2019 Taste of Cardiff Guide
It’s that time of year again, and Taste of Cardiff is here! What better way to spend a spring evening in our beautiful town than sampling dishes from your favorite local restaurants and sipping on your favorite local beverages? In addition to the Cardiff restaurants and San Diego libations we all know and love, there will be a few newcomers this year that I am very excited about. Fish 101 will be sampling some of their grub from their new location on San Elijo Ave. which is bound to be delicious. Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge will be hosting two new Sip Stops, JuneShine, a local hard-kombucha company, and Pure Project, a San Diego brewery focused on tropical flavors and brewing sustainably. This event is always a blast, but here are a few do’s and don’ts to make sure you get the most out of the evening:
Do make a plan: whether you want to start at the north end of town at Cicciotti’s, the south end at Tower 13, or somewhere in between, just make sure you know where you want to start and where you want to end. There’s a lot of ground to cover and if you want to hit every taste and sip stop (which I highly recommend) you’ll just need to make sure you know where you are going. Sunset is at 7:30 pm if you want to time your route around being somewhere with a view, such as the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge roof or walking along the beach to Restaurant Row.
Don’t be late: with 16 tastes and 17 sips, there is no time to waste! The event starts at 5:00 pm and will call is open at 3pm, so there is plenty of time to pick up your tickets and be where you want to be by the time the event starts. I’ve never heard anyone say they wish the event was shorter so make sure you get there as early as possible.
Do snap some photos in the Camera Camper: this is great way to get some memories of the night and take home so great pictures for free. The Camera Camper will be parked in the Cardiff Animal Hospital lot along with the band Aviator Stash so you can enjoy some tunes while in line and drink M Kombucha.
Don’t miss the music: this year there will be 7 local bands in different locations throughout the event. Genres range from indie/alternative to reggae to children’s bands, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Do ride your bike: Electra will again host a bike valet in the parking lot in front of Harbaugh Parkway on the corner of Chesterfield Dr. and San Elijo Ave. This is a great way to avoid traffic and parking, making it quick and easy to get from one end of the event to the other.
Don’t skip Restaurant Row: while it is a little further from the center of the event it is well worth the walk or ride. There are some great tastes and music to enjoy this direction, and the walk is right along the beach, something you don’t want to miss.
Do vote for the Golden Fork award: each year the participating restaurants battle it out to earn the coveted prize from the event. Tower 13 won last year and will be defending their title, but the competition will be tough as other restaurants have their eye on it. Make sure to keep note of which dish was your favorite and cast your vote after the event. An email will be sent out during the event for you to vote!
Can’t wait to see you there!