Must be over 21 years of age to attend all Festival events. NO infants, strollers, animals or exceptions!
Lexus Grand Tasting VIP Experience
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North
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Ironside Fish & Oyster Cosmo Goss
Chef de Cuisine
The Publican Erling Wu-Bower
Nico Osteria Giselle Wellman
Pacific Standard Tim Kolanko
Blue Bridge Hospitality Steven Riemer
Catamaran Hotel Resort and Spa/Oceana Coastal Kitchen
The Grand Finale of the sizzling seven-day festival is the star-studded Lexus Grand Tasting on the Embarcadero Marina 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.
Brand New VIP Experience
VIP never tasted so good, and if you are lucky enough to snag one of these highly coveted tickets, then let the bragging begin. Celebrity Chefs Cosmo and Erling team up with local superstar Jason McLeod to host this year’s experience. Kick back, relax, hit the shade, grab some of the best libations in the entire event, listen to live music and be prepared to have your taste buds dazzled.
Featured VIP Experience Chefs Include: Celebrity Chefs Jason McLeod (Ironside Fish & Oyster, San Digeo), Cosmo Goss (The Publican, Chicago), Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria, Chicago), Tim Kolanko (Blue Bridge Hospitality, San Diego), Steven Riemer (Oceana Coastal Kitchen), and more! Must purhcase VIP ticket type to have access
Culinary Theater Schedule
Take in demos from today’s hottest chefs including:
The Hearty Boys, Chicago
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Washington DC
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Rick Bayless, Chicago
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Javier Plascencia, San Diego
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Cosmo Goss and Erling Wu-Bower, Chiacgo
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
*Times and talent subject to change
150 Wine & Spirit Purveyors
With over 700 different wines being poured at this year's Lexus 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.
60 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 60 chefs weren't enough we've also brought together just over 30 gourmet food companies for you to nosh your way through.
Live musical performances will take place on both ends of the Festival and in the VIP Tent.