Last Weekend’s Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival was a Feast for All the Senses

Seared Tuna from Pelican Hill Grill. Photo by Ed Simon for The Los Angeles Beat

One of the best events of the fall season occurred this past weekend when the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival brought together major local and national chefs along with top sommeliers and mixologists for a multi-day event that was hard to beat. Celebrity Cruises, one of the event Platinum Sponsors, not only supplied the beautiful glasses used for the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival, but hosted a tasting booth with several different wines. Cruzan Rum made up delicious rum drinks in small watermelons, Duke Bourbon made some exciting cocktails and many more of the wine and spirits purveyors made this a top-flight tasting event. Noted Chef Rick Bayless not only gave a cooking demo and did a book signing, but manned the Red O booth and sampled some delicious tamales. All in all, it was simply a marvelous weekend for all the guests who came to enjoy delicious food, wine and spirits at the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Here are some great sights that you could see at the Fest.

Photo Essay follows the jump

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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