October Food & Drink Events in San Diego

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October 1 – World Sake Day and BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar’s One Year AnniversaryOctober 1st marks both World Sake Day and BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar’s one-year anniversary, giving plenty of reason to celebrate at their exclusive Anniversary and World Sake Day Tasting Event, taking place on October 1st from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with co-owner and certified sake sensei Ayaka Ito! With booths from five local sake brewers including Setting Sun, Enter Sake, and Kuracali, as well as a variety of renowned sake brewers from Japan, this event is not to be missed. For only $30 per person, event guests will have access to an extensive selection of authentic Japanese sake from the brewmasters themselves, along with a half-price $4.99 bowl of BeShock Ramen with entry and unlimited sake while supplies last throughout the entire event for a one-of-a-kind celebration of World Sake Day!Tickets available for purchase online:  October 2 – Park 101 launches Taco Twos-Day at the ParkPark 101, which opened in Carlsbad over the summer, knows that San Diegans love their tacos! That’s why they are kicking off a new weekly special, Taco Twos-Day at the Park, starting October 2nd. Every Tuesday starting at 3:00 p.m., head to “the park” to enjoy their $2 taco bar. Meat choices for the special include brisket, pulled pork or smoked chicken, and you can top your tacos with smoked verde salsa, tapenade, house pickles and olives, bacon, onions and tajin limes. Wash down those tasty tacos with $2 Tecates! Park 101 also offers a build-your-own Michelada bar that you can enjoy throughout the evening.  October 6 – Newest Breakfast Republic Opens In Carmel ValleySan Diego-based Rise & Shine Restaurant Group is gearing up for the opening of its newest Breakfast Republic location in Carmel Valley, officially set for Friday October 6th. A highly anticipated addition to the area, this location will be nestled in The Village at Pacific Highland Ranch, a flourishing retail and lifestyle center that continues to accumulate some of San Diego’s most acclaimed eateries. Like other locations, this breakfast outpost will exhibit quirky décor paired with globally-inspired menu items, and will fill the area’s niche for morning fare.  October 6 – Fashion Week San Diego Official After-PartyFlorent is rolling out the runway just in time for Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).  This Oct. 6, FWSD pass holders will be admitted for FREE to receive VIP treatment at Florent’s exclusive after-party soiree. An exclusive FWSD cocktail will benefit FAB Authority. Recipes include their Fashion Flowered made with kumquat-infused Milagro, superbloom syrup and tangerine-lime juice with a merlot salt rim and mini bouquet. Guests can also enjoy their Runway Rosie with Hendrick’s Gin, muddled rose and raspberries or their Manhattanista with banana-infused Monkey Shoulder whiskey, vanilla-infused vermouth and black walnut bitters. A carefully-crafted Fashion Week menu will complement each infusion.  The red carpet experience will also feature an exclusive runway and art show by Upright Citizen, pop-up shops by FWSD designers, DJs and GoGo Dancers. Florent Restaurant & Lounge is located at 672 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101. For more information about this VIP after party, please email  October 8 – Taste of the Village at The Village at Pacific Highlands RanchThe Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, in the heart of Carmel Valley, is holding a ‘Taste of the Village’ event to help support a local public school. All participants will get to sample a selection of food favorites from participating tenants with the Taste of The Village, with 100% of the proceeds going to Canyon Crest Academy public school! From 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., join in on this family-friendly event and get a taste of all that The Village has to offer, including a selection of foods from Baked Bear, Westroot Tavern, Fresh Brothers, Nothing Bundt Cake, Vitality Tap, Dolce, Breakfast Republic, and Luna Grill. For only $25, your ticket also includes an art display and performances by students from Canyon Crest Academy.  October 8 – The Ultimate End Of Summer Luau at The Grass Skirt 2017 was truly the summer of tiki and The Grass Skirt is celebrating a season filled with tropical drinks with a Summer Luau on October 8th complete with a traditional roasted pig, hula dancers and drummers. For $69 attendees can dig into a pork plate with buns and side dishes, pokè samples and two drink tickets beginning at 3 p.m. For an additional $20, enjoy VIP entrance at 2 p.m. and a collector tiki mug served with one of Beverage Director Steven Tuttle’s delicious rum creations. Join Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and Chef de Cuisine Erin Harris for a traditional spit-roasted pig, inspired-Polynesian snacks and classic and modern tiki cocktails from Beverage Director Steven Tuttle. Say aloha to fall with live music, steel drums, a live snake charmer, tiki carvings, hula dancers and a custom lei making station.   October 9 – Fairways 4 VeteransJoin Wounded Warrior Homes on Monday, October 9, 2017 for a day on the green at the beautiful Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista, CA! We will be honoring our military heroes and raising funds to house those challenged with PTS & TBI! 100% of proceeds from this event go directly to support the WWH veteran housing program. Every day there are military veterans who fought for our freedom and are challenged with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). All too often their symptoms result in financial difficulties and emotional instability leading to homelessness.Wounded Warrior Homes provides transitional housing, hands on resources, and a defined path for each member to transition from active duty military service to independent living.We are answering the call to those who have served our nation in the world’s most dangerous places and are accepting the opportunity to provide them with a home in which to recover and take control of their lives. Supporters like you are the reason Wounded Warrior Homes can assist these post 9/11 veterans challenged with PTS or TBI to finally find a place they can call home. We hope you will join us in the fight for our nation’s heroes by playing in or becoming a Community Partner at the Annual Wounded Warrior Homes Fairways 4 Veterans Golf Outing. Each $125 golfer fee helps to sponsor one veteran or active duty member to play! Check-in begins at 9:30 am with a Shotgun Start @ 11:30am – Lunch Provided Registration Fee: $125 – Individual Player | $500 – Foursome Can’t Play? Help by sponsoring an Individual Veteran or Foursome. $125 a Veteran/Active Duty Player | $500 a Veteran/Active Duty Foursome Date: October 9, 2017Time: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM PDTLocation:Shadowridge Golf Club 1980 Gateway Dr., Vista, CA 92081Website:  October 12 – Justin Vineyards Wine Dinner at Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn On Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. join AVANT located in North County’s Rancho Bernardo Inn for a special five-course meal expertly paired with wines by Justin Vineyards. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m with highlights including a refreshing ahi tataki starter, indulgent lavender honey – whipped ricotta topped crostini  and decadent 18-hour Duroc pork belly with pickled beet, black garlic, sweet potato and cinnamon chicharrones.   October 12 – Gourmet Dinner Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego CountyBig Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC) is shaking things up with an evening filled with inspiration for its 55th Annual GourmetDinner on October 12 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, “Rockin’ Role Models: Amplifying the power of one-to-one mentoring.” This event is one of the most well-known and beloved fundraising galas in San Diego, drawing 700 business and community leaders and yielding more than $700,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. The purpose of the event is to fund 500+ children for a full year.

  • 5:30 PM Hosted Seafood Cocktail Party & Silent Auction sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate
  • 7:00 PM Fabulous Gourmet Dinner 
    • Diamond Raffle: Win a 1 Carat Round Brillant Cut Diamond
      Donated By: Stuart Benjamin
    • Live Auction including a New Subaru From Frank Subaru
    • Honoring Person of The Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Courage Awards
    • Music performances by students of the School of Rock
    • Live art performance by Stephen Fishwick
    • Emcee: Dick Enberg
  • 9:00 PM Cigar & Brandy After-Party, featuring “rockin’” live music!

WHEN: October 12, 2017WHERE: ​Hyatt Regency La Jolla 3777 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego, CA 92122  October 12 – Cocktails & Clean BeautyPoint Loma Village’s en concordia opens its doors after store hours once again to host its series “Cocktails & Clean Beauty” mixer on Thursday, October 12. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests from all over San Diego can waltz into the boutique to sample cruelty-free, green beauty products while sipping prosecco and rosé mixed with nationally recognized brands shrubs. 

Party-goers can expect great conversation, picturesque scenes, tasty cookies from acoustic music by local musician Amanda Cogan, rundown on en concordia’s most talked about products and relax in the shop’s houseplant jungle or outdoor pollinator garden. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
   October 13 – Pints, pinups, and puppiesEnjoy a cold one for a good cause next Friday, October 13 at The Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights from 6-9 p.m. Pints & Paws is working with Baja Dog Rescue to raise money to help rescue and rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs and find them loving, happy homes. The event theme is Pinups and Puppies, hosted with pinup doll Nicki Reynolds and friends. There will be live music, great drink and food specials with a portion of proceeds going to Baja Dog Rescue and even an artist live painting a dog portrait. Plus, a raffle featuring: Hotel Stays, a Baja Adventures Package, Restaurant Gift Certificates, Doggie Service Certificates, and more!  October 13 – Nomad Donuts Grand Opening
Nomad Donuts will celebrate the launch of its new North Park shop with a public Grand Opening on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking place at 3102 University Avenue, this evening will offer guests complimentary bites of Nomad’s globally-inspired donuts and pastries as well as Montreal-style bagels and sandwiches, while supplies last. Guests will also have multiple chances to win Nomad Donuts gift cards and garb throughout the evening and into the weekend.
 Nomad Donuts’ evolved second location continues to serve eclectic pastries and signature coffee alongside new features including Montreal-inspired wood fired bagels, a variety of breakfast and mid-day sandwiches and a pop-up “Chef’s Counter” featuring savory and sweet baked goods per the whims of Chef Kristianna Zabala. The shop’s colorful, Cuba-inspired interior boasts an open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows through which passers-by can view Nomad’s bagels being hand-crafted and baked in a wood fire oven. A trio of bright display cases house made-from-scratch donuts, while aqua walls and hardwood countertops and tables create a Caribbean feel within the 3,200-square foot space, where guests can also purchase Nomad’s house made jams, macarons and casual apparel. Nomad Donuts’ Grand Opening on Oct. 13 is a public, all ages event. No RSVP is required.  October 14 – Taste of North Park Home to culinary innovation and cutting-edge brew-masters, North Park is a go-to San Diego destination for everything food and drink. On Saturday, October 14th, from 11 a.m. -3 p.m., the Taste of North Park invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy over 50 food tastes from some of San Diego’s best restaurants and  region’s craft beers from 15 local breweries.Foodies and connoisseurs of the craft can get a spot at this delicious event by visiting:   October 15 – Bike for Boobs On Sunday, October 15 at 3 p.m., dozens of pink-adorned supporters will grab bikes and join the San Diego County Bike Coalition for a casual ride around Shelter Island. Following the ride, guests will reunite at The Wine Pub’s enchanting outdoor patio for live music, gourmet food, auction items and, of course, wine.   October 16 – Sliders & Craft Beer Dinner at Farmer’s BottegaFour courses of sliders paired with beer – aka a dream dinner for burgers lovers of San Diego!  Farmer’s Bottega is hosting a Sliders & Craft Beer dinner, taking place on Monday October 16th, on their garden-style patio. Savor a farm-to-fork selection of different types of sliders paired with handpicked 8oz brews, including a flavorsomeVegetarian Slider paired with Duck Foot Irish Stout, a Fish Slider (fried ginger-panko Mahi Mahi) paired with Bitter Brothers Hefeweizen, a hearty Angus Beef Slider paired with Ironfire Mexican Style Lager, and finally, a BBQ-infused Pork Slider matched with Latitude 33 Blood Orange IPA; all of which will be served with signatureTruffle Fries. All breweries will also have a rep on-site to discuss beer pairings. Tickets are $35 pp; purchase by emailing 
October 18 – Barons Market Backroom Beer Pairing 
On October 18, Barons Market will transform loading docks and stock rooms into food and local brew speakeasies. Friends will gather at their neighborhood store to sample beers from Green Flash Brewing with gourmet bites made from the market’s selection of all-natural ingredients.   October 21 – Flower Hill Pumpkin Palooza On Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – noon, Flower Hill is putting on a free community event – Pumpkin Palooza! Families can purchase their pumpkins at Whole Foods and then bring it over to east courtyard where there will be kid-safe carving stations set-up for them to carve their jack o lanterns.  October 21 – Second Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival Highlights Local Food, Wellness, Art The historic community of Bankers Hill will celebrate local business and the new season with the second annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Designed to showcase Bankers Hill as a destination neighborhood, the Bankers Hill Fall Festival is a walk-around event inviting all ages to explore ten blocks along Fifth and Fourth Avenue. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the event organizer, the Bankers Hill Business Group. Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can visit the architecturally stunning St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at Fifth and Nutmeg to pick up maps displaying a trail of participating businesses offering local tastes, wellness demos, one-day shopping specials and other surprises. More than thirty neighborhood businesses including restaurants, fitness studios, boutiques, spas and art galleries will showcase their fare and wares inside their doors and upon sidewalks; streets will remain open to traffic and offer plentiful parking. Shuttle service along Fifth Avenue will be provided at no cost. Attendees will taste the flavors of eateries including Cucina Urbana, Barrio Star, Corner Drafthouse, Wetstone Wine Bar, Parc Bistro, Pizzicato, Juice Alchemy, James Coffee and The WestBean Coffee Roasters, while wellness centers such as Orangetheory Fitness, Club Pilates, Sojourn Healing Collective and Reiki Room SD will offer health-minded demos. Additional businesses including Thread + Seed, Sew Loka, V Collective, Plush Salon, Broadstone Balboa Park, Denise Barrow Salon and Spa, St. Paul’s Senior Services, North Island Credit Union, Edward Jones Investments and Inscriptu will open their doors and introduce San Diegans to more exciting features of the neighborhood, while galleries including Danielle Zhang Art and Pilar Paintings will welcome guests to peruse their works.

Bankers Hill Fall Festival tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 the week of the event, and can be purchased at  Oct. 19 – Oct. 22 – OktoBIERfest at the Grand BiergartenGuests can enjoy free admission to the event where they can sip on craft brews by Ballast Point Brewery and dine on traditional biergarten cuisine including brats, burgers and more. Guests can also play lawn games and listen to live music while enjoying San Diego’s nice fall weather. On Sunday morning, there will be Fruhschoppen, a traditional Bavarian brunch. OktoBIERfest is open to all ages and dog-friendly. Validation is available for three hours free parking in Grand Hyatt San Diego garage. 

  • Thursday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 Oct 25 – Kain-Na at JSixYou might remember Filipino Flavor from earlier this year, a collaboration dinner at which four first-generation Filipino chefs joined forces under Jsix’s roof to share their heritage through delicious food. Jsix’s Chef Anthony Sinsay is at it again, this time with Kain-Na—a multi-course dining experience produced in partnership with the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce that will explore the progression of Filipino food history. By his side will be local chefs and Chef Celebration scholarship recipients Tara Luansing Monsod, Jordana Francisco, and Justin Castillo. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter’s adjoining East Village, Jsix sits in the long ago epicenter of San Diego’s Filipino community and further provides a strong connection to the cuisine. The translation of the Tagalog word kain-na is “we eat” but this dining experience is not just about the food. On Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30-9:30 p.m., guests will be eating for a cause. The dinner will be broken up into four courses, each course giving guests insight into a particular era of Filipino history:  First Course: A look at pre-historic Filipino food and dietSecond Course: How trade with surrounding Asian countries influenced the cuisineThird Course: The effects of Spanish colonizationDessert: Filipino-American cuisine today All proceeds from the Kain-Na multi-course dinner will go toward the Chef Celebration Foundation of San Diego, a nonprofit organization that offers annual scholarships to 12 local chefs for a trip to the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in Napa Valley, CA. These scholarships provide the recipients with a week of intensive courses that equip them the tools they need to improve the community of future chefs in San Diego. Kain-Na is priced at $90 per person and includes a hosted after-dinner cocktail on Hotel Solamar’s stunning rooftop, Upper East Bar. For reservations, call Jsix Restaurant at (619) 531-8744 or visit   Oct. 27 & 28 –  San Diego Fall Golf & Craft Beer FestivalNorth County ‘s travel destination Lakehouse Hotel & Resort will be hosting the San Diego Fall Golf & Craft Beer Festival at their newly-renovated St. Mark Golf Club. The festival combines the interactivity of a golf demo day with sampling of San Diego’s finest craft beer. The San Diego Fall Golf & Craft Beer Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday 10/27 & from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 10/28. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs because there will be a FREE live concert featuring BREEZ’N on Friday 10/27 from 5-7 p.m.!   Tickets are $15 for a non-alcohol pass and $20 for an all access pass. Kids under 12 can attend the festival for free!    Oct. 28 & 29 –  APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational ForumThe American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is hosting a very special weekend for people with PD and their care partners on Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, October 29, at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. The APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational Forum will be a weekend of support, care and discovery for anyone impacted by PD – people living with the disease, their care partner, friends and family, etc.  This two-day event is FREE and will feature some of the best and brightest minds in the world of Parkinson’s who will talk about the latest in PD treatment, medications, and research. Attendees will also enjoy fun breakout sessions and a dinner dance!  Registration is required  For Halloween events in San Diego, keep your eye out for a dedicated post here on Eat Drink Be SD!  All Month – Kids Free in October In 2017, Kids Free in October, presented by ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, will offer San Diegans and tourists the opportunity to visit more museum destinations than ever before. Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), this annual program provides free admission for kids 12 and under at 43 art, cultural, and science museums across San Diego County. Nearly 20,000 kids participated in the program in 2016! Free admission is available for up to two kids for every adult ticket purchase. To participate, download the Kids Free in October coupon at Simply present the coupon at the participating museum’s admissions desk. Families can also pick up a printed Kids Free in October coupon at any of the Mission Federal Credit Union branch locations throughout the San Diego region starting on Sept. 27.   

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