Local and international talent gathers at the gustatory tribute to all that’s good about wine & food (and there’s beer too); the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is San Diego’s largest wine and culinary event. Held each November (the venue changes), thousands attend, and why not? The festival includes gourmet food, wine and beer tastings, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting classes and auctions. It’s also a great way to have someone do your legwork for you; festival organisers spend the year doing personal research, and then invite San Diego’s hottest restaurants and chefs to their table, providing you with tastes of the region’s latest food trends. Chefs square off in the ‘Chef of the Fest Competition’ (previous winners have pulled out all the stops with the likes of duck fat-fried beignets), and the People's Choice Award allows you to render your own decision, which, of course, requires a taste.