Friday Welcome Dinner

Valle de Guadalupe Location TBA

$325 Dinner Only  / $1,200, with All-In VIP Ticket 

Friday, October 21 // 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The kick-off to the Valle Food & Wine Festival weekend, this elegant cocktail hour and dinner welcomes our visiting chefs and media guests, and celebrates the regional talent that makes this wine valley the magical place that it is. It is the Festival’s most exclusive event and its most coveted—and limited—ticket.

General Admission


$255 Saturday // $185 Sunday // $425 Weekend

Saturday, October 22, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 23, Noon to 6:00 pm

An afternoon and evening of pure, delicious fun with food from more than 25 world-class chefs from both sides of the border, including superstars Nancy Silverton, Aarón Sánchez, Rick Bayless, David Castro & Maribel Aldaco, and Gabriela Cámara. Enjoy wine tasting from over 20 regional wineries, plus artisan brews, live music, dancing, celebrity chef cooking demos and meet-and-greet, and more. Tickets for each day are sold separately with different chefs, wineries, and bands each day.

  • Parking
  • Plated chefs’ dishes (2 to 2.5 hours)
  • Wine tasting (6 tickets)
  • Cooking demos (Sunday only) 
  • Book signings (Sunday only)
  • Live music
  • Art
  • Kids welcome on Sunday

Beer, cocktails, wine by the bottle, street food, and hotel shuttles available to purchase.




Saturday, October 22, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Early Entrance gets you into the festival one hour before the General Admission ticket holders arrive, giving you plenty of time to get a selfie with your favorite chefs and time to chat with your favorite winemakers.

  • Parking
  • Festival entrance 1 hour before General Admission
  • Plated Chefs’ Dishes (3 to 3.5 hours)
  • Wine tasting for first hour
  • 6 additional wine tasting tickets
  • Live music, and more

Beer, cocktails, wine by the bottle, street food, and hotel shuttles available to purchase.



$495 Saturday // $425 Sunday // $875 Weekend 

ALL-IN (Friday Dinner + Weekend VIP) $1,200

Saturday, October 22, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 23, Noon to 6:00 pm

VIP entrance includes access to the shaded VIP Lounge at Valle Food & Wine Festival featuring a private hosted bar, waiter service, a food station, and more. VIP ticket holders get early admission to the main festival, so you’ll be able to visit the chef and winery stands (and get a selfie with your celeb crushes) before other festival goers arrive. VIP Tickets for each day are sold separately.

  • Preferred parking
  • Festival entrance 1 hour before General Admission
  • Wine tasting in the main festival for first hour
  • Access to Main Festival with over 25 chefs’ dishes each day
  • Plated chefs’ dishes (3 to 3.5 hours)
  • Access to VIP Lounge
  • Unlimited wine in the VIP Lounge
  • Private hosted bar in the VIP Lounge
  • Live music, and more


San Diego to Valle de Guadalupe & Back


A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with some of North America’s most esteemed chefs. This exclusive adventure begins in San Diego where you’ll be transported in a luxe vehicle on a street food crawl from Tijuana to Ensenada with the visiting chefs. You’ll check into your room (at the same hotel where the chefs are staying) and that night you’ll attend the exclusive Welcome Dinner at a Valle de Guadalupe winery. The Chefs’ Experience also includes a VIP Ticket to the festival both days, unlimited access to the private Talent Lounge, an over-the-top Welcome Gift, and more. Monday morning, you’ll climb back into your luxe ride and be whisked across the border, wondering if that was the best dream you ever had. Thankfully, you’ll have selfies to prove that it was real.

  • 3 nights hotel (where the chefs are staying; for every 2 tickets purchased) 
  • Travel and hang with the visiting chefs starting Friday at noon
  • Top-Secret Street Food Crawl from Tijuana to Ensenada
  • Friday Welcome Dinner
  • Breakfast with Chefs at Doña Estela 
  • Saturday VIP Ticket
  • Sunday VIP Ticket
  • Entrance to exclusive Talent Lounge (exclusive to Ultimate Traveler ticket  holders only) 
  • Exclusive VFWF Welcome Gift 
  • Transportation throughout the weekend to all events
  • Whatever other fun stuff the chefs want to do, you’ll be included!


Portée Petanca + Restaurante


Sunday, October 23, 6:00 pm

The Valley comes to the Valle! Cuyama Buckhorn Resort, located in Santa Barbara County’s Cuyama Valley, along with Portée Petanca + Restaurante in Valle de Guadalupe hosts a fun evening of petanca, cocktails, and a 5-course farm-to-table dinner. Chefs Daniel Horn, Elmo Ruffo, and Kael Mendoza collaborate on this feast celebrating bounty from the Valley and the Valle.

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • 5-course dinner with regional Baja California wine pairings
  • Welcome cocktail: 6:00 PM
  • Dinner: 6:30 PM

“I participate in a lot of festivals, and the festival in the Valle is more special than any of them.”

Nancy Silverton