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Sandbar Sportsbar & Grill tacos at the Taco TKO event and the San Diego Bay Wine Food Festival
Photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Wine Food Festival

While most food fests only last for an afternoon, the weeklong San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is for serious palates. Even Michelle Metter, co-producer of the event since it first began in 2004, honestly can’t believe how much the fest has grown over the years.

“It was a really modest beginning,” says Metter. “We had about 60 wineries, 30 chefs, and a couple thousand attendees. Plus, it was only two days. It was a nice little start, but it has grown into a world-class celebration of food and wine.”

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, with an Opening Feast at Bracero Cocina de Raiz (1490 Kettner Blvd.) and culminating on Saturday, Nov. 21, with a Grand Tasting Event at Embarcadero Marina Park North (400 Kettner Blvd.), the Festival has dozens of events to choose from throughout the week. Sure, there’s the $425, multi-course dinners from Michelin star chefs, but there’s also taco and beer tastings that won’t break the bank.

“We have unique, one-of-a-kind experiences, but it’s very important that people know that they can have these experiences without dropping a ridiculous amount of money,” says Metter. “We have an amazing cross-section of events. Everything from fine dining and truffle dinners to local taquerías and craft beer tastings.”

Events start at $45 and the full list can be found at The Fest also has an altruistic angle, with funds from tickets going toward culinary and enology scholarships for up-and-comers in the local scene. For Metter, it’s a worthy investment if that student sticks around and continues to help the local culinary scene shine.

“What we always hoped to do was to create an event that helped put San Diego on the culinary map,” says Metter. “More importantly, we want to help nurture homegrown talent, because they’re the ones who’ll put San Diego on that map.”

“No Man is an Island” by Ruben Ochoa
Image courtesty of the artist


Earlier this year, Ship in the Woods, a nonprofit art collective, lost its residency at the North County location where it had shown some innovative exhibits over the years. But save your tears, because Ship lives on! Apart from a new location (to be announced in 2016), the art collective will present Convergence, a site-specific, immersive exhibition located at and in partnership with Cabrillo National Monument. In addition to musical performances by The Donkeys, Pall Jenkins and Preston Swirnoff, attendees can expect literary performances, cinematic projections and art installations—all working in conjunction with Cabrillo's majestic vantages. The opening reception goes down on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15. The exhibition itself, which features experimental, nature-based work from artists like Lael Corbin, Scott Polach and dozens more, will be up through Nov. 29.

The MO Stacks poker tournament


If you're all worked up about the World Series of Poker's Main Event but didn't make the cut, consider trying to take down fellow sharks at the MO Stacks 3 Charity Poker Tournament. Cards start flying at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens-Liberty Station (2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116) in Point Loma. The $50 buy-in includes a beer and apps, and buy-in money goes to Movember, the nonprofit that raises money for prostate and testicular cancer awareness and research by getting men to grow mustaches during the month of November (Full disclosure: CityBeat editor Ron Donoho organizes this event). Costumes are encouraged and prizes (no cash) will be awarded to final table participants. Onsite tournament registration starts at 5 p.m., but pre-register to guarantee a seat at


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