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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beer and Tacos and More at the San Diego Wine and Food Festival, 2013

There's more to the San Diego Wine and Food Festival than the big November 23rd event down by Seaport Village.  Sure, that's the big grand tasting event where you get to sample lots of bites from the top restaurants while drinking some of the best wines and spirits from all around, and YES, Local Wally has discount tickets just by using the promo code WALLY - but the week before has plenty of other events around town that you should check out.  Here are a few that got my attention because they focus on one of my favorite beverages, BEER!

Fish Tacos IPA at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Attire: Casual

Beer lovers, taco lovers, get yourself to Stone Brewery on Nov. 19th for an all out battle for the best fish tacos.  If you're like me you love fish tacos and you're probably pretty opinionated on who makes the best.  This battle will pit 9 local restaurants against each other in what surely is the fish taco battle of the year!  Who will win?  Which fish taco will rein supreme?  You won't know unless you get yourself a ticket and go to the event where you'll not only see the battle take place but get to sample the food and various craft beers as well.  

 Fish Tacos IPA at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Attire: Casual

You've heard of wine and cheese pairing but did you know that BEER actually pairs better with cheese?  Don't believe me?  Then see for yourself at the Beer and Cheese pairing event held at Stone on Nov. 19th.   "Dr.” Bill Sysak (tip:  He's not a real doctor but just humor him) hosts an afternoon of unexpected and delicious flavour combinations as he pairs some of the finest artisanal cheeses with beers from around the world. It's reasonably priced - you'd spend this much at a happy hour - but is destined to be a great event with plenty of cheese to sample and even more beer to taste.  And imagine how impressed your friends will be at the next tailgate party when you can say with authority "Brillat-Savarin pairs best with Westmalle Triple Trappist Ale, don't you agree?"

Belgium Beer Luncheon at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

 Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Attire: Casual

Here's the plan - tell the boss you need to take a very important client out to lunch on Friday, Nov 22nd, and then head over to Banker's Hill Bar + Restaurant for a beer and food event that features Stella beer paired with gourmet food.

Chef Carl Schroeder isn't one of those fake FoodTV "chefs", he's a two-time James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist for Best Chef.  He's know for creating simple recipes that not only please sophisticated diners but also include sustainable and local ingredients.  He might not have his own TV show or catchphrase but this guy can cook and you'll be there to taste it all.  

Belgian Master Beer Sommelier (I didn't even know there was a person like that)  Marc Stoobandt, who is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers (what??!), will provide the beer commentary.  

You don't need to be a serious foodie or beer lover to love this event.  Get your tickets early as this one sells out!

REMEMBER:  Get your tickets in advance and buy them early as these events sell out!  The San Diego Wine and Food Festival is the tasting event of the year and a holiday tradition in San Diego.  If you've read this far you need to stop thinking about it and surprise your spouse or significant other with some tickets to at least one of these evens and the Grand Tasting on the weekend.  Happy Holidays and see you all there!  

Local Wally
San Diego's Original Local Guy....since 1996

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