Is it Christmas? Because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Wine Festivals are aplenty this lovely spring season, but there is nothing else like the Palm Desert Food & Wine Fest. This extraordinary festival happening March 23-25 in Palm Desert brings together the best chefs and wineries from the Coachella Valley and SoCal wine country.
It’s a who’s who of the culinary scene at the Palm Desert Food & Wine Fest. This year PDFW will showcase celebrity chefs Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, and Gale Gand. Local chefs like Jennifer Town (Melvyn’s), Brandon Testi (AC3), and Stephen Wambach (Kimpton Palm Springs). Here is our list of what we can’t wait to experience at the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Each year the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival ups their game showcasing a breadth of new participating restaurants – many of which are new to the Coachella Valley scene. This year we can’t wait to try the bites from AC3 Restaurant at Hotel Paseo in Palm Desert, 4 Saints at the Rowan Kimpton Hotel Palm Springs, Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey, and Wildest Greens.
CLINK! POP! FIZZ!
Our goal is to pace ourselves with dignity this year, but it’s hard not to get a taste of all the fab wines and spirits at the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival. This year we’ll get to try a few highly desired wines like Vanderpump Rosé (yes we love us some RHOBH!), Wines of Greece (Opa!), and Prosecco from Casa Luigi and Zonin (we can’t breathe without bubbles).
TOP CHEF REUNION
It’s basically a high school reunion, but with chefs, and with chefs who became overnight celebrities on reality television for their extraordinary talent to turn a Cheeto into a gourmet dish in a quickfire challenge. Gail Simmons, Fabio Viviani, and Richard Blais will all be participating in weekend events throughout the festival. Check out the schedule here.
LOCAL CELEBRITY CHEFS
The Coachella Valley has their own exciting pool of well known chefs who have made a mark on the desert culinary scene. Jennifer Town of Melvyn’s, Andie Hubka of Cork & Fork, Andrew Copley of
Copley’s on Palm Canyon, and Nester Ruiz of Trio Restaurant will all be hosting their own demonstrations Saturday and Sunday in the Pacific Sales Home & Kitchen tents. Check out the schedule here.
For tickets & packages visit The Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival.