Full plate: May food + drink happenings


Fill your bellies with food and drinks events around San Diego including Dining Out for Life, SoCal Taco Fest, Cheese Expo and Vista Strawberry Festival.

5.2: 10th annual Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy

San Diego’s top chefs create culinary pairings inspired by their favorite literary characters at this bookish bash that celebrates reading through connection, consumption and commitment.

San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park,

5.2: 13th annual Dining Out for Life

Dozens of local restaurants, bars, clubs and coffeehouses pledge to donate at least 25% of this day’s sales to support the services and programs offered by The Center.

Venues throughout San Diego,

5.4: Eighth annual Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer & Music Festival

The San Diego Brewers Guild’s spring festival returns with live music, local eats and samples of 100-plus beers from more than 50 of the county’s best breweries.

Vista Village, Vista,

5.4: Fifth annual Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego 2019

Sink your teeth into tortilla-wrapped treasures and sip on unlimited tasters of tequila and beer, or head to the margarita and michelada bar before hopping on a mechanical bull.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

5.4: 10th annual Asian Cultural Fest

Celebrate the Year of the Pig in style at this Asian foodie fest featuring cooking demos, a ramen-eating contest and an array of Eastern food vendors.

Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa,

5.5-7: CCBA Spring 2019 Conference

The California Craft Brewers Association offers educational workshops, one-on-one consultations and tons of networking opportunities with more than 50 exhibitors and 500 industry insiders.

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay,

5.10: 28th annual Mama’s Day

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien hosts this event that invites guests to sample culinary offerings from 50 of the city’s best restaurants while raising funds for one of San Diego’s most well-known nonprofits.

The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, La Jolla,

5.11: Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival

Support the JLSD’s continuing efforts to help local women learn leadership skills by attending this annual fundraiser that includes unlimited tastings of local food, spirits, wine and beer.

La Jolla Cove, La Jolla,

5.11: Fifth annual Reader Tacotopia

Five dozen of the finest taco shops from L.A. to T.J. compete for attendee’s votes at this event offering live entertainment, unlimited tastings and beer samples from 20 local breweries.

Golden Hill Park, Golden Hill,

5.17: Potterheads Beer Festival

The Wizarding World arrives in Uptown, replete with tastings of more than 20 seasonal ales plus team trivia, plenty of food and live music from the Sorceress Sisters and DJ Dumbledore.

The Irenic, North Park,

5.18: SoCal Taco Fest 2019

Headlined by none other than Nelly, San Diego’s biggest taco festival is back showcasing more than two dozen of the city’s best restaurants as well as a guac-off, a chihuahua race and live lucha libre matches.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

5.18: Game of Thrones Inspired Beer Festival

Just in time for the series finale, this themed GoT-together includes tastings of more than 20 medieval craft beers with a live soundtrack provided by the Targaryen Sisters and the Westeros Party Band.

The Irenic, North Park,

5.18: Boochfest

Promoting health and wellness through food, drink and fun, SoCal’s first kombucha festival arrives with tastings, workshops and other activities inspired by the effervescent, antioxidant-rich elixir.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

5.18: Third annual OMBAC OTL Beer Fest

The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club kicks off its infamous Over-the-Line Tournament with this debaucherous drinking event uniting some of the city’s finest breweries and food trucks.

Mariner’s Point, Mission Bay,

5.19: Cheese Expo

The newly formed Liquid City hosts its inaugural event boasting unlimited cheese and bottomless beverages from area breweries, coffee roasters, cideries and just about anything else liquid that’s consumable.

Brick, Liberty Station,

5.21: 10th annual I Love Poke Food Festival & Competition

Culinary artists from Philly, Hawaii and everywhere in between join more than 30 hometown chefs to individually prepare their signature poke styles during this competitive cooking event.

Bali Hai, Shelter Island,

5.23: By the Barrel: Wine

Indulge in endless food and beverage experiences during this decadent wine-and-dine kicking off Estancia’s new series of course-paired dinners under the stars.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla,

5.25: Festival of Funk

Toss back unlimited pours of sours, saisons and other funky brews during this puckering party paired with premier food vendors.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

5.26: Vista Strawberry 2019 Festival

The onetime “Strawberry Capital of the World” celebrates the florid fruit with craft beer, carnival rides and several strawberry-centric activities.

Main Street Vista, Vista,

5.28: Iberico Tapas Tasting and Wine Pairing Dinner

Forty lucky guests will get to partake in this first-time event treating diners to a seven-course tasting hosted by Cafe Sevilla’s classically trained “Maestro Cortador” (master carver) Raymond Pereira with wine pairings and educated from Andres Olcina Rodriguez from Spain’s Torres Winery. — Leslie Hackett
Cafe Sevilla, 353 Fifth Ave., downtown,

5.31: Sip the City Kickoff

Sip award-winning neighborhood wines to kick off the fifth annual San Diego Urban Wineries Weekend happening on June 1 and 2. — Sara Butler

Headquarters at Seaport District,