Frequently Asked Questions

How has Palm Desert Food & Wine prepared for the Coronavirus?
After two year’s, we’re absolutely thrilled to bring our fans, teams, volunteers, and chefs together again! Safety is our number one priority, so we’ve been cooking up a plan that follows best practices from public health officials, local regulations, and event safety professionals. Please follow our guidelines when you are at PDFW this year:

The Following Health Guidelines Will Be Implemented To Minimize Covid-19 Transmission Risk to All Festival Participants:

MANDATORY COVID -19 VACCINATION or Proof of COVID-19 negative test within 48 hours: All guests, talent, staff, volunteers and working personnel at all event venues will be required to be vaccinated. Ticket holders may produce proof of a negative Covid-19 test no more than 48 hours prior to the event. Anyone presenting symptoms on arrival will be denied entry.

Wash your hands with soap and water when using the restroom. Use our hand sanitizer stations located throughout the event frequently.

Finally, we strongly recommend our guests read and follow the latest recommendations from the CDC on the prevention of COVID-19.

Please refer to the CDC website for additional information and recommendations, including preventative measures to avoid the spread of germs and illness. Please note, in an effort to maintain a safe environment for our ticket holders, staff, talent and volunteers we are asking for proof of vaccination to enter the event at this time.

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.

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?

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.

Is there access for persons with disabilities?
It is the policy of Palm Desert Food & Wine to make our programs, services, and activities accessible to the general public with disabilities who attend our event. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing special accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call 760-325-2333, in advance of the program.

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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