Full plate: August food + drink happenings


Fill your bellies with food and drinks events around San Diego including Taste of Encinitas, County Beer Jam and San Diego Spirits Festival.

8.3: San Diego Tacos & Beer Festival

Sample beers from more than 100 local and regional breweries, and tear into tacos prepared by more than 20 of SoCal’s top restaurants at this event that includes games, DJs, lucha libre wrestling and admission to the track.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.3: Second annual Margaritas y Mas Festival

Whether you like ’em shaken, blended or straight up, get unlimited mouthfuls of margs at this boozy bash that also features tequila and mezcal tastings, a sprawling spread of snacks and an assortment of oversized lawn games.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero,

8.3: Coronado Brewing 23rd Anniversary

Celebrate 23 years of Coronado Brewing’s award-winning beer by rocking out to live music and imbibing more than 25 craft brews, including the spankin’ new 23rd Anniversary Double Hazy IPA.

Coronado Brewing Tasting Room, Bay Park,

8.6: Taste of Encinitas

Sink your teeth into tasters from more than 25 of North County’s best restaurants while grooving to live music at local venues and knocking back adult beverages at nearly 20 sip-stops hosted by nearby shops and salons.

Throughout downtown Encinitas,

8.9-11: AleSmith 24th Anniversary Weekend

This art, music and beer festival offers attendees an education in barrel aging and grants them the opportunity to enjoy specialty brews, a gourmet cheese pairing and a showcase of local artists.

AleSmith Tasting Room, Mira Mesa,

8.10: 10th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Come hungry to the tastiest food festival on wheels as dozens of SoCal’s moveable feasts descend upon Del Mar with gourmet chefs serving eclectic eats at incredible prices.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.10: Blended Wine and Music Festival

Sip, dine and dance the day away at this upscale yet bohemian event that unites the best wineries on the West Coast and features expansive food stations to complement the abundant craft beers and cocktails.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

8.16: !Latin Food Fest!

Raising awareness (and funds) for the fight against hunger, this celebration of Hispanic street food hosts talented cooks and culinarians providing demos and tastings for those who like to viva la comida Latina.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero,

8.17: Lord of the Wings

Cast your vote for the best chicken wing in Pacific Beach as local bars and restaurants prepare delicious drumsticks to win the favor of guests and a panel of celebrity judges.

Mavericks Beach Club, Pacific Beach,

8.17: 2019 San Diego Margarita Fest

Headlined by Everclear and featuring multiple margarita bars, this celebration of Mexico’s signature libation blends an epic club experience with fantastic food, bartending demonstrations and a cornhole competition offering cash prizes to the best bag hurlers.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

8.18: Turf & Surf Barbecue Classic

More than 30 of the nation’s top pitmasters prepare briskets, ribs, chicken and tri-tip while vying for your vote — and $15,000 in prizes — at this epic BBQ event that includes unlimited food samples, five specialty brews and free admission to the races.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.24: Country Beer Jam

At this event that’s free to attend with admission to the track, country artists will play live tunes while you enjoy award-winning beers along with rare and specialty crafts and other favorites from San Diego’s brewing scene.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.24: Orfila’s 26th annual Grape Stomp

Ditch your kicks, roll up your jeans and feel fruit squish beneath your feet at this vivacious vino affair featuring a wine tasting, a gourmet dinner, tractor rides and oodles of entertainment.

Orfila Vineyards and Winery, Escondido,

8.24: Fifth annual Festival of Dankness

Prepare your palate for infinite 2 oz. pours as many of the industry’s best brewers and food purveyors converge on the waterfront for four hours of drinking and mingling.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

8.24-25: 11th annual San Diego Spirits Festival

Novice enthusiasts, inveterate alcohol aficionados and everyone in between are invited to spend two days among industry insiders at the West Coast’s premier cocktail extravaganza featuring unlimited libations, a bottle competition and an assortment of burlesque, Samba and Bollywood dancers.

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Embarcadero,

8.31: Fourth annual Ballast Point Brews Cruise

Set sail aboard a three-hour, two-story bay cruise offering unlimited samples of more than 20 of Ballast Point’s signature and limited-release beers, while chefs grill up brew-infused BBQ dishes and modern rock cover bands provide a soundtrack of hits you know every word to.

Flagship Cruises & Events, Embarcadero,