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Photographic Evidence That Pebble Beach Food & Wine Is the Greatest Festival of All

Apr 10 2014 - 3:15am

The seventh annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine [1] kicks off this weekend, and we'll be there to cover the glorious food, celeb-chef sightings, and every ounce of cooking tips we learn up along the way. But what separates this particular food festival from Aspen [2], New York City [3], and South Beach [4]? Well for starters, the breathtaking land and sea, which produces some of the greatest produce, wine, and seafood in the the country. Allow these photos to be your guide on why you should pay attention to the festival (and attend it if you can!).

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is just south of Monterey Bay, a huge fishing ground in California. Salmon, Dungeness crab, cod, halibut, clams, and oysters are all abundant in this area.

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Del Monte Forest

Inland from Pebble Beach is the Del Monte Forest. The striking, rolling pastures indicate how lush and fertile the land is in Monterey County.

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The Finest of Dining

Other festivals may focus on television personalities, but at Pebble Beach, the attention is on the food, as it draws in chefs and restaurants of the highest caliber.

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It's All About the Food

Restaurants like SPQR, Wayfare Tavern, Morimoto, A16, and Craftsman & Wolves and notable chefs like Justin Cogley, Dean Fearing, and Michael Voltaggio will craft tastebud-pleasing bites such as this crispy pork skin with caviar, sorrel, and fennel.

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Speaking of Caviar . . .

Pebble Beach doesn't hold back when it comes to the delicacies. In fact, an exorbitant number of dishes are stuffed with caviar.

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Literally Stuffed

Case in point: this caviar-stuffed sturgeon that shocked and wowed festivalgoers.

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Celebration of NorCal and Spring

The festival isn't in the dead of Winter or the heat of Summer. It falls in perfectly temperate Spring, and the lush produce indicates the season. This bone marrow dish is topped with foraged vegetables like stinging nettles, sea asparagus, mushrooms, and chive blossoms. Only in NorCal, my friends.

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Celeb-Chef Sightings

OK, there are a few celebrity chefs — like Carla Hall of ABC's The Chew — floating around the festival grounds. Usually they are quite happy to partake in photo ops and sign autographs.

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Chic Festivalgoers

This festival isn't a riotous, overcrowded affair. Tickets and lodging costs an upwards of $4,750 per person.

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The Grand Tasting Tent

A large white tent is set up in front of the beachfront. Inside, it's a mecca of fine wines and dishes prepared by top chefs.

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Opportunity to Try New Things

Ever had stinging nettle bavarois (Bavarian cream)? Pebble Beach affords you the opportunity to try inventive and unusual creations.

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. . . And Play With Your Food

This creative pastry chef served his dessert on cafeteria trays like a lunch lady.

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Dine Well

Beyond the festival tent, cooking demos, and wine lectures, there are sit-down suppers with food for thought.

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Cool Swag

It's no secret that we love Flavour Gallery [19]'s ultrasoft apparel. The company designs pretty much every food festival's swag these days, and I can't wait to see what cool, hashtagged designs they come up with for this year's #PBFW.

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Need We Remind You of the Views?

But let's return to the locale. If the Pacific fog rolls in, there will be fire pits and blankets to keep you warm.

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Waves Crashing

An overcast day still manages to look inviting in these parts.

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At PBWF, it's unlikely your wine glass will ever be empty.

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