The Newport Beach Food Festival returned this past weekend after a successful inaugural event last year. The festival featured three days of superb wine tasting, creative cuisine from some of Orange County’s best restaurants, food seminars, celebrity chefs, live music, and much more.
The weekend kicked off on Friday with an evening launch party at a restaurant and continued on Saturday and Sunday at the green area of Newport Beach’s Civic Center. The Grand Tasting (unlimited samples) took place during those two days under two big white tents.
I had the honor to attend the event for the first time thanks to my friends at Celebrity Cruises (Platinum Sponsors).
This festival is unique in the sense that it provides a different restaurant lineup each tasting day. In that way, there is more opportunity to have a bite and get to know the best chefs in the county.
The festival arranged cooking demos with Bravo TV “Top Chef Masters” and “Top Chef” stars. It was very exciting to learn a few tricks from chefs such as Hubert Keller and Rick Bayless (which by the way, are super nice).
Without further ado, here I am presenting a photographic journey through this gastronomic bonanza.
Every time I post food festival photos, I am accused of not including a disclaimer warning people who may take a look at the photos hungry or, even starving. So, here is your official notice: this post may induce extreme hunger and other side effects!
Newport Beach Food Festival: Saturday Highlights
Red O (Rick Bayless’ Restaurant)
Waterline Newport Beach
True Food Kitchen
Newport Beach Food Festival: Sunday Highlights
Selanne Steak Tavern
A & O
Five Crowns & Side Door
Fig & Olive
Andrea Pelican Hill
Montage Laguna Beach
Chefs and Cooking Demonstrations
Attendees and Venue
Celebrity Cruises Platinum Sponsor
Newport Beach Food Festival: Details
- Additional Festival Information can be found here
- Do not forget to take advantages of Celebrity Cruises specials
- The cruise line also offers the Top Chef experience at sea.
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Have you been to the Newport Beach Food Festival? Which dish do you prefer?
Disclosure: I attended the event with a media pass. However, all the opinions expressed here, as always, are my own. May thanks to Celebrity Cruises and PR Media for their hospitality.