If being stuck in quarantine caused you to miss live music, you’re in luck. Blended Festival San Diego is back with an event that aims to âmixâ food, music and alcohol – resulting in a festival that offers something for everyone.
Blended Festival is the brainchild of My Wine Society, a San Diego-based social media app that guides wine lovers in various cities, telling them where to find the best wines and wineries in their area.
John Bazzo, president of My Wine Society, said the app, launched in 2018, fills a need for people who love wine, but may not know the best places to find it.
âWe wanted to create a social media platform for the wine community to come together, see what they like and know where to go if you’re new to a community,â he said.
From there, the Blended Festival was born to bring the My Wine Society app to life. The first Blended Festival took place in August 2019 at Waterfront Park. The inaugural event was a success and My Wine Society has three more festivals planned (in San Diego, Chicago and Valle de Guadalupe) in 2020. Of course, these events have been canceled following the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this break, the festival has undergone some changes.
Originally it was known as the Blended Wine Festival, but Bazzo said he believed the name did not embody the true spirit of the spirit, which is a “mixture” of various types of food. , music and alcohol. So they gave up on “Wine” and in 2021 the Blended Festival hosted two more events: in August the Blended Festival hit Nashville and in September it took place in Austin.
But Kristy Rumsey, director of media, communications and social media marketing for My Wine Society, said they were very happy to bring Blended home.
âComing to San Diego, we look forward to it more than any city. We are so excited to be home, âshe said.
Guests attending the Blended Festival can look forward to a variety of different experiences, such as samples, onsite vendors, wellness tent, sunset yoga, silent nightclub, wine tent 100 feet and a culinary scene.
There will also be live music featuring local musicians and major headliners like Loud Luxury and Deorro on Friday and Nelly and The Chainsmokers on Saturday. Other scheduled musicians include Bryce Vine, Jowell y Randy, James Kennedy (from “Vanderpump Rules”), Brandi Cyrus, Blanco Brown and more.
Local chefs like Kevin Templeton (barleymash, The Smoking Gun) and Marco Provino (Rusticucina, Allegro) will be on hand to give cooking demonstrations and challenges.
And lest you think it’s still all about wine, local sponsors like JuneShine Hard Kombucha, Cutwater Spirits, KovÃ© Hard Yerba Mate and Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey will also be participating, in addition to Jaja Tequila, Stella Artois and Moreover.
San Diego Mixed Festival
When: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Or: Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island
What: Food, wine and spirits tastings, plus music with headliners Nelly and The Chainsmokers
Tickets: $ 69 general admission, $ 119 VIP for Friday; $ 89 general admission, $ 149 VIP for Saturday; $ 149 for a two-day GA pass; $ 259 for a two-day VIP pass and $ 499 for a two-day premium VIP pass.
In line: blendedfestival.com
Health protocols: Participants are required to complete the CLEAR Health Pass survey within 72 hours of the event (via app or onsite). Capacity is limited to ensure that guests can distribute themselves safely throughout the festival.