Pre-roll Intro: San Diego International Wine Festival - San Diego County Fair
Pre-roll intro: June 16-18, 2017 Five Sessions. Hundreds of Beers. One Glass.
Thank you all for making 2017 our best Festival ever
California’s biggest beer festival
With nearly 200 breweries represented from around the world, beer aficionados enjoyed hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites from our local brewing scene. Specialty vendors were selling a variety of accessories and gifts for the beer lover – from craft beer art to brewed beer bones! With a stage featuring educational demonstrations with recognized industry professionals to food pairings presented by So Rich Chocolates and The Homebrewer — these are demonstrations nobody wanted to miss!
Five sessions, hundreds of beers, one glass. The San Diego International Beer Competition draws entrants from throughout the world, and is placed among the top 10 of beer competitions nationally. Within the Fair is the three-day San Diego International Beer Festival in the Del Mar Arena, featuring five sessions for beer lovers. Tickets include Fair admission and can be purchased online.
Pre-roll Intro: San Diego International Spirit & Cocktail Festival - San Diego County Fair
Pre-roll intro: San Diego is fast becoming an epicenter of personally crafted distilled spirits. At Distilled, we raise our glass to honor the best distillers and mixologists throughout San Diego and beyond! We’re serving up 180 different spirits and mixers, including some rare and hard-to-find bottles!
Enjoy some music with your cocktail. Come groove with Patrick Howard Trampus Band , Meg Smith and Bella Grace as they bring the Paddock Stage to life with their ensemble of live instruments and vocals, taking you from alternative indie-rock to soul singer-songwriter jams.
Mix business & pleasure by learning about the distilling process at our educational presentations. Hosted by distillers from Tequila Fortaleza, Cutwater, Henebery and Beam Suntory, you’ll learn about the science behind distilling, food pairings, and more!
Please your palate with featured food and spirits pairings in our VIP Experience. You’ll find great joy in discovering winning combinations of food and beverage.
You get free admission to the San Diego County Fair, the largest County Fair in the US! Enjoy exhibits, rides, animals, and some delicious Fair food to pair with your bourbon.
Do you make products that spirits and cocktail enthusiasts can’t live without? Showcase your offerings to Southern California spirits lovers — Be a Vendor!
2017 Distilled Competition Award Winners
Best of Show:
Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey
A wickedly smooth take on a classic American spirit. This award winning Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey is a celebration of history and a study in authenticity. The distillers at Cutwater Spirits select only the heart of each small batch and age their bourbon in virgin, heavily charred American oak barrels.
The result is an exceptionally refined spirit rich with aromas of cinnamon, tobacco, oak and vanilla. Its robust, earthy flavor carries hints of caramel and vanilla cream to a lingering spicy finish. This bourbon is not defined by geography, but by taste.
San Diego County Fair Highlight Reel
The 2017 San Diego County Fair is a the largest county fair in the country and is held every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. The fair is a major draw for California residents; in recent years, attendance figures have risen above a million annually, reaching a record attendance of 1,609,481 in 2016. As of 2016, the San Diego County Fair was the largest county fair in the United States, and the fifth largest fair of any kind.
In the span of 26 days, the 2017 San Diego County Fair welcomed 1,565,933 visitors, sold nearly 7,000 doughnut-fried-chicken-ice-cream sandwiches and saw around 2,500 daredevils bungee jump.
Other interesting numbers from this season at the Del Mar Fairgrounds:
Chicken Charlie – the authority on unique, fried fair food – sold close to 7,000 of its Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Chicken Sandwiches and 30,000 Peanut Butter Meatballs
For its popular fried potato treats, vendor Australian Battered Potatoes went through 14,000 pounds of spuds, 8,400 pints of oil, 240 gallons of ranch dressing, 60 cases of cheese sauce, 200 pounds of bacon, and 150 pounds of sour cream.
Bacon-a-Fair, THE place to eat bacon at the San Diego County Fair used more than 30,000 pounds of bacon this season for its dishes, including 350 pounds for its bacon-wrapped asparagus.
Fairgoers devoured 18,000 pounds of Giant Big Ribs from Biggie’s Meat Market.
Vendor Corn Star grilled 48,000 ears of corn.
Vendor Dixie’s Donuts fried more than 281,000 mini doughnuts.
Seventy-six kegs of Blood Orange IPA from Hess Brewery – a craft beer brewed specifically for the San Diego County Fair – were consumed.
The fair’s annual toy drive collected more than 11,000 stuffed animals for local children – shattering the all-time record.
About 2,500 people braved the Bungee Plunge this year; the oldest jumper was 71, while the youngest was 8 years old. About 50 people got cold feet at the top.
The top 10 fair rides this season were: Crazy Mouse, The Big Wheel, G-Force, Magnum, Sky Flyer, Olympic Bobs, Fast Track Slide, Alien Abduction, Rave Wave and Infield Carousel.
At the daily Coco’s Pie-Eating Contest, 240 pies – or 1,072 slices of pie – were eaten.
In a Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, 207 pieces of bubble gum were consumed.
Visitors took 2,864 photos with the fair mascot this year, Diego the Pinto Pony; 45 kids cried upon seeing the mascot.
The fair’s 20-minute Fourth of July fireworks show includes 2,394 aerial shots.
The fair’s 68th annual Livestock Auction raised $528,1454 raised for 4-H and FFA youth, by selling 121 hogs, 74 lambs, 46 cattle, and 53 goats.
The San Diego County Fair ran from June 2 through July 4. The fair continues to be the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 fairs in the U.S. and Canada, drawing about 1.6 million visitors every summer.