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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Food, art, wine brewing at San Diego fall festivals

Cheack out the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 17-21. Credit: Fast Forward Event Productions.

By Nina Gass

Known for its animal parks, Lego bricks, museums, and water sports, San Diego is also becoming a top spot for enjoying regional flavors, sights and sounds through its jam-packed schedule of festivals throughout the year. The fall season is a great time to head to San Diego. During the season, the city has a great festival line-up, including California wine festivals and craft fairs, not to mention its mild weather and extensive offering of cheap California hotels.

If you’re visiting San Diego this fall, be sure to check out these three October events bound to tempt your taste buds and delight your senses:

  • The 8th Annual Celebrate the Craft, Oct. 31: For the chef in your family or those who simply can appreciate a range of culinary delights, meet food and wine artisans at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla on October 31. Included in the day’s events will be cooking demonstrations from some of San Diego’s most esteemed chefs, wine tastings, and a delicious picnic of confectionary and bakery items, not to mention tasty dishes made with fresh ingredients.
  • San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 5-14: If you are looking for more to add to the 99 bottles of beer you have on the wall or behind your bar at home, check out this 10-day celebration. From November 5-14, the city is all about beer and what tastes good with it. San Diego’s thriving local brew culture will be on display with more than 300 events scheduled around the city, including beer dinners and brewery meet and drinks.
  • San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 17-21: Your palate is sure to get a workout at this five-day event scheduled from November 17-21 along San Diego Bay in downtown. My mouth waters just thinking about the 170 wine and spirit purveyors, 800 wines, 70 chefs from San Diego and ongoing food and drink tastings. When not eating or drinking thanks to all the exhibitors, wine dinners, and special events, you can also learn some top tips from celebrity chef seminars and cooking classes.

Be sure to look for cheap San Diego hotels early on because the rooms book up quickly around each festival date.

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Nina Gass is a freelance travel and business writer who lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two boys. An avid traveler and dreamer, Nina makes the most of her international family connections throughout the U.S., Australia, England, and Mexico.

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