Full plate: January food + drink events
Fill your bellies with food and drink events around San Diego including the San Diego Beer Festival, Pure Project’s Third Anniversary and Celebrity Chef Series with Susan Feniger.
1.10: Taste & Tequila Old Town
Gorge on Old Town’s most famous meals while wetting your whistle with sensational spirits as lively music and engaging entertainers keep the good times going between bites.
Throughout Old Town, oldtownsandiego.org
1.12: Eighth annual San Diego Beer Festival
Toss back samples of more than 150 beers, then soak up those suds with grub from some of the city’s top food trucks during this day of drinking, eating and live music.
Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiegobeerfest.com
1.12: Biga’s third annual Hog Roast & Anniversary Party
Downtown’s acclaimed Italian restaurant kicks off San Diego’s Farm To Fork Week and simultaneously celebrates three years in business with a hog roast where guest chefs will prepare unique dishes with different parts of the pig.
Biga, Gaslamp Quarter, bigasandiego.com
1.12: Pure Project’s Third Anniversary
Known as much for its charitable endeavors and sustainability efforts as it is for its brews, Pure Project Brewing celebrates the three-year anniversary of its Miramar location with a party featuring rare beer releases, games, raffles and prizes.
Pure Project Brewing, Miramar, purebrewing.org
1.12-19: Farm To Fork San Diego’s Local Libations Week
Thirsty patrons are encouraged to explore a variety of restaurants, wineries and bars that focus on making their libations from locally sourced ingredients.
Various locations around San Diego County, farmtoforksd.com
1.14: Annual Big Josh Foundation Pie Eating Contest
See how much pastry and filling you can cram down your piehole in this gustatory competition held in honor of one of San Diego’s most memorable hospitality heroes.
Pacific Beach Shore Club, Pacific Beach, facebook.com/bigjoshfoundation
1.17: Domaine Chandon and Newton Wine Dinner
Two of Napa Valley’s most revered vineyards join forces to host a five-course dinner paired with impeccable wines during this unique tasting held in Pala Casino’s subterranean cave.
Pala Casino, Spa & Resort, Pala, palacasino.com
1.19: BagbyFest 3
Inspired by the atmosphere of Europe’s winter markets, this food and beverage festival centers around several cultural and historical experiences unique to the continent.
Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside, bagbybeer.com
1.20-27: San Diego Restaurant Week
Don’t wait to make reservations as more than 180 restaurants around the county offer limited-time prix fixe menus during this eight-day celebration of San Diego’s culinary scene.
Restaurants throughout the county, sandiegorestaurantweek.com
1.23: Memorias con Javier Plascencia
Chef Claudette Zepeda Wilkins invites her friend and mentor to share her kitchen at El Jardin for an eight-course collaboration dinner.
El Jardin, 2885 Perry Rd., Liberty Station, exploretock.com/eljardinrestaurantbar
1.24: Celebrity Chef Series with Susan Feniger
Chef Brian Malarkey welcomes the restauranteur, cookbook author, Top Chef Masters competitor and influential Los Angeles chef to his home turf as the two prepare a five-course dinner centered around a Baja-meets-modern-Mexican menu.
Herb & Wood, Little Italy, eventbrite.com
1.25: Taste of Eastlake
Sample an array of Eastlake’s best entrees as South Bay’s signature banquet hall fills with the neighborhood’s finest food along with local libations and a lineup of live entertainment.
The Venue at Eastlake, Eastlake, eefkids.org
1.26: Third annual San Diego Onesie Crawl
With simultaneous events in P.B. and downtown, the world’s coziest bar crawl is back with LED pacifiers, reduced-priced food and discounted drinks at various venues.
Bars throughout Pacific Beach and Gaslamp, welovepubcrawls.com
1.26: ’90s Bar Crawl
Crimp your hair, find a fanny pack and bring some ’90s-era ephemera to this themed bar crawl featuring stops at several of downtown’s flyest bars.
Various bars throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, 90sbarcrawl.com
1.27: S.D. Binational 5K Invitational Beer Run and Brunch Fest
Hungry runners from both sides of the border are invited to this inaugural event featuring a buffet overflowing with some of the region’s best Latin, Mexican and American cuisine.
Embarcadero South, downtown, redpodium.com
1.27-2.2: Dine Out Escondido
More than 35 of Escondido’s most reputable restaurants offer scrumptious specials, farm-to-fork delights and unique culinary experiences inspired by fare from France, Italy and Mexico among other counties.
Throughout Escondido, visitescondido.com
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