Full plate: August food and drink events


Food and drink events during the month of August include Taste of Encinitas, Tiki Oasis, the Craft Beer Festival and the Turf & Surf BBQ Classic.

8.2 & 8.16: Dim Sum & Then Sum

Chef Brian Redzikowski is showing off his passion for Asian flavors with 10 different offerings, including the chef’s award winning pho soup dumplings, served from rolling carts at The Grass Skirt. — Leslie Hackett

910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach,

8.4: Ninth annual Farm to Bay fundraiser

Treat your taste buds to samples from more than 30 of the county’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries at this wildlife-focused fundraiser that features an auction, live entertainment and unforgettable animal encounters.

Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista,

8.7: Taste of Encinitas

Sink your teeth into tasters from more than 30 of Encinitas’ best restaurants, rock out to live music at local venues and imbibe adult beverages at nearly 20 sip-stops hosted by neighborhood shops and salons.

Throughout Encinitas,

8.8: The Essence of Oregon

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is known for its award-winning Pinot Noirs, but this five-course dinner pairing at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant will highlight some of the region’s other varietals along with dishes created by Chef de Cuisine Tyler Nollenberger. — Leslie Hackett

2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222,

8.8-12: Tiki Oasis

Embracing a “South Seas Cinema” theme, the world’s largest, longest-running tiki festival returns to San Diego for five days — and nights — of tropical cocktails, Polynesian pop and other island-inspired attractions.

Hotel Circle, Mission Valley,

8.10-12: AleSmith 23rd anniversary

This 3-day extravaganza will feature live music, live art installations, art exhibition and a long list of rare and specialty beers, including the release of Celestial Dawn Speedway Stout with Modern Times Coffee. — Leslie Hackett

9990 AleSmith Ct., Miramar,

8.11: Eighth annual Food Truck Festival

Come hungry to the tastiest food festival on wheels as dozens of SoCal’s moveable feasts descend upon Del Mar with gourmet chefs serving eclectic eats.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.11: Fresh Fest

San Diego Hydroponics & Organics presents this inaugural, 21-and-up event showing local musicians, vegan restaurants and even vegan brewers.

Quartyard, East Village,

8.13: Playing with Fire

Puesto’s Katy Smith will join The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ executive chef Jeff Jackson for a flame-filled night as the duo cooks up a family-style feast at The Lodge’s custom-built wood-fired grill and rotisserie.

11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla,

8.16: Live Cooking Demo: Easy Summer Apps & Cocktails

Join Sam the Cooking Guy and bartenders from the Little Italy Food Hall Bar for an evening filled with ways to impress your friends and neighbors at your next summer gathering. — Leslie Hackett

Little Italy Food Hall, 550 W. Date St., Little Italy,

8.17-18: Sixth annual Latin Food Festival

Celebrate Hispanic cuisine at a high-energy Chefs’ Night Out, featuring complimentary tapas, cocktails, wine and beer, then keep the party going the next day at the Gran Tasting culinary festival, which includes an open bar, a silent auction and various demos and workshops.

Embarcadero Marina Park, downtown,

8.18: Craft Beer Festival

Knock back samples of 100+ local and international brews, including many hard-to-find favorites, at this sudsy spectacle that includes unlimited tasters, admission to the track and access to live music all day long.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.18: Starlight Food & Wine Festival

Treat yourself to selections from award-winning wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and beyond during this epic, epicurean festival focused on delectable food pairings.

Pala Casino, Pala,

8.19: Turf & Surf BBQ Classic

More than 30 of the nation’s top pitmasters prepare briskets, ribs, chicken and tri-tip while trying to win your vote — and $15,000 in prizes — at this BBQ lover’s event that includes unlimited food samples, five specialty brews and free admission to the track.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.19: Lord of the Wing

A ticket for this event will give guests access to the Karl Strauss tasting room including chicken wing samples from all participating restaurants and two Karl Strauss craft beers. Proceeds from the contest will benefit PB Clean and Safe Program. — Leslie Hackett

5985 Santa Fe St., Pacific Beach,

8.23: When Puesto met Ballast Point

Showcasing modern Mexican cuisine with San Diego craft beer, this dinner pairing, the brainchild of Puesto’s executive chef Katy Smith, will feature five courses.

7079 W. Harbor Dr., downtown,

8.25: Fourth annual Festival of Dankness

Prepare your palate for infinite 2-ounce pours as many of the hospitality industry’s best brewers and food vendors converge on the waterfront for four hours of drinking and mingling.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

8.25-26: 10th annual San Diego Spirits Festival

Novice enthusiasts and inveterate alcohol aficionados are invited to spend two days among industry insiders at the West Coast’s premiere spirits festival.

Broadway Pier, Embarcadero,

8.29: Rum Social

Enjoy the cool breeze of the ocean while enjoying snacks and sipping on barrel-aged mojitos featuring a collaboration rum from Malahat spirits and the Catamaran Resort Hotel.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen, 3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay,


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