The 2017 Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, August 12th, at noon in Salinas City Center/Old Town Salinas. Tickets will be $50 until August 1st, and $60 each afterwards.

At this year’s event there will also be a food competition. The following judges will be there to taste the amazing dishes:

Rick Giffin is a local food and wine authority who has made Salinas his home for over twenty years. He is an avid home cook whose authentic Italian recipes have made it into restaurants. He enjoys eating his way through any new local restaurant openings.

Dave Potter has been a Monterey County resident for over 40 years since he traveled west in 1970 and quite literally ran out of gas here and decided to stay. He is dedicated to actively serving the community in many capacities and is an avid lover of both good food and good wine.

Vanessa Vallarta is a Monterey County Superior Court Judge and proud resident of the Salinas area. She is a regular at the Farmers Market on Gabilan and at many local restaurants. She loves to cook in her spare time, using the rich bounty of the Salinas Valley.