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The San Diego Food + Wine Festival returns this fall to celebrate 20 years of showcasing diverse culinary flavors from SoCal and the US-Mexico border


The James Beard Foundation® and Food Tank join award-winning festival 2-10 November 2024

July 11, 2024 — The highly anticipated annual San Diego Food + Wine Festival (SDFW), formerly the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, will return November 2-10 with a fresh look, exciting new partners and enhanced programming. Celebrating its 20th year as the premier food and wine event on the West Coast, San Diego Food + Wine has evolved to one of the largest culinary festivals of influence in the country, attract over 11,000 food and wine enthusiasts from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Beyond just an entertainment event, the festival serves as a vibrant hub for thought leaders in the food and beverage industry. This year promises to be the most exciting yet, with new partnerships including the prestigious James Beard Foundation and the global nonprofit Food Tank.

“Our journey began over 20 years ago with a mission to create an annual showcase that shines a national and international spotlight on the vibrant city of San Diego, our surrounding bioregion and its incredibly talented and passionate chefs, farmers, fishermen, winemakers and producers. says the festival’s co-producer, Michelle Metter. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are evolving as a multi-genre, multi-cultural festival that is mission- and value-led. A festival with soul that inspires and entertains, that is as versatile as it is delicious and where luminaries and innovators will come together for a truly epic week together with our new partners who James Beard Foundation and Food tank.”

According to Metter, the festival highlights the city’s rich multinational influences and its sunny, diverse culinary landscape where guests can expect the largest curated collection of wine, beer and spirits producers, along with culinary talent from across the country.

“It will be an unforgettable celebration of taste, inspiration and community.”

EMPHASIZES THE REGION’S CULINARY UNIQUENESS

The festival honors the influence of Latino, Asian and BIPOC cultures on Southern California’s exploding food and beverage scene, bringing together top chefs from both sides of the USA-Mexico limit. Famous culinary talents from Food Network and Executive chef will join chefs honored by Michelin, James Beard Awardsand that The world’s 50 best restaurants and bars. A highlight of the culinary powerhouses and drinks include:

  • Maynard Llera (Kuya LordLA, 2024 James Beard Award for Best Chef: California)
  • Clarice Lam (Breaking Bao2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist Best New Restaurant)
  • Carlos Gaytan (HavePlaya del Carmen, Mexico, 1 star Michelin and TzucoChicago, Bravo Top Chef)
  • Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine Magazine, Author, The world in a wine glass)
  • Roberto Alcocer (MallowValle de Guadalupe and WheyOceanside, 1 star Michelin)
  • Charlotte Randolph (First Michelin Sommelier of the Year, co-owner of Californios, San Francisco, 2-star Michelin)
  • Javier Plascencia (James Beard, 1 star Michelin, AnimalónGuadalupe Valley, Baja)
  • Matt Crafton (winemaker, Chateau MontelenaCalistoga)
  • Ruffo Ibarra (Baja, Bocuse d’Or)
  • Suzette Gresham (2-star Michelin WatercolorSan Francisco)
  • Travis Swickard (CallieSan Diego)
  • Claudia Sandoval (MasterChef Latino)
  • Kevin Tocino (Aruba Day DrinkTijuana #16 World’s Best 50 Best Bars)
  • Jairo Villalvaso (1-star Michelin, Damianabaja)
  • Cameron Ingle (MarissaLa Jolla)
  • Drew Deckman (1-star Michelin, Concha de Piedra, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja + 31THIRTYONE)
  • Oliver Seki (Seki RestauranteBaja, Bocuse d’Or)
  • Marcelo Hisaki (Restaurant AmoresBaja, Michelin + Bocuse d’Or)
  • Gerardo Carrera (Sabina SabeOaxaca, #22 world’s best bars 2023)
  • Ewan Bennie (young blood, San Diego, #49 World’s Best Bars 2022)

An epic collection of over 800 incredible wines and spirits will be poured during the festival, representing the world’s most prominent wine growing regions including Paso Robles, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Lodi, Temecula, San Diego, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Portugal to name a few. Spirits enthusiasts will have chances throughout the week to taste some of the world’s most sought-after whiskeys, learn about tequila and mezcal, and explore low- and non-alcoholic wine and spirits options.

EXCITING NEW ELEMENTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • The FOOD TANK SUMMIT: Food Tank, KPBS and the San Diego Food + Wine Festival are teaming up to hold a groundbreaking summit to discuss “What will the 2024 election mean for the Good Food Movement? Immerse yourself in discussions about the future of food with celebrity chefs, advocates, farmers, national and local community leaders, for-profit CEOs and more.
  • BAJA CULINARY EXPEDITION: A journey through the Michelin Guide Mexico: Experience a journey through Michelin Guide Mexico with acclaimed chefs and winemakers.
  • FRIENDS OF JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION Opening Night: Grand Decant : The official kickoff event will feature outstanding James Beard Award-recognized chef and bar talent, as well as hundreds of wineries and spirits pouring their best vintages and varietals for guests – Paso Robles Tasting Room, Louis Roederer Champagne and more. The evening benefits the James Beard Foundation’s mission to support the people behind America’s food culture and a more sustainable and just future for the independent restaurant industry and beyond.
  • GREAT TASTING: An epic waterfront celebration of all-star chef and beverage talent with Live Fire VIP experiences, Michelin-rated and James Beard-nominated chefs, the return of Cohn Restaurant Group’s Cohnchella, One World’s Beef Pavilion, live music and plenty of immersive tastings from Paso Robles Wine Country, Temecula, Sonoma, Lake County and International Wine & Spirits.
  • GRAND FIESTA: A celebration of food, wine and culture from Baja and beyond with dozens of culinary stations, live music plus the return of the beloved annual “Taco TKO” contest.
  • CULINARY CINEMA: The Coronado Island Film Festival and SDFW have teamed up for a newly curated lineup of food-inspired films to screen during this year’s festival. In addition to the screenings, the series will feature engaging panel discussions, offering insights from filmmakers, on-screen talent and celebrity chefs.
  • THE CREATOR LIVE: A new addition to the programming, Creators Livebrings together top influencers in the culinary, travel and lifestyle spaces for a day of masterclasses, workshops and brand experiences designed to educate and inspire the food creator community.
  • SPECIAL TRADE TASTING: Members of the trade will have exclusive access to the Grand Decant Trade Tasting on 8 November, showcasing the finest international and domestic wineries, including library and vertical tastings.

Individual tickets and weekend packages are currently available for purchase Grand Decant, Grand Tasting, and Grand Fiesta experiences. Travelers can find information about hotel partner packages here and flights via our official airline partner, Southwest. For more information, visit the festival website and Instagram at @sdfoodwine.

ABOUT THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture to our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and thriving industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the way, the Foundation works to create a more just and sustainable future – what we call Good Food for Good®. JBF brings its mission to life through the annual awards, industry and community focused programs, advocacy, partnerships and events across the country. For the first time in the foundation’s history, exceptional culinary talent, industry leaders and visitors from NYC and beyond can experience unforgettable dining and educational programs at Platform by JBF– and be the first to try new food concepts at the Good To Go by JBF kiosk – inspiring food and drink followers for decades to come. Read more at jamesbeard.orgsign up for our newsletter and follow @beardfoundation on social media.

ABOUT FOOD TANK

Food Tank is the world’s fastest growing global non-profit community working towards positive transformation of the way we produce and consume food. As one of the food and agriculture movement’s most dynamic convenors and most influential research and advocacy organizations, we educate, advocate and collaborate with local partners to amplify solutions on the ground.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL

The 20th annual San Diego Food + Wine Festival is an international showcase for the world’s top wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet food. The award-winning festival, held November 2-10, 2024, raises money for culinary, oenology and hospitality scholarships and bursaries, and has awarded over $600,000 to individuals and nonprofits through past events. For more information, visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com and @sdfoodwine.

The San Diego Food + Wine Festival is funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.

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