Eat Dessert First

Eat Dessert FirstWhy is the latest addition to the burgeoning Little Italy food scene, iDessert, creating a delicious stir around San Diego? Because this futuristic ice-cream shop lets anyone be their own culinary mastermind! Founded by “The Best Pastry Chef of France” and Food Network Star, Jean-Philippe Maury, iDessert offers an interactive dining experience unlike any other.

As soon as you walk in you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and interactive iPads that give you the power to be your own chef with a tap of a finger. Their step-by-step, digital menu allows you to choose from 20 crunchy meringue shells encapsulating a bed of one of their luscious cakes and creams, topped with one of their eight gelato or sorbet selections, all-real fruits, crunchy toppings and sauces. Not to mention, all of their ingredients are carefully chosen, natural and optionally gluten free!

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Three Day Fun at KAABOO Del Mar

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The inaugural KAABOO Del Mar experience is set to make an impact on the U.S. festival circuit with an initial line-up led by headliners No Doubt, The Killers and Zac Brown Band.  Set for September 18-20, 2015 at the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA, KAABOO Del Mar, presented in partnership with Mercedes Benz, will offer music lovers an unforgettable weekend with three days of performances on seven stages and six unparalleled experiences: Humor Me, Palate, Indulgences, ArtworK, Encore, and Posh Nosh, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.  Watch and share KAABOO’s lineup announcement at:

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Town and Country Resort Renovation


Town and Country ResortTwo veteran hospitality executives with more than five decades of industry experience between them are poised to combine talents once more to oversee the massive $80 million renovation of San Diego’s landmark Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

Tapped again by Destinations Hotels, Michael Slosser and Paul McCabe are the masterminds behind the $27 million renovation and repositioning of the Southern California boutique-style L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel. Slosser spearheaded the transformation from a dark and dated inn into a warm and inviting coastal retreat while McCabe launched its resoundingly successful Kitchen 1540 restaurant, garnering critical and public acclaim.

Next up, the duo has been tasked to reinvent Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, a Mission Valley mainstay.

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Labor Day Weekend Destinations

Labor Day Weekend Destinations

Rustic Root

With the last days of summer quickly approaching, it’s time to wrap up that summer bucket list and squeeze in as much fun as possible! Whether looking for a delicious brunch, a fun place to grab a drink, or the best place to party when the sun goes down, we’ve rounded up our favorite places to spend this Labor Day weekend. 

Brunch at….

Kettner Exchange | San Diego, CA

For those looking to start the celebrations early, head to Kettner Exchange to enjoy the new Tiki Brunch. On Sundays, Little Italy’s new hot-spot restaurant has staffers trade their uniforms for bright Hawaiian shirts and steel drum music sets the scene for a culinary trip. From the creative mind of Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski, brunch favorites such as Alaskan King Crab Egg Benedict, papaya salad, and Char Siu pork sandwich are joined by libations from Mixologist Steven Tuttle. Try the classic Piña Colada with demure rum, pineapple, coconut and lime, the Drone Pilot with the KEX rum blend, passionfruit, grapefruit and tiki bitters, or gather a group and try the Scorpion Bowl with orange, pomegranate, champagne, gin and rum.

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Beer Pairing Event at The Westgate

Beer Pairing Event at The WestgateThe Westgate Hotel and Modern Time Beer to Host BEERology on October 9

Beer Pairing Event will Feature Tastings of Special Release Brews, Bites and Educational Aspect

The Westgate Hotel and Modern Times Beer are partnering to present BEERology on Friday, October 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Riviera Terrace Fountain under the stars. Guests can expect to taste five hand-selected Modern Times brews, including two special releases, accompanied by perfectly paired appetizers created by the Westgate’s Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel.

The beer tastings will be led by Modern Times’ very own Phil MacNitt, known fondly in the industry as “The Beer Jesus,” and will include two special release beers (Lost Horizon Double IPA and the Fruitlands Sour Cherry Gose), two year-round beers (Lomaland Saison and Black House) and a seasonal beer (Aurora Red Rye IPA). Phil will discuss the San Diego craft beer scene, its history and tap into Modern Times’ aroma-driven beers that are often hybrid-style beers.

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Duke’s La Jolla Offers Playful Menu

Duke's La Jolla Offers Playful Menu

Duke’s honors Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, the father of modern day surfing, and six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist. Guests will get a glimpse into the remarkable life of the restaurant’s namesake as well as tap into the La Jolla beach lifestyle.

The Duke’s La Jolla menus will celebrate the melting pot of cultures and cooking techniques of Hawaii and California. The menu items will be crafted to be playful and approachable, but with a thoughtful respect for traditions and a serious focus on all-natural ingredients and seasonal, locally-sourced products. Signature items will include: Tahitian Octopus cooked on a wood grill with smoked papaya, cucumber, lime and coconut milk, Charred Snap Peas with burnt pineapple vinaigrette and brie, Lilikoi Ceviche with coriander stem, tomato, avocado, Fresno chili, their famous Roasted Firecracker Fish with Suzie’s Farm cabbage, gailan, ginger sprouts and 24 Hour Kalbi Short Rib served with housemade kimchee, smoked potato salad and Kewpie yogurt.

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SOMMCOM Four Day Conference


San Diego-Based Conference Features 50 Educational Seminars, Certification Opportunities, Tasting Events and More This November 18-21, 2015

The glass is half-full for oenophiles with the debut of  SommCon ™  in San Diego, CA November 18-21, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Designed to offer wine industry professionals and serious enthusiasts convenient and affordable access to education and networking opportunities, SommCon™  launches with 50 sessions, and brings together some of the greatest thought leaders, entrepreneurs and artisans to discuss, develop and lead the conversation on the business of wine.

At the helm of SommCon™ is a group of over 25 industry experts dubbed “Team SommCon.” Together these industry leaders have had a role in the selection of SommCon’s education, sessions, workshops, tastings and certification offerings. Jesse Rodriguez, Advanced Sommelier and member of Team SommCon™ says that a forum for professionals to network, learn and share their knowledge is long overdue in Southern California.

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Where to Eat Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and GravyFrom September 6th to the 12th, get ready to loosen up that belt and indulge in a hearty serving of some of the south’s best comfort food right here in sunny San Diego for National Biscuits and Gravy Week!

Live the southern life, seaside at Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach. Order the Biscuit n’ Gravy, complete with homemade cheddar scallion biscuits, lusciously covered in creamy sausage gravy with any-styled eggs. Seriously hungry? Step it up and order the Chicken, Biscuit n’ Gravy with added free-range chicken cooked southern-style.

Biscuits and gravy tastes even better on a rooftop deck overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, which is only one of the many highlights of Pacific Beach AleHouse.  Here, the classic southern dish is made with a crumbly cheddar onion biscuit and creamy sausage gravy, complete with eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage. Feeling stuffed? After your meal, take a relaxing stroll along the beach located a short minute’s walk away.

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Grab Some Football Grub

Time to trade in your bathing suits and flip flops for jerseys and pom-poms – football season has arrived! Don’t miss a single play when the Chargers take on the Detroit Lions for the home-opener on September 13th. Grab a seat at Draft Republic (La Jolla), Park & Rec (University Heights), and URBN Coal Fired Pizza / URBN Brewing Co. (El Cajon) throughout the season, and prepare to enjoy some epic game-time snack deals and sips to cool you down as the scoreboard heats up.

Grab Some Football Grub


San Diego’s favorite adult playground is gearing up for kickoff with an expanded happy hour (4 – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – close) of $5 libations and a full menu of game day finger foods from the Snack Shack including a mouthwatering ‘Royale With Cheese’ burger, five different of grilled cheese options, tater tots and more. The courtyard cocktail destination also has you covered with their playful ‘Kick the Can’ game time special for $5 (a tallboy PBR or Tecate paired alongside a shot of tequila or bourbon). With nine television screens all equipped with the coveted NFL Sunday Ticket and table games such as shuffleboard and Ping-Pong, Park & Rec is the new football lover’s fantasy.

4612 Park Blvd | 619.795.9700 |

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Dine Out For The Cure

Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Third Annual Dine Out for the Cure Fundraiser Event set for Oct. 7

Dine Out For The CureLocal restaurants will raise money for Susan G. Komen San Diego to fight breast cancer

For one delectable day only, local restaurants and patrons across San Diego will participate in Susan G. Komen San Diego’s third annual Dine Out for the Cure presented by Hologic, Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. This fundraiser will allow San Diegans to enjoy a delicious meal all while supporting the fight against breast cancer.

“By enjoying a meal these San Diego restaurants, you will be making a difference in the lives of local women and their families affected by breast cancer,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president & CEO, Susan G. Komen San Diego. “The money raised from this event will help take the burden off the shoulders of the women we serve who are often too weak from their treatments to make dinner for their families.” 

Participating restaurants include: Broken Yolk (all San Diego locations), Chick-fil-A Quarry Creek, Gaglione Brothers Famous Steaks & Subs, The Local Pacific Beach, Lupe’s Taco Shop, McFadden’s San Diego, Milton’s Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes (various locations), Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Sally’s Seafood on the Water at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Yanni’s Bar and Grill and many more. Making dining plans at a participating restaurant will support San Diego breast cancer patients and help them become breast cancer survivors. Visit to see a full list of participating restaurants. 

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Beer and Bacon at Quad Alehouse

Beer and Bacon at Quad AlehouseOn Thursday September 3rd, the hottest craft beer joint in the Gaslamp, Quad Alehouse  will host an indulgent event, with beer and bacon being the stars of the night. The dinner will feature a great line up of Firestone Walker’s beer and each pour will be custom-paired with a bacon-centric course conceptualized by meat monger and in-house chef Brandon Brooks and Nate Soroko from Toronado/Modern Times. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Tickets can be bought here.

See the highlights of some the beer and bacon pairings below:

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Black Label Bacon Fest


Black Label Bacon FestThe research results are in … the mere mention of “bacon” induces smiles and proclamations of “I love bacon,” from people all over the world but, more specifically, in San Diego. So, for the third year in a row, local eateries, breweries and distilleries are working together to bring America’s Finest City the original, and only, celebration honoring International Bacon Day. The Black Label Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive affair for those 21 years of age or older, offering guests UNLIMITED samples from over 25 eateries, 25 breweries and several distilleries. Every dish being served has bacon in it! Live music will be brought to you by Brady Perry, Roots Covenant and Quel Bordel.

For more information and tickets on the Black Label Bacon Fest, visit (Use promo code: FOODFINDS and save $5!)

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Local Beers at The Brew Project

The Brew ProjectHillcrest will soon be toasting to a unique dining and drinking destination opening its doors in late-September. The Brew Project will give neighbors and visitors a rare opportunity to explore San Diego’s finest local beers, all under one roof.

The Brew Project is the brainchild of craft beer consultant and co-owner Beau Schmitt. Beau has consulted for, and designed five bars, and was named one of “5 San Diego Brew Experts” by Thrillist in 2014. He has personal connections with over 100 of San Diego’s 112 breweries and brought the concept of celebrating and serving ONLY local brews to 57 degrees in 2012. After its success, Schmitt set off to find a new location. Together with business partner Mike Sill (the former general manager of Quality Social), they found the former R Gang Eatery on 5th Avenue to be an idyllic location. “We are very excited to embrace the Hillcrest community and welcome everyone who enters to enjoy our 1902 residence turned gastronomy,” says Schmitt.

Celebrating the craft culture and cuisine of San Diego ― from the first bite to the last drop, The Brew Project will feature a fully rotating draft list with 24 local brews on tap, and most spirits will come from nearby distilleries, except the tequila, which they’ve left to the experts down south. Coffee and Kombucha will be available on tap, along with a robust wine selection. Craft cocktails will be a hit as well.

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New Tofu Dishes and Recipe

New Tofu Dishes and Recipe

Brian’s Bowl at Isabel’s Cantina

Tofu is known for being one of the world’s most nutritious and oldest foods—soy can help those who are looking to lower their cholesterol.  Although these super foods have been perceived as being tasteless, that is far from true!  We’ve rounded up the top five San Diego eateries and shops that serve up the most flavorful tofu dishes that will surely change your perspective on this popular meat alternative.

Pack a punch of flavor into your morning at Fig Tree Café with a delicious soy infused breakfast! At the Hillcrest and Liberty Station branches, try their Soy Chorizo Omelet made with three all natural eggs, fresh Ortega cheese, jack cheese and served with a side of house potatoes and your choice of bread. Over in PB, order the Soy Chorizo Scramble with three eggs, soy chorizo, Monterey cheese, red onion and served with black beans, corn tortillas and guacamole.

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New Chef At Humphreys

new chef at humphreysHumphreys Restaurant Appoints Nicolas Bour as new Executive Chef

Humphreys, Shelter Island’s iconic bayside property, today announced the appointment of Nicolas Bour to the position of executive chef of Humphreys Restaurant, Humphreys Backstage Live and Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites.

Bour comes to the celebrated property from Mistral at Loews Coronado Resort and previously led the opening team of AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn as executive chef and subsequently operated the kitchen for several years. Among his impressive list of accomplishments, Bour was selected to chef for President George Bush, Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and King Hussein of Jordan and at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He is also among an elite number of chefs who have cooked at the James Beard House in New York City. Bour will begin his post August 31, 2015 and will roll out his first menu in mid- to late October 2015.

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Vom Fass Grand Opening

Vom Fass Grand OpeningWould you like to experience some of the finest hand-crafted artisan wines, liquors and food from around the world? Now you don’t have to leave San Diego to have this exclusive taste adventure!

Join Hillcrest’s premier gourmet European franchise, VOM FASS Hillcrest, as they celebrate their success with grand opening festivities for the public! Starting on August 28th, from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., VOM FASS Hillcrest will be throwing a two-day Grand Opening Party full of world-class treats. Start the day with food and fun, as VOM FASS provides complimentary ice cream and free Hors d’oeurves. No fare is complete without some libations to spice up the meal! Learn how to be a first-class mixologist with a cocktail demo featuring signature drinks from Germany, France and San Diego. Don’t forget to participate in drawings for decadent Andrea’s Truffles, VOM FASS gifts and gourmet VOM FASS products throughout the day. Finally end your Saturday on a high note with a lively lineup of tastings too delicious to miss, including tequila and absinthe demonstrations.

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Un Mundo Mexican Grill


Un Mundo Mexican Grill

The new Un Mundo Mexican Grill is now open in the UTC area of La Jolla at 4150 Regents Park Row, #170, introducing a dynamic new concept combining SoCal Mexican fare with high-quality, fresh ingredients in a contemporary setting.

Un Mundo Mexican Grill makes it easy for patrons with countertop ordering via personalized menu cards, offering a choice between build-your-own burrito, taco, salad and bowl menus or flavorful signature selections.

“Un Mundo Mexican Grill is for people who love great Mexican food and care about the quality of food they eat,” says general manager/co-owner, Galen Zanetakos, who helped bring to life the vision of William Umansky, M.D., of bringing fresh, local produce and hormone free meats to SoCal Mexican fare.

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Celebrate International Bacon Day

International Bacon Day (September 5) is fast approaching, and it’s time to go hog-wild on all things gluttonous, gourmet and totally gratifying. Lucky for our city’s bacon-aficionados, San Diego’s pioneers of pork, Draft Republic, Stake Chophouse & Bar, and newly opened Soda & Swine in Liberty Station are celebrating the world’s most delicious holiday in style, with some bacon-centric dishes that are sure to send tongues wagging and hearts racing across California’s number one city by the bay.

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Let Soda & Swine quench your bacon craving at their newly opened spot in Liberty Station. The minds at this swine sanctuary are advocates for infusing pork products into every aspect of your meal, and cocktails are no exception. The S&S Old Fashioned uses Henry Mckenna bourbon, brown sugar cola syrup, and housemade bacon-infused angostura bitters, garnished with an orange twist. At just $9, it’s the perfect marriage of salty and sweet to set your taste buds aflame.

2750 Dewey Rd Ste 104 | Point Loma |

S&S Old Fashioned | $9

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PALETA Farm To Table Meals

PALETA Farm To Table MealsLos Angeles-based meal delivery brand PALETA has recently entered the San Diego market. 

Starting this month, San Diegans can officially get healthy farm-to-table meals from PALETA delivered right to their doorsteps. The brand’s Executive Chef and CEO, Kelly Boyer, sources all ingredients from local farms, cruelty-free ranches and responsible fisheries, guaranteeing any meal plan to be healthy, smart and delicious. 


PALETA Farm-To-Table Meal Delivery 

Home to Southern California’s first certified green kitchen, PALETA delivers clients a healthy twist on haute cuisine using ingredients sourced from local farms, cruelty-free ranches, and responsible fisheries. PALETA meal plan options include: 

  • Market Menu ($46-$57/day) – The most economical program, this menu is designed to help you meet your dietary goals while being adventurous with your palate. Chef Kelly chooses your complete day of meals from sustainable and seasonal ingredients arriving fresh from the farm daily. Vegan options available.
  • Perfect Plate ($57-$76/day) – The most flexible plan, this menu allows you to customize your meals. Meals can be created the way you want, whether that’s high-protein, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan or allergy-conscious.
  • Pregnancy ($59-$79/day) – This plan addresses the unique nutritional needs of new and expecting moms during the different trimesters and phases of pregnancy. Whether it’s focusing on preconception health, prenatal nutrition, or postnatal weight loss, the program includes everything needed to nourish mommy and baby, including proprietary daily supplement packets of the highest quality vitamins.

Meal levels include: 

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Whiskeys at the Westgate

The Westgate Hotel to Celebrate the Best Whiskeys of the World Dinner on September 18th

Whiskeys at the WestgateThe historic Westgate Hotel presents “The Best Whiskeys of the World” at the third annual whiskey pairing dinner on Friday, September 18 in the award-winning Le Fontainebleau Room. 

This year, Renowned Master of Whiskey, Ed Adams will present the newest whiskey releases including Crown Royal Rye, Oban Little Bay, Dickel 9 Year Hand Selected Barrel and a rare single barrel bottling of Crown Royal. He will introduce guests to the distinctive flavors and aromas of the meticulously selected whiskey and explain the reasoning behind each pairing specially created by The Westgate Hotel’s Executive Chef, Fabrice Hardel. 

The night will begin with a barrel aged Manhattan cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a four-course pairing dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made at or by calling 619-557-3655.

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Seasonal Menu at Bleu Boheme



Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Executive Chef and proprietor Ken Irvine of Bleu Bohème, located in Kensington at 4090 Adams Ave., has expanded the popular French restaurant’s three course Bohemian Menu with flavorful new selections made with seasonal ingredients.

The new seasonal addition to the first course is pâté et terrine du chef and pork terrine de campagne: house-made duck pâté made with pickled vegetables, croûton, olives and Dijon mustard. Other first course selections include escargots baked with Pernod and garlic herbed butter; salade maison; and soupe á l’oignon gratinèe: French onion soup.

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Coasterra Opens On Harbor Island

Coasterra Officially Opens on Harbor Island, Introducing Breathtaking San Diego Skyline Views & Modern Mexican Fare

Coasterra Opens On Harbor Island

Cohn Restaurant Group Debuts $15 Million Waterfront Dining & Event Destination

After nearly a decade in the making, Cohn Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the highly anticipated opening of Coasterra, the $15+ million bayfront modern Mexican restaurant, lounge, and event space on Harbor Island. The 28,000 square-foot venue introduces a compelling combination of panoramic views of San Diego’s downtown skyline, carefully crafted Mexican dishes, and tequila-focused cocktails. Cohn Restaurant Group is proud to have once again partnered with Sunroad Enterprises on this one-of-a-kind project.

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San Diego Pretzel Company

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The San Diego Pretzel Co. dates back to 1995, when the owner and former executive chef, Harris Golden, opened up a small pretzel bakery in Ocean Beach. Golden was born and raised in New York, then moved to Arizona when he became the executive chef for Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance resort for eighteen years. Being a “Zonie,” his family would escape the Arizona heat and vacation in beautiful San Diego. After numerous summers of vacationing, Golden decided his vacation city of San Diego, would be the perfect place to live in and start a business.

The popular trend of today is eating foods that are made from 100% all natural ingredients, free of preservatives, and non-GMOs. San Diego Pretzel Company adheres to these standards, hand rolling each pretzel using all natural, quality ingredients. Quality, authenticity, and freshness are top priorities.

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Foster Farms Sandwich Contest

Foster Farms Sandwich ContestIn celebration of National Sandwich Month and to introduce the new Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat, Foster Farms has launched the “Don’t Call Me Basic” turkey sandwich contest to find the most inventive turkey sandwich recipe. The grand prize is a luxury weekend getaway for two to the gorgeous Napa Valley or $4,000 cash. Contestants are also eligible to win weekly prizes – either a high-end panini press or gourmet picnic basket set – simply by entering.

Create a turkey sandwich using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat and the unique ingredient combination of your choosing.

Post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram, along with the recipe and tag @FosterFarms and #DontCallMeBasic. Make sure your profile is public!

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Brew and Food Festival

Brew and Food Fest

The first-ever Brew & Food Festival is set to debut Saturday, August 29 at the Waterfront Park in the heart of downtown San Diego. The festival will combine San Diegans’ love of local craft beers and cuisine with an experimental atmosphere including lifestyle activations, music, and art.

Motley Brews, the innovators behind the successful Great Vegas Festival of Beer and Downtown Brew Festival, are thrilled to bring their lifestyle-driven festival experience to San Diego’s beautiful Waterfront Park. With plans for over 70 different breweries serving specialty, seasonal and festival-exclusive beers and more than 20 chefs and restaurants serving gastropub-inspired dishes, Brew & Food Festival will challenge the perceptions of a traditional beer festival.

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