Summer Guide: Food & Drink
A gastro summer
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
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
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