This is probably the only stressful part of the entire experience. Try to get there as early as possible to truly enjoy what Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival has to offer. Once you're inside though, prepare to weave through the crowds, queue up to wait for some delicious food with wine in hand! It may seem a bit daunting at first, but you'll get used to it. Spillages will occur - luckily the tent floors are thoroughly carpeted to soften and soak up any accidents.
Hit up one of the Sponsor lounges.
You'll be missing out on a lot if you just stick with food vendors. Some of the more branded booths - particularly the one sponsored by Lexus - offered a uniquely Cuban Habana experience. In addition to small bites of traditional ropa vieja (pulled pork), they even had a chocolate cigar bar! The decor and ambience combined made for a magical experience that you won't find at any other food festival. Who knows, you may get some free swag while you're at it, too.
Chef's Table Lunch
Ah, the fabled chef's table lunch - and this was truly the chef's table of all chef's tables. With Jon & Vinny (critically-acclaimed, multiple James Beard Awards winners) behind the helm and Lexus playing as hostesses with the mostest, this culinary experience went on without a hitch. After an exceptional spicy fusili, many braised meatballs and a round of delightfully 'light' desserts later, I was ready to go into a rosé-induced food coma. Truly spectacular.
So. Much. Food.
Being at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival means you will never go hungry. There are so many restaurant, wine and beverage vendors represented -- all high caliber and from the upper echelon of the food world. Every festival recruits its own distinct group of vendors, but the one at Pebble Beach is creme de la creme.
Rest and Relax (at the Carmel Valley Ranch, specifically).
After all is said and done, you will be in dire need of some R&R. Every evening when I check back into my Carmel Valley Ranch suite, I indulged in a quick bath before stepping out for another around of food and wine. Yes, the consistent flow of rosé is foreal. I also had time for a brief lesson on archery, which proved to be super helpful in helping me stay alert and avoiding extensive periods of lethargy due to all the intense eating/drinking.
This is just the beginning of my foodie adventures -- in partnership with Lexus USA, I'll be embarking on quite the culinary journey with their newest CT200H. To see what we're up to, visit the Lexus Adventure hub and follow me on Instagram for all the action.