Monterey Peninsula News
7th annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival to be held this weekend8 Apr 2014 5:41 PM
Although Pebble Beach - one of Monterey County's most affluent coastal communities - is often regarded for its professional-grade golf courses and favorable weather, it is also known as a popular venue for premier Epicurean lifestyle events. This weekend, local gastronomes and oenophiles can enjoy sampling selections from the country's most respected chefs and vintners, as the 7th annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival will be held from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13.
With at least 75 celebrity chefs and more than 250 wineries slated to partake in the festivities during the upcoming four-day affair, those hoping to attend have good reason to be excited. Over the course of the weekend, individuals will be afforded numerous opportunities to participate in unique tastings, as well as exclusive culinary experiences and informational demonstrations, all while basking in the area's scenic surroundings. If you're interested in sampling the finest food and wine that the Golden State has to offer, planning a visit to this weekend's special events could greatly be to your benefit.
Festival to kickoff with upscale opening reception
On Thursday, the latest installment of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival will commence with a celebration at the renowned Inn at Spanish Bay from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Attendees will be given the chance to stroll throughout the lavish establishment while enjoying decadent samples from 23 of the nation's top culinary maestros and taste carefully chosen selections from the hundreds of wines from domestic and international producers. Some of the chefs who will take part in this event are Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Ginor, and Elizabeth Faulkner, among others.
An after-party will be held following the conclusion of the reception, enabling night owls and revelers the opportunity to celebrate in high style, as the inn will remain open until 2 a.m.
Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations to entertain, excite
During the weekend, a total of 21 dedicated seminars will be held for oenophiles looking to deepen their understanding of the drink. Whether you're an amateur aficionado hoping to learn more about the differences between varietals, or a seasoned connoisseur hoping to experience exclusive blends from high-end vineyards, these seminars can serve to both educate and amuse you. Whatever discussions you choose to attend, you can rest assured each provides the opportunity to taste sophisticated selections from the world's best regions for wine production.
Cooking demonstrations will also be held throughout the duration of the weekend festival. Many celebrated chefs and television personalities will lead the discussions, with such big names as Tyler Florence, Jon Shook, Andrew Zimmern, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Carla Hall, Michael Symon and Guy Fieri. Each chef's clinic will demonstrate their skillfully honed talents, and relate them to the ways in which attendees can utilize them in their own homes.
Exquisite lunches, dinners to flank grand tasting events
In between the weekend's many tastings, seminars and demonstrations, ticket holders will be able to enjoy gourmet meals curated by celebrity chefs. Set in the breathtaking surroundings of extravagant area eateries, each will focus on a specific theme.
The festivities will culminate with Lexus Grand Tasting events on the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can enjoy sampling more than 300 different wines and unique hors d'oeuvres, while mingling with the accomplished chefs and winemakers. Book signings and photo opportunities will also be offered.
Admission to each of the weekend's many offerings can be purchased online at the official event website. Starting at $100, tickets to multiple activities are still available for interested individuals. For those hoping to attend numerous sessions, packages are also available.