What are you doing this Saturday? How about heading over to The Lumberyard Encinitas for the Foodie Fest Encinitas? The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features food and drink of North County San Diego, including:
- Fifteen chefs demonstrating how to prepare farm-to table fare on three different stages
- Six chefs competing in a TV-style competition
- Thirty-plus restaurants serving up gourmet tastes
- A Barefoot Bar, boasting a dozen craft beer, wine, and spirit vendors
Foodie Fest Encinitas, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will also have live, local music and a multi-media Art for the Cure exhibition. There will be face painting and interactive garden booths for kids.
I got to enjoy a preview of the event last week at the Oceanside Museum of Art, where mostly Oceanside chefs had booths filled with tastes.
Among them were Barrel Republic with bacon-wrapped pork belly on a stick:
Expect smoked salmon on house-made seaweed crackers from them on Saturday.
From Mission Ave. Bar and Grill was Hawaiian poke:
Masters Kitchen and Cocktail offered goat sope that got huge raves that evening:
Local Tap House served up irresistible deviled eggs with Asian flavors:
Willy Eick of Real Bar & Bistro in Encinitas served up crispy duck skin tacos:
And Jessica and Davin Waite of Wrench & Rodent Seabastropub and the Whet Noodle were handing out Chinese takeout boxes of gorgous veggie-laden noodles:
Bistro West was ready with a variety of desserts:
And Cheryl's Caramels had plenty of samples of her sweet wares:
Other participants include Angel's Salumi & Truffles, Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Chandler's Carlsbad, The Cork and Craft, Duke's La Jolla, FishBone Kitchen, Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen, Jake's Del Mar, Moto Deli, Nibble Chocolate, Q'ero Restaurant, and Swell Coffee among many others.
You can buy tickets on the Foodie Fest Encinitas website. The Lumberyard is located in downtown Encinitas on Highway 101 between F and I streets.