Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival consists of the tastes, sights, and sounds that encompass the Salinas Valley’s wealth of individual talents combined with the bounty of our fields, vineyards, farms, and ranches. The Festival boasts foods straight from Salinas Valley fields, ranches, and farms and tastings perfectly prepared by the exceptional chefs and restaurants of our Valley.
This is your complete Salinas Valley culinary experience with select chefs focusing upon the Food Heritage of the Salinas Valley. We have identified culinary brilliance from many of our Valley towns found along the 101 and brought them all together for this one-day annual Festival.
Featured in 2018
Chef “EJ” Estevan Jimenez –
Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, Drummond Culinary Academy Executive Chef – Specialty Item featuring Olinday Farms Duck Eggs
Castroville – The Choke Coach – Grilled Artichokes with Artichokes from Ocean Mist
North County – Schock Family Farmstead – Local Handcrafted Cheese
Salinas -Salinas City BBQ – Pulled Pork & Ribs
Salinas – Gutierrez Drive-In – Carnitas and Salsa
Salinas – Giorgio’s at 201 Main – Specialty Item
Salinas – Tacos Don Beto – Specialty Item
Gonzales – Olinday Farms – Duck Eggs to be prepared by Chef EJ
Gonzales – Bobbie Francioni of Pessagno Winery with guest Chef Steve Benson – Polenta & Beef Stew
Soledad – Chef Tony Vasquez – “Soledad” Seasoned Tri-tip
PLUS, other incredible offerings with fruits and vegetables straight from Salinas Valley fields:
Carmel Berry Company – Specialty Dessert – Berries and Cream with Elderberry Syrup
Sundance Berry Farms – Berries, berries, and more berries
Driscoll’s – Even more berries
Taylor Farms – Salad Samplings
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s “More Produce in Schools” Program with “Snacking Favorites” from Mann Packing Co.
Max Fit Meals – Healthy Meal offerings To Go
JC Gonzalez and Rudy Jimenez of Urban Arts Collective – Salad Mandalas Living Art (display only) featuring produce by Andy Boy and Green Thumb Organics Farms
THANK YOU to Sundance Berry Farms, Ocean Mist, Mann Packing, Driscoll’s, and Andy Boy for donations of produce!
Special THANKS to the Grower-Shipper Association and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation for the tremendous support in coordinating the featured food elements of the 2018 Festival!