Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay for food and drinks once I’m inside the event?
Your ticket covers all food and beverages consumed at the event. Just bring your appetite and enjoy responsibly!

What do guests receive if they purchased a Premier Pass?
Premier Pass ticket purchasers enter the festival one-hour earlier than General Admission ticket holders to experience special tastings and an exclusive chef demonstration.

What is the difference between Reserved and General Admission seating at the James Beard luncheon?
Both Reserved and General Admission tickets guarantee guests a seat. Reserved seating guarantees guests a specified numbered seat. General Admission is open seating available on a first come, first serve basis.

Will tickets be sold at the door?
Yes, however many events will sell out. We encourage all interested guest to purchase tickets in advance.

Are children allowed at the events?
No. All events are 21-and-older and no children or infants (in strollers or carriers) are allowed entrance into the event.

Are dogs allowed at the event?
No. Pets are not allowed any events.

What do I do if I have a food allergy?
Due to the size of the events and the number of people being served, our chefs cannot make accommodations for food allergies. However, there are a wide variety of items available and we encourage you to ask chefs and vendors if the item being served contains anything you are allergic to so you may avoid any such foods.

Is there seating at the Grand Tasting events?
Yes.

How do I reserve seats for the Chef Demonstrations?
All chef demonstrations are first come, first serve seating.

What happens in the case of bad weather?
All events happen rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

How do I stay informed of news and updates regarding the event?
The most current, up to date information can always be found here on the Palm Desert Food & Wine website.

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