Full Plate: March food + drink happenings

Fill your bellies with food and drinks events around San Diego including Bartender’s Weekend, Guacamole Bowl, Gaslamp Mardi Gras and Pechanga’s Wine Festival.

3.1: Pechanga’s 11th annual Chocolate Decadence

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

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, pechanga.com

3.2: Pechanga’s 11th annual Wine Festival

Swirl, sniff, sip and savor as you sample a slew of distinguished vintages from notable wineries throughout Europe, Australia, South America and California.

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, pechanga.com

3.2: Degas Dinner at Sparks Gallery

Sparks Gallery celebrates four years in business with a gastronomic journey inspired by the famed French painter Edgar Degas and punctuated by performances from the San Diego Ballet Company.

Sparks Gallery, Gaslamp Quarter, sparksgallery.com

3.2: Gaslamp Mardi Gras Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour

Prepare to wear a bevy of beads on this self-guided restaurant roam featuring sinful sips and Mardi Gras-inspired munchies at 20 of the Gaslamp’s hottest venues.

Venues throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, sdmardigras.com

3.2-5: Sixth annual Bartenders Weekend

Hospitality heroes and heroines are invited to join more than 1,100 other industry pros for three days of networking — and not working — during these events that pay homage to the profession of bartending. The weekend will include an Official Welcome Party on March 3 (because Sunday is the new Friday in the industry), Licorería Limantour Takeover and Espolon Cocktail Fights.

Events throughout the city, bartendersweekend.com

3.2 : San Diego Bartender Shakedown

Part of Bartenders Weekend and the only shenanigans open to the public and non-industry pros, this event will offer sample cocktails from 21 of the county’s best bartenders all under one roof for one wild night only.

Building 177, Liberty Station, bartendersweekend.com

3.3: Brunch + Market

Pregame before CRSSD at this energetic extravaganza featuring merchants, live music, a made-to-order omelet station and a complimentary braid and glitter bar.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock, Little Italy, thesdcollective.ticketspice.com/brunchandmarket   

3.9: 16th annual Guacamole Bowl

More than 30 teams compete to guac your socks off at this annual avocado-centric event that includes a full bag of tortilla chips and all the samples you can stomach.

Balboa Park Club, Balboa Park, guacamolebowl.com

3.9: Best Coast Beer Fest

Discover 200 beers from nearly 100 West Coast breweries at this ale-lovers event benefiting Cuck Fancer, a local nonprofit that helps young cancer patients and survivors live richer lives.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown, bestcoastbeerfest.com

3.10: Mexico in a Bottle

Back in San Diego for a second year, this traveling celebration of Mexican culture includes an epic selection of mezcals, raicillas and tequilas, plus several south-of-the-border wines and craft beers paired with bites from local restaurants.

Bread & Salt Gallery, Barrio Logan, mexinabottle.com

3.13: Beer Pairing Dinner

Don't worry, be hoppy! Known for its popular wine pairing dinners, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaraunt branches out for an inaugural four-course beer pairing dinner with Abnormal Beer Co. — Leslie Hackett

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, Bankers Hill, bankershillsd.com

3.14: Taste of Third

Sip on discounted drinks and nosh on savory samples during this self-guided tour to many of Chula Vista’s most-loved eateries, lounges, breweries and tasting rooms.

Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista, thirdavenuevillage.com

3.16: Got Green?

Learn how to live more sustainably during this fun-filled, first-year event bursting with educational workshops, organic gardening tips, plant-based cooking demos, vegan food vendors and much more.

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, sdbgarden.org

3.16: Fourth annual Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival

Revel in Latino flavors and culture while enjoying unlimited food, beer and wine tastings from some of the culture’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries on both sides of the border.

Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley , 2019.sdlatinofilm.com/sabor-latino/

3.16: Vanguard Culture’s An Artist @ Table — Sensorial

Editor's note: This event has been postponed.

Break bread with some of San Diego’s most visionary artists during this rooftop fine-dining experience designed to engage all five senses.

Idea1, East Village, vanguardculture.com

3.16: A Tale of Two Chefs on a Farm

Chefs Davin Waite (Wrench & Rodent, The Whet Noodle) and Peter Harrison (Have Knives, Will Travel) prepare a masterful, five-course meal paired with wine and other beverages to wet your whistle.

Cyclops Farms, Oceanside, cyclopsfarms.com

3.18, 25: Prohibition Supper Club 

GBOD Hospitalitiy Group's beverage director Ryan Andrews will create four unique cocktails featuring Brugal 1888 rum (March 18) and NIKKA Japanese spirts (March 25), which will then be paired with a four-course dinner. — Leslie Hackett

Prohibition, 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, prohibitionsd.com/supper-club

3.21: Beefsteak San Diego

In support of No Kid Hungry, this food extravaganza features a night of "all you can hold beef and beer" of six cuts of beef cooked by some of San Diego's top chefs and brews from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Fireside, 2855 Perry Rd., Building 8, Liberty Station, eventbrite.com

3.22: Seventh annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Local artists, DJs and Bankers Hill’s best restaurants join forces at this two-level, 21+ event offering limitless 2-ounce pours from more than a dozen nearby breweries.

The Abbey, Bankers Hill, bankershillbusinessgroup.com

3.23: San Diego Taco & Beer Festival

Knock back unlimited pours of craft beer from local and regional breweries, then soak up those suds with unlimited taco tastings from some of the city’s top restaurants and food trucks.

Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier, sdtacobeerfest.com

2.23: The Art of Dance

A night of art-themed culinary arts, fashion and dance will create a unique experience to help support Malashock Dance, which offers free dance programs to San Diego-area students. — Leslie Hackett

The Hub @ IDEA1, 895 Park Blvd., East Village, malashockdance.org

3.24: Dinners for Good

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien and Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore invite guests to enjoy a five-course tasting menu and paired drinks during a live cooking demonstration from Carnitas Snack Shack’s chef Hanis Cavin.

Kitchens for Good, Encanto, support.kitchensforgood.org

3.31: Fourth annual Chef Driven Bake Sale

Carb-lovers unite at this annual event showcasing signature treats from one dozen of San Diego’s top bakers and pastry chefs.

Herb & Eatery, Little Italy, friendlyfeast.org

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