We went out for the first day of the Festival today. And, for the most part it was pretty disappointing. With Fortune Cookie being worked on there was no place like there was last year to try several different foods. Therefore no lobster pops, mushroom risotto, cheese soup in a bread bowl, skewers, etc.. The food was spread around to different restaurants with each having one item. Unfortunately, some of the restaurants only put the menu inside by the register so, unless you're looking for it, you have no idea that something special is available. The "Festival Wine Walk" was a bit of a joke. First at 11 when it was supposed to open the "Wines of the World" one still had no glasses and was not at all prepared. There were 12 CMs there but it was hard to get the attention of even one as they were busy talking amongst themselves. When it finally opened about 45 minutes late the "walk" consisted of four tables about three feet apart where you get your choice of three or four wines. The price is $10 for four one ounce pours. Even worse here was the fact that they were using the new plastic wine glasses which are just badly designed for a good wine experience. It is almost impossible to get a good nose from the wine in these glasses, almost a total waste of good wine. The California Wine Walk was still not open at 12:15 though it said 11 for an opening time. The best experience so far this year was the Upstairs Lounge at the Golden Vine. Good choice of wine, good foods and good wine glasses. Here's pictures of the special menus at most of the restaurants and the Lounge.
The menu was on the registers at Taste Pilots and we couldn't get close enough for a pic, or really even to tell what it was. It looked like it said Tzatziki Salad?
The Sunwheel and it's gondolas looked great today though