On October 2nd, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to Newport Beach for three days where food and wine lovers will gather to experience celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, interactive wine panels, tasting experiences and live jazz music.
Net proceeds will once again benefit Project Hope Alliance, a local charity striving to end the cycle of homelessness for children in Orange County.
The festival kicks off Friday evening (October 2nd), with the official Launch Party & Charity Event at The Island Hotel’s Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge. On Saturday, (October 3rd), and Sunday, (October 4th), the Daytime Festival returns to the beautiful grounds of the Newport Beach Civic Center, a recreational epicenter that has become an iconic architectural landmark for Newport Beach.
With last year’s Grand Tasting Pavilion drawing an enthusiastic crowd of food lovers, the Daytime Festival grounds will expand to showcase two pavilions, each adorned with the Festival’s signature chandeliers and white peaked tents.
Headlining the festivities will be Rick Bayless and Hubert Keller. Executive chefs from across Orange County will once again gather to offer tastings from their restaurants, including Alan Greeley, Shirley Chung, Yvon Goetz, Craig Strong, Marc Johnson, Rainer Schwarz, Joshua Severson, Andrew Gruel and more.
Gourmands will delight in the Daytime Festival that promises unique experiences each day. Saturday will boast 15 restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilions, while Sunday will present a new lineup of 15 different restaurants. Some returning favorites include Oak Grill, Aqua Lounge, Selanne Steak Tavern, Canaletto, Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio and The Loft and Tamarind of London, while several of the new restaurants include Andrea, Pelican Grill, Fig & Olive, RED O and TWENTY EIGHT. A stunning new kitchen will be brought to life during the Daytime Festival as an outdoor stage, where spectators will gather to learn from world famous celebrity chefs through live cooking demos. With new twists to each demo, guests will be able to enjoy wine pairings to complement bites from each chef. Sommelier panels packed the house in 2014 and will be returning with an all new lineup of master sommeliers, showcasing interactive tasting panels at the outdoor kitchen.
For more information on the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, please visit the newly updated website at www.newportwineandfood.com or call 888-511-FEST.
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