologists invite you to a continuation of the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, Saturday, November 19 from 8pm-Midnight at THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel.  Once you have sipped and savored at the Grand Tasting, tempt your palate with an innovative collaboration of cocktails from San Diego Bar Guild’s All Star Cast, including mixologists from Grant Grill, Searsucker, Prohibition, Noble Experiment, Vin de Syrah, Craft & Commerce, Tower 23 and more! As an added element of intrigue and instruction, three bar stations will rotate throughout the evening to feature a “mixologist of the hour” - showcasing his/ her individual style and talents.  Techniques will include smoke, block ice, infusions, exotic produce and wine cocktails – each guaranteed to stir awe and inspiration into the eventful evening. In addition to complimentary tray passed bites, the modern gourmands can assemble at the Afterparty’s champagne, oyster and bacon station, and sample $1 drinks to their culinary content, or shake up the foodie overload with live entertainment and a silent auction featuring unique prize opportunities. Event admission is $50 per person, and half of the ticket price will directly benefit the San Diego Bar Guild.  Don’t miss this unforgettable all-star evening! 

*Tickets will be sold at the door, cash or credit card payment accepted.
*For questions, please call The Grant Grill at 619-744-2077.

The San Diego Bar Guild is a chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild - an organization of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of their craft. Such refinement is achieved through advanced product education; original hand crafted cocktail competitions; and aggressive involvement with other professionals in the beverage industry throughout the country and internationally.


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