My head is spinning from all the food-related goings on this coming weekend. This is one of those weekends that you just have to start the stopwatch and, on your mark, get set, go! Here are my three top picks!
Let's start with The Taste of Little Saigon, along El Cajon Blvd. this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For $15 (pre-sale, $18, day of), you'll discover the variety of Vietnamese food in the area, including Maxims Seafood, A Chau, Song Huong Food to Go, Pho King, Hoai Hue, Minh Hoa Supermarket, Thuan Kieu, Cali Baguette, and Vinh Long Food to Go. You'll also have an opportunity to go on a guided tour highlighting the neighborhood's history and enjoy performances by local singers and a live painting by San Diego artist Leah Younker.
Tickets can be purchased pre-sale at Hoai Hue Restaurant at 4660 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 102.
Also on Saturday, but up the coast, is the Encinitas Foodie Fest at Pacific Station, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event celebrates sustainable foods and products and is promoting the Coastal Community Foundation's Healthy Day Fund. Six local chefs will be featured doing demos: Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room, Kaitlin Ramos of St. Germain's Bistro, Dennis Horton of Whole Foods, John Gonzales of Bottaro Wood Fired Pizza, and Jason Gethin of Union Kitchen & Tap. Draft beer and white sangria will be sold by Solace & the Moonlight Lounge. Vendors who focus on sustainable and artisanal products, including Millie's Gelato, Sea Salt Candy Company, Majestic Garlic, Sadie Rose Baking Company, Viva Pops, and Praline Patisserie will be there with their delicious wares. And, there will be plenty of musical performances. And, it's a free event!
Get a good night's sleep because the next day you'll want to head over to Normal Heights and Kensington for a Taste of Adams Avenue. Always a great splash of deliciousness, The 12th Annual Taste event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Adams Avenue and feature the area's top restaurants, including Bleu Boheme, Blind Lady Ale House, Burger Lounge, Cafe Cabaret, Cantina Mayahuel, El Zarape, Farm House Cafe, Tao, and many others. Tool around by foot or take the complimentary trolley while you eat and shop.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. For advance purchase, you can buy your tickets online here.