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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

The highlight for the weekend for most is the Saturday evening Grand Tasting gala in the club's Grand Ballroom, when dozens of different foods will be set up at stations for the glitziest "buffet" this side of Aspen's Food & Wine Classic. Highlights include a tartare station, carving stations, pastas, crab cakes, imported cheeses and desserts. In addition, winemakers will offer estate and reserve selections.

"It's basically a walkaround tasting with about 60 wineries from around the world," Hissin said. "You have the opportunity to taste about 200 wines, if you can make it."

An auction of large bottles donated by participating wineries will benefit local students, with funds raised for the Bay Club's philanthropic wing, the 1221 Club.


On Sunday, guests will partake in a relaxed, Bloody Mary-fueled brunch before launching back into the festival for its popular Smokes, Sweets and Spirits afternoon party. The afternoon will feature hand-rolled cigars, cognacs, a mixologist pouring custom favorites, and a variety of dessert stations, while a steel drum band plays.

"It's an easy, lazy afternoon," Hissin said.

If You Go

What: Seventh annual Food & Wine Festival

When: Through Sunday

Where: Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach

Cost: Varies; Saturday night gala is $135

Information: (949) 630-4146 or

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