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Taste of Cardiff

  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea Town Center Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007 USA (map)

The Event

Amuse your taste buds @ The 9th Annual Taste of Cardiff

Cardiff 101 Main street is proud to present an evening of Amuse-bouches from Cardiff-by-the-Sea Restaurants and sips of crafted beers and wines hosted by the local businesses.

Join the community in celebrating culinary flavors and local crafted libations that make our downtown Cardiff district so unique. The Taste of Cardiff highlights our local restaurants, retailers, craft brewers and local vintners. The town will come alive as we celebrate with food, music and special live performances. 

The event features gourmet tastes and elevating sip stops.  Local restaurants will be crafting decadent tastes to win your vote for the 2018 Taste of Cardiff Golden Fork Award, while local businesses host sip stops of libations.  Each stop provides a sample of North County’s finest foods, craft beers and/or wines while checking out Cardiff’s unique businesses and coastal environment.

The fun starts with choosing your ticket preference.  There are 2 types of tickets: "Taste Only" or "Taste and Sip". Taste and Sip tickets will provide you a taste at participating restaurants to the event,  as well as a reusable Cardiff 101 Main Street tasting cup. Taste and Sip tickets entitle you to 12 beer or wine tastings that will be served at local non-restaurant businesses called ‘Sip Stops’.  

All tickets are a guide for the event and include a map of all participating restaurants and shops. Icons near each stop denote what is available at that participating business. You must have a Taste and Sip ticket (and wristband) to enter the Sip Stop locations. I.D.s will be checked before you begin tasting the Sip Stop crafted beers and specialty selected wines.  Join us to have your opportunity to cast your vote and have fun!

Ticket Pricing

Taste tickets: $30 ($35 day-of event)

 Taste & Sip Tickets:$40 ($45 day-of event)

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The 2018 Taste of Cardiff Restaurant Lineup Includes:

Chart House, Pacific Coast Grill and more!


When and Where

Thursday, May 3rd, 2017 from 5:00-8:30pm at Downtown Cardiff-by-the-Sea including Cardiff Restaurant Row.

Driving Direction

From HWY 5: EXIT Birmingham Dr and go West to the bottom of the hill.  At the light, the Town Center will be at your left side.  


We encourage the public to bike and walk to the event. Additional safety measures will be in place to encourage car traffic to be extra vigilant for pedestrians on this lively night.  


Ride your Bike! Avoid parking frustrating by riding your bike to this year’s event!  Bike Valet by Electra Bicycle Company in the parking lot in front of Harbaugh Parkway on the corner of Chesterfield Dr. and San Alijo Ave.  Drop your bike off and walk to the Taste and Sip stops located in the Cardiff Downtown corridor and pick your bike up to access stops along South Coast Highway.

Be a Taste Participant

Are you a restaurant located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea? 

Gain clientele, expand your reputation and expose your culinary specials to the community by participating in the Taste of Cardiff.  Compete with local restaurants for The 2018 Taste of Cardiff Golden Spoon Award.  As a restaurant participant, you will be required to provide over a 1,000 tastes of your chosen restaurant cuisine to the public. The taste you provide will be judged and gives your restaurant the opportunity to win the Cardiff Golden Spoon Award.  Your participation will be promoted through over 30 media sources and on several social media platforms.  In 2017, The Taste of Cardiff was covered on KUSI and CBS along with numerous newspapers, web-news and social media sites. Be a part of the fun and entertaining means of getting noticed.

Have your Libation Sipped

Do you have crafted beer and/or wine? 

The taste of Cardiff is your opportunity to display your special brews and barreled wines to North County Communities.  Over a 1,000 participants will be tasting and sipping in Down Town Cardiff-by-the-Sea and experience a personalized tasting room encounter with each libation.  Participating Libation Vendors must provide over 1,200 sips of each libation promoted. Promotions start in March for the event and promote in a variety of media sources and social media outlets that guarantee all participating businesses extreme exposure.  Fill out the form below if your interested in having your libation be a "Sip" at the 2018 9th Annual Taste of Cardiff.

Be A Sip Stop

Are you a business in Downtown Cardiff?

At 2018’s Taste of Cardiff, Cardiff 101 Main Street plans to have 10-12 Sip Stops, places where attendees can sample a beverage.  These Sip Stops allow non-restaurant Cardiff 101 members, such as shops, salons, offices, and more participate in the festivities and welcome over a 1000 attendees to visit their place of business.  

A look at past Taste of Cardiff events:

Check out Alliance Wakes video of the 2015 Taste of Cardiff!

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