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Event made for foodies

Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival this weekend includes eight events, including wine seminars and a tasting gala.

June 04, 2010|By Candice Baker
(Courtesy Balboa…)

The weekend that local foodies have spent a year anticipating is finally here.

The Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival will showcase the best of both worlds through Sunday at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

Now celebrating its seventh year, the festival includes eight events, from wine seminars to a grand evening gala that's become the toast of Newport.

"We will be presenting the best of what the food and wine industry has to offer, and we are very proud to do so," said Dieter Hissin, the club's executive assistant manager and director of food and beverage. "There's not many of these types of events around anymore."

The event draws guests from around the country to join the many locals who come for a weekend of gastronomic and vinaceous delights.

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Each year has a different theme, Hissin said; this year will feature seafood, and the wines that pair well with it.

The weekend started with an intimate winemaker dinner Thursday night, a new offering in 2010; tonight's al-fresco event will pair seafood, dozens of wines, a martini bar, desserts and a six-piece Latin salsa band, Hissin said.

"Any way that you can prepare seafood, we will have," he said. The offerings will run the gamut from the club's famous Spanish paella to fried sardines to gravlax to grilled squid to smoked salmon. Limited tickets may still be available.

They also will feature the Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyard in Washington, which recently won a coveted top recommendation from Wine Spectator magazine for one of its vintages.

Saturday, a winemaker luncheon will feature the wines of the Loire Valley region of France.

"It lends itself to some good lighter wines that pair well with the seafood," Hissin said of the region.

Many of Bay Club Chef Josef Lageder's colleagues from throughout the region will visit, and each will prepare a course for the meal, Hissin said.

Afterward, seminars by Master Sommeliers will teach patrons about how to create the perfect wine pairing, while offering sample tastings of good and less-ideal pairings. The Zinfandel varietal also will be featured for the first time at the festival at another seminar.

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