Southern California to Play Host the Largest Latin Food, Wine & Spirits Event in the U.S.

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¡LATIN FOOD FEST! will transform San Diego’s Embarcadero into a showcase for 200 restaurants, chefs, foods makers, and renowned wine, beer, and spirit purveyors.

Guests will immerse themselves in the wines, food, and spirits of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal, all from one spectacular San Diego Bayside celebration.

¡LATIN FOOD FEST! San Diego (, September 11-13, 2014, announces its premier culinary extravaganza with some of the world’s best chefs and vintners, and the region’s top restaurants. ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! will educate palates and entertain over 7,000 patrons in high style at six events, which will include an Opening Party, Educational Seminars, Cocktail Parties, Chef Dinner, Chef Demonstrations on the Celebrity Cooking Stage, Silent Auctions, Culinary Grand Tasting Event, and Wine Reception.

Grand Tasting Village, Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company, will take place on September 13 on the Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego Bay and feature 100 tasting tents, cooking demonstrations, a live music stage, book signings, and thematic brand hosted pavilions, including “Latin Wines of the World” Presented by Henry Wine Group, “VIP Playa” Presented by Stella Artois, “Spirits of the Americas” Presented by Constellation Brands, and “Taste Baja” Presented by Mexico Tourism Board.

“We are very happy to be participating in ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! once again,” said famed Mexico winemaker, Hugo Dácosta of Aborigen. “It has been a challenging journey to be able to introduce our wines from Baja California to the states, but we are here now and looking forward to bring new and original tastes to your tables.” Amado Garza of Viñas de Garza added, “For a few years now, Guadalupe Valley wines have been very popular within the Mexican community and this year, with the help of our friends from ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! we will be crossing over our concepts and introducing them to a new market.” Cava Aragon 126 owner, Victor Segura, said, “We are so thrilled to have an opportunity to participate in this year's ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! and show the San Diego community a little taste of what our beloved Baja has to offer.”

“There are over 200 wines, distillers, food companies, chefs, and restaurants represented at this year’s ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! San Diego – with some of the biggest names in the culinary industry,” said Richie Matthews, executive director of ¡LATIN FOOD FEST!. "And you won’t want to miss the Top Chef, Best Restaurant, and Best Dish competitions (including San Diego’s Best Fish Taco category) – our showcase of local culinary excellence.”

World renowned chefs, authors, and culinary personalities will be conducting 45-minute segments on the Culinary Demonstration stage, including the world renowned chef Richard Sandoval, who is one of the top restaurateurs with over 40 concepts spanning the globe, including Venga Venga in Chula Vista. Afterward, attendees will have a chance to exchange personal words and receive a signature at the Book Signing.

In addition to the tastings, the festival also delights other senses with live music by QUATTRO, an art show, and a silent auction of culinary supplies and memorabilia, which will benefit our non-profit partner Feeding America.

Pamper Your Palate + Fight Hunger. Tickets for “Grand Tasting Village” Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company can be purchased online at or by calling 858.461.1970 (phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST). Stay up-to-date with the excitement by following the Fest at

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