04/01/2013 05:12 pm ET

Pebble Beach Food And Wine 2013: The Bay Area's Hottest Dining Event Returns (PHOTOS)

The Bay Area is nothing if not a mecca for foodies, boasting some of the world's finest wine and Michelin-starred cuisine.

And this weekend, diners from all over the country will descend upon their holy land for the biggest event in the business. That's right, the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival is back.

Though last year's extravaganza might be hard to top (Thomas Keller tribute, anyone?), this weekend's offerings already have us drooling. East and West Coast cooks will battle it out at not one but two dedicated dinners, an array of celebrity chefs will share the tricks of their trade at live demonstrations, and of course, the wine will flow and the dance floor will shake long past midnight.

In preparation for the festivities, we've rounded up the ten events we're most excited for below. See you down south this weekend -- just don't forget to come hungry. And caffeinated.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2013

Slideshow captions courtesy of Pebble Beach Food & Wine.