Mark your calendar for these San Diego food fests in March.
Here's a Taste of Navajo--and the Navajo community in question encompasses Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, San Carlos and College-area neighborhoods, according to city planning. This event, taking place at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center, has small bites from area eateries like Sei Sushi and Lisko Artisan Deli & Fish Market. Drinks come from Ballast Point, Stone Brewing, Orfila Winery and the San Diego Bartending School. Tunes will be provided by a Native American flute trio. $30 and $50 for two tickets; (619) 668-3281 or tasteofnavajo.com.
A Chocolate Decadence fest takes hold of Temecula on Friday night. The Pechange Wine Festival, featuring many varietals and small bites, consumes Temecula's Saturday afternoon. (Former “American Idol” contestant Casey Adams pairs with the wine event.) Both fests take place at Pechanga. 877-711-2946 or pechanga.com. Tickets: Chocolate Decadence - $45. Pechanga Wine Festival - $65.
Your friendly neighborhood butchers at Siesel’s Meats and sister protein shop Iowa Meat Farms want you to experience barrel-cured corned beef at their 3rd Annual Corned Beef Festival. Savor their latest slow-brined vintage and pick up tips for your St. Patty’s party menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-order your corned beef and be ready to make killer Reubens. Iowa Meat Farms, 6041 Mission Gorge Road, (619) 281-5766 or bestmeatssandiego.com; Siesel’s Meats, 4131 Ashton St. (619) 275-1234 or bestmeatssandiego.com
Everyone's gassing up for the Valley Center Food Truck Fest, Part II. This food truck-up sequel is returning to Bates Nut Farm from noon to 6 p.m. Pig out courtesy of 15 road hogs, including Under the Crust and Devilicious, both featured on "The Great Food Truck Race." Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center. 760-749-3333; batesnutfarm.biz. Admission to the farm is free (food from the trucks = not free)…and there are pony rides!
Pictured: The lobster grilled cheese sandwich from Devilicious Food Truck.
So many grape-growing regions make up California’s roaring wine industry, and 150 of our small, family-owned wineries will offer you unlimited pours and anecdotes at the Family Winemakers of California tasting event. Find success stories like Saddleback Cellars from Napa’s newest kingmaking Oakville territory. Order bottles teeming with 30 varietals. A pricier ticket gets you into the reserve area for sips of wines like Grgich Hills Estate’s Chardonnay. March 9 general admission; March 10 limited tasting. Del Mar Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. (415) 707-0646 or fwcconsumertickets.eventbrite.com. $60-$100.
It's the Wild West Spring Walkabout! With the addition of new pizza spot Buona Forchetta and the beer dealers at the Stone Company Store, South Park is an even cuter neighborhood to stumble around. Coinciding with this installment of the walkabout series, in which shops and eateries stay open late, is the annual Beech Street Buckaroo BBQ. Free self-guided tour. southparkscene.com.
Hit the blacktop for the 4th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival, held late afternoon in the Handlery Hotel's parking lot. That's where 30 breweries compete for your affections alongside 20 chefs, including Hanis Cavin of Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Sea Rocket Bistro’s Tommy Fraioli, Table 926’s Matt Richman, Burlap’s Anthony Sinsay, Local Habit’s Nick Brune, Terra’s Jeff Rossman and other experts in the beer pairing universe. Live music, too. Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North. Mission Valley. $35; $50 VIP. ticketderby.com/event/?id=9428
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