The Escondido Downtown Business Association presents

The 5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival!

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The Escondido Downtown Business Association presents The 5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival! Think of it as Holiday Appetizer/Party Planning 101, with a gourmet cheese flair.

Tasting stops consist of thirteen of our local downtown businesses hosting fine cheeses and a diverse selection of local and regional craft beers and boutique wines, along with eight Grand Ave restaurants offering cheese-forward samples of their delicious creations, plus great craft brews or wines.

Your passport includes all the cheese and restaurant nibbles, and your choice of up to 15 beer and/or wine samplings. Check out our list of restaurants, cheeses, breweries and wineries and take this opportunity to sample some of the best cheeses produced by California's award-winning creameries, paired with a variety of suitable beverage pairings from San Diego's own famous micro breweries and regional wineries.

A $35 Wedge Tasting Passport gets you access to all 21 gourmet tasting stops. The Passport price increases to $45 after 5 pm on Oct. 30. so be sure to purchase early. Online ticket purchases open 9/15/15. There is also a Designated Driver Ticket that included everything but alcoholic beverage tasting, for only $25 (Must be 21+ to purchase DD Ticket.)

Then pick up your Passport, Gourmand's Wristband, and Ticket starting at 12:30 at Maple St. Plaza, and start your Tasting Tour.

In between tastings, enjoy live music and entertainment from the Buskers performing along Grand Ave.

In Heritage Park at Juniper and Grand, and Free to the Public, are Working Artists, Local Dairy and Agricultural Exhibits, Sources for locally-gown locally-produced goods, info on creating your own patch of healthy garden crops on your patio or porch, and more live music.

Wedge Escondido was chosen as Editor's Choice by SanDiego.comwww.SanDiego.com

THE PASSPORT INCLUDES

- 21 Samplings of artisanal cheeses and cheese-forward specialties in unique locations on Grand

- 15+ Beer and Wine Pairings

- Buskers Entertaining along Tasting Route

- Commemorative Souvenir

- Entry into Grand Raffle with completed Passsport

- $35 advance ticket sales- Price increases to $45 after 10/30/15

- $25 Designated Driver (food tasting only; 21+ required for entry to certain locations)

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