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San Diego food and drink events during March

Food and drink events during the month of March include Brew Fest at Dive, Mexico in a Bottle, Here’s to Strong Women and Absinthe Minded.

3.8: Fifth Annual International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Brewers around the world will make “Unite Exotic,” a specialty beer. Local Pink Boots Society members will gather at various breweries around the county to brew. Read more about the ladies brewing at Bay City Brewing here. — Peter Rowe

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Local Pink Boots Society members will be brewing in Encinitas and North Park.

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3.8: Taste of Third

Take a self-guided food tour down Third Avenue in Chula Vista, eating samples of signature dishes from a collection of Third Avenue Village restaurants and breweries. 

Chula Vista, 619.422.1982,

El Primero Sweets

Mini donuts were just one of the many samples offered at the previous Taste of Third.

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3.8: Festa Della Donna

Karina Kravalis, owner of Giardino, is celebrating International Women’s Day  by offering women a complimentary tiramisu with their meal at the Spring Valley Italian restaurant. —Leslie Hackett


8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove,


The dining room at Giardino in Spring Valley.

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3.9: 10th Annual Chocolate Decadance Festival

Treat your sweet tooth to an array of chocolates and pastries while listening to live music and sampling a variety of wines, bubbles and spirits at this highly anticipated epicurean event. — Michael Benninger

Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

3.10: Best Coast Beer Fest

This annual beerfest with more than 55 breweries helps support Cuck Fancer, a charity supported by actor/comedian Will Ferrell that helps young adults affected by cancer. —Peter Rowe

Embarcadero Park South, downtown,

Best Coast Beer Fest

Best Coast Beer Fest at the Embarcadero. 

(Courtesy photo)

3.10: 10th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival

Sip, savor and sample a slew of distinguished vintages from notable wineries throughout Europe, South America and California. — Michael Benninger


Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

3.10: Home Brew Fest and Competition

Check out who in San Diego is brewing some great beer from their backyards, garages and/or tiny apartment kitchens at this annual event benefiting Jefferson Elementary. —Leslie Hackett

2896 North Park Way (Behind the Observatory North Park), North Park,

3.10-11: Holy Matcha One Year Anniversary

One of the most Instagrammable spots in San Diego celebrates its first year in North Park. The first 10 people in the door both days will receive a swag bag filled with Holy Matcha items, along with wellness-centric brands like Cocokind, Moon Juice and Sun Portion. —Leslie Hackett

3118 University Ave., North Park,


3.10: Animalon

Enjoy an al fresco dinning experience under a 100-year-old oak tree on the property of celebrity chef Javier Plascencia’s Finca Altozano property in Baja California’s Valley de Guadalupe. Choose from the eight course fixed dinner ($75) with optional wine pairings ($35), or browse the a la carte plates that range from $10-35 each. —Leslie Hackett

Finca Altozano, Carretera Tecate — Ensenada Km 83, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California,



Animalon is a pop-up dinner series staged under a 100-year-old oak tree.

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3.11: Mexico in a Bottle

This Mexcio-centric event will have over 100 different mezcal and agave spirits to try, as well as other alcoholic beverages showcasing Mexico’s wine and craft beer. 

Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan,

Mezcal samples

Mezcal is an agave spirit made in various parts of Mexico. 

(Michael Skrzypek)

3.12: Beer Pairing Dinner with Good Seed Food Co. and Thunderhawk Alements

Good Seed Food Co. will host a six-course beer pairing dinner in collaboration with and hosted at Thunderhawk Alements.  

Thunderhawk Alements, 8675 Miralani Dr #100, Mira Mesa,

3.13: Meet the Brewer: Societe Beer Dinner

Chef Ronnie and Executive Chef Tim Kolanko from Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge and Travis Smith, co-founder of Societe Brewing Company, will host a four course dinner with beer pairings at the Coronado restaurant. 

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Coronado, 619.437.6087,

Leroy’s Dining Room

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge will host the Societe Beer Dinner on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

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3.14-15: Sip, Savor and Celebrate at Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria 

Emmanuel Piqueras, Peruvian executive chef/partner of Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria, will host wine pairing dinners in celebration of Peru’s Fiesta de la Vendimia (“grape harvest festival”). The wine pairing dinners will be hosted at both restaurant locations — March 14 in Point Loma and March 15 in Carlsbad. 

Carlsbad: 5970 Avenida Encinas, 760.438.1212; Point Loma: 2401 Truxtun Rd., 619.222.3111,

3.15: Cafe 21 Azeri Night

Nowruz is a festival that marks the beginning of spring and the rebirth of nature, celebrated by many cultures including Central Asia, Balkan and Persian communities. To celebrate, the Gaslmap location will have live Azerbaijan music and a four course dinner. 

802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.795.0721,

3.15: Stake Chophouse & Bar Whiskey Dinner

The luxurious Coronado steakhouse will offer a five course dinner, featuring blue corn sopes, dry-age Lone Mountain Wagyu sirlion and dark chocolate tart. A variety of whiskeys will be paired with each course.

1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077,

3.16-17: Ensenada Beer Fest

One of Baja California’s best parties, Ensenada Beer Fest occupies Centro Cultural Riviera del Pacífico on Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas. Tickets for the two-day festival are 500 pesos (about $27). —Peter Rowe

Centro Cultural Riviera del Pacífico, Ensenada, Baja California, México,

3.18: Harrah’s Resort SoCal Beer Fest at Dive

Head north on March 18 for a weekend of fun in the sun at the resort’s lagoon-style pool area. Tickets are $40 for unlimited tastings. — Leslie Hackett

777 S. Resort Dr., Funner (previously Valley Center), 760.751.3100,

Beer Fest at Dive
The sun was shining at the poolside Dive Beer Fest at Harrah’s SoCal on Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Jared Gase)
(Jared Gase / Jared Gase)

3.19: Ceviche Chef Showdown

Try samples of ceviche at a showdown, where 10 chefs paticipate for the title of Ceviche Master 2018. Chef Flor Franco, Fernando Gaxiola and Chef Lauren Lawless will be the celebrity judges determining the three who will continue to the next event in April during Little Italy’s ArtWalk. 

FRANCO on Fifth, Park West,

3.21: Del Mar Dunn Vineyard Wine Pairing Dinner

CUCINA enoteca Del Mar invites Mike and Cara Dunn from the well-known Dunn family winemakers to present their wine at a family style dinner. Howell Moutain and Napa Valley wine from Dunn Vineyards and Retro Cellars will be paired at dinner and available for retail purchase. 

CUCINA enoteca Del Mar

Howell Mountain and Napa Valley wine will be paired with the family style feast.

(Auda + Coudayre)

2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500,

3.23: Sixth Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Indulge in unlimited food samples from featured restaurants and 10 four-ounce pours from participating breweries, all while taking in the various art installations at The Abbey. 

The Abbey, Bankers Hill,

Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
The fifth annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival gave patrons a taste of the neighborhood’s businesses on Friday, March 31, 2017. (Bradley Schweit)
(Bradley Schweit / Bradley Schweit)

3.24: Old World Days of Taste Charity Tasting

Truly Fine Wine will hold an event where advanced sommelier, Molly Brooks, will present different wines from Europe. Truly Fine Wine will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Days of Taste, a charity program through the American Institute of Food & Wine. —Leslie Hackett

Truly Fine Wine, 4060 Morena Blvd., Bay Ho, 858.270.9463, 

3.24: Longship Brewery can release and fundraiser

This Sorrento Valley brewery is hopping on the aluminum train with its first ever can release. Brewed in collaboration with Global Conservation Force, the citrusy kölsch Wildlife Guardian will be avilable on tap and in limited edition 16-ounce 4-packs. — Leslie Hackett

10320 Camino Santa Fe., Ste. C, Sorrento Valley, 858.246.7875,

Longship Brewery
Longship Brewery tasting room. (Nancee E. Lewis)
(Nancee E. Lewis / )

3.26: Here’s to Strong Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, Machete Beer House will invite six renowned female chefs to curate a six course meal paired with beers from Women Brewers. Proceeds will benefit Hermanitas MANA de San Diego. 

Machete Beer House, 2325 Highland Avd., National City, 619.773.6986,

3.27-30: A Tribute to Paul Bocuse

Ocean Beach’s BO-Beau Kitchen + Bar pay tribute to French chef, Paul Bocuse with a three course dinner. Each course has two choices, with the option to add a wine pairing for $15.

BO-Beau Kitchen + Bar

Some of the dishes at the tribute dinner will include truffle soup, lamb navarin and raspberry tart. 

(Cohn Restaurant Group)

4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619.224.2884,

3.29: KnB Cocktail Liberation Dinner with Guest Chef Miguel Valdez

Acclaimed Chef Miguel Valdez, formerly from The Red Door, will prepare a four course dinner paired with Liberty Call Distilling cocktails. This communal dining experience includes appetizers, gourmet dinner, dessert, coffee and cocktails. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All ages are welcome but those who want to drink alcohol must be over 21. 

6380 Del Cerro Blvd., Del Cerro, 619.286.0321,

Chef Miguel Valdez

Miguel Valdez is an acclaimed chef, formerly with The Red Door. 

(Courtesy photo)

3.31: Absinthe Minded

Vom Fass Hillcrest will hold an event teaching the history of absinthe, tackling the myths and misconceptions about the spirit. 

Vom Fass Hillcrest, 4050 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.534.5034,

Editor’s note: This list will continue to be updated throughout the month as more food and drink events are announced.

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