Here Comes the 2nd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival (+ Giveaway)!

[Giveaway details at the bottom of the post] Did you miss last year's inaugural Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival? If so, you better not miss this year's event which takes place October 2-4, 2015 at Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge on Friday and the Newport Beach Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. The event itself is three days dedicated to celebrating food and wine as well as the beautiful setting that is Newport Beach. During the festival, be prepared to find live celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier wine panels, book signings, Grand Tasting Pavilions with samples from Orange County's finest chefs, mixology classes, wine and cocktails, and live entertainment. Better yet, the event will donate its proceeds to its benefit charity partner, Project Hope Alliance, which serves to combat the homelessness cycle of children in Orange County. Whether you decide to go for just the Friday Launch Party or the Saturday and Sunday Daytime Festivals, you will likely find some unique and tasty morsels and drinks.

Wondering what is happening when? Here is a short schedule of what to expect on a day-by-day basis:

Launch Party Benefiting Project Hope Alliance
Date: Friday, October 2 | Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Island Hotel’s Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
Tickets: $125 per ticket

Main Event – Daytime Wine & Food Festival
Date: Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4 | Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. each day
Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach
Tickets: Multiple ticket options
Single Day Tickets (for Saturday or Sunday): $150 per day
Weekend Pass: $250 for Saturday and Sunday
VIP Single Day tickets: $225 per day
All-Inclusive VIP Weekend Pass (includes Launch Party): $425
Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting
Date: Sunday, October 4 | Time: 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach
Tickets: $75 per ticket

Visit for more information including ticket availability and full schedule.

The fine folks over there organizing the show wanted to reward my readers by selecting two random winners for some coveted tickets to the Launch Party and Daytime Festival. My thanks go out to them for giving my readers an opportunity to do this!

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The giveaway will run until 9/26/15 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted upon winning and have 48 hours to respond before other winners are chosen. Your chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.