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Fast Forward Events

October 15, 2013 09:00 ET

Escape the Winter Blues With Wine Weekend Getaway Packages to the Sunny San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™

San Diego's Hottest Hotels Partner With Southern California's Premier Culinary Extravaganza to Offer Affordable Hotel and Ticket Packages

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - October 15, 2013) - Come soak up the San Diego sun at one of the nation's largest epicurean experiences before the winter blues settle in. The 10th Anniversary of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ starts on November 18, 2013, setting off a week packed with culinary classes, wine tasting seminars, and tastemaker meals. The week of blissful gluttony culminates in the Grand Tasting Event, featuring over 70 of San Diego's trendsetting chefs and restaurants as well as over 170 wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors. The weeklong wine and food festival offers multiple Wine Weekend Getaway and VIP packages which include varied tickets to a selection of the week's events in addition to stays at one of San Diego's most celebrated hotel properties, said Michelle Metter, co-producer of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

"San Diego's culinary scene is vibrant and rich with talented chefs and artists and the rest of the nation is quickly catching on to our city's potential to emerge as one of America's premier culinary destinations," added Metter. "With the dynamite combination of great food, wine, and weather, our affordable hotel and ticket packages offer food and wine connoisseurs the perfect opportunity to explore one of the most vibrant cities in the country during one of the nation's largest luxury culinary festivals of the year."

The food and wine festival has partnered with the city's best hotels to offer luxury hotel and Festival ticket packages at a savings of $50-$300 off the original price. With nine hotels to choose from, packages are available at a range of different price points while supplies last, with accommodations to meet any needs. Packages include two-night hotel stay and tickets to select events, including wine tasting and/or culinary classes, The Vault: Reserve Wine Experience & Silent Auction and the Wine Spectator Celebrity Chef Dinner, an extravagant, multi-course meal prepared by eight nationally acclaimed chefs from across the nation. All packages include tickets to the Festival's signature event on Saturday, November 23, the Grand Tasting and the "Chef of the Fest" culinary competition, where San Diego's top chefs go head-to-head for upwards of $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Two packages are available to choose from:

Grape Escape Wine Weekend Getaway - SAVE $50

Packages start at $600 and include:

2 Tickets to The Vault: Reserve & New Release Tasting ($130 value)
2 General Admission Tickets to the Grand Tasting Event ($250 value)
2-Night Stay at Hotel (Choice of participating property)

Participating Properties:

Marriott Marquis (Host Hotel) - $660.00
Embassy Suites - $700.00
Hilton Bayfront - $600.00
Hotel Indigo - $660.00
Manchester Grand Hyatt - $670.00
Omni San Diego - $660.00
US Grant - $700.00
W San Diego - $680.00
Westin San Diego - $660.00

Ultimate Festival Wine Weekend Getaway - SAVE $300

Packages start at $1,600 and include:

4 Tickets to Wine Tasting and/or Culinary Classes of your choice ($340 value)
2 "The Collection" Tickets to The Vault: Reserve & New Release Tasting ($250 value)
2 VIP Tickets to the Grand Tasting Event ($400 value)
2 VIP Gift Bags with Official Poster, SDBWFF Collector's Wine and lots of goodies "en suite" ($200 value)
2 VIP Lanyards for Special Access, Early Event Access and Exclusive Access to VIP Tent during Grand Tasting Event
2 Tickets to Wine Spectator's Celebrity Chef Dinner ($400 value)
2-Night Stay at Hotel (Choice of participating property)

Participating Properties:

Marriott Marquis (Host Hotel) - $1,660.00
Embassy Suites - $1,700.00
Hilton Bayfront - $1,600.00
Hotel Indigo - $1,660.00
Manchester Grand Hyatt - $1,670.00
Omni San Diego - $1,660.00
US Grant - $1,700.00
W San Diego - $1,680.00
Westin San Diego - $1,660.00

Each package includes tickets, two 2-night hotel stay and hotel taxes for two people. Single packages also available -- please inquire for details.

To take advantage of the Wine Weekend Getaway packages during the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, call 877-385-9595.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is funded in part by the San Diego Tourism Marketing District with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds. For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival outside of the hotel and ticket package deals, visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com.

The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 18-24, 2013, the event benefits culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies, 70 of San Diego's top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies participated in the 2012 Festival. For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com. Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. For more information call 619-312-1212.

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