The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival kicked off on Monday and has daily events running through Sunday at the beautiful Embarcadero. So what can anxious foodies expect at the many events? Food, fun and fitness. There are chef dinners, wine tastings and cooking classes galore. And if you want to burn off all those delicious calories, you can register for the Fit Foodie 5K on Saturday, hosted by Cooking Light and Health magazines or join a sunrise yoga session with celebrity trainer Kristen McGee on Sunday.
Kristen McGee is just one of the well-known names that will be hosting events this week. Kristen has a yoga DVD, her own smartphone app (Yoga and Pilates with Kristen McGee), and has been featured on several TV shows including CNN, CBS Morning Show, Fox, Good Morning America and the Tyra Banks Show. This yogi has also trained stars like Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel and LeAnn Rimes.
Local La Jolla chefs will also be making the Jewel City proud. Jason Knibb, from famed luxury La Jolla Hotel and Restaurant Nine-Ten, has been repeatedly touted as one of the country’s top 10 chefs and the “next rising chef star.” Knibb’s talent has garnered him invitations to appear on TV shows like the Iron Chef, The Food Network’s “Cooking Live with Sara Moulton” and Bobby Flay’s “Food Nation.”
John Medall from The Patio on Lamont Street will also be making an appearance. Medall is an award-winning chef known for his delectable farm-to-table creations, some of which you can sample at the festival’s Grand Tasting Event on Saturday. Medall prides his restaurant on being pet-friendly, eco-friendly and palate-friendly.
The Patio is one of many restaurants along the coast that is featured on Maria Montana’s award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds. Montana will also be at the Grand Tasting to sign her new cookbook called “Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.” This well-known author is full of culinary knowledge and has not only penned a few books but is known to share her tips and recipes on local TV from time to time.
You should also keep your eyes peeled for Sam the Cooking Guy, Melissa d’Arabian from Ten Dollar Dinners, and Mareya Ibrahim from The Fit Foodie and The Clean Eating Handbook.
This festival is a great way to gather with friends over good wine and food while shooting the breeze with some of the biggest names is the nation’swine and culinary scene.
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