The 9th Annual San Diego Food & Wine Classic was an epicurean spectacle

The San Diego Food & Wine Festival was a multi-day event of special food & wine dinners at restaurants in San Diego culminating with the Grand Tasting this past Saturday, November 17, 2012. The Grand Tasting Event was like “The Best of San Diego Restaurants” plus wineries and breweries from around the country. Even with 3-4 hours to walk around and just see every booth, you don’t have enough time to see it all. It gives you an excuse to come back the next year! It’s not all just handing out of food and drink. There are also demonstrations and ability to meet your favorite celebrity chef.

Let’s take a tour, shall we:

As the general admission line started up, there was a great band entertaining us. Within in minutes the line stretched past where the eye could see. I wondered, “Can they accommodate all of these people?” At the stroke of high noon, they allowed us in and I was in awe. I said to myself, “There will be more than enough for everyone!”

Our first stop was Sea Rocket Bistro. They had a pork belly appetizer. It was a good portion of braised pork belly with shredded pickled radish mixture, puffy cracker that looked like a pillow, thin slice of jalapeno, and wrapped in a thin slice of cucumber. It had a great mix of flavors and textures – from the crisp cucumber, crunchy cracker, melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, slight heat from the jalapeno, and subtle saltiness from the shoyu marinade. It made me want to check out their restaurant. Their Live Point Loma Sea Urchin sounds awesome! For more information, please visit their website (

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