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Summer Guide: Food & Drink

A gastro summer


Spirits Festival

San Diego Beer Fest

Food trucks, music, and, of course, beer are the focus of this fourth annual festival, which benefits Noah’s B’ark Pet Rescue.
July 12, $40–$50, sandiegobeerfest.com

A.R. Valentien Artisan Table Dinners

The celebrated restaurant will host a series of communal dinners once a month, pairing each session with a different California winemaker.
July 17–October 16, $115–$140, lodgetorreypines.com


Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

“Have no fear, beer is here!” reads the tagline for this comic-themed event at North Embarcadero Park. Win prizes at the Caped Crusader Costume Contest, and enjoy samples from more than 40 breweries.
July 26, $45–$60, heroesbrewfest.com

Spirits Festival

Cocktails, food, and “spirited” entertainment—including Carnaval samba performers and burlesque dancers—come together at the sixth annual event that salutes liquor and mixology. August
23–24, $85–$95, sandiegospiritsfestival.com


Performers and Plates

To fête the 33rd anniversary of its Summer Concerts series, Humphreys Restaurant chef Paul Murphy has crafted a $33 three-course menu based on the musicians he’s cooked for over the years. Think shrimp and grits à la Gregg Allman.
June 1–October 11, $33, humphreysrestaurant.com

Summer Luau

Aloha! The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa brings a taste of Polynesia to Mission Bay with Mai Tais, an extensive buffet, and traditional dance performances.
June 27–August 29, $45–$64, catamaranluau.com


Summertime Sweets - Brain freeze may occur!

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