We are loving the Food and Wine Festival this year. There are some little issues/tips.
The way they have set most things up inside the old Hollywood and Vine building is sort of hard to find for some people.
A huge wall now sits directly in front of the entry to the Hollywood and Dine building. Tables set up everywhere in front of this wall. Unfortunately, this makes it look like just a seating area and you can't really see the entry for the big festival building behind the wall. Go around the wall on the right hand side and you'll see another big patio of tables. Walk through the tables and go inside.
There was confusion with that as well. A line was formed to the side of the door (this line is for the various seminars) but lots of folks thought it was the line just to go inside and get food, wine, and shop. you do NOT need to get in this line unless you are waiting for one of the seminars.
Once you get through the confusion of getting inside, it is wonderful.
Tip to our dear friends who run the Festival, invest in some big signs or build a "WELCOME" or "ENTER HERE" archway to put between that big wall and the Hyperion Building so people can find out where to enter. You could also run a red carpet or something. We saw lots of people wandering around who seemed confused.
Everything else is great. I LOVED where the wine walks were set up this year (Parade Route between Bugs Land and Grizzly Mountain). Much nicer location than last year.
The festival foods are fantastic! They really are. I'm getting a bit bored with some of the wine selections and really miss the sparkle bar. There really isn't anywhere to relax and buy a wine flight this year.
We'll pop in again this weekend for more Food and Wine goodness.