Full plate: June food + drink happenings
Fill your bellies with food and drinks events around San Diego including Taste of San Diego East, Farm to Table Dinner and PACIFIC’s Margarita Month Festival Grand Tasting.
5.31-6.2: 36th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
This three-day foodie fest features hot air balloon flights from dawn till dusk, plus abundant beer and wine tastings amid more than 150 eclectic merchants with wares from around the world.
Lake Skinner, Winchester, visittemeculavalley.com
6.1: Fifth annual Toast to the Coast
Dig out any tropical attire you own for this eco-friendly luau centered around a sunset toast and benefiting several organizations that protect our oceans.
Soledad Club, La Jolla, heartsforsd.org
6.1: Seedling Soiree
Local chefs, vintners, brewers and mixologists use San Diego-grown ingredients to create garden-inspired dishes and cocktails for this outdoor farm-to-table feast.
Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, National City, olivewoodgardens.org
6.1: PACIFIC’s Margarita Month Festival Grand Tasting
Cast your vote for the maker of San Diego’s most amazing margarita as 30 of the city’s best bartenders prepare tasty, top-shelf tequila drinks for tasting all in one place.
Broadway Pier, Marina District, margaritamonth.com
6.1: Mexico Gourmet Festival
This one-night tribute to Mexican gastronomy gives guests the opportunity to sample cuisine from some of the most prominent chefs on both sides of the border.
Embarcadero Marina Park, Marina District, mexicogourmetfest.com
6.1: 16th annual Encinitas Rotary Food & Wine Festival
Sip beverages from more than two dozen wineries and breweries — and sample dishes and desserts from just as many restaurants — at this event benefiting numerous noteworthy nonprofits.
Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Encinitas, encinitaswinefestival.com
6.1-2: San Diego Urban Wineries Weekend
Uniting San Diego’s finest vintners, this celebration of the local wine scene includes pours from more than a dozen urban wineries alongside food tastings and entertainment.
The Headquarters, Seaport Village, sdurbanwineries.com
6.3: 11th annual Taste of San Diego East
After outgrowing the neighborhood’s community center — its home for the past decade — La Mesa’s 11th annual restaurant showcase brings the town’s best bites together in nearby Mission Valley for a one-stop epicurean extravaganza.
Town & Country Hotel, Mission Valley, lamesachamber.net
6.8: Toast of the Coast
Celebrate National Rosé Day by swirling, sniffing and sipping unlimited samples of more than 130 award-winning wines at this event that also includes an artisan cheese festival and free admission to the San Diego County Fair.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, thetoastofthecoast.com
6.8: Second annual Avolution Fest
This one-day event celebrating all things avocado includes a fleet of food trucks, 15,000 square-feet of immersive art installations and tons of mushy green goodness for your gustatory enjoyment.
Broadway Pier, Marina District, avolutionfest.com
6.9: Stone Sour Fest
Showcasing acidic creations from Stone’s own program — along with an expansive selection of other brewers’ sours — this is a one-day chance to pucker up for 15 3-ounce pours while meeting some of America’s finest beer makers.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, stonebrewing.com
6.9: Blooms and Brews Craft Workshop
Awake your inner Martha Stewart and take part in a craft workshop, hosted by Street Blooms, teaching participants the art of floral arrangement while getting to enjoy crushable brews from Societe. — Leslie Hackett
Society Brewing, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa, eventbrite.com/e/blooms-and-brews-tickets-62239262309
6.13: 17th annual Beer & Sake Festival
Support the Japan Society’s educational outreach programs by feasting on Asian fare and sipping on sakes and beers at this cultural event that includes art booths, a silent auction and exciting entertainment.
USS Midway Museum, Marina District, japan-society.org
6.14-16: San Diego International Beer Festival
One of California’s biggest beer fests is back with nearly 200 breweries serving signature suds and hard-to-find favorites during this event that includes educational demonstrations and admission to the San Diego County Fair.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sandiegobeerfestival.com
6.15: 11th annual Pechanga Microbrew, Craft Beer and Chili Cook-off
Pechanga’s top chefs invite you to fill your belly with chili at this event that includes tastings of more than 30 beers, alongside live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting the Inland Valley’s Habitat for Humanity.
Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula, pechanga.com
6.15: An Artist @ The Table: Cena Sensorial
Break bread with some of San Diego’s most visionary artists during this rooftop fine-dining experience designed to engage all five senses.
IDEA1, Downtown, vanguardculture.com
6.15: Eighth annual San Diego Brew Festival
Indulge in unlimited samples of 150 craft beers from 70 local and international breweries during this fun-filled day featuring a flurry of food trucks and live musical performances.
Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiegobeerfest.com
6.15: 25th annual Taste of Gaslamp
San Diego’s original self-guided culinary tour is back with more than 25 of the Gaslamp’s best restaurants and an epic beer garden courtesy of Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, gaslamp.org
6.19: 11th annual Taste of Vista
Take a leisurely walk — or hop aboard the convenient shuttle — while eating and drinking your way through downtown Vista during this fiesta featuring 25 local restaurants and several “sip stops” at local retailers.
Downtown Vista Village, Vista, discovervista.com
6.19: Taste of Little Italy
Sample appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages from dozens of Little Italy’s eateries during this beloved restaurant walk peppered with lively local music.
Throughout Little Italy, littleitalysd.com
6.21: Sunset Luaus
Continuing the resort’s longstanding tradition of hosting Polynesian-themed celebrations on the shores of Mission Bay, the Catamaran kicks off its luau season (which runs Tuesdays and Fridays through August) with torch dancers, Mai Tais and an all-you-can-eat buffet bursting with island-inspired eats.
Catamaran Resort, Pacific Beach, catamaranresort.com
6.22: HessFest 9
Knock back unlimited beer tasters from Mike Hess and 20 other brewers at this street festival that also includes food vendors, three live bands and uproarious comedy acts during intermissions.
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, mikehessbrewing.com
6.22: The 40th annual OB Street Fair & Chili Cookoff
OB’s famous annual event returns with oodles of art, entertainment and shopping opportunities in addition to the neighborhood’s signature chili cook-off where amateur entrants compete for tasters’ votes.
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, oceanbeachsandiego.com
6.22: Third annual Wingfest
Tear into more than 30 flavors of wings as some of the city’s best restaurants partake in this chicken-centric social that includes a speed-eating contest, craft beer and spirit sampling and a musical performance by a special guest.
Broadway Pier, Marina District , wingfestsandiego.com
6.22: Seventh annual Baja Bash
Sink your teeth into sustainable, Baja-inspired cuisine during this annual bash benefiting Wildcoast’s work to protect the peninsula’s beaches, islands, lagoons and wildlife.
Coronado Cays Yacht Club, Coronado, charityengine.net
6.22: Distilled Spirit & Cocktail Festival
Honoring distillers and mixologists — and including complimentary admission to the fair — this event for liquor lovers touts 180 spirits (and mixers) and grants guests an intoxicating 10 pours apiece.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, distilledsandiego.com
6.23: Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival
Sample some of San Diego’s best ice cream and gelato at this inaugural event celebrating America’s Finest City’s finest frozen treats.
North Park Way at 30th Street, North Park, scoopsandiego.org
6.29: North Park Beer Co. IPA Fest
North Park’s eponymous brewery celebrates its third birthday with an epic IPA event in which guests and judges cast votes for their most beloved beer.
North Park Beer Co., North Park, northparkbeerco.com
6.29: Farm to Table Dinner
Share a five-course meal with local farmers during this picturesque garden party boasting locally sourced food paired with the winning drinks from the fair’s International Beer Festival and Toast of the Coast Wine Competition.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sdfair.com
6.30: 19th annual Taste of Adams Avenue
Walk, pedal or take the complimentary trolley during this gastronomic tour to four dozen restaurants, bars and unique eateries throughout three of San Diego’s hippest, historic neighborhoods.
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, University Heights and Kensington, adamsavenuebusiness.com
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