Is anyone going to the festival this year? If so, which events will you be attending? Would be great to hear everybody experiences of the events over the next few days.
I personally will be attending the Saturday Grand Tasting event. I've been to the fest consecutively over the past 3 years (this will be my fourth) and have always enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Nothing beats being around renowned chefs, fabulous food, and foodies to your left and right. This love for food vibe is what I most enjoy every time the festival comes around. And with the beautifully warm, sunny weather to embrace us all, who wouldn't be? :o)
Since I've only been to the tasting village, I've always been curious as to what the experiences at the dinners held around town are like. They're somewhat pricey so I haven't dared try to attend one of them yet...unless someone suggests I give it a try. Are the private dinners cooked by those renown chefs worth the price? Would you say they showcase more of their expertise at the festival or can I get the same enjoyment and experience at their namesake restaurants in NY, CA, etc.?