April food and drink events


Food and drink events during the month of April include the California Craft Brewers Association Spring Conference, Sixth Annual VinDiego, 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival and Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival.

4.4: Sushi Chef Battle Cruise

Cruise around the bay while chefs go head-to-head to win this sushi battle for best poke, rolls and sashimi.

Sheri Amie Yacht, Marina District,

4.4: ¡Salud! taco collaboration

Barrio Logan taco shop, ¡Salud!, will host a free taco collaboration event with Chef Jason McLeod from Ironside and Born and Raised. They will offer dry aged beef, uni and octopus tacos for $5 each and will show The Travel Channel’s “Zimmern List” where ¡Salud! and McLeod were featured. —Stacy Marquez

¡Salud!, Barrio Logan,

4.4-6: Carve one year anniversary

Drop in to this Serra Mesa eatery and enjoy its Pastrami Party offereing a limited edition sandwich, specially priced menu favorites, free house sodas and giveaways of gift cards and Carve gear.

8583 Aero Dr., Serra Mesa,

4.7: CityBeat Beer Fest

Beats and beers are the main attraction at this festival that helps support the San Diego Music Foundation.

Outside of The Lafayette Hotel, North Park,

4.7: Tropi-Cali Beer Fest

Bust out the Hawaiian shirts, shorts and shades and celebrate tropical beers, cocktails and food at this bright festival.

Ingram Plaza, Liberty Station,

4.7: 2018 San Diego ’90s Pub Crawl

Count on it smelling like Teen Spirit at this costumed drink-a-thon, which includes a free beer and a shot while touring several of P.B.’s best bars.

Moonshine Beach, Pacific Beach,

4.7,21: Carnitas’ Snack Shack Game Day

Enjoy BBQ by Chef Hanis, games and drinks at the North Park Carnitas’ Snack Shack location this April. Game day activites go from 3 p.m. through 7 p.m. — Stacy Marquez

Carnitas’ Snack Shack, North Park,

4.8: Sip ‘n Savor Festival

Join local chefs and breweries for a day of music and indulging in food and drinks all to help support the American Liver Foundation.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 Fifth Ave., downtown,

4.8-10: California Craft Brewers Association Spring Conference

Join hundreds of industry experts for a weekend-long conference that will explore California-specific educational workshops and provide one-on-one consultations along with networking opportunities, beer receptions and a trade show.

Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, Mission Bay,

4.9: Prohibition Supper Club

This four-course dinner will be paired with cocktails made with Henebery Celebrated Whiskey. For this “reverse pairing” meal, GBOD Hospitality Group’s beverage director Ryan Andrews created cocktails that paired with existing dishes from executive chef Anthony Porras.

548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp,

4.11: Taste of Point Loma

Savor samples of Point Loma and Shelter Island’s freshest seafood, choicest cuisine and most decadent desserts at this tasting event showcasing the peninsula’s best restaurants, cafes and bakeries.

United Portuguese SES Inc., Point Loma,

4.11: Taste of Morena

Sip, taste and stroll (or trolley) around the Morena District during this 11th annual event hosted by the area’s Business Association.

Various locations around the Morena District,

4.12: Ironside Fish & Oyster Special Dinner with Chef Jason McLeod

Chef Jason McLeod and his mentor Vincent Stufano, all the way from Canada, will create a nine course dinner for guests. The dinner is to celebrate McLeod’s 30th year in the kitchen. Tickets are $79, call the restuarant for a reservation. — Stacy Marquez

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Little Italy, 619.269.3033,

4.14: Sixth Annual VinDiego

Wine, food, music and fun await you at this oenophilic festival featuring more than 300 varietals from top-tier vintners, plus fare from some of San Diego’s very best chefs.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

4.14: I Love the ‘90s Bash

NOTE: This event has been canceled. Strap on your fanny pack, dust off your denim jacket and bust out any other ’90s attire for this throwback party that includes drink specials at several bars set to a soundtrack of last century’s tastiest tunes.

Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter,

4.14: Belching Beaver North Park Five Year Anniversary

The day will be celebrated with $5 from 1-4 p.m. plus tappings of specialty and barrel aged beers at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

4223 30th St., North Park,

4.14: Taste of Hillcrest

Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure to more than 35 of Hillcrest’s best restaurants during this annual uptown foodie fest.

Throughout Hillcrest,

4.15: 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Guacamole contests, inflatable avocados and even a race featuring vehicles made from SoCal’s signature fruit make this one-of-a-kind event an affair for anyone who loves “alligator pears.”

Main Street, Fallbrook,

4.15: Donut Panic Fourth Year Anniversary

The vegan donut joint will celebrate their fourth year with vegan Persian food, specialty donuts (including their galaxy donut) and more.

Donut Panic, Grantville, 619.280.1894,

4.16: Venissimo Cheese & Buona Forchetta Pizza Making Class

The two Liberty Station establishments will co-host a happy hour pizza making class, learning the tips and tricks to making a deliectable pizza in their gold tiled ovens with a glass of wine. Tickets are available online. —Stacy Marquez

Officine Buona Forchetta, Liberty Station,

4.18: Taste of Liberty Station

Indulge in Liberty Station’s many gustatory experiences on this self-guided, art-infused food walk that also features an adults-only Bubbly Garden.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

4.21: San Diego Mac and Cheese Beerfest

This after-dark, outdoor event includes complimentary samples of more than 60 craft beers, plus two stages of live music and small portions of mac ‘n’ cheese from a dozen local chefs.

Lane Field (near Broadway Pier), downtown

4.21: Bikes, Boards and Brews

Celebrate the beach culture of Pacific Beach during this ninth annual event that will provide beer tasters, food pairings from local restaurants, a bike show and local artists.

Crown Point Park, Mission Bay,

4.21: Solana Haze Can Release

Pizza Port Brewing Company will release a limited supply of their fruity and tropical 5.7 percent hazy IPA. The beer is only available at Pizza Port pub locations, with 16 ounce six-packs for sale. The sale will start the 21st and once they are gone, they are gone.

Various locations,

4.21-22: Tequila and Taco Music Festival

Let the good times flow along with mas tequila (sampling of the top-shelf spirit on Saturday only) and tacos while soaking in the sun along the San Diego Bay.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, Marina District,

4.26: 12th Dining Out for Life

Make plans to dine out as scores of restaurants, bars, clubs and coffeehouses across San Diego pledge to donate 25% (or more) of this day’s sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs.

Restaurants throughout San Diego,

4.26: American Grown Field to Vase Dinner

Dining among giant ranunculus is just the start of a great evening during this multicourse artisanal dinner that takes place at the 50-acre Flower Fields that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad,

Ranunculus at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. (Charlie Neuman)
(Charlie Neuman / San Diego Union-Tribune/Zuma Pre)

4.26: SoundBite Dinner

Chefs Accursio Lota (Solare Lounge) and Sara Polcynski (Seasoned Plates), along with Nick Brune (Eco Caters) will wow diners with a six-course menu inspired by six original songs by country crooner Trevor McSpadden, who will perform live during the meal.

Lot 8, Mission Valley,

4.28: Eighth Annual Taste of Temecula Valley

Offering menu selections from the many of Southern California’s finest restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, this savor-and-stroll event will also include artisan booths and live entertainment all day long.

Old Town Civic Center Plaza, Temecula,

4.28: Liberty Call Distilling’s Fourth Anniversary Party

Enjoy live music, food and drink, plus specials on bottle purchases relating to a “massive” release of new spirits — including aged rum, cask strength rum, cabernet barrel rested gin and more — at this East County distillery.

2739 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley,

4.28: Quintessential Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Unlimited samples will be available from more than 30 local breweries, distilleries and wineries during this dog-friendly event (formerly Golden Triangle Arts & Craft Beer Festival) that benefits 45 charity partners of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle.

Nobel Recreational Center, University City,

4.29: Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival

Celebrate the popular sweet while floating on the bay during this choc-o-holic’s dream come true, which includes pairings, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and even a make-your-own-chocolate-pizza station.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, Embarcadero,

4.29: San Diego County Vintners’ Association Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited vino, food and music as more than 25 of the county’s finest wineries offer pours of their best varietals.

Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo,

4.30: Collaboration Dinner with Chef Mitch Lienhard

George’s California Modern is welcoming award winning chef Mitch Lienhard to its kitchen for a collaborative nine-course set menu. Guests will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with the former chef de cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos, who has been recognized as a Bocuse d’or Team USA Advisor and winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef World Title. Reservations available by calling 858.454.4244.

1250 Prospect St., La Jolla,


San Diego events in April 2018