Is eating fantastic food cooked by some of the country's best chefs while sipping top wines from around the world your idea of a good time? I thought so. How about doing this on one of the most beautiful stretches of California coastline imaginable?
That's pretty much the shortest summary I could come up with for the event known as the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, a star-studded event that continues to serve as the premier food and wine event held in California every year. While the event has gone through several incarnations under different organizations and ownerships, it has remained the event with the most famous chefs and the most sought-after wines of any public tasting on West Coast.
Held at The Inn at Spanish Bay and the Pebble Beach Resort in Monterey County, the event features cooking demonstrations, fabulous meals, wine seminars, evening parties, and a grand tasting that feature the handiwork of Michelin starred chefs from around the country, some of the top sommeliers in America, and some of the world's greatest wines.
By way of example, this year includes a tasting of wines from Burgundy's Domaine Faiveley, food from Joshua Skenes of Saison Restaurant, a cooking demonstration by Jonathan Waxman, and a seminar highlighting the "newest" cult Cabernets from Napa. Many more sessions and tasting opportunities exist, so you'll want to pop on over to the event's web site to check them out and see if anything appeals to you.
Tickets are going fast, and many things will likely sell out, so if you're looking for something tasty to do the last weekend in March, better start planning now!
Ninth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival
Grand Tasting Sunday April 3
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tickets for the event start at $100 for some wine seminars, and go up from there. A ticket to Sunday's Grand Tasting will set you back $225. Some seminars are sold out, but many are still available, and tickets to the Grand Tasting are also still available, but will sell out soon. Get yours today online, and if you plan to stay overnight, make sure you make those arrangements as soon as possible, (or check to see if you can find a room, as they may be scarce).