Food pairings are a delight at 2014 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

TEMECULA – It’s a flavor explosion that can’t be found in any one restaurant. Food pairings at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival May 30-June 1 are a tasty treat reserved for just a few who are lucky to get one of the five seatings.

Reserved for 100 foodies at a time, each seating, whether it is with food and wine or craft beers and food, offers four uniquely paired courses. In the wine and food pairing tent, guests have a choice of three seatings: Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 3 p.m. Four courses are served, each from a different restaurant, prepared by executive chefs and paired with a Temecula wine.

In the food and beer pairing tent, chefs from The American Culinary Federation – Riverside Chapter will share recipes and techniques for cooking with craft beers.

Sponsored by Stella Artois and Anheuser Busch, menu pairings will include Spicy K-BBQ Pork Tostadas, Korean BBQ, and Asian Slaw with Ginger Habanero Dressing; recipes using Stella Artois and Goose Island IPA, Brioche Bread Pudding with Raspberry Lolita and Beer Mousse Cheesecake with Stella Artois Cidre. Seatings are Saturday only 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will also host up to 20 Southern California and Temecula Valley Wine Country wineries in the wine gardens. Wineries pouring in the wine gardens are Briar Rose Winery, Canyon Crest Winery, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Curry Vineyards, Europa Village, Lorimar Vineyards & Winery, Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery, Monte de Oro Winery, Orange Coast Winery, Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Thornton Winery, Van Roekel Winery, Lorenzi Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, and Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard.

There are two options to wine tasting at the festival: Reserve Tasting with six 2-ounce pours of award winning winemakers’ reserve wines in a specialty souvenir glass and Standard Wine Tasting includes six tastes and a souvenir glass. Guests can buy full glasses of wine at “Wine by the Glass.”

Beverage tickets can be purchased in advance at and will help reduce wait time in lines. All festival tickets, food and wine pairing tickets and craft beer and food pairings can be found at

Festival gates open at 3 p.m., Friday, May 30 to an Arts and Crafts Faire, Kids Faire, exhibits, international food court, concerts on the main stage and wine tasting. The luminescent Balloon Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air.

Visit for a complete lineup and to buy tickets. Tickets are also available at the gate and at participating CVS stores in Southern California. For information call (951) 676-6713.

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