The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist’s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
With pristine Newport Bay as the backdrop, more than 150 luxurious vessels and yachts from an array of exhibitors will be on display at the Lido Boat Show. Here you’ll see boats ranging from sport fishers and motoryachts to cruisers and sailboats, and all of the boats are available for purchase. Yacht purveyors and sailing-based companies from all over the west will converge at the picturesque bay. The show also has booths with boating gear, gourmet food trucks, and complimentary shuttles to and from offsite parking lots.
Staged on the vibrant streets outside Fashion Island in Newport Beach, the 22nd-annual Taste plays host to more than 20 restaurants and dessert companies, 15 wineries, a blend of flavorful cocktail concoctors, and legendary purveyors of rock, roll, and Grammy-worthy riffs. Stage performances include Gin Blossoms on Friday, Foreigner on Saturday, and Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo closing down the mouthwatering weekend on Sunday. As each day builds toward a rocking conclusion and 12-hour Korean War reenactment, tasters can traverse the tents, sampling everything from sushi to filet mignon to crème brûlée from some of the area's most distinctive eateries such as The Yard House, Ho Sum Bistro, and The Beachcomber Café. On-site self-parking is free, valet parking is available, and bicycling to the event in a bib is possible.
Befitting its name to the letter, California Wine & Cheese exclusively celebrates the work of artisan wineries and creameries all over California. The California-centric collection includes more than 100 different wines, many of which appear in a floor-to-ceiling wine rack that fills almost an entire wall with horizontally arranged bottles. Behind the shop's bar, the staff pours more than 50 of these labels by the glass and the flight, allowing visitors to taste everything from chardonnay to zinfandel. Selections range from a diverse collection of white and reds, which are both available for guests to try.
Although it takes place at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, the Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival actually exists at the nexus of thousands of years of Anatolian history. That's the way it feels, at least. Upon arrival, guests begin this trek through time at the Gates of Civilizations, whose waypoints honor 14 historic and present-day nations ranging from the mighty Hittite Empire to the modern Turkish Republic. Towering, ornate arches and a staff of highly knowledgeable costumed actors guide them through this journey, sharing the traditional dress and customs of bygone regional residents including the Ottomans, Romans, Phrygians, and Byzantines.
Once inside, guests can extend their explorations within stunning recreations of nine different Anatolian cities, grabbing lifelike views of everything from the Topkapi Palace—once occupied by Ottoman sultans—or the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the ancient seat of the Armenian Orthodox patriarch. Along the way, they can stop for souvenirs at the bustling Grand Bazaar, where more than 100 vendor hawk traditional Near Eastern good. A traditional Turkish coffeehouse also occupies part of the festival grounds, tempting guests with cups of rich Turkish coffee that par well with the kebabs, stews, and baked goods prepared by the festival’s food vendors.