What does each level of ticket get you access to?

THE GA TICKET grants you general access to the grand tasting, hosted on the Mona Lisa of lawns at Surf Sports Park. You’ll be given unlimited sips and bites from various vendors, enjoy live entertainment (including a live band on top of a double decker bus), shop, and go to sleep knowing you carpe’d the diem.

THE GA EARLY ENTRY TICKET offers all the privileges of the GA ticket with the added advantage of early entry to the festival grounds. This means you can beat the crowds and have more time to explore the bounty of the festival, interact with vendors, and enjoy the day at a more leisurely pace. That is, if having lawn Mona Lisas largely to yourself while being fed snacks and drinks is your sort of thing.

THE VIP TICKET gets you early admission and access to a special VIP area with additional tasting experiences. We will update the VIP experience details as we get closer to the festival. You will also own a piece of history as a VIP of the Inaugural Del Mar Wine and Food Festival, and your grandkids’ grandkids will talk about it to their robot friends.

Will I definitely see a celebrity chef at the Grand Tasting?

We cannot predict the future but we promise if you come to the grand tasting you will be surrounded by brilliant people like yourself, who all made the decision to come to the greatest food and wine festival the Surf Sports Park has ever seen. Some of these people do get paid to chop and chew stuff on TV. A lot of our friends from national TV have agreed to come to the party and do their things. Keep an eye on the talent page, and we will add each chef and TV person’s participation schedule as we get closer to the event.

What’s the parking situation?

There is ample parking at Surf Sports Park. Parking is $20/day. If you plan to have alcoholic beverages, we strongly encourage you to ask your kids to drop you off and pick you up because you worked hard your whole life, or at least for a little bit of your life, or maybe not at all. Anyway, the point is you’re here now so, enjoy the fruits of your brilliant decisions, safely.

Will there be music?

There will always be music. Here, specifically, there will be live bands playing atop a black, double decker bus. Picture a gothy version of those red ones in London.

Will the same chefs, restaurants, and brands be at both days of the grand tasting?

It will not be the exact same line up every day, but follow along on the talent tab to check out the itinerary.

Are children and pets allowed?

We love our kids and pets, and they are allowed ONLY if the kids are over the age of 21 and the pets are also service animals. Without either, children (including infants and kids in strollers) and pets are prohibited from entering the events.

Are you guys contributing anything to the good of the world?

We’ve chosen Feeding San Diego as our partner for Del Mar Wine + Food Festival. Feeding San Diego is… amazing. They rescue perfectly good food that would otherwise be tossed, and help get it to San Diegans who are facing hunger. A portion of proceeds from Del Mar Wine + Food Festival will be donated to help their efforts.