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MAY 5, 2015

Saturday was a GREAT day for a GREAT wine festival! Celebrity Cruises’ Great Wine Festival to be precise. The annual food and wine festival opened up to VIP ticket holders at 1:30 and the day continued to get more and more fun from there.

The Great Wine Festival was hosted in partnership with Legal Aid Society of Orange County and proceeds from the event went to the organization, which helps provides free and low-cost civil legal services to individuals who might otherwise be denied access to justice.

There were lots of fun and games at the Great Wine Festival. A silent auction was held where attendees could bid for wine, art, and more. Visiting lots of different booths also held a fun appeal as festival goers could get a spot crossed out on their bingo-style card for a chance to win a prize.

At the Celebrity Cruises booth, we had a “Guess that Wine” contest where attendees could sip a red or white and try to guess what varietal it was. The answer? The red was Penfolds Shiraz (Syrah) and the white was Ponzi Pinot Gris.

We also had a spin the wheel game where guests could win an instant prize (the motorized fans that lit up with words were a big hit!), or they could go for the ultimate prize by signing up for the chance to win an cruise for two to Europe.

While prizes and games were a lot of fun, the main appeal of the festival for most attendees was no doubt the plethora of food and wine available. Over thirty wineries poured some of their best vintages. At the Celebrity Cruises booth, we were pleased to host representatives from La Crema and the Jackson Family of Wines who poured a great selection of their wines.

To go with the wine was a variety of food, much of it from Golden Foodies award-nominated restaurants, including the Cellar, Slapfish, Clay Oven, James Republic, and more. For dessert, there was yummy strawberry and brownie bites in chocolate sauce from the melting pot.

Making the Great Wine Festival even more great is that it was at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century and the perfect backdrop for a day of sunshine, fun and top-notch food and wine.

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