The Pacific Wine and Food Classic, which made its debut last year in Newport Beach, was such a hit that this year’s weekend passes for event, Aug. 18-19, are sold out. I was smitten with the inaugural festival as it is quintessential Orange County—an array of delicious restaurants, impressive cocktails, pours of wine a plenty, and all amidst the white sand and blue skies of Newport’s Back Bay. It was such fun to mingle in flip flops and rest on the sand with wine in hand.
There are nearly 50 restaurateurs for the 2018 soiree including Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, Eric Samaniego of Michael’s on Naples, and Alejandra Padilla of Five Crowns and Side Door. You will not want for food. I am impressed the event producers have not only named the wineries participating but acknowledged their varietal pours as well. I’ve never had that much detail more than a month out from a festival, and the 2018 Pacific Wine and Food Classic is truly raising the bar. From Perrier Jouet Champagne to Elouan Rose, your summer festival glass will stay full and will be a great complement to the bites. New features this year include a Summer Wine Garden with chosen pairings to accompany food from SideDoor and Haute Cuisine, a Taco & Beer Lounge, and even summer gelatos and affogatos.
Single-day tickets are still available, so you’ll want to act quickly. Saturday’s admission is $115 or $149 for VIP, which garners access one hour earlier, at 1 p.m., as well as access to the waterfront VIP courtyard—think Perrier Jouet Champagne Gazebo, rum cocktails, and exclusive culinary tables. Sunday’s single tickets are $99 or $139 for VIP.
If you’re seeking a relaxed, fun summer festival, with exquisite food, wine, cocktails, and more, the 2018 Pacific Wine and Food Classic is not to be missed!
Pacific Wine and Food Classic – Aug. 18 and 19