Pacific Wine & Food Classic Presents New Curated Tasting Experiences October 1, 2022

Newport Beach, Calif. – August 25, 2022 – Pacific Wine & Food Classic presents exciting new tasting experiences to accompany an extensive lineup of chefs, restaurants and wineries set to participate in the fourth annual epicurean event. Named one of USA Today’s list of 10 Best Food Festivals in the country, Pacific Wine & Food Classic invites guests to bask in the California sunshine to sample bites from the region’s top chefs, taste delectable wine pairings and refreshing libations in Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’sserene seaside landscape from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

“We are so excited to be debuting fun, new immersive concepts this year that will delight guests though a multi-sensory experience like none other”, says Pamela Waitt, President of OC Restaurant Association and founder of Pacific Wine & Food Classic.

The sun-splashed event begins with a welcome cocktail made with Licor 43 upon entering, and a pour of Champagne Lanson when stepping into the breezy, shaded big tent portion of the open-air venue. Discover 100 premium wines from throughout the world, locally brewed craft beer, and a variety of freshly crafted premium cocktails by Grey Goose, Maker’s Mark, Tres Generaciones and Bacardi.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic will highlight many Southern California favorites, with an outstanding lineup of more than 30 restaurants and food purveyors. New this year, indulge in Southern California’s largest charcuterie and crudité table clocking in at 30 feet long! This gorgeous spread courtesy of Lover’s Boards and Melissa’s Produce will be overflowing with a vast selection of artisanal cheeses, handcrafted charcuterie, colorful crudités and a variety of fresh seasonal fruit, jams, nuts, olives, bread, crackers and other accoutrements. With edible flowers providing the finishing touch, this spread will be the ultimate pairing with Champagne Lanson or one of the many premium wines available. Adding to this feast by the sea, Chef Leo Razo, a World Champion paella chef, will be making his globally-renowned giant paella live on site.

Also debuting at the 2022 Pacific Wine & Food Classic is the Taco Garden, presented by featuring a smorgasbord of tacos to suit every palate. Experience delicious taco creations from restaurants including Descanso, specializing in authentic Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine, elevated Mexican fast casual fare from Chelas Mexican Kitchen, farm-fresh Mexican inspired bites from URBANA Mexican Gastronomy, Mexico City-inspired tacos from Taco Rosa, artisanal delectable items from Puesto and authentic, modern Mexican tacos from Sol Agave.

In between bites and pours, dance at the Silent Disco by Celebrity Cruise, while sipping their great offerings from Jackson Family Wines, including La Crema Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Then wind down at the San Simeone Wine Lounge, or relax at the idyllic, dreamy picnic setups with chic decor that will surround guests at the Dolce Picnic Takeover. Live music and a DJ will provide the perfect background ambiance.

Extend the fun by turning a day at Pacific Wine & Food Classic into a mini getaway! Make VEA Newport Beach your home for the weekend. Guests staying at the resort will have access to a free shuttle to and from the event. The resort’s VIEW Restaurant & Lounge will offer an $85 per person, three-course “Pre Fix” dinner menu on Friday and Saturday evening. After the festival, the resort’s poolside Edge Bar will host a “Wine Down at VEA” after party which will include live music and exclusive appetizers. To cap things off on Sunday morning, VIEW Restaurant & Lounge will offer a “One Last Hurrah” brunch. To book a room, please visit

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660. VIP early entrance tickets are $249. VIP tickets are $189. All tickets for the 2022 event are VIP and guests must be age 21 and over to attend. Net proceeds for The Pacific Wine & Food Classic proudly benefit theGolden Rule Charity.

The event will follow all local, state and CDC guidelines. For more information on the Pacific Wine & Food Classic, to view the pricing schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit

Top wineries featured:

  • Adobe Road Winery

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

  • Atlas Peak Winery

  • Bernardus Winery

  • Brassfield Estate Winery

  • Copper Cane Wines & Provisions

  • Delicato Family Wines

  • Geyser Peak Winery

  • Head High Wines

  • Hope Family Wines

  • Howell at the Moon

  • JUSTIN Winery

  • Immortal Estate

  • Maison d’Amis Wine

  • Moscato Wines

  • Mt. Beautiful Wines

  • My Favorite Neighbor Wines

  • New Zealand Wine Navigator – No1 Family Estate

  • Peju Winery

  • Petrichor Vineyards

  • Quigley Fine Wines

  • Rancho Capistrano Winery

  • San Simeon Wines

  • Roots Run Deep WInery

  • Terlato Wines

  • Tropical Moscato Wines


Top Orange County chefs and restaurants featured:

  • Chef Adrian de La Torre, Rancho Capistrano Winery

  • Chef Brian Huskey, The Jetty, Private chef and Top Chef Season 11

  • Chef Craig Brady, Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar

  • Chef Eddie Hyman, The Country Club

  • Chef Erik Aronow, Puesto

  • Chef Ernie Alvarado, Urbana

  • Chef Fonzy De Zuniga, Descanso

  • Chef Gilbert Laurie, Pacific Hideaway

  • Chef Hiroshi Shima, Sushi Roku

  • Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa

  • Chef Joe Youkhan, co-founder and National Director of Culinary Operations of Western Hospitality Group, co-founder of SmörBurgers, and a Champion of the Food Network’s “Chopped!”

  • Chef Jordan Borlaza, Habana

  • Chef Jose Angulo, Descanso

  • Chef Julie Thomas, Sweet Surrender Specialty Desserts and Pastries

  • Chef Karla Vasquez, Chelas Mexican Kitchen

  • Chef Leo Razo, Villa Roma and Cambalache, World Paella Championship winner

  • Chef Linda Johnson, Filomena’s Italian Kitchen and Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible”

  • Chef Ugo Allesina, Prego

  • Chef Wayne Magnusen, Hook & Anchor

  • Chef / Owner Tin Vuong, LSXO and Bluegold

  • Corporate Chef Marc Johnson, RED O “Taste of Mexico”

  • Corporate Chef Scott Floyd, Great Maple

  • Executive Chef Gilbert Laurie, Pacific Hideaway

  • Executive Chef Joseph Tripi, Trevor’s at the Tracks

  • Executive Chef Matthew Luna, Five Crowns & SideDoor

  • Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

  • Damien Orozco, The Tea House on Los Rios

  • Leslie Nguyen, Miss Mini Donuts

  • Rashad Moumneh, Falasophy

  • Chef Wayne Magnusen, Hook & Anchor

  • Wing Lam, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos

Pacific Wine & Food Classic is an incredible world-class culinary experience celebrating autumn and the bounty of Southern California. This event allows you to taste bites from more than 30 local top chefs, explore over 100 wines and hand-crafted cocktails. Taste the flavors of fall as the region’s top chefs and mixologists create dishes from their favorite fall memories. This irresistible event offers guests more than 100 taste experiences. Immerse yourself in the perfect autumn day with ocean breezes, incredible food and wine while enjoying good company and fun music. Tickets are limited to ensure an absolute quality experience and no overcrowding.

Sponsors:, VEA Newport Beach,, Golden Rule Charity, Maker’s Mark, Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi, Orange Coast Magazine, Tres Generaciones, Licor 43, Pacifico, Waterloo Sparking Water, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Good Sunday Vodka Sodas, Atria, Celebrity Cruises, San Simeon Wines, FIJI Water, The ACE Agency, Drink Smart, Area 51, Melissa’s Produce, Lover Boards, California Love Drop, and Easy Ice

Location: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Location Address: 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660


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