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Desert Food and Wine Fest Announces Autumn Dates, Details

By Alesandra Dubin April 16, 2008, 12:09 PM EDT

Just after one desert food and wine fest (the Palm Springs Food and Wine festival) wrapped this weekend, another has announced dates and details: The third annual four-day Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert will run November 6 through 9.

New to the schedule this year will be the opening-night “food flight,” an interactive competition featuring Coachella Valley chefs and bartenders; wine dinner benefits that pair local restaurants and charities with chefs and sommeliers; a nighttime event showcasing desserts, wines, champagnes, and after-dinner drinks poolside at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa; the dedication of 18 new sculptures to Palm Desert’s El Paseo shopping district; and a concert at Palm Desert music venue the McCallum Theatre.

The festival's signature two-day grand tasting will again feature vintners, restaurants, and chefs, including James Beard award-winner Rick Tramonto and two-time Beard winner David Rosengarten.

Presenting sponsors are the city of Palm Desert, the Desert Springs Marriott, and Southern Wine & Spirits of America.

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