An Abundance Of April Events Take San Diego By Storm | A Wine Extravaganza, A Beer Circus, An Avocado Festival, Opening Day And So Much More!

The VinDiego Wine & Food Fest kicks off a mouthwatering month of events!
March 29, 2016

As the late great Robin Williams once said, "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" Continuing our mouthwatering monthly roundup of food, wine and beer events, here is our list of all the fun & tasty happenings coming to America's Finest City this April. Check out the 50+ events taking place throughout the month and get out there before May Gray and June Gloom take over. Let's party!

Explore our curated list of culinary events, do some research, secure your tickets and reservations, and get ready to indulge! If there is an April event not listed below, it's likely because it is not worthy of your time or calories.

April 1, A Passion For Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and More - This VinDiego special event takes place from 6-8:30pm at the Courtyard Marriott Ball Room in Liberty Station. Guests will have the chance to taste samples from wine-making pioneers, up-and-coming hipster producers, and everything in between. This intimate sunset gathering of world class pinot and chardonnay winemakers is not an event to miss. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to meet some of the faces behind the labels and discover the stunning pinot noir and reserve chardonnays of Sonoma, Napa, Paso Robles, Monterey County, Santa Barbara and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Tickets are $75 per person and promo code SDVILLE saves $20 per ticket.

April 2, Benchmark Brewing Burgers & Beer - The San Diego Burger Battle is teaming up with Benchmark Brewing to find the best burger in San Diego and will send the winner to the World Food Championships for a shot at over $100,000 in prizes. Competitors will have 1 hour to grill their best and most creative burger, which will then be paired with their favorite Benchmark beer and scored by a panel judges. The winner gets some grill swag, bragging rights and a free entry into the San Diego Burger Battle, a $100 value. Anyone who is great with a grill, from Joes to Pros, is welcomed to enter. Tickets are $25.

April 2, VinDiego Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting - Wine and food enthusiasts will savor more than 300 unique tastes of unlimited, award-winning wine from over 75 wineries and delectable food and appetizers from more than 20 of San Diego’s finest restaurants while enjoying live music and an upbeat atmosphere. As always, our readers save on tickets to San Diego's top festivals. Tickets start at $105 and promo code SDVILLE saves $20!

April 3, Wood Fired Beer Brunch At Thorn St. Brewery - This Sunday Brunch will include 2 courses from Caliano food truck paired with two different beers from Thorn Street. The meal will end with a toasted foie gras donut from Nomad Donuts. Tickets are $27.37.

April 3, Chocolate Festival - For the 5th year, the San Diego Maritime Museum is hosting the ultimate party for chocolate lovers. An event for all ages, the Chocolate Festival will give attendees the chance to experience all-things chocolate at participating vendor booths including opportunities to create their own chocolates, learn kitchen tricks with chocolate, check out culinary demonstrations, build there own chocolate pizza, and, if 21 and over, enjoy a beer and wine chocolate pairing. Tickets start at $5.

April 4, East Village Opening Day Block Party - The East Village Association is stepping up to the plate again for the 6th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party. Taking over J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues, this free-to-attend, family-friendly event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors celebrate opening day of San Diego Padres baseball at PETCO Park, all while exploring San Diego's largest livable urban neighborhood - East Village. We are raffling off 2 drink tickets so that one lucky reader can get their first round on us! This event is free to attend.

April 5, Chef Celebration Dinner at Arterra Del Mar - For one night only, experience a 5-course menu from Evan Cruz of Arterra Del Mar, Paul McCabe of Town & Country Resort Hotel, Augie Saucedo of Brothers Signature Catering & Events, Jonathan Bautista of George’s at the Cove, and Craig Jimenez of SuperNatural Sandwiches. Tickets are $65 per person and must be secured by calling the restaurant at 858.369.6032. Proceeds benefit culinary scholarships for aspiring local chefs.

April 5, Chateau Musar Winemaker's Dinner at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant - Don't miss this rare opportunity to attend a winemaker’s dinner with Marc Mochar of Lebanon’s Chateau Musar who will pair his wines with a four-course meal. Tickets are $95 and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 619.231.0222.

April 6, Re:Source At The Red Door - Join the San Diego Food System Alliance for the first in a series of unwasted food pop-up dinners where local chefs and partner restaurants will prepare dishes from ignored or un-coveted food that would otherwise go to waste. A portion of the proceeds benefits the San Diego Food System Alliance in its mission to build a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system in San Diego County. The Red Door Executive Chef Miguel Valdez will prepare 4-courses. Tickets are $75.90 per person all-inclusive and 2 seating times are available.

April 6, Scribe + Banshee Wine Dinner at Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar’s CUCINA enoteca will exclusively join forces with Sonoma’s hottest wine renegades, Scribe Winery and Banshee Wines, for a no holds barred dining event with Chef de Cuisine Rosa Geremia featuring eight wines, four courses and a night of revelry with Scribe’s Mariani brothers (Andrew & Adam) + the Banshee Boys (Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler & Steve Graf). Tickets are $112.

April 6, James Beard Preview Dinner at Ironside Fish & Oyster - Michelin-starred Executive Chef of Ironside Fish & Oyster, Jason McLeod, was recently invited to host an exclusive dinner at the James Beard House in New York City this April 21. In preparation for his trip to the East Coast, Chef McLeod will do an exclusive preview of his James Beard dinner at Ironside in Little Italy. Erick Castro from Polite Provisions will be on hand pairing the perfect cocktails with each course. Tickets are $89can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 619.269.3033.

April 7, SoundBite @ Solare Restaurant - This edition of the popular food & music dinner series will take place at Solare Restaurant in Liberty Station, featuring music from Gabriela & La Buena Onda paired with a 6 course meal from chefs Nick Brune of Eco Caters, Accursio Lota of Solare Restaurant, and Jeff Bonilla of Evolve Cuisine. The traveling SoundBite dinner series showcases collaborations between leading local chefs and musicians, creatively tying together local bands' songs with creative cuisine inspired by the music. In the days prior to each event, participating chefs create their courses while listening to select tracks, later serving the musically-inspired menu to SoundBite guests while the corresponding musician plays live, performing the same tracks used to inspire each chef. Heartfelt presentations from each chef about the song-dish pairings are given throughout the evening, adding an artistic touch to this sensory experience. Tickets are $60.

April 7, Kitchens for Good 3-Course Cooking Demo with Chef Ivan Flowers - Giving Back has never tasted so good! Learn some impressive cooking techniques from Chef Ivan Flowers, who will be doing a 3 course cooking demo, pairing gourmet food with a good cause. All proceeds for tickets go to support Kitchens for Good and its culinary job training program for the unemployed and healthy meals for those in need. This event takes place at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Tickets are $82.99.

April 8, La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Presents the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party - Kicking off the 12th La Jolla Concours d'Elegance weekend of events is the The Rolls-Royce Motor Car Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party. This deliciously elegant VIP reception will welcome car enthusiasts from around the globe for a showcase of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars flanking the extravagant entrance at The Lot in La Jolla. Once inside the exclusive party, culinary bites will excite the palates of all attendees while lively entertainment keeps the rhythm of the evening focused on the bevy of beautiful cars, artwork, and luxe - all of which have become the signature of the La Jolla Concours weekend. Tickets are $150 and promo code SDVILLE saves $15 per pass.

April 9, Urge Gastropub Ballast Point Dinner hosted by Colby Chandler - Executive Chef Chuy will prepare a 5 course pairing dinner featuring beers from Ballast Point. Colby Chandler, the mind and specialty brewer for Ballast will be on hand to discuss the brews. All beers will be 10oz pours, including a welcome beer and a digestif. Tickets are $65.

April 9, San Diego Craft Brew Circus - A debaucherous circus is rolling into America's Finest City this spring! Craft Brew Circus is kicking off its beach town tour in San Diego on Saturday, April 9, from 2-5pm. Packed with 60 breweries, live music, sideshow performers, fun games, a cigar bar, and lots of food to choose from, CBC is a new kind of beer festival. Tickets are $50 for GA and $70 for VIP. We are raffling off 2 VIP tickets to attend and also offering promo code SDVILLE for $10 off any ticket.

April 10, La Jolla Concours D'Elegance & La Jolla Motor Car Classic - The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance has become an internationally sought-after “Save The Date” for automobile aficionados, and has come to be the place to see and be seen. The main event of the weekend will take over the Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove and will feature 300+ spectacular vehicles situated along the Pacific Ocean, as well as offerings from fabulous vendors and top-notch sponsors. General admission tickets are $50 ($60 day of) and VIP tickets are $150. Promo code SDVILLE saves $5 per GA ticket and $10 per VIP pass purchased online. We are also raffling off a pair of GA passes.

April 10, San Diego Rum Run - The race for rum is coming to San Diego! The 2nd annual San Diego Rum Run returns to Paradise Point Resort for an energetic and tropical-inspired event. Presented by Energy Events, Paradise Point Resort and Road Runner, this 10k race (with a 1k for the kiddos) will transport participants to the tropics with a tiki-torch-lined finish featuring leis, festive decorations, the music of the islands and more! We are raffling off adult registrations for 2 for the race. Online registration starts at $45 for adults and $15 for children.

April 10, Chateau de Lomaland: An Evening of Radical Beer & Wine - To celebrate their beer becoming available in California's wine country, Modern Times is hosting an evening of beer & wine pairings at the Lomaland Fermentorium. They'll be pouring some stunning wines from NorCal and pairing them with special, wine-barrel aged beers, as well as offering tasty snacks from Prager Brothers Artisan Bread, including a Lomaland Saison Pretzel, a ciabatta with rosemary, olive, and lemon zest, and a fruit and nut bread made with Black House. Tickets are $45 and include two keeper glasses, a 4oz pour of each beer and a 3oz pour of each of the corresponding wines. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include cold brew coffee.

April 11, 14th Abnormal Dinner Series at The Cork & Craft - The 14th installment of the Abnormal Dinner Series will coincide with the One Year Anniversary of Abnormal Beer Company. Although this edition does not include a guest brewery, it will include a very special guest chef - Keoni Koki, Chef de Cuisine of Commis in Oakland who currently holds 2 Michelin Stars. Tickets are $99 and will sell out in a blink.

April 12, Chef Celebration Dinner at Terra American Bistro - Continuing the Chef Celebration annual dinner series, this 5-course menu will include dishes from chefs Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro, Flor Franco of Indulge, Miguel Valdez of The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar, Kat Humphus of Savory Made Simple, and Francesco Basile of Antica Trattoria. Tickets are $65 per person and must be secured by calling the restaurant at 619.293.7088. Proceeds go to benefit culinary scholarships for aspiring local chefs.

April 12, Spring Winemaker Dinner with Sashi Moorman at The Patio on Goldfinch - Get ready for 5 spring-inspired courses with wine to complement each as The Patio on Goldfinch welcomes modern winemaker Sashi Moorman, who will present each pairing. Tickets are $85 plus tax & tip for this family-style meal.

April 12, Saxon Brown Wine Dinner at Stake Chophouse - Take a tasting tour of some of the finest of Northern California’s petite vineyards with one of its most illustrious viticulturists, Jeff Gaffner of Saxon Brown Wines. Stake Chophouse & Bar has partnered up with Gaffner to give diners the chance to experience the exquisite taste of several of his small single vineyard bottlings while indulging in a five-course meal specially prepared by Stake’s esteemed Executive Chef Tim Kolanko. Tickets are $120.

April 13, Saxon Brown Wine Supper Club at Prepkitchen Little Italy - Join Prepkitchen Little Italy and Saxon Brown Wines for a tasting tour of the world, featuring regional spring dishes paired with a curated wine selection to create a 5-course menu that will have you feeling like a world traveler. Jeff Gaffner of Saxon Brown Wines will be at the event presenting his wines. Tickets are $100 all inclusive of tax and gratuity.

April 14, San Diego Museum of Man Tacos & Beer Tasting - San Diego's two most noteworthy contributions to the culinary world will be featured at this party celebrating the signature tastes of America's Finest City! Enjoy tastings from several popular craft breweries, snack on a variety of delicious tacos, take fun snapshots in a photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Tickets are $20-$30.

April 15, The Spirit of Baja Dinner with Javier Plascencia at Westgate Hotel - The Westgate Hotel Executive Chef, Fabrice Hardel and Celebrity Chef Javier Plascencia are partnering to present an unforgettable five-course wine pairing dinner and culinary journey inspired by the vibrant flavors of Baja California, Mexico at the Westgate second annual Spirit of Baja Dinner. Guests will be welcomed to the event with an exclusive Mescal cocktail reception from 6:30-7:30pm, a creative collaboration by mixologists from The Westgate Hotel and Bracero, and Baja-inspired hors d’oeuvres created by Baja cuisine aficionado, Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel. For the main event, celebrity guest Chef Javier Plascencia will take over the kitchen to prepare a four-course wine pairing dinner. The evening will conclude a dessert prepared by Chef Fabrice, paired with an exclusive tequila cocktail from The Westgate Hotel’s popular bartender, Irving Gonzalez. Tickets are $149 (tax gratuity and ticketing fee additional).

April 16, Taste of Hillcrest - San Diego’s most fabulous neighborhood will dish up its most delectable event of the season - the annual Taste of Hillcrest - where over 35 restaurants will show off their mouthwatering specialties as food lovers and connoisseurs sample each bite on a self-guided culinary walking tour through the neighborhood. Tickets are $30, but we are offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket (limited to only 60 passes) and also raffling off 2 passes to attend.

April 16, Feeding America's Pairing With A Purpose - Taking place at Bobby Riggs Tennis Club & Museum in Encinitas, Feeding America San Diego will host Pairings with a Purpose: Tapped Edition, an afternoon of culinary competition with San Diego’s finest chefs and breweries, uniting to fight hunger in San Diego. Pairings with a Purpose features Top Chefs Chad White and Brian Malarkey, as well as many other prominent San Diego chefs & breweries. Tickets start at $35 and we are raffling off 2 General Admission tickets to attend.

April 17, Modern Times Beer Brunch at Toronado - The monthly beer brunches at Toronado have been hailed by epicureans as destination dining for craft beer lovers. This installment features Modern Times Beer and even offers an all-vegan ticket. Tickets are $65.

April 17, Heart & Trotter Butchery One Year Anniversary Party - Starting at 1pm, The Heart & Trotter will be serving complimentary pork tacos buffet-style on a first-come-first serve for free at their shop. The tacos will be served based on a first come first serve basis. Twi beers from Amplified Ale Works will be paired with the tacos.

April 17, EarthFair - San Diego EarthWork's will host its 27th annual EarthFair, the largest free environmental fair in the world, at Balboa Park. Drawing around 60,000 visitors, EarthFair 2016 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special themed areas, a food pavilion, a special children's activity area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. This event is free to attend.

April 17, 30th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival - Fallbrook is known as the avocado capital of the world and each year the town celebrates spring with the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, featuring all things avocado for a day of celebration. An average of 100,000 people are in attendance for this annual event, which is free to attend.

April 17, Beer Geek Breakfast at Mikkeller San Diego - Kick off Sunday Funday at the newly opened Mikkeller Brewery and let them fill your bellies with breakfast, including a full service omelet bar and, of course, beer! Attendees will be served an assortment of Beer Geek Breakfasts and other specialty one-offs, guided by Mikkel, where he'll talk about his vision for Mikkeller San Diego. Participants will receive a complimentary logo'd Mikkeller San Diego glass and a signed bottle of NY VERDEN olde ale. Tickets are $60.

April 18, Meet the Winemaker Dinner at Bracero Cocina de Raiz - The irresistible combination of fine wine and exquisite cuisine is coming together in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy when Javier Plascencia's Bracero hosts Winemaker Paolo Paoloni, of Paoloni’s Wines in Valle de Guadalupe. Four of trademark wines will be featured accompanied by small plates from Bracero’s kitchen. This dinner is $60 per person and reservations can be made by calling 619.756.7864 or emailing

April 19, Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 1: Chocolate & Beer at White Labs Tasting Room - San Diego's yeast-producer for craft brewers will host the first installment of an on-going Fermented Pairings Series, which takes a look at the expansive world of unconventional and unexpected pairings featuring fermented foods and beverages. This event will begin with a tasty and informational lecture on the production of chocolate and beer which will include the history of two of the oldest consumables in existence. Afterwards, ticket holders will expand their vocabulary and palate with a guided tasting as delectable chocolate treats are paired with White Labs beer. Tickets are $25.

April 19, 2nd Anniversary Big Night Party at Circa - In honor of it's 2 years in University Heights, Circa California Soul Food is hosting a 5 course dinner with amuse for $45 with an optional $30 wine pairing. Dishes include pork belly, a vegetable terrine, roasted qual and beef tortelloni. Make your reservation by calling 619.269.9152.

April 19, Chef Celebration Dinner at Tom Ham's Lighthouse - Get ready for a 5-course menu with dishes from Kyle Kovar of Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, AG Warfield of Churchill’s Pub & Grille, Joe Pastry of Water’s Fine Catering, Stephen Gage of Underbelly North Park and Andy Halvorsen of Moto Deli. Tickets are $65 per person and must be secured by calling the restaurant at 619.291.9110.  Proceeds go to benefit culinary scholarships for aspiring local chefs.

April 20, Munchies Inspired Dinner at Cueva Bar - What do you eat when you get the munchies? Cueva Bar's Chef Oz and three guest chefs will take inspiration from "munchie" food and take it higher, to the next level for a four course dinner paired with craft beer from Mike Hess Brewing. Disclaimer: All food and drinks are safe for everyone to eat (so adequately prepare yourself BEFORE dinner). These are just munchies inspired dishes. Tickets are $40.

April 20, Taste of Point Loma - Sip and savor your way through Point Loma and Shelter Island during this annual culinary walking tour. This event gives San Diego food lovers and visitors a chance to sample fresh seafood, decadent desserts and a variety of ethnic cuisine from an array of restaurants, cafes and bakeries in San Diego’s Point Loma peninsula. Tickets start at $16.82.

April 20, Modern Times 420 Tie Dye Party at The Lomaland Fermentorium - Modern Times is celebrating everyone's favorite unofficial holiday with an evening of technicolor awesomeness. Each ticket holder receives a white narwhal tee to transform into a personal masterpiece via a mind-altering rainbow of tie-dying options. Participants will also get a pint of something extra dankalicious to sip on while crafting their new favorite t-shirt. Tickets are $25 per person.

April 21, An Evening of Seafood with Tommy Gomes at Solare Ristorante - Do you love seafood? If yes, this could be a most special dinner, as the amazing Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products is joining forces with Solare Executive Chef Accursio  for a special 5 course seafood dinner. The meal is $75 and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 619.270.9670.

April 23, CityBeat Festival of Beers - The CityBeat Festival of Beers returns outside North Park's Lafayette Hotel for a day devoted to two of San Diego’s best known treats - music and craft beer. Presented by the San Diego Music Foundation, participants are invited to enjoy tastes of over 100 beers from more than 60 breweries, as well as live music, local vendors and great food. Tickets are $40 for GA and $50 for VIP, but we are offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 saving per ticket and also raffling off 2 VIP passes.

April 23, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club's: The Quintessential Festival - Experience the Quintessence of San Diego, as the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club hosts its annual community event - The Quintessential Festival. This event is a celebration of all things San Diego - craft beer, local wine, distilleries, food, music, and most importantly, the amazing people that make San Diego America's Finest City.  This tasting event takes place at the Nobel Park and Recreation Fields and tickets start at $30.

April 24, Bikes, Boards & Brews - Presented by Discover Pacific Beach, this is the 7th Annual Celebration of Pacific Beach Culture and all the good things it has to offer! Bikes, Boards and Brews brings together tastings of local craft breweries and pairs them with restaurant samples to bring attendees back to the endless summer days at Tourmaline Beach with surf boards, beach cruisers, beach inspired art and live music bayside at the Catamaran Hotel. Tickets start at $30.

April 24, Craft Ales & Camp Tails Festival at Camp Run-A-Mutt Point Loma - Camp Run-A-Mutt and San Diego Humane Society will host the 1st annual Craft Ales and Camp Tails Fundraiser, with all ticket proceeds benefiting the Humane Society and their Walk For Animals Event. Each ticket includes eight 5 ounce beers or spirits, one raffle ticket and a commemorative mug. Of course, dogs are welcome. Tickets are $35.

April 24, 20th Annual Meet The Chefs - Taking place at Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, this culinary experience treats over 350 guests to sample signature dishes from over a dozen premier restaurants and chefs in San Diego, complemented by an extensive selection of wines and champagne. The Hilton's poolside area lends a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy an afternoon of fantastic food, wine, auction items, opportunity drawings, and live music by Legal Tender. All proceeds raised will directly benefit Casa de Amparo. Tickets start at $150.

April 26, Chef Celebration Dinner at Tidal - In the second to last of this year's Chef Celebration Dinner Series, a 5-course menu will be presented by chefs Amy DiBiase of Tidal, Acursio Lotta of Solare Ristorante, Patrick Ponsaty of Bellamy’s Restaurant, Aaron Obregon of Bay Park Fish Company and DJ Tangalin of JRDN. Tickets are $65 per person and must be secured by calling the restaurant at 858.490.6363. Proceeds go to benefit culinary scholarships for aspiring local chefs.

April 27, Record Family Wine Dinner at THE MED Ocean View Restaurant at La Valencia Hotel - The #PeoplesChef, Executive Chef James Montejano of La Valencia Hotel will cook up a 3 course meal paired with Record Family Wine from Paso Robles. The dinner will start with a reception featuring tray passed appetizers and Record Family Wines. Tickets are $85.

April 28, The "70's Zone" at the Music Box - Get ready to be transported to the groovy 70s! Benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this 70's party will start with "The Gong Show" (remember that show?) with a comedy competition between many of San Diego's brightest and funniest, judged by a panel of San Diego's favorite celebrities. Then we will complete this journey, after many fun-filled surprises and prizes, with a fantastic tribute band "Space Cowboy" with the lead guitarist from the Steve Miller Band, Hall of Famer, Greg Douglass. Tickets are $45 and include food from Luna Grill.

April 29, San Diego Magazine Best of North County Party - San Diego Magazine will gather the top restaurants, breweries and businesses for one epic evening of North County all-stars. Guests will get to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from the region’s top dining destinations plus casino games, photo booths and more. Special appearances by the region’s top chefs and unexpected entertainment elements all come together to make an unforgettable evening at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Tickets are $80.

April 30, San Diego Food Bank’s Foodtasia Gala: Chefs, Cork & Craft - The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank invite guests to their 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Miramar for an evening celebration of local, seasonal food, and the culinary talent of more than 25 of San Diego's best chefs. Each table of 10 guests will be hosted by a chef who will personally prepare a multi-course dinner with drink pairings. VIP tables will receive complimentary Champagne and an artisan cheese course provided by Venissimo Cheese. Tickets start at $300.