Pebble Beach Food & Wine Weekend

Annual festival features fun for foodies

By: By Christina Kim

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Weekend // (c) 2010

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Weekend

Food and wine enthusiasts are invited to the third annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, scheduled from April 8-11, at Pebble Beach Resorts and presented by American Express Publishing. Guests can enjoy food and wine from 60 celebrity chefs and more than 250 top wineries at this four-day annual event.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is offering three packages, including access to lunch and wine tastings that are not available to the general public. Special room rates also apply to the three packages, which start at $995 per person. A La Carte tickets, starting at $100, consist of an opening night reception, cooking demonstrations by 10 celebrity chefs, wine tastings, Saturday and Sunday Lexus Grand Tastings and six dining opportunities.

For the weekend, the Magnum package offers guests with access nine exclusive events. On Thursday, guests can enjoy the opening night reception, followed by a choice of 13 wine tastings and 10 cooking demonstrations during the next three days. On Friday, guests can choose from one of five exclusive package-only luncheons. With this package, guests can skip the lines with VIP early access to the Lexus Grand Tasting with 200 wineries and 24 of the weekend’s celebrity chefs.

For those who want to enjoy more of what the weekend has to offer, the Jeroboam package includes entry to 11 exclusive events. In addition to the benefits in the Magnum package, guests have access to four additional wine tastings and can choose between two dinners each on Friday and Saturday nights. This package offers guests preferred seating at all wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, lunches and dinners, and starts at $2,000 per person.

The Imperial package provides guests’ with admission to 14 of the most exclusive weekend events, including VIP access to the Chef and Winemaker after-hours parties, Reserve Wine Tastings, as well as early entrance to the Grand Tasting. Package holders will also receive VIP seating at all functions and can enjoy all the benefits of the Magnum package, with the addition of nine wine tasting options and the choice between three dinners each night on Friday and Saturday. The Imperial package also offers Lexus transportation throughout the weekend, and starts at $4,750 per person.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Weekend