Everything You Need to Know About San Diego’s Latin Food Fest

Did you really visit San Diego if you didn’t hit the beach, soak up the sun, and try some unbeatable Latin food? Assuming you’ve accomplished items 1 and 2, we have the perfect opportunity for you to achieve delicious item number 3. The 6th annual Latin Food Fest is once again gracing the San Diego shores at Embarcadero Park, bringing together chefs from all over San Diego for a can’t-miss culinary festival.

Chef’s Night Out

Be sure to start the celebrations early at the kick-off event, “Chefs Night Out,” where you’ll be able to rub elbows (and clink drinks) with some of the biggest names on the San Diego restaurant scene on Friday, August 17.

Gran Tasting

On Saturday, August 18, come back for round two at the “Gran Tasting,” where you’ll experience some truly unique takes on Latin cuisine—San Diego-style. Vendors from various cookware and food companies will be on site to demo their newest and most popular products, such as the beloved “Big Green Egg” grill. Tickets are on sale now and start at $24, including all food, beer, wine, and spirits offered at the event, as well as cooking demos by the celebrity chefs in attendance.

Here’s a sneak peek of some famous faces we’ll be on the lookout for:

Enrique Olvera

With an already impressive resume of critically acclaimed restaurants in multiple cities, it’s no secret that Enrique Olvera is a chef to watch. Touted as a pioneer in contemporary Mexican cuisine, Olvera is bringing his distinct interpretation of his native country’s flavors and culinary styles, and will be hosting cooking demos and signing copies of his newest book “Mexico from the Inside Out” at the Latin Food Fest.

Richard Sandoval

Another native of Mexico, Richard Sandoval gained popularity in the food world through his award-winning French restaurants in New York. Following this success, Sandoval returned to his roots and opened his first authentic Mexican bistro in New York, Maya. A familiar face on food and cooking television programs, Sandoval still maintains an air of localized commitment to authentic Mexican food with a hometown feel, all while leading his international restaurant group, Richard Sandoval Restaurants.