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2015 Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival

The Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival was celebrated at the Orange County Great Park located in Irvine, CA.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

This annual event, now in its 5th year, was created by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) to increase awareness and raise funds to support LASOC’s legal services and education programs to low-income individuals and families struggling to gain self-sufficiency. LASOC has been serving Orange County and southeast Los Angeles County, as Community Legal Services (CLS), for over 55 years. Each day LASOC/CLS provides free and low cost civil legal services to more than 200 people.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The event included an online silent auction that allowed participants to bid on desirable items prior to and during the event using their own smart phones. The feature allowed the promotion of the event and the businesses that provided silent auction items across the entire county.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The event featured more than 40 award-winning restaurants, premium wineries and other food related businesses.

Food Highlights

Here are descriptions and photos of the food served during the festival.

The folks from Celebrity Cruises assembled a super chic and spacious lounge (white with blue accents).  Attendants had the opportunity to rest on comfy couches while sipping on wines served by representatives of the cruise line.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

In additions, Celebrity had several booths offering information about their ships, programs, sales and special events (a lot of them related to food).  There was an opportunity to win a cruise and a goody bags full of useful stuff were available to take home.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Everybody was raving about the Wahoo Poke from James Republic

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The staff from Clay Oven charmed us with Lamb Kebabs with Spicy Tomato Chutney.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The Lobster Rolls from Slapfish were to die for (the bread was delicious).

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Brio was serving excellent pasta alla vodka (lots of us were mesmerized by the garlic aroma).

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

They also served a delicious salad with berries, grapes and balsamic vinegar.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Cucina Enoteca served a beet salad with goat cheese and rhubarb.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The short rib from Black Tie & Blue Jeans Catering melted in your mouth.  They served it over garlic mashed potatoes.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Vegetarian fare was the specialty of 118 Degrees.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The Cellar served lobster bisque.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

The Melting Pot was serving their chocolate goodness over strawberries and brownies.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

We also had the opportunity to try the cheese from Londoner USA.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Drinks Highlights

Here is a partial list of the businesses who offered drinks to attendees. Most people I talked to during the festival were interested on this side of the event.

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Benzinger Family (Glen Ellen, CA)

Cholame Vineyard (Irvine, CA)

Gallo Signature Series (Modesto, CA)

Grgich Hills Estate (Rutheford, CA)

Jackson Family (Santa Rosa, CA)

King Frosh (Laguna Nigel, CA)

Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard (Malibu,CA)

Navarro Vineyards (Philo,CA)

Quigley Fine Wines (San Diego, CA)

Zaca Mesa (Los Olivos, CA)

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Dry Soda

Celebrity Cruises Great Food and Wine Festival, Irvine, California

Final Thoughts

In my conversation with several people, I perceived satisfaction and happiness.  Since the afternoon was enjoyed by the attendees, I can say the festival was a success.  People who have traveled all over the world commented about the quality of the food and wines.  Therefore, this is a recommended event for foodies and for those who want to spread their culinary wings.

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Disclosure: I attended the event with a media pass. However, all the opinions expressed here, as always, are my own.

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