The Valle Food & Wine Festival was founded in 2017 by chefs Javier Plascencia and Nancy Silverton and food writer Carolina (Carolynn) Carreño. The festival takes place in the fast-growing wine and travel region, Valle de Guadalupe, 65 miles south of the US/Mexico border, near Ensenada. After just two years, the Valle Food & Wine Festival has quickly become the festival in a region. It is unique in drawing a lineup of over 40 top chefs from Mexico City to New York City to promote and celebrate the bounty of the region and the cuisine and wines of Baja California, which are now being recognized world-wide. Surrounded by vineyards and mountains, chefs cook under the sun and stars over open fires, and in barrel smokers and Caja Chinas, in the rustic-chic style of the region. In addition to a star-studded line-up of chefs from both sides of the border, the festival features some of the best local wineries, craft breweries, live music and dancing, artisan vendors, live painting, tastings, curated talks, and more.
VALLE DE GUADALUPE
Valle de Guadalupe, located 65 miles south of the border and 15 miles northeast of Ensenada, has become the “it” travel and wine tasting destination for millennials to baby boomers. Nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by stunning, arid mountain ranges, this wine region, often compared to the Napa Valley of days gone by, has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Sunset, among over 200 publications. In 2019, Conde Nast Traveler called the region “the next great food scene.” And Wine Spectator says it is “one of the last untapped great wine regions left in the world.” The Valle de Guadalupe is a uniquely magical place. If you’ve been here, you know that magic. If you haven’t, we can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself at the Valle Food & Wine Festival.
We care about the environment. There will be no plastic straws or plastic water bottles at Valle Food & Wine Festival and all plates and utensils will be biodegradable. We will offer safe, filtered water and biodegradable cups. We use local ingredients as much as possible. And, thanks to the generous donation and passion from the people at Masienda, all tortillas served at Valle Food & Wine Festival will be made from non-GMO, heirloom corn cultivated on small farms in Oaxaca.
Corazón de Vida
A portion of the proceeds from Valle Wine & Food Festival and its satellite events, and 100% of the proceeds from our auctions, will be donated to Corazón de Vida Foundation, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has provided life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja California for over 25 years. Click on the link below to see how you can help a child in need with as little as a $25.00 single donation.
Finca Altozano is a 90-minute drive from the San Diego-Tijuana border. If you are driving, we recommend you contact your insurance provider for details about your coverage, in addition to buying a Mexico insurance policy. We recommend purchasing insurance online through Sanborn’s Insurance before traveling. See our Travel FAQ and Transportation pages for more information and to view the economical roundtrip transportation options we offer to and from the festival. Please do not drink and drive!
There will be ample parking a short walking distance from the event; shuttles from the lots to the event will also be available. Premium Parking Passes for parking directly in front of the event are included with VIP ticket holders.
Valle de Guadalupe
Valle Food and Wine Festival
Carretera Federal #3 Km. 83 Ejido Francisco Zarco, Ensenada, B.C. 22750