“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” said Virginia Woolf. In that spirit, the wildly anticipated return of the Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12 at the Palm Springs Stadium Pavilion (1901 East Baristo Road). 40 acclaimed restaurants, 80 boutique wineries, tastings, sippings, pairings, live jazz and demonstrations by celebrity chefs make for a truly international celebration of cuisine and community. The event is a benefit for the Fellows Program of the Culinary Institute of America, Les Dames D’Escoffier and DAP Health.  Special guest emcee for the weekend is Emmy Award winner Liam Mayclem, known to legions of San Francisco Bay Area fans as “The Foodie Chap” alongwith Patrick EvansPeter Daut and Sandie Newtonof KESQ News Channel 3.Tickets may be purchased online at PalmSprings FoodandWine.org.

“Palm Springs has become an incredible culinary destination,” said Jeff Hocker, event executive producer. “Palm Springs chef owned restaurants bring a hip, innovative and mid-century bohemian taste sensations. And, unlike so many festivals, the Palm Springs Food and Fine Festival promises unlimited free parking and an easy going, casual vibe typical of this Desert Oasis.”

Attendees will engage with celebrity chef demonstrations from Martin Yan of “Yan Can Cook,” Susan Feniger of “Two Hot Tamales” and her new Palm Springs restaurant Alice B’sTanya Holland of “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” on the OWN Network, and chefs Michael Chung and Andre Carthen of Kathy Ireland Worldwide and many more to be added.  Additionally, expert panels will be led by Shelley Lindgren, founder of San Francisco’s acclaimed restaurant A16, award winning sommelier Katie Finn of the Desert Wine Shop, and astronaut-turned-vintner José M. Hernández.