2015 Wedge Escondido Artisanal Cheese Festival
The Wedge Escondido Cheese Festival celebrates the outstanding artisanal cheeses made by award winning California creameries, and pairs them with San Diego and California-based craft beers and wines.
Artisanal Cheese Tastings are held inside 21 shops and restaurants along Escondido's 127 year old Grand Ave and feature a sample of a top cheese, or a cheese-forward "bite" prepared by local chefs, paired with taste of a regionally produced wine or craft beer.
At The Wedge, Tasters get the chance to sample award-winning cheeses and beverages that can set the bar for upcoming holiday gatherings.
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Wedge Passport Tickets are available online after 9/15. Tasting Tickets are $35 if purchased before 5 pm, Oct 30; $45 after 5pm, Oct30 and at event. A $25 Designated Driver Ticket (also 21+) is available with full benefits except beer/wine. Chef Paul's Cheesemaking Session is a separate $25 ticket, and delightful pre-Tasting experience!
Passport purchasers pick up their event materials at Maple St. Plaza on 11/7/15, starting at 12:30 pm. A Will Call booth will have pre-purchased Passports, Wristbands, and Tickets. At 1 pm, the event starts and Passport holders can begin tasting at any of the 21 locations.
Passport holders stroll along 5 blocks of Grand Ave, sampling at various locations and getting each Tasting Spot marked-off on their Passport. Musicians entertain with a variety of music styles along the route. Unique clothing and one-of-a-kind shops, perfect for holiday shopping, welcome Wedge visitors. At Tasting Spot #21, Passport holders can turn in their completed Passport stub for a chance to win the Grand Wedge Gift Basket.
Wanna make your own cheese? Join Jack Ford of TAJ Farms for an interactive class making your own fresh mozzarella. This very popular class is only $25 per person and is the perfect way to start the fun. Chef Paul's class is from 11-12:30 at VINZ Wine Bar,201 E. Grand Ave. Tickets are limited and will sell out, so be sure to reserve your seat early.
Escondido's Saturday Market with specialty vendors is located in the Wedge area and runs through 2 pm. Non-ticket holders can also enjoy the music along Grand and the free activities at Grand Avenue's Heritage Park. The Park will be filled with Artists in Action, local diary and agricultural displays, music, and more.
The Wedge is proud to support the Beer and Wine makers of this region. The Wedge is produced by the Escondido Downtown Business Assoc. to help promote, protect and market the historic downtown.
Information on participating breweries, wineries, and featured samples is available at www.WedgeEscondido.com
Grand Avenue, Escondido (View)
200 W.Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
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