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DEL MAR, Ca. (April 3, 2017) -- Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Beer, Wine and Spirit Festivals, the Farm to Table Dinner, and the Gold Medal Beer Pairing Dinner featured at the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons | Vons. Tickets can be purchased through sdfair.com/events, onsite at the O’Brien Gate Box Office, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, or through Ticketmaster. Presale tickets for the Festivals offer a $10 discount if purchased before April 15.
Festivals and events within the Fair are quickly becoming favorite activities for Fair visitors. Wine, beer and spirits entered and judged in our commercial competitions bring unique tasting opportunities to the Fair. Gourmet food pairing and dinner menus provide an upscale experience surrounded by the excitement of the Fair.
Listed in order by date:
Toast of the Coast Wine Festival has two tasting sessions on Saturday, June 10, from noon - 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. where unlimited tasting is provided from more than 100 wines with a 1-oz. glass. Ticket options include general admission for $65 and VIP for $105. The VIP Winemakers Tasting offers early admission and a five-course award-winning and food pairing, presented by winemakers and our competition director.
Gold Medal Beer Dinner is from 6 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15, and provides preferred parking, Fair admission and dinner, with a sneak peek of the San Diego International Beer Festival set up for $75. The event is a one-hour reception followed by a five-course plated dinner. Each course will be paired with a Gold Medal Award-Winning Beer.
San Diego International Beer Festival: Held in the huge Del Mar Arena on Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18, this Festival has five different four-hour sessions with general admission prices starting at $55 and a VIP experience for $110. The VIP Lounge includes early admission to the Festival, unlimited 6-oz. beer samplings, access to a special lounge and several VIP gourmet food stations.
Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival is from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Paddock, and will feature more than 150 competition spirits entered in the Distilled Competition. Entertainment will include live music, educational Meet the Maker presentations, and a live Cocktail Competition. The VIP experience offers unlimited samplings, an exclusive lounge, gourmet food stations and signature cocktails. General admission is $33 and the VIP experience is $125.
The Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, July 1, provides an exquisite opportunity to dine with local farmers in an award-winning garden affair. Farm to Table features locally-sourced food, prepared by the Fairgrounds’ Executive Chef Barry Schneider and Culinary Team, paired with award-winning beer and wine. Each $135 ticket includes Fair admission, a cocktail reception, a three-course meal, and preferred parking. This event will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and will include live music, farm/chef paired stations and a sit down dinner. Capacity is limited to 80 guests.
About the 2017 San Diego County Fair
Ride ‘em cowboys! “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair will feature a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on in to Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and runs through Tuesday, July 4; it is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit sdfair.com.