For Foodies: Top May Food Events in San Diego

San Diego Food Events  6th Annual Chef Celebration Food & Beer Pairing FestivalStone World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty StationSunday, May 1 12 p.m. Top chefs and brewers from around the San Diego will unite on Sunday, May 1st for one of the city’s most anticipated chef-driven craft beer events, 6th Annual Spring Chef Celebration Food and Beer Pairing Festival. Held annually at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station, guests will sip and savor 14 small dishes created by a number of outstanding local chefs alongside 14 brews paired by “Certified Cicerone” and Stone Brewing Co. Craft Beer Ambassador Dr. Bill Sysak. This celebratory event signals the culmination of the chef-driven non-profit’s Spring Dinner Series (where teams of top chefs create weekly, multi-course meals for one evening only at five participating host restaurants throughout the month of April), as the Annual Beer Master Pairing Event supports Chef Celebration’s mission build San Diego’s culinary future, while raising money in order to provide culinary scholarships for local young, aspiring culinarians.$49 per personPurchase Tickets  Tres Amigos el Tres de Mayo Winemaker DinnerThe Patio on Lamont
Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.
 In celebration of Southern California’s talent for making delectable wine and incredible Mexican food, wine aficionados and food lovers alike are invited to rejoice with The Patio on Lamont’s wine dinner featuring five-courses of authentic Mexican cuisine complemented by an assortment of wines from Valle de Guadalupe. First guests will enjoy a marinated pork leg with pickled vegetables. Next guests will be offered a watercress and nopale salad with cucumber, tomato, radish, oregano, vinaigrette and queso fresco. During the second-course diners will be served huaraches with pork chorizo and frijoles refritos, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and queso fresco. The third-course will include chicken and nopales mixiotes with chicken marinated in guajillo sauce, pumpkin, carrots and rice. Next guests will be served rabbit stew with white wine, vegetables and herbs. The meal will conclude with a traditional arroz con leche and a shell donut with cinnamon dessert. Each course will be paired with hand-selected wines from from Villa Montefiori & Paoloni Wines, Lechuza Vineyard, and Cava Maciel. Tickets for the Tres Amigos el Tres de Mayo Winemaker Dinner are $77 per person.Purchase Tickets  San Diego Paella & Wine FestivalEmbarcadaro Marina Park SouthSaturday, May 7 at 12pm The 2nd Annual San Diego Paella & Wine Festival will feature the largest Paella ever made in California with unlimited tastings to feed over 2,000 people. In addition, the festival will also feature one of the largest Vegan Paellas ever made.The Paella & Wine Festival is a celebration of Paella – a dish that comes to us from Spain with origins in the eighteenth century. it is a saffron-infused rice dish that combines bold flavors and textures. With a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, paella was originally a peasant’s meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. The dish takes its name from the wide, shallow pan it is cooked in.Tickets start at $30 per personPurchase Tickets  Chocolate and Wine TastingDallmann Fine Chocolates at the Headquarters at Seaport District Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm  Dallmann Fine Chocolate invites guests to try rich decadent chocolates with delicious fine wines. Dallmann’s sommelier, Jayson, has carefully selected three fine wines to be paired with our world class confections on this special tasting night. The location is magical, with a spiral staircase that whisks visitors up to the private tasting room. The room is both historical and intimate, with original windows from its days as the Police Headquarters and exposed pipe decor. With a maximum of only twenty-give people per tasting, each event is very exclusive and memorable.Tasting costs only $15 per personPurchase Tickets  New English Brewing Dinner Tom Hams LighthouseWed, May 18 at 7PM 5 course beer dinner featuring New English Brewing.$65.00 per person 
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  San Diego CityBeat presents TikiBeat 2016 Summer Kickoff PartyBali Hai RestaurantFriday, May 20 at 6:30pm San Diego CityBeat presents TikiBeat 2016, the official San Diego CityBeat Summer Kickoff Party featuring live music, Drop Dead Dames Burlesque show, Summer Fashion Show from TEMPTRESS, Jet Pack Exhibition from Jet Pack America, Polynesian Dancers and Drummers, Gene’s Tiki Oasis Art Show, Live Chainshaw Tiki Art from David James Hermanson, Park & Rec Game Room, and Illuminate Photo Booth. Sponsored by KONA Brewing, 619 Vodka, San Diego CityBeat, and Bali Hai.Starting at $12.50 per personPurchase Tickets  San Diego Taco FestWaterfront ParkSaturday, May 21 at 11am Twenty of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations. Musical performances include: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Metalachi, 40oz to Freedom, El Vez, Todo Mundo, and B*Side Players. Other entertainment includes Live Lucha Libre wrestling matches from Tijuana’s Baja Stars.Tickets start at $20 per personPurchase Tickets  I Love Poke FestivalBali Hai RestaurantTuesday, May 24 6pm Poke tasting event and competition featuring island-inspired fare created by San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants. The event benefits the Hawaiian families at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. $65 per personPurchase Tickets 

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