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Best Food & Drink Events in November and December

San Diego Magazine's World Eats Party, Soil Shindig, and the SoNo Chili Cook-Off


San Diego Magazine's World Eats Party

World Eats Party

WHEN: November 15, 6:30 p.m.–8:30
WHERE: MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd

San Diego Magazine’s editor Archana Ram and a team of writers put together a hell of an issue this month—the Global Cuisine Guide, featuring over 93 restaurants representing countries from all over the world. And now it’s time for the party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown, with dishes from Argentina (Pampas), Brazil (Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill), China (Dumpling Inn, Steamy Piggy), Ethiopia (Muzita), Greece (Georgia’s), Italy (Cucina Sorella, Officine Buona Forchetta), Japan (RakiRaki Ramen), Mexico (Aqui Es Texcoco, Karina’s), Peru (Café Secret, Panca, Pisco), South Africa (Malted Diner), Spain (Café Sevilla, Cueva Bar), Taiwan (Iceskimo), and Thailand (Saffron). There’ll be live music, craft cocktails, craft beer, craft you.

COST: $45


Soil Shindig

WHEN: November 18, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
WHERE: Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, Wild Willow Farm and Education Center, and Tijuana River Valley Community Garden

Dirt party. Oh, hell yes. Just sounds good and visceral. Anyone who’s spent any time being partially interested in food, gardening, growing their own food, or even simply eating has come to realize that one of the most important things for growing real, good, nutritious food is DIRT. Soil. First time someone told me about soil, I was prepared for a snoozefest. But honestly, it’s some of the most fascinating concepts in the food chain. So if you wanna edify yourself, this is your morning jaunt—a day-long, family-friendly celebration of healthy soil, sustainability, and food in the Tijuana River Valley. There’ll be workshops, demos, food trucks, farm tours, trail walks, kids activities, vendors, horse and carriage rides, live music, etc.

COST: Free


SoNo Chili Cook-Off

WHEN: December 3, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
WHERE: Thorn and 32nd Street

North Park is our plucky epicenter of creative businesses—a handful of streets where indies have flourished with requisite quirks and funks. It’s also the spot where San Diego’s food scene really took off a decade ago, and still boasts some of the best in the city. As for this event? It’s a chili cookoff. If you don’t love the idea of sampling chili from over 40 restaurants, then you may be dead inside. Carnitas Snack Shack, Burger Lounge, Hamilton’s, Tiger Tiger, Tribute Pizza, Soda & Swine, Station, Waypoint Public… you name it, they’re all here. There’ll be live bands on three stages and a KidsFest—since the proceeds will go to benefit the local McKinley Elementary school.

COST: Free ($20 for tasting)

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