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Taste of Cardiff

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

The Event

Tickets On Sale Now for Taste of Cardiff May 3rd!


Cardiff 101 Main Street is proud to present the 9th Annual Taste of Cardiff happening May 3rd! Join the community in celebrating culinary flavors and local crafted libations that make the downtown Cardiff district so unique. Come enjoy food, drinks, live music and photos with friends in the vintage Camera Camper at this years Taste of Cardiff! Restaurants in Cardiff 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, wines and/or kombucha! There will be local favorites and new performing artists located throughout the event in downtown Cardiff and Restaurant Row!

New happenings at Taste of Cardiff!

Come wander with us at the new Sip + Shop Stop at Sea + Wander, a community oriented concept shop, balancing a mix of city edge with beach vibe. Come support local artisans including Clay + Craft, Mar Y LanaKamp & CoRais Case, artist Marissa Quinn and famed surf photographer Grant Ellis with live music by Graham Heaton! Secco Wine Club and Kombucha Culture will be pouring sweet magic at this SIP+SHOP Stop!

There's a new Sip + Sound Stop at C'Est Si Bon located on the corner of Chesterfield Dr. This stop will have you feeling inspired by the French Countryside, surrounded by beautiful European antiques, sipping on wine from Carruth Cellars Urban Winery, tasting Urban Plates and listening to jazz by Louis V. Duo ft. Sarah Knapp.

Taste of Cardiff welcomes pups too so get ready to PAWRTY! Just Food for Dogs will be crafting some healthy, fresh, tasty bites from human-grade ingredients just for dogs! Check back for updates to see where Just Food for Dogs will be at Taste of Cardiff! Bon Appetite Puppers!

Make sure to stop by the Rooftop Libation Lounge at Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge! Enjoy the amazing view of the Pacific Ocean while sipping on a variety of wine, kombucha and craft brew samples while listening to the sound of Symbiotic Culture. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better... San Diego Botanic Gardens is decorating with florals and greenery to make the rooftop come alive!

Join us at the Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13 to take in the pacific sunset and listen to live music, enjoy special offers on food, drinks and sample treats from Fro-Yo by-the-Sea! The Taste of Cardiff After Hours party starts at 8:00pm, bring your Taste of Cardiff ticket for a chance to win a pair of two  Belly Up tickets concert tickets. the party goes till 1:00pm and Tower 13 is donating 10% of proceeds to Cardiff 101 Main Street, so drink up and support a good cause!

Restaurant Lineup Includes:

Best Pizza & BrewBump Coffee, Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13Cardiff Seaside MarketChart HouseCicciotti's Italian Restaurant at Cardiff by the SeaEast Coast PizzaFro-Yo-By-The-SeaKi's Restaurant,  Pacific Coast GrillRimel's CardiffSambazon,  Starbucks Cardiff, Sushi Lounge EncinitasTrattoria PositanoUrban PlatesVG Donuts, and Just Food for Dogs. 

Ride Your Bike To Taste of Cardiff! 

Avoid parking by riding your bike to this year’s event! Free bike Valet by Electra Bicycle Company in front of Harbaugh Parkway on the corner of Chesterfield Dr. and San Alijo Ave. Your bike will be safely guarded by representatives from SANDAG and BuildNCC who can provide information on bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements happening in Cardiff. 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.

Stay Hydrated! 

Don't forget to bring your reusable bottles, there will be hydration stations located throughout the event thanks to the support of Mizu and Carlsbad Alkaline Water.

Get Social!

Be sure to follow the fun and Get Social on our Instagram @Cardiff101MainStreet to stay updated on the latest news, Taste of Cardiff participants and our Taste of Cardiff Instagram contest! Use #tasteofcardiff to be entered in the opportunity drawing for a chance to win Raen sunglasses, Mizu, Nixon, Fowler's Boutique, Sea+Wander and more! Let your friends know you are here by checking in on Yelp!

Taste of Cardiff Event Schedule

WILL CALL- *Tickets Must Be Picked Up In Person.
3:00 PM - 7:00PM ID/ Cup Check-In
Cardiff 101 Booth will be located in the employee parking lot next to Seaside Market (2087 San Elijo Ave) 



TASTE + SIP + MUSIC STOP C'Est Si Bon  111 Chesterfield Dr.
Urban Plates
- Carruth Cellars Urban Winery 
 - Music by Louis V. Duo ft. Sarah Knapp

ROOFTOP LIBATION LOUNGE + MUSIC STOP at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge 142 Chesterfield Dr.
- Bagby Beer Company
- Stone Brewing
- Leucadia Red
- Forgotten Barrel Winery
- Second Chance Beer Company
- Living Tea Kombucha
- Boochcraft
- Music by Symbiotic Culture

SIP STOP + DANCE + MUSIC STOP Steele Realty 2177 San Elijo Ave
- Modern Times Beer & Ethiopia Kochere Cold Brew!

- 6pm Vocalocity
- 7 - 8pm Music by Bach to Rock Music School instructor Julie Albright

SIP STOP + PHOTOS + TASTE FOR PUPS + MUSIC STOP Cardiff Animal Hospital and Wellness Center 2159 San Elijo Ave
- Saint Archer Brewing Co.

- The Vintage Camera Camper 
Just Food for Dogs

SIP + SHOP + MUSIC STOP Sea+Wander 154 Aberdeen Dr.
- Kombucha Culture
- Secco Wine Club

- Cardiff Artisans: Clay + CraftMar Y LanKamp & Co.RAIS CASEGrant Ellis Photography and Marissa Quinn Art
- Music by Graham Heaton

TASTE + SIP STOP ABBOTT Engineering 2145 Newcastle Ave
Sushi Lounge Encinitas
- Division 23 Brewing

SIP STOP Shoreline Properties 2093 San Elijo Ave
- Duck Foot Brewing Company 

SIP STOP Postal Annex 2033 San Elijo Ave
- Coronado Brewing 

SIP STOP Fowler's Boutique 2015 San Elijo Ave
- Ballast Point

SIP STOP Home Care Assistance 2025 San Elijo Ave
- Abnormal Beer Company,

SIP + MUSIC STOP New Balance Cardiff 2009 Newcastle Ave
The Lost Abbey
- Music 5pm - 6:45pm Tolan Shaw & 7pm - 8:30pm Ashley Mazanec 

MUSIC STOP Cardiff Town Center

- 6pm Vocalocity

- 5:30-8pm music by School of Rock Encinitas

TASTE + MUSIC STOP Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13 2633 S. Coast Hwy 101
- Fro-Yo-By-The-Sea
- Music by The Nightengayles

TASTE + MUSIC STOP Ki's Restaurant 2591 S. Coast Hwy 101
- Music by Bucket Ruckus


Already bought a ticket? Click here for everything you need to know to pick up your ticket on May 1st or 3rd, and to help prepare you to have the most fun possible at Taste of Cardiff!

Ticket Pricing

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

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

All tickets must be picked up on May 1st from 4pm-7pm or Day of Event from 3pm-7pm in the employee parking lot next to Seaside Market.

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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 you to share a ride and take an Uber or Lyft and enjoy the event responsibly.


We encourage the public to bike, walk or Uber/Lift to the event. Additional safety measures will be in place to encourage car traffic to be extra vigilant for pedestrians on this lively night.  Event parking is not permitted in the Cardiff Town Center.


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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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A look at past Taste of Cardiff events:

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

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