Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Gina Sinotte

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Get ready for the Central Coast’s ultimate gathering of the culinary world. Now in its ninth year, this luxurious event is one of those star- and spectacle-studded experiences you simply have to splurge on at least once in your life. In an oceanfront setting as flawless as an elegant Pinot Noir, Pebble Beach Food & Wine has been crowned by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the more exclusive food-and-wine festivals in the state.”

The festival, held April 20 to April 23, lets you mingle with a head-swiveling lineup of top toques and winemakers.

If culinary megastars like Fabio Viviani and Cat Cora rock your world, then you have found your foodie nirvana. Interactive events and dazzling parties let you rub shoulders with these big names and dozens of other Michelin-starred chefs—many from top California restaurants, including legendary Manresa in Los Gatos and L.A.’s groundbreaking Animal. Enjoy lively cooking demos, special wine and food pairings, and splashy special events like the Opening Night celebration. This signature showstopper transforms the magnificent Inn at Spanish Bay into a culinary Shangri-La, with delicacies from 20 of the weekend’s top chefs and wines from 100 of the world’s top producers.

But Pebble Beach Food & Wine has more than dazzling kitchen skills and fabulous pourings. Expert-led seminars let you boost your food and wine IQ, with topics ranging from a look at today’s cult Cabernets to a multisensory journey along Southern Australia’s Epicurean Way. With the festival’s location on the edge of some of the most scenic golf courses in the world (and home to the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am), it’s no surprise that the festival presents a Celebrity Chef & Winemaker Golf Tournament—and there’s plenty of time to book your own tee times too.

Pebble Beach lodging options include The Inn at Spanish Bay, the stately Lodge at Pebble Beach, and the intimate, Mediterranean-style Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach. Events and special packages are selling out fast, so make plans and reserve your spot ASAP.