Full plate: February food + drink events
Fill your bellies with food and drink events around San Diego including the 10th annual Brewbies Festival, ‘90s Bar Crawl and San Diego Fermentation Festival.
2.2: ’90s Bar Crawl
Pump up your Reeboks, bust out your Beanie Babies and jump into some JNCO jeans before heading to this ’90s-themed booze-fest featuring drink specials and an era-appropriate soundtrack at several of downtown’s best bars.
Bars throughout downtown, @90sbarcrawlunlimited
2.9: 10th annual Brewbies Festival
Join empowering young people from across the globe at this beer festival centered around breast health issues and education, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Keep A Breast Foundation.
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside, brewbies.org
2.9: For the Love of Chocolate
A passport for this chocoholic-centric festival featuring samples, pairings, swag and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides will make any sweet tooth swoon, especially when adding to the mix a seat at a chocolate-making class.
Downtown Escondido, downtownescondido.com
2.9-10: Nourished Festival
Learn how to live your best gluten-free life at the country’s largest special-diet festival featuring informative classes and showcasing an assortment of allergen-free vendors offering steep discounts on hard-to-find products.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, nourishedfestival.com
2.10: Wild Weeds Harvesting & Cooking Class
Discover the secret life of weeds during this unique culinary experience in which participants will learn to identify, harvest and cook plants that are commonly considered unwelcome.
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, Otay Mesa, sandiegoroots.org
2.11: Guinness Dinner Pairing
Toss back a few pints of Ireland’s signature stout during this international beer tasting complemented by delicious home-cooked food and featuring the famed brewery’s ambassador, visiting all the way from the Emerald Isle.
Shakespeare Pub, Mission Hills, shakespearepub.com
2.16: Third annual Carnival of Caffeination
Several of the city’s most badass brewers and reputable roasters join forces for a day of barrel-aged beer and caffeine-infused creations, while attendees can toss back unlimited samples of either or both types of beverages.
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Chollas Creek Villas, moderntimesbeer.com
2.17: San Diego Fermentation Festival
Immerse yourself in workshops, live entertainment and presentations from esteemed experts at this outdoor fermentation fest featuring artisanal food merchants and granting guests 10 tasters of boozy craft concoctions.
Leichtag Commons, Encinitas, sandiegofermentationfestival.com
2.17: Aphrodisiac Cocktail Class
Learn about the history of aphrodisiac ingredients and how to use them while mixing together two different romantic cocktails.
Collins & Coupe, North Park, aphrodisiaccocktails.brownpapertickets.com
2.21: Cheers to Four Years
Celebrate the four-year anniversary of local non-profit Hearts for San Diego during this free party featuring live music, reduced-priced wines and a pair of chocolate and cheese fountains.
Carruth Cellars, Solana Beach, carruthcellars.com
2.22: Charlie and the Chocolate Brews Cruise
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker aboard this Willy Wonka-themed world on water that includes a cupcake room, an Oompa-Loompa band and unlimited samples of chocolates, confections and fruit-flavored beers.
Flagship Cruises & Events, downtown, rockstarbeer.com
2.23: Coasterra Tequila Fest
Tear into some tacos, pack in the paella and sample a fine selection of tequilas and mezcals at this cocktail-style event that includes a blind-tasting challenge, a margarita-making competition and unlimited access to all food and drinks.
Coasterra, Harbor Island, cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra
2.23: Tijuana Street Food, Craft Beer + Market Daycation
Cross the border with a roving supper club for stops at six of TJ’s top foodie spots, including three street food stands, two craft cervecerías and one traditional Mexican market.
Throughout Tijuana (Meeting point at San Ysidro Trolley Station), clubtengohambre.com
2.24-26: Third annual InTents Conference
Farmers, food makers and market managers can benefit from three days of panels, roundtables and inspiring speakers during this one-of-a-kind event designed to increase the income of those who earn a living at farmers markets.
Marina Village Conference Center, Mission Bay, intentsconference.com
2.28: Speakeasy Supper & Spirits
Food, drink and pairing education are just the start of this night that combines craft cocktails from You & Yours Distilling Co.'s tasting room manager, April Kirby, and a five-course dinner from Searsucker’s chef de cuisine, Chris Gerwig, featuring such signature dishes as grilled octopus and a swoon-worthy 40-ounce Tomahawk ribeye.
Searsucker, Gaslamp Quarter, searsucker.com/san-diego