VALLE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 4:00 PM to Midnight
Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe, MX
Visit the Valle de Guadalupe for the most exciting (and delicious!) day of the year: The 2nd Annual Valle Food & Wine Festival, featuring a star-studded line-up of chefs, including Netflix Chef’s Table stars Nancy Silverton and Dominique Crenn, Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless, Top Chef Jonathan Waxman, Michelin-starred Michael Mina and Drew Deckman, Baja superstars Benito Molina and Javier Plascencia, as well as over 25 of the region’s most celebrated chefs. The Valle Fest also features a curated selection of the top local a winemakers, craft beer brewers, musicians, artisans, and artists. The 2018 festival consists of three events and expects over 2,500 main festival goers and 200 Ultimate Experience guests over three days.
Admission includes tasting portions from individual strolling stations of over 30 chefs from both sides of the border. In rustic, Valle style, chefs will be cooking locally grown and raised ingredients over Caja Chinas, barrel smokers, Santa Maria-style grills, and authentic copper vessels.
The wines of Valle de Guadalupe are fast becoming competitive with the best of the world. In the words of wine guru James Suckling, of Wine Spectator, Baja California “might be one of the last untapped great wine regions left in the world.” Valle Food & Wine Festival is proud to present a curated selection of wines from over 25 of the most acclaimed and influential wineries in the region. Admission to the festival includes three tasting pours of wine. Additional drink tickets can be purchased from our website or at the festival.
In addition to showcasing Baja wines, we will have a craft beer garden, mixologists serving creative cocktails, and house-made aguas frescas made with ingredients from Finca Altozano gardens. Included with each adult admission is one glass of Baja wine and one beer or non-alcoholic beverage. Additional drink tickets can be purchased the day of the event.
Our band stage will feature live music and DJs. Get ready to dance!
We have curated a selection of over 25 artisan vendors who will be selling their Baja-made products.
Children are welcome until 9pm. We will have an area for children’s activities, including a tour of our garden and farm animals, coloring area, and more.
Join us in the shade of a 200-year old oak tree for this special event within the event. Enjoy an intimate moment (and a selfie!) with your favorite celebrity chef when you reserve a private book signing. Select the “Book Signing” option at checkout.
Meet the Winemaker
Meet some of the Valle’s most groundbreaking, influential winemakers at an intimate meet-and-greet event just steps from the center of the festival. You’ll learn about and taste wines from the private reserves from 25 of the area’s best vintners—wines that will not be available at the festival, and in many cases aren’t yet available to the public. This special meet-and-greet will bring you a special behind the scenes exclusive look at what’s happening in the hippest wine region in the west. Select “Meet the Winemaker” at checkout.
The Ultimate Experience (VIP)
Lay back on stylish, comfortable lounge furniture, shaded from the afternoon sun, and romantically lit in the evening. Enjoy a curated selection of premium Baja wines and cocktails prepared by your private mixologist, all with a preferred view of the band stage. This is the Ultimate (VIP) Experience.
In addition to all that comes with festival admission, Ultimate Experience clients will have access to the sexy, luxurious lounge constructed for the occasion and featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres created in theatrical style by Chef’s Table star Dominique Crenn and local legends Benito Molina and Drew Deckman. The Ultimate Experience also includes a raw bar hosted by San Diego’s master of lavish entertaining, Andrew Spurgin, as well as unlimited drinks, including premium and reserve Baja wines, a private bar and mixologist, and a Premium Parking pass in front of the event. Choose Ultimate Experience at Check Out.
Private Wine Barrel “Tree House”
Imagine a private shaded table in a gorgeous vineyard set above the crowds of the coolest food and wine festival in the West. Now imagine you and seven of your best friends enjoying butler service and expansive views of the festival and vineyards, while you listen to music and look out onto a fantastic festival. Dance, wander, and play without a care; your private table above the fray will be there waiting for you. Our giant wine barrels can be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis for you and your friends; each reserved barrel will have it’s own butler, shaded seating and a partial view of the stage. Reserve at Check Out.
Valle Wine & Food Festival is pleased to present our beneficiary charity, Corazón de Vida Foundation, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that that has been providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja California by funding local orphanages, providing quality of life improvement services; specifically, the proceeds from this year’s Valle Food & Wine Festival will be targeted toward the foundation’s college scholarship fund.
A Pick-Your-Prize-Raffle style silent auction featuring signed books, signed aprons, restaurant gift certificates, and more, with 100% proceeds benefiting Corazón de Vida Foundation.
Transportation to the Valle and Accommodations
Our event partner, Baja Wine + Food is providing roundtrip transportation, packages and group deals from San Diego starting at $60/person.
Shuttle from San Diego:
50 passenger buses (with onboard restroom) will arrive to Old Town Transit Center by 1:30 PM and will depart at 2:00 pm sharp; buses will depart from Valle de Guadalupe at midnight. $60
Ultimate Experience (VIP) Transportation
7 passenger luxury SUV departs at 2:00 pm from Old Town Transit Center and return at the end of the after the Valle Festival.
Book Transportation at check out when you purchase your Valle Food & Wine Festival tickets.
To book a private festival experience, which can include transportation, accommodations, festival admission, exclusive winery visits, adventure activities, and restaurant experiences, contact Baja Wine + Food’s. Packages available. Concierge team at email@example.com.
Welcome Chef Dinner / Fundraiser
Friday October 5th
This exclusive cocktail party and dinner, prepared by celebrity chef Javier Plascencia and a team of elite of local chefs, is a rare opportunity to rub elbows with world-known chefs and winemakers. The dinner will honor Chef Rick Bayless, Mexican food ambassador to the world, and announce the VFWF’s Lifetime Achievement Award to a local Baja chef or winemaker. A live auction and raise-the-paddle hosted by celebrity auctioneer Billy Harris will benefit Corazón de Vida Foundation, an organization that has been providing life-changing support and education to orphaned and abandoned children in Baja California for 25 years.
De La Calle Al Valle
Sunday October 7th
A street food extravaganza hosted by the Valle Food & Wine Festival. Join the local icons of urban cuisine and casual eateries in Baja as they bring their unique flavors from La Calle to El Valle. Fernando Gaxiola, CEO & Founder of Baja Wine + Food, will personally curate the food, wine, beer and other drinks to be served by the 15+ vendors. This is a rare opportunity to taste the outstanding dishes coming from celebrated world-class food trucks, street carts, and casual eateries in Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Valle de Guadalupe. Now, imagine picnic blankets, hammocks, tables, and lounges under the shade of 300 year-old oak trees, drinking local wine and beer, listening to live music, enjoying a relaxing day in the most magical setting.