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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 the best bites 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, drinks, live music and photos with friends in the vintage Camera Camper

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)

Interested in participating in the Taste of Cardiff as a vendor? Click the link below to learn more!

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The 2018 Taste of Cardiff Restaurant Lineup Includes:

Best Pizza & Brew, Bump CoffeeCARDIFF BEACH BAR at TOWER 13, Cardiff Seaside Market,  Chart House, Cicciotti's Italian Restaurant at Cardiff by the Sea, East Coast Pizza, Foodie Amor, Fro-Yo-By-The-SeaKi's Restaurant,  Pacific Coast Grill, Rimel's Cardiff, Sambazon,  Starbucks Cardiff, Trattoria PositanoVG Donuts and more! Check back for updates closer to the event.

The 2018 Taste of Cardiff Libation Lineup Includes:

Duck Foot Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey, Carruth Cellars, Modern Times, Ballast Point, Leucadia RedKombucha CultureDivision 23 BrewingBoochcraftStone BrewingForgotten Barrel Winery, Living Tea KombuchaSecond Chance Beer Company and more! Check back for updates closer to the event.

Enjoy Libations at these Sip Stop locations:

ABBOT EngineeringCardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness CenterCardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge, C'Est Si BonFowlers Boutique, Home Care AssistancePostal Annex Cardiff,  New Balance CardiffSea + Wander,  Shoreline Properties,  Steele Realty and more! Check back for updates closer to the event.

The 2018 Taste of Cardiff Music Lineup Includes:

Back to RockBucket RuckusGraham Heaton, The NightengaylesSymbiotic Culture and more! Check back for updates closer to the event.

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.

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!